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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 often for updates to our 2013-14 lineup!

Pre-Health Honors Lecture

Dr. Keith Baggerly (MD Anderson Cancer Center): When Is Reproducibility an Ethical Issue? Genomics, Personalized Medicine, and Human Error

3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 5 (Marrs McLean Science, Room 301)

Abstract: Modern high-throughput biological assays let us ask detailed questions about how diseases operate and promise to let us personalize therapy. Careful data processing is essential because our intuition about what the answers "should" look like is very poor when we have to juggle thousands of things at once. When documentation of such processing is absent, we must apply forensic bioinformatics to work from the raw data and reported results to infer what the methods must have been. We will present several case studies where simple errors may have put patients at risk. This work has prompted several journals to revisit the types of information that must accompany publications. We discuss steps we take to avoid such errors and lessons that can be applied to large data sets more broadly. This work has been covered in the scientific press, on the front page of the New York Times and on 60 Minutes.

A reception with refreshments will be held from 3-3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Statistical Science Department, on the first floor of Marrs McLean Science.

Honors Residential College (HRC) 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. In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S Lewis' death, this year's Formation Series will focus on Lewis' contribution to Christian thought. The series is composed of three events each semester.

• September 15: HRC Community Dinner (6-8 p.m., Memorial Dining Hall, 8th Street entrance) By invitation only

• October 8: Guest lecture by Dr. Ralph Wood: C.S. Lewis on Theosis: Why Christians Are Not Meant to Be Tame but Good (4-5 p.m., Alexander Reading Room) As part of the Fourth Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

• November 18: Guest lecture by Dr. Stephen Evans (7:30 p.m., Alexander Reading Room)

Fourth Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

Sponsors: Honors College, Honors Residential College

Ralph C. Wood (University Professor of Theology and Literature, Baylor University): C.S. Lewis on Theosis: Why Christians Are Not Meant to Be Tame but Good

4 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 (Alexander Reading Room)

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

Baylor Society of Early Christianity (BSEC)

Dr. Peter W. Martens (Assistant Professor of Early Christianity, St. Louis University): Why We Should Study the Reception History of the Bible, or: What (the Notorious) Origen Teaches Us

4 p.m. Tuesday, October 15 (Kayser Auditorium)

Recent decades have seen a strong renewal of interest in how early Christians read the Bible. But their approach to the Bible was often very different - confusingly different - from how the Bible is studied today. This lecture by Dr. Peter W. Martens, professor of theology at St. Louis University, will focus on one of the most prolific interpreters of Scripture in early Christianity, Origen of Alexandria. How did he envision the project of biblical scholarship, and how was this project so different from biblical scholarship today?

More information on Dr. Peter W. Martens

Student Panel Discussion: The Future of Medicine

5 p.m. Tuesday, October 15 (Alexander Reading Room)

In spring 2013, Dr. Bill Neilson (Clinical Professor, Honors Program) took students to the Healthcare Coalition of Texas' spring meeting in San Antonio, Tex. A few of these students will share their experiences via a panel discussion.

Honors College Homecoming Panel Discussion

Sponsors: Honors College, Department of Philosophy

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, the Honors College and Department of Philosophy present C.S. Lewis and the Christian University Today.

Join Baylor faculty as they disucss the impact of Lewis on their scholarship, teaching and calling, and debate Lewis' most important contributions to the idea of a Christian university.

This panel discussion is set for 4 p.m. Friday, October 18 (Alexander Reading Room). Panelists are Dr. Lori Baker, Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Dr. David L. Jeffrey, and Dr. Ralph C. Wood.

Dr. Matthew Dickerson (Professor of Computer Science, Middlebury College): Can Computers Reason? Perspectives on the Philosophy of Mind

3:30 p.m. Monday, October 21 (Alexander Reading Room)

A Judeo-Christian worldview rooted in Genesis 1:26-27 understands humans as being in some way the image-bearers of God. But many modern physicalists such as the engineer-futurologists Ray Kurzweil, biologist Richard Dawkins, and philosopher Daniel Dennett instead proclaim that humans are nothing more than complex bio-chemical machines. Dr. Matthew Dickerson, Professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College (VT) and author of The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters (Brazos Press, 2011) will critique the implications of the view that humans are mere computers, particularly with respect to the possibility of a reasoning human mind.

