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Lecture Series: Fall '12

Third Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

Tuesday, October 9

Sponsors: Honors College, Honors Residential College

Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr. (President, Houston Baptist University; Former President, Baylor University): Read, Watch and Pray: A Charge to the Custodians and Prophets of the Great Texts


Thursday, October 11

Sponsor: Honors Program

Justin Shubow (National Civic Art Society, Chairman; Yale Law School Alum '08): A Monumental Fight: The Eisenhower Memorial and America's Historical Memory

Why should we care about our monuments and memorials? Arguably the world's most famous architect, Frank Gehry has been selected to design the national memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is to be located just off the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In his lecture, Justin Shubow discussed the fierce controversy surrounding the memorial, the design of which is opposed by members of Congress as well as the entire Eisenhower family. He explained how the fight relates to the crucial role of civic art and architecture in America's historical memory and national identity.

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Helge Antoni (Pianist)

November 8 & 10

Sponsors: Honors College, School of Music, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts Program, Honors Program, University Scholars Program, and the Baylor Lecturers Committee

  • Lecture: Follow Your (He-)arts!
  • Recital: Inspiracion Latina

Attendees enjoyed a spicy mix of Spanish and Latin-American music by world-class pianist Helge Antoni, who presented the music of Scarlotti (his flamenco-inspired sonatas), followed by Albeniz, Turina and de Falla, ending with the passionate music by Villa-Lobos, Ginastera and Piazzolla. This recital was the musical pendant to his Honors lecture, Follow Your (He-)arts!

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Dante Lecture

Tuesday, November 13

Sponsors: Great Texts, Honors College

Christian Moevs (Associate Professor of Italian, University of Notre Dame): Triform Love: Desire as the Ordering Principle of Dante's Comedy

At the center of the Comedy, Virgil explains that all merit and blame is founded on how we love, and he lays out a tri-partite ordering principle, based on love, for all human action. In particular, this principle classifies love's failure -- the failure of human love to reach its intrinsic ultimate end -- into the seven cardinal vices, arranged in a symmetrical grouping of 3 + 1 + 3. Virgil lays out this classification in order to explain the structure of Purgatory, the place where human love is re-directed toward its ultimate supernatural end (Love itself), and towards finite things in due measure. The question then is: might this simple but profound 3 + 1 + 3 analysis of human love in relation to its intrinsic object -- laid out at the very center of the Comedy -- underlie the other two realms as well? Might it govern the structure not only of Purgatory, but of Hell and Paradise as well?

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Roy B. Albaugh Lecture

Tuesday, November 27

"An Afternoon Conversation with Charles Taylor and James Hunter"

Two brilliant minds came together in an open and impromptu discussion on politics, faith, and the future.

Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Honors College, the Departments of Sociology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion, and the Institute for Faith and Learning

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The Baylor chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presents the 2012 Albaugh Lecture -- "21st Century Religion: Faith in the Age of Authenticity" by Dr. Charles Taylor.

Charles Taylor, a professor of philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has made notable contributions to the fields of political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and the history of philosophy. A recipient of the prestigious Kyoto Prize and Templeton Prize, Taylor is the author of numerous articles and books, including: The Explanation of Behavior (1964), Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity (1989), The Ethics of Authenticity (1992), Multiculturalism (1994), A Secular Age (2007), Dilemmas and Connections (2011), and the forthcoming Retrieving Realism, with Hubert Dreyfus. Taylor enjoys widespread esteem among fellow philosophers and has been called the greatest philosopher alive today.

James Davison Hunter is Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and a 2012-2013 distinguished visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at Baylor University. He has written seven books, edited three books, and published a wide range of essays, articles, and reviews all variously concerned with the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life. Professor Hunter's most recent book is To Change the World: the Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Later Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2010).