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Apr
14
2016
Baylor's own Dr. Julie DeGraffenried will deliver the Keston Center Spring Lecture, Combatting God and Grandma: Soviet Anti-Religious Policies and the Battle for Childhood," in the Michael Bourdeaux Research Center of the Keston Center, which is located on the third floor of Carroll Library. Her lecture will read the anti-religious campaigns of the Soviet authorities through the lens of childhood as a conflict between state and family & tradition and modernity. The presentation will consider these policies and the children affected by them in light of recent scholarship on childhood and religion.

Michael Bordeaux Research Center,
Carroll Library,
Third Floor
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Apr
5
2016
"The History of Human Dignity", by Dr. Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Professor and Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA
Apr
4
2016
"Novels, Empathy, and the Origins of Human Rights", by Dr. Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor and Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA
Feb
29
2016
"Gender and the Politics of Invisibility: Making Historical Sense of Enforced Disappearance in Post-Colonial Uganda", by Dr. Alicia Decker, Pennsylvania State University
Feb
4
2016
Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex continues their Director’s Forum again on February 4th and 5th, 2016. Each year we highlight one of our museum’s permanent exhibits to provide more in-depth educational enrichment for our museum members, Baylor faculty, students, the community, and our staff. Reservations are strongly suggested because of limited seating.

This year our lecture series will highlight our Historic Village, specifically our Planter’s House, Tenant House and the Cotton Plantation culture in Waco at the turn of the twentieth century. We are hosting Dr. Watson Arnold with a series titled “The Rise and Fall of the Cotton Culture.” Dr. Arnold has custom fit a presentation for our 2016 Director’s Forum. Our goal is for these lectures to be educational: however, the entertainment factor is important as well and Dr. Arnold certainly fits that bill!
Jan
22
2016
Today, we remember the ten students of the 1927 Men’s Basketball team who lost their lives’ in a train-bus crash on January 22, 1927. Of the Immortal Ten is Mr. William Penn Winchester, a senior originally from Waco, whom majored in both History and French.
Sep
21
2015
On the heels of a new injection of public interest from last week's Republican presidential debate, 10 Baylor University faculty members will present their choices Tuesday afternoon for the new face on the $10 bill.
Sep
18
2015
Associate Professor Dr. Julie deGraffenried wins the second annual Guittard Book Award.
Sep
14
2015
The Thirty-Eighth Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures will be postponed to April 4-5, 2016. Dr. Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor & Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA, will lecture on "The History of Human Rights."
Aug
7
2015
For its strong analysis and examination of international and interdisciplinary oral history work in post-disaster settings, Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Catastrophe co-edited by Associate Professor Stephen Sloan has been awarded the 2015 Book Award from the Oral History Association.
Jul
7
2015
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2015)- Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill-the first paper currency in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman.

An online poll earlier this year advocating for women on the $20 brought forth 20 nominees, including such well-known names as Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller.

But are there other women in U.S. history who merit consideration on the $10?

Kimberly R. Kellison, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the history department in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, compiled a list of remarkable but maybe less known women who meet the Treasury’s criteria as champions of democracy or who helped break boundaries in a democratic society.

“I chose eight women who were not a part of the original short list for the WomenOn20s campaign,” Kellison said. “What unites the women, even though they lived in different times and addressed various causes, is their passion for improving the conditions of those who faced oppression or inequality.”
Jun
25
2015
The resident Director of the program at Baylor University, Dr. Joan Supplee, will be responsible for providing relevant information on the possibility of exchange students of the faculty. You will accompany you in the presentation of the Board of Directors of the CELE (Centre of Spanish as a foreign language, the Undersecretary for policy language-dependent), organizer of the meeting.
Jun
15
2015
Baptists started as outsiders in Colonial America, played a crucial role in the shaping of this country's religious freedom and grew to become the largest Protestant denomination in America by the 20th century.

In the shift from outsiders to insiders with considerable political power, however, Baptists have considered themselves outsiders to the larger culture — even as members of the historically fractious Christian denomination show up on both sides of many important national questions.

That’s one of the observations of “Baptists In America,” a new history of the demonination written by Baylor University history professors Thomas Kidd and Barry Hankins and published by Oxford University Press.

The two focus on religious history in their research and writing — Kidd in early America, Hankins in the 20th century.

Combining their specializations to create a history examining the role of Baptists was an idea that happened shortly after Kidd’s arrival at Baylor in 2002.

Both historians have authored several books in their fields. Kidd has written biographies of American Patrick Henry (“Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots”) and influential English evangelist George Whitefield (“George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father”), as well as a look at religion in America’s formation (“God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution”).

Hankins’ book subjects include flamboyant and controversial Texas Baptist preacher J. Frank Norris (“God’s Rascal”); the interaction of evangelicals and America’s Jazz Age (“Jesus and Gin”); and the history “American Evangelicals.”

Both are also Baptists and found in their studies that Baptist history offered a way of looking at the larger story of religion in America.

“When you’re looking at religious trends in America, there’s no better way than to tell them than through the lens of Baptists,” Kidd said.

