Happy Thanksgiving, Baylor Bears! For the upcoming holiday, Baylor will observe special hours for campus libraries, residence halls and dining. Baylor will not hold classes and all administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 29.
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, eulogizes Christian scholar Dr. Brett Foster (1973-2015), professor of English and Poet in Residence at Wheaton College since 2005 and a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
The Great Texts Program in the Honors College will welcome Giuseppe Mazzotta, Ph.D., for a lecture on Dante’s “Divine Comedy” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Alexander Reading Room as part of the Pence Lecture Series.
Mazzotta is the Sterling Professor in the Humanities for Italian and chairman of the department of Italian language and culture at Yale University. His lecture is titled, “Dante’s Theology of the Future: Inferno XIX and Paradiso XXXIII.”
Baylor University’s department of spiritual life, the Honors Residential College and the Baylor Graduate School will welcome religious historian and theologian Philip Sheldrake, D.D., for a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in McClinton Auditorium.
Twenty years ago, Baylor welcomed students on a journey unlike any other in academia — an interconnected curriculum, global in scope, that provided students with a different and comprehensive way to approach their general studies classes. This year, BIC — the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core — celebrates its 20th anniversary and, fittingly for a program with a global perspective, is working to provide opportunities for all 200 of its students each year to study and travel abroad.
Victor Boutros 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.
In September, the United States announced it would aim to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees, as millions continue to flee the violence in their home country. , The resulting refugee crisis has raised many questions, like where can the displaced go. Is Waco a viable option? For KWBU, Avery Lill (University Scholar, Honors Program) reports.
Today, Memorial Hall is still a tightly-knit, academically focused community of women. Home to female Honors College students, the residence hall is deeply rooted in the Honors Residential College motto “fides quaerens intellectum” (faith seeking understanding).
AUDIO: In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series, Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and director of the Baylor in Washington program interviews Frank Wolf, former congressman from Virginia and holder of The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor, about his long public career and his efforts to advance issues and study of religious freedom and human rights on Capitol Hill and throughout the world.
Essay by David Corey, Ph.D., associate professor of political philosophy in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, about two recent lectures at Baylor on religious persecution and lack of American concern given by former congressman Frank Wolf, now The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair of Religious Freedom at Baylor, and Princeton Professor Robert P. George, who currently serves as the Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “If Americans do not care about the state of religious liberty around the world, neither will their government, nor will the leaders of other nations,” Corey writes. “Americans have historically been the most outspoken proponents of religious liberty in modern history. Should we fall silent now, either out of ignorance or apathy, the effects will be disastrous.”
Baylor senior Avery C. Lill (University Scholar, Honors Program) received a 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement [URSA] grant for a research project directed by Dr. Stephen Sloan. Titled, "Voices of East Austin: Preserving the Stories of East Austin in the Face of Impending Gentrification," this undergraduate research initiative preserves the stories of people in historically under-served, rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in East Austin.
The 2015 Baylor Libraries Symposium will recognize the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Mackenzie Fitzgerald (University Scholar, Honors Program) will be a participant in a panel on “Alice and Language" at 9:55 a.m. in Jones Library, Room 200. She will present "The Linguistic Turn of Wonderland: Finding Sense in Carroll's Nonsensical Landscape."
Richard Sanker, Ph.D., director of Prehealth Science Studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is one of the co-authors of the second edition of “Guide to Becoming a Physician.” “I wanted to write a book that would help students to recognize and know both the emerging and current responsibilities of the medical doctor so they can better understand their professional ambitions,” said Sanker.
Baylor University’s Honors Progam isn’t a place where musicians meet up, but that’s where Houston musician Haffey met the two fellow students, Sam Still and Isaac Lill, who have enabled her to continue her musical dream.
Before his On Topic conversation with President and Chancellor Ken Starr last night, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sat down with the Lariat for an exclusive newspaper interview on his faith, his legal career, and the time he almost became a priest. Article by Helena Hunt (University Scholar, '16)
We all know Baylor students are smarter than your average bear (or college student). The Fulbright U.S. Student Program seems to agree, too, based on how many awards it gave Baylor students and recent graduates this summer. Meet five of Baylor’s best, four of whom are Honors College students! They are Jake Surges (University Scholar/Honors), Rebecca McHenney (Honors), Syd Linnell (University Scholars/Honors), and Tim Campbell (University Scholars/Honors).
Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and director of Baylor in Washington, D.C., writes about Pope Francis’ call for an “integral ecology.” Achieving that goal will require “not just scientific, technological and ecological literacy but also a highly developed ethical capacity to judge how to use technology prudently and when and where to put limits to its development and application,” Hibbs writes.
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, writes about political parties and the complexity of how/whether defending religious liberty should affect foreign intervention.
In this preview story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, discusses the work she and her forensic anthropology students conduct in an effort to identify those who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker and her team work in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas exhuming remains. Afterwards, they return to Baylor to begin the labor-intensive identification process. “We tell ourselves it only takes one to make it worth our effort,” Baker said. The full story will air at 8 p.m. August 28, 2015, on Al Jazeera America.
People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, an Honors College alum and doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. It has long been believed that “contagious yawning” is a deep-seated signal that demonstrates an emotional connection with another person, with yawns shared more easily among family members than strangers.
Baylor University alumna Syd Lewis is one of four Baylor students and recent graduates who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Lewis is a University Scholar with a concentration in neuroscience. At Baylor, she was a supplemental instructor for neuroscience, worked in a neuromorphic lab and was a member of Baylor’s Student Foundation. She received the Fulbright award in neuroscience and will spend the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, where she will earn her master’s degree in neuropsychology. Baylor Media Communications conducted a Q&A with each of Baylor’s most recent Fulbright recipients, including Lewis.
Article by Dr. Alan Jacobs, a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the author most recently of "The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography."