Fall 2014 Courses

LL1413 Thyme in the Garden by McLennan County Master Gardeners

  • Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevators 4th floor

Learn from four Master Gardeners who will share their knowledge about the definition of Master Gardener, landscape design, butterflies everywhere, water conservation/rainwater harvesting, and "Christmas Already" suggestions as the holidays approach.

LL1414 Uniquely Human: Why Languare is So Much More Than Communication

  • Thursday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Back by popular demand, Dr. Chuck Weaver will illustrate that by most assessments, humans and chimpanzees share up to 99% of their DNA, which include many behaviors, traits, and cognitive characteristics. What, then, separates us from our close near-relatives like chimpanzees? Language allows humans to think in ways that other species apparently cannot, and this huge advantage underlies our explosive growth and dominance in the past 25,000 years.

LL1415 The Cold War from Two Perspectives

  • Monday, 1:30 -3:00 p.m.
  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevators, 4th floor

The period of the Cold War has long fascinated many people, and in this course Dr. Stephen Sloan will give the American perspective and Dr. Julie DeGraffenried will share the Soviet perspective. Both are professors in Baylor College of Arts and Science's Department of History and have done extensive research on the Soviet Union. Dr. DeGraffenried is writing a book about children during the time of Russia's postwar antireligious propoganda.

LL1416 Reasons to Believe: Christian Faith Today

  • Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • September 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. C. Stephen Evans does not believe God wants to "push himself" on those who don't want to have a relationship with him. His book, Natural Signs and the Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments was published in 2010 and he won first prize of $15,000 in the C.S. Lewis Book Prize Competition. During these sessions he will discuss the conclusions reached and present ideas he hopes will be taken seriously.

LL1417 Behind the Scenes of a Television Show

  • Thursday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • September 11, 18, 25, October 2
  • KXXV Studio, 1909 S. New Road
  • Class limited to 15 students

KXXV news anchor Ann Harder will coordinate a behind-the-scenes tour of the local television business, highlighting everything from news to commercial production. You will hear from reporters and producers as well as engineers and management on what it takes to keep a television station onthe air.

LL1418 Walk Through the Bible

  • Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

This class, taught by local author Golden Keyes Parsons, is exactly what the title indicates. It is a look at Scripture from Genesis to Revelations and ties the Bible stories together with the thread of God's redemption of man. Stories such as David and Goliath, and Noah, along with many others, mesh together in God's marvelous plan and reveal deeper perspectives on the Bible as a whole.

LL1419 The Texas Collection Revealed: Treasures from the Vault

  • Tuesday. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • The Texas Collection, Carroll Libraty, Corner of 5th and Speight
  • Class is limited to 20 students

This is the 90th anniversary year for the Texas Collection, which inlcudes more than 160,000 printed volumes, an extensive map collection, 1.4 million photographs, and archives of state and local history. Director John Wilson and other specialists will introduce this class to the different aspects of the collection and share information regarding the collection and display of the items.

LL1420 Who is Jesus Christ?

  • Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • October 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Once again, Dr. Bob Patterson will educate and entertain as he discusses the person and diety of Jesus Christ. Who did contemporaries think he was, what truths did he reveal about God, and what have been the effects of His life on earth?

LL1421 Key Turning Points in American History

  • Thursday, 10:00-11:30a.m.
  • October 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Back by popular demand, Dr. David Smith will explore some of the points in United States history when what appeared to be the obvious trajectory of events took a sudden and radical change. One such turning point was the sinking of the USS Maine in February 1898 that marked the moment at which the country's identity as a great power dictated its actions. The first 100 days of the Franklin Roosevelt administration constitute another. We will look at the background and unfolding of these turning points and examine the ways in which the country changed in their wake.

LL1422 Food: A Cultural Perspective

  • Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • October 23, 30, November 6, 13
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevator 4th floor

All of us enjoy a good meal, and in this class Dr. Suzy Weems will address food from a historical and cultural perspective. Specific attention will be given to the various cultures contributing to today's abundance and our delightful culinary options.

LL1423 Bob Ann's Book Club

  • Monday 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • TUrn left exiting elevator 4th floor

Bob Ann Senter returns to share four books of inspiration and courage, and you are encouraged to read them prior to the course.

  • November 3: Thumbs Up by Molly Dickenson
  • November 10: Eighty-dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
  • November 17: Still Me by Christopher Reeve
  • November 24: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzar

LL1424 The Wide World of Baylor Athletics

  • Tuesday, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • November 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Highers Athletics Complex, XTO Room, 1500 S. University Parks Drive

Enjoy three sessions in the XTO room of Highers Athletics Complex with different speakers focusing on specific aspects of Baylor's athletic program. Nick Joos, executive associate athetic director/external affairs, has compiled classes to discuss athletic marketing, and a final session tour of McLane Stadium.