What the Baylor professors wanted in their book was something readable that non-Baptists and Baptists alike would find interesting.
Apr
29
2015
Norman W. Cox Award, The Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2014. "Suffering for Their Consciences: The Depiction of Anabaptists and Baptists in the Eighteenth-Century Histories of Daniel Neal," Baptist History & Heritage 49, no. 3, "Baptists on the Margins: Minorities, Borders, and Controversies" (Fall 2014): 39-67. Awarded to "the person judged to have written the best article published in Baptist History and Heritage in the preceding calendar year."
Apr
29
2015
Dr. David A. Smith senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University publishes, "Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy". More information is available on:
http://davidasmith.net/the-price-of-valor.html & http://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2015/04/24/price_of_valor_the_life_of_audie_murphy_210.html
Jan
27
2015
The Baylor University Department of History Presents Black History Month Lecture Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell
"Wednesdays in Mississippi: White Gloves and Quiet Power as Catalysts for Change"
Wednesday, February 5, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Morrison 120
Dec
4
2014
Dr. George Gawrych television interview about research in military archives in Onkara, Turkey.
Oct
22
2014
Baylor University Department of History Presents: The 37th Charles Edmonson Historical Lectures, Dr. Barbara Cooper, Professor of History at Rutgers University, "Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel" Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm, "Building the Church: Struggling to Define Elders, Marriage and Work in Majority Muslim Niger, 1933-1955", Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm, "Mission Medicine and the Gendering of Health Services in Niger" Location: Morrison Hall 120
Sep
2
2014
November 13, 2014 7-8:00 pm
Lecture by Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University Professor of History
George Whitefield at 300: Remembering the Eighteenth Century's Greatest Revivalist
December 2014 marks the 300th birthday of George Whitefield, the leading evangelist of the First Great Awakening, and the most famous person in America prior to the American Revolution. In spite of his remarkable career, Whitefield remains strangely unknown today, but his 300th birthday represents a major opportunity to revisit the triumphs and controversies generated by his preaching ministry. This symposium will gather a range of experts on George Whitefield and the Anglo-American evangelical movement in order to consider Whitefield’s titanic influence on Christian faith in his own time, and on Christian movements through the present day.
May
14
2014
Dr. Jenkins will be speaking at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. They are hosting an event called the Great Commission Summit. In addition to Dr. Jenkins serving as keynote, they will also have speakers from China, Africa and Latin America as well as local church leaders.
Apr
30
2014
Family, friends and students of Dr. Daniel Greene, former senior lecturer of history, will come together today to grieve his sudden passing.

Dr. Rosalie Beck, associate professor, will officiate the memorial service at 4 p.m. at the Miller Chapel located inside the Tidwell Bible Building. Beck said she was asked to oversee the service by Greene’s wife, Dr. Joan Supplee, associate professor of history, whom she has worked with closely at Baylor.
Greene passed away April 23 at a local hospital.

Beck said the memorial service is open to the entire student body and faculty members. Several family members and friends from around the country will fly in to remember Greene at the place he has worked the past 11 years, Beck said.

Greene was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Notre Dame International High School in Rome. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University then his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin.

His teaching career included time at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va., and McLennan Community College before arriving at Baylor.

According to a press release by Baylor, it was while in Austin that Greene met his wife, with whom he shared a love of history, stray animals, traveling in Latin America and hiking.

Greene spent the last weekend of his life working on land he loved in San Jeronimo, N.M., according to the press release.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be made in Greene’s name the department of history at Baylor, the Nature Conservancy, Fuzzy Friends Rescue or a charity of choice, according to the press release.

Greene is survived by his wife Supplee; brother Jim; sisters Mary Greene Cramer and Rebecca Greene Kunz and his colleagues, friends and students across the country.
Apr
25
2014
Baylor students, faculty, staff and friends are mourning the loss of Dr. Daniel Greene, senior history lecturer, who died unexpectedly at a local hospital Wednesday. His funeral services are still being organized.

“Our hearts are very heavy today at the news of the sudden passing of Dr. Greene,” said Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of media communications. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife Dr. Joan Supplee, with his faculty and staff colleagues, and with the countless students he has influenced over the years.”

In the news flash email, Dr. Jeff Hamilton, history professor and department chair, said Greene’s passion for his work was not hidden behind his quiet nature. Greene was often “the face of the history department” for new Baylor students, Hamilton said.

“Student evaluation comments consistently stress his passion for history, his ability to communicate clearly and explain complex issues and his respectful treatment of students,” Hamilton said. “His colleagues will miss his subtle wit and gentle laugh. His passing leaves a void we can never entirely fill.”

Philadelphia, Penn., junior Chierra Williams said she had Greene for a history class during her sophomore year at Baylor.

“Dr. Greene was definitely passionate about his class,” she wrote in an email to the Lariat. “He always knew how to keep me interested in his lectures. He came to class every day prepared and equipped with a smile on his face.”

Greene’s interest in history was contagious and reminded Williams of a high school teacher who sparked her interest in history.

“I didn’t think I would have an experience like this again,” Williams wrote. “By reading novels along and listening to his lectures, I had a different learning experience and saw the information I was learning from a different angle.”

Several Baylor students took to Twitter to express their condolences for Greene and his family.
“RIP Dr. Greene. My prayers and condolences go out to your loved ones,” San Antonio freshman Trevor Taylor tweeted.

Fredericksburg junior Ryan Finn also expressed himself via Twitter.

“Wow. Rest in Peace Dr. Greene, you were loved by so many,” he tweeted.

Like other members of the Baylor family, Williams expressed condolences for Greene’s family.

“To the Greene family, I would say, ‘Keep your heads up and remain encouraged knowing that Dr. Greene was a great man that will truly be missed here at Baylor,’” Williams wrote.
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