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 often for updates to the 2016-2017 lineup!


4 p.m. Thursday, September 1

  • Speaker: Dr. Russell Hittinger (Warren Chair of Catholic Studies, University of Tulsa; Advisory Board Member, Thomas International Project)
  • Topic: The Problem of Social Justice: A Catholic Approach
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room

    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. This year's theme is auctoritas, Latin for "influence." In these engaging presentations, Formation speakers will investigate the dynamic between moral formation and moral influence.

    7 p.m. Wednesday, September 7

  • Speaker: Michael McLendon (Dean of the School of Education, Baylor University)
  • Topic: To be announced
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room
  • Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran, Faculty Steward, Honors Residential College; Associate & Graduate Professor of Theology & Ethics, Baylor Religion Department

    Honors Residential College Symposium

    The Honors Residential College hosts a symposium for students to meet with exciting faculty members and guest speakers from a variety of fields. The symposium is composed of three events each semester.

    6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13

  • Speaker: Steve Veracruz
  • Topic: To be announced
  • Site: Memorial Drawing Room
  • Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran, Faculty Steward, Honors Residential College; Associate & Graduate Professor of Theology & Ethics, Baylor Religion Department

    4 p.m. Thursday, September 29

  • Speaker: Victor Boutros
  • Topic: Surprised by Hope: My Journey to the Front Lines o the Battle Against Slavery
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room

    Honors College alum and advisory board member Victor Boutros (B.A., '98) has spent most of his career as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice investigating and prosecuting international human trafficking, hate crimes and official misconduct cases around the country. He also has trained prosecutors and law enforcement professionals on human trafficking investigations and has taught trial advocacy to lawyers from Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa. Previously, Boutros spent time on similar issues in Ecuador and South Africa.


    2016 Charles G. Smith Lecture

    2:30 p.m. Friday, September 30

  • Speaker: Dr. Farrell O’Gorman (Professor and Chair of English, Belmont Abbey College)
  • Topic: Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination
  • Site: Carroll Science 101

    5 p.m. Monday, October 3

  • Speakers: Former Congressman Frank Wolf & Former U.N. Ambassador Tony Hall
  • Topic: The Faith that Unites Us Beneath our Political Divisions
  • Site: Foster 240

    Join former U.N. Ambassador Tony Hall and former Congressman Frank Wolf for a conversation on faith, friendship, and the unifying, transformative power of the Gospel in the public square.


    4 p.m. Wednesday, October 5

  • Speaker: Orchestral Trumpeter Andrew Balio (Principal, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
  • Topic: Music's Failed Revolutions
  • Site: Alexander Classroom (Room #115)

    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. This year's theme is auctoritas, Latin for "influence." In these engaging presentations, Formation speakers will investigate the dynamic between moral formation and moral influence.

    3:30 p.m. Friday, October 7

  • Speaker: Nick Wolterstorff (Noah Porter Professor Emeritus, Yale University)
  • Topic: Empathy, Anger, and the Righting of Injustice
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room
  • Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran, Faculty Steward, Honors Residential College; Associate & Graduate Professor of Theology & Ethics, Baylor Religion Department

    Annual BIC Homecoming Lecture

    2:30 p.m. Friday, October 14

  • Speaker: Sabrina Neff (Consumer Finance Litigation Associate, Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP)
  • Topic: Bursting the Baylor Bubble: Creating a Climate of Meaningful Self-Critique
  • Site: Marrs McLean Science, Room 101
  • Sponsor: Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

    Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues

    7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25

  • Speaker: Dr. Timothy Shah (Georgetown University, Religious Freedom Project)
  • Topic: Religious Freedom in a World of Religious Fervor: The Human Rights Issue of the Twenty-First Century
  • Site: Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library
  • Sponsor: Honors College

    Honors Residential College Symposium

    The Honors Residential College hosts a symposium for students to meet with exciting faculty members and guest speakers from a variety of fields. The symposium is composed of three events each semester.

