For 1,500 years, elaborate mosaics depicting Bible stories like Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea were buried in the ruins of an ancient synagogue in Israel. But this summer, a team that included two Baylor students and Dr. Nathan Elkins, a Baylor art history professor and coin specialist, uncovered this stunning artwork while excavating the synagogue that housed it.
"In the last years of the Weimar Republic, Karl Mannheim, an influential sociologist, argued that a new type of person had recently arisen in the Western world: the intellectual," writes Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, in an essay for Harper's Magazine. 'These were people 'whose special task is to provide an interpretation of the world,' to 'play the part of watchmen in what otherwise would be a pitch-black night.'"
Drew Mackenzie, a junior University Scholar at Baylor, received a Young Scholar Award and $5,000 scholarship from Values & Capitalism, an initiative at the American Enterprise Institute. Working with the oversight of a faculty advisor, Mackenzie’s research project will look at the role of democratic capitalism in upholding man’s dignity, within a context of pluralism. His research will be published next summer on the Values & Capitalism website.