Article by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, in which he examines how and why, during the 2016 presidential campaign, many conservative Christians abandoned a position they “once held almost unanimously: In politics, character counts.” He explores what criteria should determine a Christian’s attitude toward a political candidate, noting there is no uniform answer.
This article about how social media has changed mourning the dead quotes Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Interdisciplinary Core and author of “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century.” While past traditions included photos of the dead and wearing black armbands, “I really believe that a lot of these social media mourning rituals are popping up because people aren't able to mourn in public spaces the way that they used to,” Cann said. “People have this need to be recognized as grievers."
Graduating seniors in the Honors Program in the Honors College are presenting thesis research projects during the 25th annual J. Harry and Anna Jeanes Academic Honors Week. “This is an opportunity for other students and faculty to see the fruit of the thesis process. For the student making the presentation, this is often great training for graduate or professional school where scholarship will continue to be shared with the larger academy,” said Albert Beck, Ph.D., admissions and advisement coordinator for the Honors Program.
Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, was chosen for the 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award by the senior class. On April 20, 2017, Dr. Jonathan Tran will be giving a lecture titled "My Life With Students: Wittgensteinian Thoughts on Baylor Students." Dr. Tran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Faculty Steward of the Honors Residential College. There will be a reception following the lecture.
Baylor University senior Emily E. Martin, a University Scholar and Honors Program student from Frisco, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to spend the 2017-2018 academic year teaching English in Germany.
Baylor will offer five social innovation lab courses in fall 2017 meant to address “wicked problems” in society that cannot be solved in one field and require a transdisciplinary approach. The courses offered will address campus hunger, child migration, human trafficking, at-risk elderly populations in Waco and water in communities. “This is not just about caring about a cause. This is about learning the skills, the mindsets of innovation,” said Andy Hogue, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the Honors College and director of the philanthropy and public service program at Baylor.
The Honors Residential College sent 29 students to Antigua and San Juan, Guatemala to serve orphans, malnourished children and the elderly. At the same time, students were intentionally challenged by Baylor HRC faculty leaders to think about how the conditions of civil war, political violence, economic injustice, and immigration affect those communities.
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College at Baylor, reviews the sequel to the 1996 indie hit film “Trainspotting” 20 years after the original, saying that the writer and director “have achieved the rare feat of creating a film that satisfies the sequel viewer’s desire for both nostalgia and novelty."
Human Trafficking Institute Founding Directors Victor Boutros (BA, '98) and John Richmond briefed President Trump on human trafficking on February 23 as part a closed-door listening session at the White House. Boutros is an Honors College alum and a member of the Honors College Advisory Board. The briefing came from a small, diverse group of trafficking experts, including former federal prosecutors, a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, victim service providers, a survivor of human trafficking, and others.
Jade A. Connor, a senior Honors Program biology major from Lewisville at Baylor University, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright study grant, becoming the University’s 48th student Fulbright recipient since 2001.
Kat Largent (BIC, Honors), Trevor Taylor and Daniel Notman (Honors, University Scholars) are competing on ESPN’s “Bracket Genius” game show. The program pits teams from schools remaining in the Sweet 16 of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament against each other in an academics-related quiz show competition with a $100,000 grand prize.
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program of Baylor’s Honors College, is quoted in this article about how two British authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, dominated the world’s imagination in the 20th century. “They were very convinced of their own isolation from the mainstream of intellectual culture, but through that mutual encouragement, they produced these works that ended up changing the mainstream of intellectual culture, which I am sure they would not have believed possible,” Jacobs said.
Column about the life of David Grotberg, a Baylor sophomore Honors College student from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who was killed by a speeding motorist while riding his bike in Waco on Oct. 6, 2016. The article focuses on David’s involvement in the Honors College, the University’s marching band and Christian missions. “He lived more in 19 years than some people do in their entire lives,” his father Clark Grotberg said.
Review by Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, of Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel, about 17th-century Jesuit missionaries to Japan. Hibbs writes the film as a “stark depiction of statism against religion.”
Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, will speak at the John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series on Feb. 17. The lecture, “Probing the Minds of Hamilton, Madison and Jay: the Guidance of the Federalist Papers,” will be held at noon in the Kronzer Courtroom (Room 127) at Baylor Law School.
The Baylor in Washington program, coordinated by Grant Jones, and the Baugh Center will host the Data Coalition’s policy director, Christian Hoehner, from Washington, D.C., for the “Lobbying for Better Government: Agenda Setting and Coalition Building in Washington D.C.” event.
The San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project (SGARP) is a new transdisciplinary project that targets the archaeological past of San Giuliano, a site located approximately 70 km northwest of Rome within Marturanum Park in Lazio. Dr. Davide Zori, assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, serves as the project director.
From Jan. 13-15, 14 Baylor students attended the Texas Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the Osgood Center for International Studies, at the Center for International Business Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Baylor students represented Angola, China (Security Council only), Germany, Russian Federation and Vietnam. Honors College students included Cat Haseman (HP, UNSC), Kim Andrade (BIC, HP), Caroline Caywood (Outstanding Delegate – Security Council – Russian Federation; BIC), Matt Walker (Outstanding Position Paper and Outstanding Delegate – GA 1 – Vietnam; HP, UNSC), Ben Hunt (HP, UNSC), and Kate Farley (Outstanding Delegate – Security Council – Russian Federation; HP, UNSC).
In Fall 2017, with the aid of seed support from the Office of the Provost, Baylor will launch the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC). Led by Andy Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service Program and senior lecturer in the Honors College at Baylor, BAY-SIC will bring together faculty, staff, and students in efforts to discover and develop innovative ways to promote human flourishing. Social innovation is an approach to tackling complex, “wicked” problems that involves cross-sector collaboration and multiple strategies and experiments.
Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program, recounts how a childhood love of science-fiction novels paved the way for his discovery of author William Faulkner. Though Jacobs had once dreamed of becoming an astronomer, calculus quickly changed his mind. Instead, he uncovered a love of literature and the value of good writing for its own sake.
This article about the “astonishing growth and success” of the classical Christian education movement over the past 25 years mentions the need for teachers who themselves have received a classical education in college. It cites “Baylor’s Great Texts” program in the Honors College as “good preparation for classical Christian teachers.”
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor, writes about PBS crime series “Inspector Morse” and “Inspector Lewis,” set primarily at Oxford University. He describes them as “buddy shows, but of a high order.” They are “a kind of legal fiction, this substitution of the society itself for one who can no longer seek, or benefit from, justice: in a broken world, things can never be what they were. But partial restoration is better than none, and hope for it is a reasonable aspiration.”
The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act – recently signed into law by President Barack Obama — is named after former Congressman Frank Wolf, who holds the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University. Wolf has been lauded as a tireless champion for the rights of the poor and persecuted worldwide. The law is aimed at advancing religious freedom through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism and foreign assistance. In their capacity overseeing the Washington, D.C. initiative, Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and dean of the Honors College, and Grant Jones, coordinator of Baylor in Washington, helped arrange meetings that led to the passage of the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act.