Dr. Matthew Dickerson (Professor of Computer Science, Middlebury College): The Scouring of Middle-Earth

7 p.m. Monday, October 21 (Alexander Reading Room)

From 'Dark Satanic mills' to the question of 'water-boarding', J.R.R.Tolkien's portrayal of exploitation and his exploration of issues of environmental and social justice gets close to what Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey would call the 'ideological core' of his works. Contrasting Hobbit agrarianism with the militarized agricultures of Sauron and Saruman, and a Gandalfian model for treating prisoners with a more orcish example, author Matthew Dickerson (A Hobbit Journey and Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien) will explore this ideological core.

Robert N. McClelland, M.D. (Professor Emeritus of Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center): Parkland Hospital, November 1963: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald

Sponsors: Medical Humanities, Honors College, Institute for Faith & Learning

7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24 (Barfield Drawing Room)

Dr. McClelland will address his experiences caring for President John F. Kennedy, operating on Lee Harvey Oswald, and testifying before the Warren Commission.

Dr. McClelland was born and grew up in Gilmer, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas with highest honors in 1950 and then graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1954.

Following an internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he completed a residency in general surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. At Parkland, he administered medical care to Pres. John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. After finishing his residency in 1962, he joined the faculty of Southwestern Medical School faculty from which he officially retired in August, 2007 (45 years). In September, 2007 he was appointed a Professor Emeritus of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He remains an active participant in various medical school activities, primarily those concerning medical student education, and is on campus every weekday.

Dr. Michelle Brown (Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, School of Advanced Study at the University of London): Envisioning the Word: Illuminated Manuscripts and the Transmission of the Bible from Late Antiquity to 1500

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

4:30 p.m. Monday, November 11 (Armstrong Browning Library Lecture Room)

Dr. Michelle Brown, former manuscript curator at the British Library, will present a lecture on medieval manuscripts and their illuminations. More details to come.

More information on Dr. Michelle Brown

Phi Beta Kappa Roy B. Albaugh Lecture

Dr. Charles Ramirez Berg (Joe M. Dealey, Sr. Professor in Media Studies, The University of Texas): Image Matters: the Representation of Latinos in Film

7 p.m. Thursday, November 14 (Mayborn Museum Theater)

The Baylor chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presents the 2013 Albaugh Lecture by Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg.

Charles Ramírez Berg is Joe M. Dealey, Sr. Professor in Media Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to many articles and book chapters, he has written four books on Latinos in U.S. films, film history and narratology, and Mexican cinema. His latest book, The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films, will be published by the University of Texas Press in 2014.

He recently was appointed to the National Film Preservation Board of The Library of Congress and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1997-1998. Ramírez Berg is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (1996) and has won every major teaching award at The University of Texas.

He has published fiction, poetry, and co-authored a children's book, The Gift of the Poinsettia, with Chicana poet Pat Mora (Houston: Arte Público Press/U. of Houston, 1995). From 1991-1994, he served on the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema Studies (now the Society for Cinema and Media Studies). He is one of the founders of the Austin Film Society, a charter member of its Board of Directors, and served as its president from 2001-2003.

More information about Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg

C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference -- Register here!


Dr. Stephen Evans (University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University): On Lewis' Moral Argument for God's Existence (3 p.m., Alexander Reading Room)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22: Panel Discussion

Erik Wielenberg (Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePauw University) and Trent Dougherty (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University): On Wielenberg's book God and the Reach of Reason: C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell (7 p.m., Alexander Reading Room)


10-10:45 a.m. -- Ralph Wood (University Professor of Theology and Literature, Baylor University): C.S. Lewis on the Christian Life as a Perpetual In-Godding

11-11:45 a.m. -- Trent Dougherty (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University): Lewis on the Problem of Animal Suffering

12-1 p.m. -- Lunch with Talk by Francis Beckwith (Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, Baylor University)

2-2:45 p.m. -- Alan Jacobs (Distinguished Professor of Literature, Baylor University) and response by David L. Jeffrey (Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities, Baylor University)

3-3:45 p.m. -- Panel: William Weaver (Associate Professor of Literature, Baylor University), Scott Moore (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts, Baylor University), and Douglas Henry (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University)

4-4:45 p.m -- Todd Buras (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University): Lewis' Argument from Desire

Two Illustrated Lectures

Dr. Alden Smith (Professor of Classics, Baylor University): Virgil in Virgil: Representations of the Poet in the Bodleian Georgics MS Rawl. G. 98

Dr. Piergiacomo Petrioli (Adjunct Professor in Italy Program, University of Oregon): Art, Relics & Politics in Renaissance Siena: The Creed by Vecchietta in the Spedale Del Santa Maria Della Scala

This joint lecture is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 17, in the Armstrong Browning Library Lecture Hall.

