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Mar
24
2015
Peter Leithart Reviews BIC Professor's Book on Death Rituals
A brief review of “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century” by Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in Baylor's Honors College. Her book compares, contrasts and explores the evolution of cultural grieving and memorials, focusing on the traditions of the 21st century.
Mar
18
2015
Great Texts Program Welcomes Guest Lecturer to Discuss Relationship Between Italian Cinema and Questions of Faith
Baylor University’s Honors College and Great Texts Program will welcome Millicent Marcus, Ph.D., to the Pence Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Alexander Reading Room. Marcus is a professor of Italian and film studies at Yale University where she specializes in medieval literature, Italian cinema, interrelationships between literature and film and representations of the Holocaust in post-World War II Italian culture.
Mar
13
2015
Honors College Welcomes Stephen Chapman, Ph.D., for Lecture on Historical Interpretations of the Bible
Baylor University’s Honors College will welcome Stephen Chapman, Ph.D., for a lecture on historical interpretations of the Bible at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Miller Chapel. Chapman, an associate professor of the Old Testament at Duke Divinity School, will present a lecture titled, “What is the Use of History? The Bible and Historical Criticism.”
Mar
11
2015
Honors College Professor and University Scholar Assist Fellow Student in Raising Funds for Kenyan Orphans
Baylor junior and fashion design student Maddie Danielson created Bowtaye, a men’s bowtie collection to aid in sending Kenyan orphans to school. The proceeds from the bowties pay for school expenses, meals, uniforms, drinking water, teachers, meal preparation and security for one year. Quoted in the article are Danielson, Lisa Baker, Ph.D., clinical professor in the Baylor Honors College, Ashley Mullen, an apparel merchandising senior and marketing and event coordinator for Bowtaye and Lindsay Adams, a Baylor University Scholar senior.
Mar
11
2015
Honors College to Show Poignant Film About the Papacy
Baylor’s Honors College will show the Italian film “We Have a Pope” (2011) from 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Alexander Reading Room in Alexander Residence Hall. “The film is a wonderful opportunity to engage in a cross-disciplinary conversation about faith, life and the role art plays in shaping culture as well as to hear later that week from a top scholar in the arena of Italian film criticism,” said Sarah Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of Great Texts and creative writing in Baylor’s Honors College.
Mar
2
2015
BIC Professor David Zori Is Featured on "The Academic Minute"
On WAMC/Inside Higher Ed’s “The Academic Minute,” Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, will discuss the social and political importance of lavish Viking feasts in Iceland centuries ago. Zori, an archeologist and scholar of medieval literature, conducted National Science Foundation-funded research at Mosfell farmstead, where he was archeological field director.
Feb
26
2015
‘Carry a Jerry’ Race To Raise Funds, Awareness for Water Crisis in Uganda
A charity race Saturday challenges runners to experience a mile or two in the lives of the children and families who do not have a clean and close source of water.

For Saturday’s “Carry a Jerry” race, participants will run a 5K or 15K race while carrying a jerrycan — a metal, 2.5-gallon container used by residents in developing countries to retrieve clean water from a water source and carry it for miles to their homes
Feb
26
2015
Baylor Honors College Welcomes Brian E. Daley, S.J., to Wilken Colloquium
Baylor University’s Honors College and the Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture at John Brown University will welcome Brian E. Daley, Ph.D., S.J., endowed professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, to the annual Wilken Colloquium.

Daley’s lecture, “Exploring Patristic Eschatology,” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Foyer of Meditation in Armstrong Browning Library.
Feb
26
2015
Texas’ Tweeting Judge and Honors College Advisory Council Member Shows Off Supreme Sense of Humor
An article about how Justice Don Willett of the Supreme Court of Texas, B.B.A. ‘98, and an Honors College Advisory Council Member, sets himself apart from the typical supreme court justice through his use of humor as he smartly engages in social media such as Twitter. Willet has more than 13,000 followers on Twitter.
Feb
24
2015
Through a Glass, Darkly: The Year in Religious Films by Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Honors College Dean
This critique of faith-themed films of 2014 was written by Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of Baylor University’s Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture. Hibbs focuses on the recent Oscar winner “Ida” as well as films such as “God’s Not Dead,” “Noah,” “Exodus” and “Calvary.”
Feb
17
2015
"Is Cinema Art?" by Honors College Dean Thomas S. Hibbs
Cinema, the novelist Graham Greene once observed, “has to appeal to millions.” Greene, whose works were regularly turned into films and who worked for a time as a film critic, argued that the “popularity” of cinema, as a distinct medium depending primarily on “sound and movement,” was a “virtue not to be rejected as vile.”(1) Yet Greene’s sense that cinema needed defending evinces the way in which its wide appeal has counted against it as an art form or at least as an art form capable of producing masterpieces on par with those of opera, theater, literature, and painting.
