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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 2014-15 lineup!


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.

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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)

Foster will read from his poetry. His brilliant first collection of poems, The Garbage Eater, was published in 2011 by Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, and a second collection will be ready soon. Foster not only writes beautiful poems but reads them beautifully as well. English faculty and students, and indeed all lovers of poetry, will enjoy this time.

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

Foster will discuss the challenge of translating Cecco Angiolieri, a roguish, even scurrilous, contemporary of Dante, who thought himself Dante’s rival. Cecco’s poetry is comical, satirical, and highly colloquial, which presents real challenges to the translator. Foster will discuss these challenges and will read some of his delightful renderings of Cecco’s sonnets. This session will be of great interest also to poetry lovers, but equally to those who study the Romance languages.

More information about Brett Foster


The Pulse Annual Student Lecture

Jeff Cross: Horace and the Underworld: Shades of Immortality.

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 (Alexander Reading Room)

The Pulse hosts its annual student lecture to celebrate the publication of its spring edition. Free copies of The Pulse will be given to all in attendance.


John Haldane (Professor of Philosophy, St. Andrews University; Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs): Virtue Ethics: Anscombe Revisited

Sponsor: Department of Philosophy

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 (Morrison Hall 108)


Marilynne Robinson (More details to come)

TBA, Thursday, September 11 (Alexander Reading Room)


Fifth Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

Sponsors: Honors College, Honors Residential College

Thursday, October 2 (More details to come)


Second Annual Evening With the Arts

The Pulse and the Honors College will host an evening of music, poetry and storytelling from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in the Alexander Reading Room.

Faculty, alumni, and current students will gather to enjoy the arts in memory of the late Dr. Susan Colón, who passed away from cancer on June 24, 2012.