Bengt Jangfeldt (Scholarly Biographer and Professor of Literature, Stockholm University)

Sponsors: Honors College, Honors Program, Baylor University Press, Department of History, University Scholars Program

Lecture: Raoul Wallenberg, the Hero of Budapest

4 p.m. Tuesday, February 4 (Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library)

Round Table Discussion: A Life Based on Lives: Literary Reflections of a Biographer

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5 (Memorial Drawing Room)

Bengt Jangfeldt studied Russian literature in Stockholm and Moscow. He lives in Stockholm and is the author of biographies of Axel Munthe (2003), Vladimir Mayakovsky (2007), Joseph Brodsky (2010), and Raoul Wallenberg (2013). His books have been translated into several languages, and he himself has been a translator of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam, and Joseph Brodsky. Jangfeldt has received several aware for his books, including the August Prize (twice) and the Swedish Academy's Biography Prize.

Ingrid Pierce (Baylor Alumna; Ph.D. Candidate, Purdue University): A Bear's Perspective on Graduate School: How To Get In, Survive, & Thrive

Sponsor: University Scholars Program

Noon Wednesday, February 26 (Memorial Drawing Room)

Brock McGuire Band

Sponsors: Center for International Education, Honors College

8 p.m. Thursday, February 27 (Meadows Recital Hal, Glennis McCrary Music Building)

"The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by two of Ireland's most celebrated traditional musicians: button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire, and also features Garry O'Meara on banjo, mandolin and vocals, and acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Denis Carey.

"Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the Brock McGuire Band in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. The band's repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

"The members of the Brock McGuire Band are experienced educators and master musicians respected throughout the Irish traditional and Celtic music communities."

Read an interview of the Brock McGuire Band by the Waco Tribune Herald.

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. Monday, March 3 (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.

Click here for registration information.

Oliver Nicholson (Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Minnesota): The Anger of God and the Deaths of the Persecutors: Lactantius and the Great Persecution of 303-313 A.D.

Sponsors: Department of Classics, Department of English, Department of Religion, and Great Texts

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 (Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library)

More information about Dr. Oliver Nicholson

Graham McAleer (Loyola University Maryland)

Jay-Z v. Lorde: The Whig-Tory Dispute in Business Ethics or Hume and Smith versus Aquinas and Kant
• 4 p.m. Monday, March 24 (Alexander Reading Room)

Pope Francis and the Problem of Hope
• 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 (Alexander Reading Room)

More information about Dr. Graham McAleer

Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues

The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr. (Former White House Chief of Staff): Leading in a Time of Crisis

Sponsor: Honors College

7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 (Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library)

Honorable Card Jr.'s lecture will encompass the events of 9/11/2001, including notifying President George W. Bush.

Bears for Life Lecture

Sponsor: Bears for Life

David Solomon (Notre Dame Philosophy Professor and Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics): Can We Do Without Dignity? Disability, Bioethics, and the War Between Autonomy and Dignity

Bears for Life, Baylor's pro-life student organization, will host a talk given by Dr. David Solomon, our greatly admired and loved friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor. Solomon is the Visiting Professor Medical Ethics and the founding director of the Notre Dame Center of Ethics and Culture (1998-2012).

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 (Alexander Reading Room)

For more information about the lecture, please contact Emily Gilcrease.

More information on David Solomon

Brett Foster (Associate Professor of English, Wheaton College):

Friday, April 25: Poetry Reading (4 p.m., Cowden Room, Third Floor of SUB)

Monday, April 28 Cecco Angiolieri, Elemental Rebel: Literary Translation and Traditions of Lyric Poetry (2:30 p.m., Beckham Room, Second Floor of SUB)

More information about Brett Foster