Feb
10
2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, Catholic University President John Garvey and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel gathered Feb. 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with an audience of policy makers, press and others to discuss the role of faith-based institutions in today’s secular society. Judge Starr moderated the discussion, which featured the presidents’ thoughts on religious and academic freedom, government regulation and the special calling of faith-based colleges and universities.
Feb
10
2015
“I wanted to tell a story that would help regular people and policy makers look at the people who are suffering in the crisis and ask themselves ‘Are the immigrants dying equal human beings with us?’” Carlos Colón, co-producer and Resident Scholar in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, believes the answer to his question is yes.
Feb
5
2015
Baylor University’s Honors Residential College will present its spring Formation Series beginning Feb. 5, welcoming distinguished guest speakers who will explore what it means to be formed as a whole person.
Jan
24
2015
A Lesson on Comedy: BIC Professor Discusses Racial Joke Sensitivity
Samuel Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in Honors College, met with members of the Waco community to discuss the effects of laughing at culturally and racially sensitive jokes.
Jan
22
2015
Happy 75th birthday, Alexander Hall!...Home of the Honors Residential College
In 1939-40, while the Great Depression was still deeply felt across the country, Baylor University faced the kind of “problem” that many would love to have; the University was growing so quickly that it was hard to keep up. In fact, more than 100 deserving female students were turned down for admission in 1939 simply because there was not enough housing to accommodate them.
Jan
20
2015
C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated. In Part 2 of this series, producer Frank Faulk looks at C.S. Lewis's conversion from atheism to Christianity and his deep friendship with Tolkien, Barfield and Williams. Ralph C. Wood, Ph.D., University Professor of Theology and Literature in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a featured expert in this story. Among his many publications, Wood authored “The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle Earth.” Wood enters the story at the 14:55 mark.
Jan
9
2015
HRC Faculty Fellow With One of the Saddest Jobs in the World Gets Honest About it With Her Husband
Lori Baker, Ph. D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences a a faculty fellow in Baylor's Honors Residential College, was interviewed by her husband, Erich Baker, Ph.D., associate professor in bioinformatics in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, about her efforts to identify remains of immigrants and match them with families who are looking for lost relatives.
Dec
21
2014
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and faculty fellow in Baylor's Honors Residential College, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.” The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the year.”
Dec
16
2014
Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, discusses her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century” and how the rituals of death and grieving have changed throughout the past millennium. Cann’s segment was taped on the Baylor campus as part of C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities.
Dec
15
2014
Scanning half a dozen major journals for obituaries devoted to the most important mystery writer of our time, P.D. James (1920–2014), I was astonished to find that not one of them mentioned her serious Anglo-Catholicism, much less its shaping presence in her fiction. This, despite one murder occurring in a church (A Taste for Death, 1986), a novel set in a theological college (Death in Holy Orders, 2001), another named Original Sin (1994), still another titled directly from the Book or Common Prayer (Devices and Desires, 1989), as well as an apocalyptic Christian allegory (The Children of Men, 1992). The author of this article, Dr. Ralph C. Wood, is the University Professor of Theology and Literature and an affiliated faculty member of the Great Texts Program within Baylor University's Honors College.
Dec
15
2014
Dr. Eric Martin, assistant professor of history and philosophy of science in Great Texts, is a proud member of Waco’s 0.3 percent. He is a bicycle commuter, living in a city that, until recently, has given little thought to their needs. He's also the kind of person local transportation planners are hoping to see more of. Martin lives near downtown and uses the new mile-long bike lanes on Fourth and Fifth streets to get to his job teaching history and philosophy at Baylor University.
Dec
9
2014
C-SPAN made a stop in Waco and at Baylor in November on its “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities. On Dec. 5-8, C-SPAN and two of its signature programs, Book TV and American History TV, featured several segments with Baylor faculty, including Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, on her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century."
Dec
5
2014
This article highlights the discoveries made by Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and his team as they excavated an Icelandic farmstead that was home to some of Iceland’s Viking chieftains. Zori compared archeological findings with ancient Viking texts, confirming that the chieftains used huge feasts and cultural displays to flex political muscle with equals or rivals — or, at the other end of the political spectrum, to cement good relations with local laborers and supporters. Zori is quoted in the article.
Dec
4
2014
Article about the discoveries made by Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and his team as they excavated an Icelandic farmstead famous as the home of some of Iceland’s most famous Viking Kings. Zori found that the Viking chieftains used huge feasts and cultural displays to flex political muscle with equals or rivals — or, at the other end of the political spectrum, to cement good relations with local laborers and supporters. Zori is quoted in the article.
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