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A favored pastime of Baylor students and faculty alike is the Honors College Lecture Series, during which time professionals from sundry fields are invited to conduct interactive lectures on a variety of topics -- the problems of modernism, the true nature of education, the politics and ethics of immigration, and the philosophical and spiritual significance of contemporary film, to name a few.

Designed to stimulate thought and discussion, the Lecture Series never fails to draw a crowd. Lectures are conducted throughout the fall and spring semesters, and plenty of succulent refreshments always are on hand...but, seating can be difficult to find if you arrive late!

Check back soon for updates to the 2014-15 lineup!


Phi Beta Kappa Roy B. Albaugh Lecture

Marilynne Robinson, Novelist: Reconceiving Realism: The Case for a Deeper Attention

7 p.m. Thursday, September 11 (Bennett Auditorium)

Sponsors: Phi Beta Kappa, Department of English


Mr. Victor Boutros (U.S. Department of Justice, Trial Attorney): Poverty's Terror: Exposing the Hidden Problem that is Destroying the World's Efforts to Help the Global Poor

4 p.m. Friday, September 12 (Morrison Hall 100)

Sponsor: Honors College

Mr. Victor Boutros' dialogue will address the problem of "everyday violence" -- acts of violence that are already against the law, including rape, forced labor, sex trafficking, land grabbing, and police brutality -- that not only threaten the safety of billions of people worldwide but significantly undermine development efforts aimed at ending poverty.

Co-author of The Locust Effect, Boutros is a federal prosecutor who investigates and tries police misconduct, hate crimes, and international human trafficking cases of national significance around the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is also a member of the Justice Department's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, which was designed to consolidate the expertise of some of the nation's top human trafficking prosecutors and to enhance the federal government's ability to identify and prosecute large trafficking networks. He has trained federal and local law enforcement professionals in the United States on investigating and prosecuting federal civil rights crimes and has taught trial advocacy to lawyers from Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Prior to his work with the Justice Department, Boutros spent time working on similar issues in the developing world. He has worked with the President of Ecuador to improve prison conditions, documented bonded slaves in India, and worked on human trafficking issues as a visiting lawyer with the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.

Boutros is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago, where he was as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and received a grant to research human trafficking as a Human Rights Research Fellow. In February, Oxford University Press published The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, a book Boutros co-authored with Gary Haugen. The Locust Effect is a Washington Post bestseller and has been featured by the New York Times, The Economist, NPR, the Today Show, Forbes, the BBC, and other media outlets.


Honors Residential College Formation Series

The Formation Series is the HRC's common conversation about what it means to be formed as a whole person by a Baylor education -- the fundamental commitment of our community. The series is composed of three events each semester.

7 p.m. Thursday September 18, Alexander Reading Room:
Dr. Dub Oliver (President, Union University): Vital Friendship

4 p.m. Thursday, October 2, Alexander Reading Room:
Ken Myers (Host & Producer, MARS HILL AUDIO Journal): Owen Barfield: The Overshadowed 'Second Friend' of C.S. Lewis

7 p.m. Thursday, November 20, Alexander Reading Room:
Dr. Darin Davis (Director, Institute for Faith & Learning; Assistant Professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics, George W. Truett Theological Seminary): The Necessity and Gift of Friendship


Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities

Sponsor: College of Arts & Sciences

An Afternoon With Amy Tan

3:30 p.m. Monday, September 29 (Fifth Floor Cashion)


Fifth Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

Sponsors: Honors College, Honors Residential College

Ken Myers (Host & Producer, MARS HILL AUDIO Journal): Owen Barfield: The Overshadowed ‘Second Friend’ of C.S. Lewis

4 p.m. Thursday, October 2 (Alexander Reading Room)

The lecture will be followed by a High Tea at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden of Contentment.


Panel Discussion: Worldwide Religious Persecution

4 p.m. Monday, October 6 (Alexander Reading Room)

Panelists:
• Rabbi Gordon Fuller (Agudath Jacob Synagogue, Waco)
• Father Timothy Vaverek (Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Gatesville)
• Anne Zaki (Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo, Egypt)

Moderator:
• David Garland (Provost, Baylor University)

Special Remarks:
• Ken Starr (President, Baylor University)


Baylor Civitas Lecture Series

The Baylor Civitas seeks to define citizenship by analyzing local, national, and global issues to cultivate an aware and engaged society. Baylor Civitas regularly meets for dicussion, guest speakers, service events, and social events to foster and acheive our mission of civic education

Congressman Chet Edwards

2:30 p.m. Monday, October 20 (Memorial Drawing Room)

More details to come


Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues

Sponsor: Honors College

Terry Teachout (Wall Street Journal drama critic, biographer, playwright, and blogger): The Story of Ambassador Satch: Louis Armstrong, Jazz, and International Relations

7 p.m. Monday, October 27 (Paul Powell Chapel, George W. Truett Theological Seminary)

Reception immediately following the lecture.


Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D. (Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville): The Church the State and the Shifting Dynamics of Public Secularity

Sponsors: Institute for Studies of Religion, Honors College

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 (Paul Powell Chapel, George W. Truett Theological Seminary)

Bishop Daniel Flores is the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville. He studied at the University of Dallas, and Holy Trinity Seminary, completing a BA in Philosophy in 1983 and Masters of Divinity in 1987. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Corpus Christi on January 30, 1988 and served in various capacities, including Secretary to the Bishop, Vice Chancellor and Director of Vocations. He was assigned to further study at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome in 1997 and completed work on doctoral dissertation in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum in 2000. In 2001, he was assigned to serve as a Formation Director for graduate level seminarians at St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, Texas in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, and Adjunct Professor for the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. In Sept 2005 he was assigned Rector of Corpus Christi Cathedral, while retaining assignment as Vice-Rector of Saint Mary's Seminary in Houston. October of 2006 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit; was ordained in Detroit on November 29, 2006. He became the Cardinal's Liaison for Hispanic Affairs with Regional Responsibilities for parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit; Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville on December 9, 2009.


Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Annual Alumni Homecoming Lecture

Sponsor: Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

2:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 (Bobo Spiritual Life Center)

Megan Rapp ('07): Letting My Life Speak: Pursuing International Affairs as a Vocation

Megan Rapp currently works for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Development Credit. In her current role, she oversees the development of new partial-credit guarantees to support development objectives in Africa. Prior to USAID, Rapp worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, managing the improved cookstoves activities under the Haiti Clean Energy Program. Prior to working for UNEP, she was a Teach for America (TFA) Corps Member in Miami, Florida.

Rapp holds degrees from Baylor University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and has studied at the American Business School and Université de Paris-Sorbonne, both in Paris. Learn more about her in a recent interview with her.


Honors College Homecoming Panel Discussion: Love and Friendship in an Age of Social Media

4 p.m. Friday, October 31 (Alexander Reading Room)

Are Facebook friends really friends? Is social media a help or hindrance to friendship? Can men and women be friends? What’s love got to do with friendship? What can Aristotle, St. Paul, and St. Augustine teach us about friendship? If God has made us friends, does that mean Jesus is our co-pilot? Or is that blasphemy? These questions and more will be addressed by our panelists.

Moderator: Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs (Honors College Dean)

Panelists:
• Dr. Todd Buras (Philosophy)
• Dr. Elizabeth Corey (Honors Program)
• Dr. Darin Davis (Institute for Faith & Learning, Director)


Prof. Michelle Brown (Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London): From Eastern Deserts to Western Isles: Eevidence for Contact Between the Churches of the Near East, Britain and Ireland Between Rome and the Crusades

Sponsors: Honors College, Department of Classics, Institute for Studies of Religion

3:30 p.m. Monday, November 3 (Treasury Room, Armstrong Browning Library)