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Lecture Series: Fall '07

Smith, KatieMs. Katie Smith (University Scholar, '08): A Rhetorical Question: The Power of Persuasion in Mozart's String Quartets

University Scholar Katie Smith ('08) presented a lecture featuring the highlights of her senior thesis. Her presentation was followed by a string quartet recital in which Ms. Smith also participated.


Cavanaugh, ThomasDr. Thomas A. Cavanaugh (Professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco): Hippocrates' Snake, Homeopathy, and the Medical Ethic

Those puzzled by the association of snakes with medicine found this lecture of interest. Dr. Cavanaugh spoke about the snake as a medical symbol and its relationship to both medical practice and medical ethics as exemplified in the Hippocratic Oath. Relying on Greek mythology, the lecture addressed how an ancient insight into medical therapy (called "homeopathy"/like cures like) has corresponding importance for medical ethics. The lecture showed how the symbolic snake and homeopathy result in and make sense of Hippocrates' Oath.

Cavanaugh has served as a professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco since 1994. His interests of study include ethics and, more specifically, military and medical ethics. His latest work is entitled, Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil (Clarendon Press: Oxford). Double-Effect Reasoning is relied upon in medical ethics and in the just conduct of war to distinguish consequentially similar acts with different intentional structures.


Dr. Troy Abell (School of Education, Baylor University) & Dr. Lisa Baker (Department of Biology, Baylor University): Elective C-Section for Macrosomia: A Culture & Technology Intrigue

In the United States, there is a set of strong cultural values surrounding the word "natural" and a matching set of values associated with "high tech." Dr. Abell and Dr. Baker -- two of Baylor's own -- engaged the students and faculty in a lively discussion about how these values play themselves out in clinical decisions made by medical professionals and non-professionals.


Martinez, ElisabethDr. Elisabeth Martinez (Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas): Scientific Discovery: A Personal Quest From Argentina to the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Elisabeth Martinez (Georgetown University School of Medicine, '02) spoke to students about her journey down the academic road, which ultimately led to her current research post, and discussed questions that have driven her sense of vocation and research.

• Article in EMBO by Dr. Martinez on women in science entitled, "Falling Off the Academic Bandwagon"

• Article in Science on Dr. Martinez's report in EMBO entitled, "Postdoc Survey Finds Gender Split on Family Issues"


Wood, RobertDr. Robert E. Wood (Professor of Philosophy, University of Dallas): Plato and the Bible

Dr. Robert E. Wood, professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas, was with us in October. He's involved in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in politics, philosophy, and literature at the University of Dallas and took time to discuss that program with interested students after the lecture.


Whalen, LoganDr. Logan Whalen (Associate Professor of French, University of Oklahoma): Marie de France's Poetics of Memory and the Rhetorical Tradition

We were fortunate to be able to welcome Dr. Logan Whalen -- associate professor of French at the University of Oklahoma, president of the International Marie de France Society, and secretary of the International Arthurian Society.

Whalen has written many articles and a book on Marie de France, as well as edited several volumes dedicated to exploring the emergence of vernacular traditions in the medieval West. His secondary interests include Chrétien de Troyes, Dante, the troubadours, and representations of animals in bestiary manuscripts. He joined us in September to discuss Marie de France, emphasizing her importance within the larger medieval intellectual tradition.


ViolinKindling the Fire!

To initiate a new academic year bursting with potential for growth, The Honors College and the School of Music collaborated to bring students, faculty, and staff a night of music, sizzling with classic renditions by the Baylor Symphony.

The September program included:

Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture (11')
David Mairs: Lacrimosa et Benedictus (for the Victims) (7') (World Premier, conducted by the composer)
Mozart: Horn Concerto #4 with Jeffrey Powers, soloist (16')
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture (5')
Stravinsky: Suite from "Firebird" (23')


Hibbs w/ BookDr. Thomas S. Hibbs (Honors College Dean, Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture, Baylor University): The Mythology of Evil in Contemporary Film

Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Honors College dean, discussed the mythology of evil in contemporary film with references to The Exorcist, The Silence of Lambs, Pan's Labyrinth, Harry Potter, and others.