Baylor University
Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences

JAY PARINI 2015
TIMOTHY EGAN 2013 ANNE FADIMAN 2012 JOHN SHANLEY 2011
DANA GIOLA 2010 ANTHONY GRAFTON 2009 ROBERT SAPOLSKY 2008
TAYLOR RANCH 2007 AZAR NAFISI 2006 ALEX SMITH 2005


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JAY PARINI - CURRENT LECTURE

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
at 3:30 p.m.
Paul L. Foster Campus
for Business Innovation
Foster 250
Free to the Public

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Call Jan Holmes
254-710-6036

JAY PARINI
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station, the latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His non-fiction works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

About Beall Russell

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The Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities were established in 1982 with a financial gift from Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Ind. She named the lecture series in honor of her mother, Mrs. John A. Beall, and Lily Russell, former dean of women at Baylor, both Baylor alumnae of the Class of 1910.

Mrs. Ball subsequently funded the establishment of the Beall Poetry Festival in 1993, encouraging contemporary poetry. The purpose of the lectures is to provide an opportunity for Baylor students and faculty to meet and hear lecturers renowned in the humanities.

Past lecturers have included poet Maya Angelou, journalist Bill Moyers, and Nobel Prize winner for Literature Czeslaw Milosz. The full list of past lecturers is available at the Past Lecturers page.

Mrs. Ball died in 2005, but her legacy continues through the ongoing generosity of the Ball family, whose gifts benefit both the University and the greater Waco community.

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Jan Holmes
College of Arts and Sciences
254-710-6036
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Directions to Cashion, Room 510, Baylor Business School

From I-35 North:

  • Take the University Parks exit - turn right
  • Turn right on Bagby (second light)
  • Turn right on Speight (first light)
  • Proceed to the 3-way stop at Speight & 4th Street. The Cashion Building is on your right.
  • You may turn right for visitors' parking or left to park in the Speight Plaza Parking Garage
  • When you enter the Cashion Building, take the elevator to the 5th floor
  • Room 510 is to the left as you exit the elevator

From I-35 South:

  • Take the University Parks exit - turn left
  • Turn right on Bagby (2nd light)
  • Turn right on Speight (1st light)
  • Proceed to the 3-way stop at Speight & 4th Street. The Cashion Building is on your right
  • You may turn right for visitors' parking or left to park in the Speight Plaza parking garage
  • When you enter the Cashion building, take the elevator to the 5th floor
  • Room 510 is to the left as you exit the elevator

Past Lectures

PAST BEALL RUSSELL LECTURES IN THE HUMANITIES
  • 2013: Timothy Egan, writer and chronicler of the American West: "The Worst Hard Times"
  • 2012: Anne Fadiman, writer and teacher: "Bacon as Bookmarks: Engrossed in the Love of Reading"
  • 2011: John Patrick Shanley, writer and director: "The Art of the Playwright"
  • 2010: Dana Gioia, poet and arts administrator: "Why Culture Matters"
  • 2009: Dr. Anthony Grafton, Princeton University: "Worlds Made By Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West"
  • 2008: Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford University:
  • 2007: Taylor Branch, Author and Historian: "Myth and Miracles from the King Years"
  • 2006: Azar Nafisi, Author, Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University: "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books"
  • 2005: Alexander McCall Smith, University of Edinburgh: "An Afternoon with Alexander McCall Smith"
  • 2004: Robert Fagles, Princeton University: "An Afternoon's Odyssey with Robert Fagles"
  • 2003: Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University: "Faith and the Problem of Evil"
  • 2002: Shelby Foote, Novelist and Historian: "The Novelist as Historian"
  • 2001: Fred Crosson, Notre Dame: "Seeing and Believing: Education and Faith"
  • 2000: Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 Robert Hass, Poet: "A Conversation with Milosz & Hass"
  • 1999: David N. Cannadine, Institute of Historical Research, University of London: "The Palace of Westminster as the Palace of Varieties"

Complete list of Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities