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May
22
2015
Beauty in Evangelization
Michael Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of patristics in the Honors College, talks about his belief that “a solid scholarly component that involves careful historical and theological research” in the church will lead to a renewal in the liturgy and in the overall life of the church. “This is not to say that a liturgical quality is simply a matter of scholarship, but it is true that bad scholarship has harmed the liturgy, so we’re trying to reverse some of that,” Foley said.
May
18
2015
Will the Real Don Draper Please Stand Up?
With a few exceptions, the much-anticipated finale of the critically acclaimed television show “Mad Men” was a disappointment, writes Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Baylor Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture, in this review. The ending was “a betrayal of the very dramatic strengths of the series, its sense of how illusory happiness is and its sobering skepticism about the prospects for character change.”
May
14
2015
A Cromwell in Our Image and Likeness
Article by Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of Baylor’s Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture. He writes that the Thomas Cromwell of BBC’s mini-series “Wolf Hall” has similarities to conflicted characters popular in contemporary cable. Although some critics debate the show’s historical accuracy, it is significant in contributing to the rise of quality TV series from both the BBC and American cable channels, including “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.”
May
12
2015
Honoring Asian Heritage
Article on Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who recently spoke at a celebration for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. He discussed his experiences as a refugee of the Vietnam War when he and he family moved to the U.S., some of the challenges Asian immigrants face and his faith. Tran serves as faculty-in-residence in Dawson-Allen Hall, assistant director of University Scholars, on the faculty of the Renaissance Scholars Program and teaches undergraduate and graduate religion courses. Beginning Fall 2015, Tran will serve as the faculty-in-residence in the Honors Residential College.
May
12
2015
Honors College Alumna Wins National Legal Writing Award
Katie Jo Baumgardner Luningham, B.A. ’11 (University Scholar, Great Texts, Political Science) and third-year law student at Notre Dame Law School, has received the Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award, one of the highest national awards for student legal writing, for her paper “Resisting Rulemaking: Challenging the Montana Settlement’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Blueprint” that was published last year in the Notre Dame Law Review. While at Baylor, Luningham was an undergraduate assistant to Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr.
May
5
2015
Dr. Jonathan Tran: Professor, Author, Refugee
Article on Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, on his experiences as a refugee of the Vietnam War when he and he family moved to the U.S. when he was a toddler. Tran also serves as a faculty member of the Honors College Renaissance Scholar Program and will be Faculty Master of the the Honors Residential College in Fall 2015.
Apr
27
2015
Of all the darts that stabbed Coleridge's heart, the greatest was that conviction of great gifts neglected, enormous talents betrayed. And this verdict has been shared by many since: so many talents, and what to show for them? A handful of great poems; a number of intermittently brilliant lectures on poetry and philosophy and theology; a great many books started and left unfinished.
Apr
23
2015
Honors College Faculty Member David Jeffrey Awarded Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year
Since 2000, Jeffrey has been a Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor. His teachings concentrate on medieval literature, the Bible as literature, medieval exegesis, biblical hermeneutics and literary theory, biblical tradition in the arts, art and biblical theology, literature and philosophy and aesthetics.
Apr
21
2015
Justice for All
Honors College students Ruddy Tchao and Cristina Kengigsberg with IJM President Gary Haugen at the recent IJM Global Prayer Gathering
Apr
16
2015
2015 Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics
The 2015 Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics, "Christian Moral Courage," will be given by Candace Vogler, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. The lecture is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Powell Chapel (George W. Truett Theological Seminary).
Apr
16
2015
Film Screening of
Before HBO's "Montage of Heck" got to Kurt Cobain, "X-Gen" made us wonder if the same thing could happen to all of us. Screening set for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Hippodrome Theatre. "X-Gen" was co-written and co-produced by Dr. David Wilmington, who teaches in the Great Texts Program.
Apr
10
2015
The Hedgehog Review Interviews Honors Program Professor Alan Jacobs
Chad Wellmon with "The Infernal Machine" has been hosting a discussion of Dr. Alan Jacobs’s “79 Theses on Technology.” Jacobs, a Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program, also held a seminar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture to discuss his theses. "The Hedgehog Review" sent Jaocbs some questions about his project, and he graciously took the time to answer them.
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
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
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.
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