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: To be announced
  • Site: To be announced

    Andrew Balio will address the role of beauty in Western Civilization, with special emphasis on music, and the way classical composers and conductors abandoned beauty during the 20th century, with disastrous results for the fate of orchestras and performers worldwide.


    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: 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


    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 Liberty in India
  • 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, October 27

  • Speakers: Jan Swan & Charles Allison
  • 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


    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: To be announced
  • 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


    2016 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, November 17

  • Speaker: Whit Stillman (Writer, Director)
  • Topic: An Evening With Whit Stillman
  • Site: Barfield Drawing Room

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    7:30 p.m. Friday, November 18

  • Speaker: Whit Stillman
  • Topic: Whit Stillman's Films: A Screening and Conversation with the Director
  • Site: Castellaw 101
  • Sponsors: Phi Beta Kappa - Baylor Chapter, Film & Digital Media Department, Honors College