WACO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2016) — Death research in the United States mostly overlooks bereavement customs of those who are not Anglo-Protestants, says a Baylor University researcher. She hopes to correct that — beginning with a study of Catholic Latino communities, who often hold overnight wakes and present food to the deceased.
Sept. 8, 2016 When the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., an exhibit featuring African-American musical history will include materials from a Baylor University search-and-rescue mission to save recordings from the “Golden Age” of American Black Gospel music. “To be part of the Smithsonian on something this vital in American life, especially now, reinvigorates everyone who works with this music on a daily basis. These recordings are priceless, irreplaceable and historic in a way that scholars are only now realizing,” said Robert Darden, founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project and professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story to national media.)
WACO, Texas (Sept. 6, 2016) — Each year, more than 330 million people around the world journey to sacred places to perform acts of devotion, express faith or seek enlightenment or healing. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, visitors to Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex will learn about those pilgrimages through the exhibition National Geographic Sacred Journeys.
WACO, Texas (Sept. 6), 2016) — When the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., an exhibit featuring African-American musical history will include materials from a Baylor University search-and-rescue mission to save recordings from the “Golden Age” of American black gospel music.
On Thursday, September 7 at 6:00 pm in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center, the Student Life This Matters committee will host a forum on Sexual Violence and Aggression on College Campuses. This event is open for all students and community members.
The Report It website is a new resource to help faculty, staff, students and others locate mechanisms for reporting violations of University policy, troubling behavior or criminal activity to the appropriate authorities.
Aug. 25, 2016 Sam Henderson, theater arts lecturer in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, will moderate a multiethnic panel of actors, directors and writers who will discuss cultural diversity in theater Friday at Baylor. Stan Denman, Ph.D., professor and chair of theater arts, said the discussion is meant to address questions of casting of ethnically identifiable roles, presentation of stories and subjects from differing cultures. “The solution is found in education, not Hollywood,” Denman said. “We want to begin the conversation and it’s one that needs to be happening in largely white institutions.”
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2016) — Building a business reputation from the inside out — with employees giving a company high marks as an ethical place to work — is increasingly being hailed as a way to get a leg up on the competition, right alongside customer service and quality products.
WACO, Texas (Aug. 12, 2016) — Baylor University’s Texas Collection will host a public reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, on the first floor of Carroll Library in celebration of its new African-American photo exhibit, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives.”
Nearly one hundred fifth- through ninth-graders are learning about civics and providing a rich resource for Baylor faculty research during the annual Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute Aug. 1-5. Now in its fourth year, the camp is hosted by Baylor School of Education through a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. iEngage is directed by education faculty members and camp co-founders Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Karon LeCompte, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. The camp’s curriculum teaches children about civic action and political participation. Click "full story" to read more or visit School of Education Facebook to see photos.
“Baylor we are and Baylor we’ll always be, but it’s up to us to define what that means.” It’s been almost five years since Robert Griffin III uttered those now-classic words to the Baylor family in front of a national audience, and by now, you’ve probably heard them enough that you might not really think about …
Why did you choose Baylor — Class size? Quality of education? Campus beauty? When you did choose Baylor, how much of that decision was based on how close it was to your hometown? For out-of-state students, the decision to leave home far behind to come to Baylor may not be easy. But for many Bears, that leap …
“I’m a 3L [third-year law student]. I actually just finished practice court. I honestly didn’t find it that challenging. I’ll tell you my background — United States Marine. I’ve been to Iraq twice, and if I’m not getting shot at, nothing’s stressing me out.” [Every Baylor Bear has a story; #BearsOfBaylor brings those stories to you, …
“I was in the F.A.T. last semester, which is the Freshman Action Team. It’s kind of like a multicultural club. It was the pre-club for CBA [Coalition of Black Ambassadors]. I was going to join the NAACP next semester. I believe [Baylor] is 8% black, but we’re pretty much a community. … The diversity to …
“I guess one [challenge] that’s obvious is that I don’t have one arm. I really love it when people straight up ask me. I’m just like, ‘Ask me! I’m really cool about it. I promise I won’t get scared. I’m not ashamed in any way.’ “Up until when I came here, I always had a prosthetic …
July 16, 2016 Essay about the history of the song “We Shall Overcome” originally published in the Dallas Morning News by Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “People have been trying to shout down ‘We Shall Overcome’ for more than seven decades, and like those who sing it, the song has endured,” Darden wrote. His book, “Nothing but Love in God's Water: Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City,” will be released in September.
July 12, 2016 Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, writes that people must speak out in the wake of racism and racist violence. "The ground beneath our feet is not white soil or black soil, Christian, Muslim or atheist . . . This is human soil beneath our feet."
“I got a little notecard in the mail about the ‘First in Line’ program. I looked into it, and [it asked,] ‘Are you a first-generation student? Do you want to take classes during the summer and get used to it?’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really cool, because I’m very passionate about first-generation students, and …
On Thursday, July 14, the This Matters Committee will host a panel of experts to provide different perspectives on the growing racial and ethnic tensions in America with a follow up discussion of how we ought to understand the events and respond to them.
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2016) — In a two-week exchange program, 22 students and four faculty members from Hong Kong traveled to Baylor University to interact with students and faculty from Baylor’s environmental science department and to learn about the culture and environment in Texas.
July 7, 2016 Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, oversees the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which works to digitize and save often forgotten gospel music. The project has preserved nearly 5,000 recordings, and now, thanks to Terry Roller, professor in Baylor’s art department, almost three dozen songs have visual representations. Roller assigned his students to choose two or three songs each from the project and design paper sleeves for their original vinyl records.
June 30, 2016 People who make decisions about what art they like may not be thinking about the art itself but may be more influenced by price, the opinion of art experts and whether people of whom they disapprove like it, writes arts columnist David A. Smith, Ph.D., a senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
The University's emphasis on diversity and inclusion is enhanced through the work of the President's Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) and the Special Assistant to the President on Diversity as well as through crucial dialogue with student leaders from diverse student organizations, including the NAACP. The May 2016 summary below outlines improvements and initiatives that have been undertaken across the University. The commitment is to build a strong foundation for a community of respect, character, cultural literacy and leadership. Through the coming months, the PACD and Special Assistant will continue to meet with faculty, staff, and students in order to collectively build upon these areas of progress and facilitate new initiatives that strengthen our community.
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2016) – Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Palacios, Ph.D., dean for student development in the Division of Student Life and a Baylor faculty member, to the post of special assistant to the President on diversity. With 35 years in higher education, Dr. Palacios has been instrumental in collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the community on a variety of diversity-related advancements. While she will continue her responsibilities as dean, she will begin immediately to devote a portion of her time to this additional role and will work closely with the President and the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) as progress continues in this important area.
WACO, Texas (April 4, 2016) – "The History of Human Rights," a lecture series by prominent historian Lynn Hunt, Ph.D., will be presented at the 38th Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures at Baylor Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5.