    6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3

  • Speaker: L. Gregory Jones (Executive Vice President & Provost, Baylor University)
  • Topic: To be announced
  • Site: Memorial Drawing Room
  • Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran, Faculty Steward, Honors Residential College; Associate & Graduate Professor of Theology & Ethics, Baylor Religion Department

    Seventh Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

    4 p.m. Thursday, November 10

  • Speaker: Robert George, in conversation with John Haldane
  • Topic: Reasons for our Hope: The Role of Faith in Politics, Culture, and Education
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room

    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. This year's theme is auctoritas, Latin for "influence." In these engaging presentations, Formation speakers will investigate the dynamic between moral formation and moral influence.

    7 p.m. Wednesday, November 16

  • Speaker: Shirley Langston (Founder & Director, Restoration Haven, Waco)
  • Topic: To be announced
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room
  • Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran, Faculty Steward, Honors Residential College; Associate & Graduate Professor of Theology & Ethics, Baylor Religion Department

    2 p.m. Friday, December 2

  • Speaker: U.S. Senator Rand Paul
  • Topic: Civic Involvement, the Importance of Education, and the U.S. Government
  • Site: Foster 240

    Sponsored by Baylor Government Relations and Baylor Ambassadors


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    4 p.m. Tuesday, January 17

  • Speaker: Helge Antoni (Pianist, Exclusive Steinway Artist)
  • Topic: Socrates' Flute
  • Site: Memorial Drawing Room
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    7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19

  • Performer: Helge Antoni (Pianist, Exclusive Steinway Artist)
  • Piano Recital: Romantissimo: Works of Frederic Chopin and Edvard Grieg
  • Site: Roxy Grove Hall
  • Sponsored by the Honors College, School of Music, Department of Classics, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi honorary societies


    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. This year's theme is auctoritas, Latin for "influence." In these engaging presentations, Formation speakers will investigate the dynamic between moral formation and moral influence.

    8:30 p.m. Thusrsday, January 26

  • Speaker: Brian Jamison (Cross-Cultural Consultant)
  • Topic: A Discussion on the Nuances of Western Evangelism in the Middle East
  • Site: Alexander Reading Room
  • Media Contact: Dr. Jonathan Tran, Faculty Steward, Honors Residential College; Associate & Graduate Professor of Theology & Ethics, Baylor Religion Department

    4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1

  • Speaker: Arthur Milikh (Associate Director, The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics)
  • Topic: The Power and Necessity of Art
  • Site: Baines Room (Student Union Building)
  • This is a two-part lecture series. A free meal will be provided after Part 1, but attendees must submit an RSVP to Charlie Emmett by February 24.

    Sponsored by Baylor Civitas


    3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16

  • Speaker: Amir Hussain (Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University)
  • Topic: Muslims and the Making of America
  • Site: Foster 240
  • In Muslims and the Making of America, Dr. Amir Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life. He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America, Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential contributions made by its Muslim citizens. A book-signing will follow the lecture.

    Sponsors: Baylor University Press, Graduate School, Department of Religion, Honors College, University Chaplain, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Institute for Faith and Learning, Institute for Studies of Religion, and George W. Truett Theological Seminary


    2017 Roy B. Albaugh Lecture

    Whit Stillman is a writer-director best known for his 1990 movie Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and which played a crucial role in launching the "indie" film industry in the United States. In addition to Metropolitan, Stillman has written and produced Barcelona (1994), Last Days of Disco (1998), Damsels in Distress (2011) and, most recently, the critically acclaimed Love and Friendship (2016), a Jane Austen adaptation.

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23

  • Speaker: Whit Stillman (Writer, Director)
  • Topic: An Evening With Whit Stillman
  • Site: Barfield Drawing Room
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    7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24

  • Speaker: Whit Stillman
  • Topic: Whit Stillman's Films: A Screening and Conversation with the Director
  • Site: TBA
  • Sponsors: Phi Beta Kappa - Baylor Chapter, Film & Digital Media Department, Honors College