Lecture Series

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 2015-2016 lineup!

Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues

Sponsor: Honors College

Dr. Robert P. George (McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founding Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University) presenting The State of International Religious Freedom

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

Reception immediately following the lecture.

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. The series is composed of three events each semester.

Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran

7 p.m. Thursday September 10, Alexander Reading Room
• Dr. Farr Curlin (Duke University Medical School) presenting God Matters for Medicine

7 p.m. Thursday October 15, Alexander Reading Room
• Matthew Whelan (Baylor Adjunct Professor) presenting God Matters for El Salvador: The Witness of Oscar Romero

7 p.m. Thursday November 19, Alexander Reading Room
• Natalie Carnes (Baylor Religion Department) presenting God Matters: The Beauty of God

Rod Dreher (Senior Editor, The American Conservative) presenting How Dante Can Save Your Life

4 p.m. Thursday, October 1 (Alexander Reading Room)

Rabbi David Dalin (Professor of History & Politics, Ave Maria University) presenting The Church and the Jews

In the 52 years since his death in June 1963, and especially on the occasion of his recent canonization last year, Pope John XXIII has been recognized and revered, together with Pope John Paul II, as one of the 20th century's greatest papal friends and supporters of the Jewish people. David Dalin will examine the extraordinary relationship between John XXIII and the Jews, from the pivotal role that he had in saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe while serving as the Vatican's papal representative in Turkey during World War II, through his historic role in convening the Second Vatican Council and in encouraging and inspiring the formulation of the Council's historic Declaration on Jews and Judaism known as Nostra Aetate. Pope John XXIII's relationship with the Jews was an important chapter in the history of his pontificate, which had profound implications for Catholic-Jewish relations in our time.

7 p.m. Monday, October 12 (Memorial Drawing Room)

Homecoming Weekend: October 23-24

Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Alumni Homecoming Lecture: Reflecting on the Examined Life

John-Michael Marrs (Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts, Baylor University): Title to come

2:45 p.m. Friday, October 23 (Bobo Spiritual Life Center)


Sixth Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

Dr. David O'Connor (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Associate Professor of Classics, University of Notre Dame) presenting Plato's Bedroom: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love

4 p.m. Friday, October 23 (Alexander Reading Room)

HRC High Tea immediately following at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden of Contentment

Elizabeth Vardaman (Associate Dean, Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences) presenting Prestigious Scholarships

Learn about opportunites for national and international scholarships and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman).

4 p.m. Wednesday, November 4 (Alexander Reading Room)

Sponsors: University Scholars Program, Honors Program, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

Dr. Jeffrey M. Ringer (Assistant Professor of English, University of Tennessee-Knoxville) presenting The Religious Creativity of Evangelical Student Writers: Fostering Civil Discourse Acrsoss Difference

5 p.m. Thursday, November 5 (Memorial Drawing Room)

More information about Dr. Jeffrey M. Ringer

Sponsors: University Scholars Program, Honors Program, Department of English

Pence Lecture Series

Dr. Giuseppe Mazzotta (Sterling Professor in the Humanities for Italian & Chairman of Italian, Yale University) presenting Dante's Theology of the Future: Inferno XIX and Paradiso XXXIII

4 p.m. Thursday, November 12 (Alexander Reading Room)

Dr. Stephen Prickett (University of Kent, United Kingdom) presenting Back Into the Future: Romanticism, Secularization, and the Reinvention of Literature

3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 14 (Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library)

This lecture is sponsored by Baylor University's 19th C. Research Seminar (19CRS) and the Honors College. 19CRS is an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and students in and outside of Baylor University to present and hear original research in all areas of nineteenth-century studies.

More information about Dr. Stephen Prickett

Matthew Milliner (Assistant Professor of Art History, Wheaton College) presenting The New St. Victor: A 12th-Century Model for 21st-Century Liberal Arts

11:30 a.m. Friday, February 19 (Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library)

This lecture is sponsored by the Honors Program.

Wilken Colloquium

Peter J. Leithart (President, Theopolis Institute, Birmingham, Alabama) presenting Gospel as Atonement Theory: The Jesus of History and the Christ of the Cross

7 p.m. Friday, February 26 (Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library)

This lecture is sponsored by the Honors College and the Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture at John Brown University.

12th Annual Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Lecture

Dr. David L. Jeffrey (Distinguished Professor Literature & Humanities, Baylor University) presenting Return of the Transcendentals: Rouault, Chagall, and Arcabas

In April 2015, Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities in Baylor’s Honors College, was honored as the 12th Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year.

Since 2000, Jeffrey has been a Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor. His teachings concentrate on medieval literature, the Bible as literature, medieval exegesis, biblical hermeneutics and literary theory, biblical tradition in the arts, art and biblical theology, literature and philosophy and aesthetics.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 (Marrs McLean Science Building, Room #100)

Discussions With the Dean

The Possibility of Chrisitan Higher Education: A Panel Discussion Featuring Stanley Hauerwas

• L. Gregory Jones (Ruth W. & A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology & Christian Ministry, Duke University)
• Michael K. McLendon (Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Higher Education Policy & Leadership, Baylor University)
• Stanley Hauerwas (Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity & Law, Duke University)
• Thomas S. Hibbs (Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ehtics & Culture, Baylor University)

5 p.m. Thursday, March 17 (Alexander Reading Room)

This lecture is sponsored by the Honors College, Institute for Faith & Learning, and the Department of Religion.

Vittorino Testa (Screenwriter & Professor of Audio Visual Market Economics, State University of Rome) presenting U.S./E.U. Cinema and TV: Shared Ethics, Cultural Divide

4 p.m. Friday, April 1 (Castellaw Communications 101)

Sponsors: Department of Film & Digitial Media, Honors College, Honors Program, University Scholars Program

Dr. Michael Ward (Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford) presenting The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God: Lewis, Narnia, and the Planets

3 p.m. Monday, April 4 (Armstrong Browning Library, Hankamer Treasure Room)

"His cumulative case for reading the Narnia books in terms of the planets is overwhelming...This introduction to a masterpiece is something of a masterpiece in its own right." - Times Literary Supplement

More information about Dr. Michael Ward

The Pulse Annual Student Lecture

7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 (Alexander Reading Room)

Helena Hunt (University Scholar '16): Pelicans to Foxes: Animal Women in King Lear and Ran

Free copies of The Pulse will be available to all who attend.