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 lineup!


Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Lamento Con Alas: Documenting Immigrant Deaths Along the Texas-Mexico Border

Media Contact: Carlos Colon

4 p.m. Tuesday, February 3 (Alexander Reading Room)

Moderator: Jenny Howell (Baylor University)

Panelists:
• Pilar Timpane (Duke University, Co-Producer)
• Carlos Colon (Baylor University, Co-Producer)
• Chris Martin (Cellist featured in film, also will perform live)

Sponsors: Office of Spiritual Life, Honors Residential College, Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion


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.

Media Contact: Dr. Todd Buras

7 p.m. Thursday February 5, Alexander Reading Room
• Dr. Jason Whitt (Associate Director, Institute for Faith and Learning, Baylor University):

7 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, Alexander Reading Room
Dr. Julia Hejduk (Professor of Classics, Baylor University): Friending the Dead

7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Alexander Reading Room
Dr. Todd Buras (Associate Professor of Philosophy, HRC Faculty Master, Baylor University): Title to come

Sponsor: Honors Residential College


Wilken Colloquium

Brian E. Daley, S.J. (Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame): Exploring Patristic Eschatology

Media Contact: Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs

7 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library)

Sponsors: Honors College, Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture at John Brown University


Pence Lecture Series Prelude: "We Have a Hope" Film Screening

Media Contact: Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray

7 p.m. Monday, March 16 (Alexander Reading Room)


Dr. Stephen Chapman (Associate Professor of Old Testament, Duke Divinity School): What is the Use of History? The Bible and Historical Criticism

Media Contact: Dr. Barry Harvey

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 (Miller Chapel)

Sponsors: Great Texts Program, Department of Religion, Institute for Studies of Religion


Pence Lecture Series

Dr. Millicent Marcus (Professor of Italian and Film Studies, Yale University): The Restless Priest and the Reluctant Pope: Nanni Moretti's Journey from The Mass Is Ended to Habemus Papam

Media Contact: Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 (Alexander Reading Room)

Dr. Millicent Marcus is Professor of Italian and Film Studies at Yale University. Her specializations include medieval literature, Italian cinema, interrelationships between literature and film, and representations of the Holocaust in post-war Italian culture. She is the author of An Allegory of Form: Literary Self-Consciousness in the 'Decameron' (l979), Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism (l986), Filmmaking by the Book: Italian Cinema and Literary Adaptation (l993), After Fellini: National Cinema in the Postmodern Age (2002), and Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz (2007). Her current project involves the study of contemporary Italian cinema within the theoretical framework of "post-realism."

Sponsor: Susan and Robert Pence, Great Texts Program


Two-Part Lecture Series by John Hardie:

Media Contact: Junius Johnson

John Hardie completed graduate studies in theology and ethics at Yale (S.T.M. 2002) and Princeton (Ph.D. 2012), writing his dissertation on Karl Barth's reading of the book of Job. He will give the following lectures while visiting Baylor campus:

• 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 30: The ‘End’ of Theodicy: Karl Barth on Christian Ethics and the Problem of Evil (Alexander Residence Hall, Room 115)
• 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31: Barth on Job: How Barth’s Critique of Religion Plays at Bonnaroo and Big-Time Sports (Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary)

Sponsor: Great Texts Program, George W. Truett Theological Seminary


Distinguished Lecture

Introduction by President Ken Starr

Arthur Brooks (President of American Enterprise Institute, national columnist, bestselling author): Capitalism Without Attachment: Creating a Prosperous Society Without Losing Our Souls

Media Contat: Steve Bradley

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 (5th Floor Cashion, Hankamer School of Business)

Before joining AEI, Arthur Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics concerning the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. He received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from Rand Graduate School.

Sponsors: Baylor Business Entreprenuership & Free Enterprise, AEI: American Enterprise Institute, Honors College


Poetry Reading with T.J. McLemore

Media Contact: Dr. Alden Smith

4 p.m. Thursday, April 23 (Memorial Drawing Room)

Sponsor: University Scholars Program


The Pulse Annual Student Lecture

Media Contact: Dr. Jeff Hunt

7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 (Alexander Reading Room)

The Pulse hosts its annual student lecture to celebrate the publication of its spring edition. This year, Ms. Anna McKay will present “Middle Earth According to Farrer: Double Agency in Ainulindale.” Free copies of The Pulse will be given to all in attendance.


Honors Program/University Scholars Pre-Health Alumni Lecture

James Saucedo, M.D. and Nick Steinour, M.D.: Title to come

Media Contact: Dr. Alden Smith

3 p.m. Friday, May 1 (Memorial Drawing Room)

More information about James Saucedo, M.D.

Sponsors: Honors Program, University Scholars Program


Rod Dreher: How Dante Can Save Your Life

Media Contact: Dr. Douglas Henry

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