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.
This season, give a gift that keeps on giving. Your contribution to the David Grotberg Endowed Scholarship Fund allows future Honors College students to carry on David’s legacy within the Honors College and our residential community. David’s family will be notified of your gift to this fund.
Article by David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities in the Honors Program of the Honors College, about the significance of the mosaic Ego sum Lux Mundi (“I am the light of the world”) by 13th-century Italian painter Filippo Rusuti in the Roman church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Andy Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service Program and senior lecturer in the Honors College at Baylor, says when choosing charities or causes to support this Christmas season, givers should consider Gratitude, Passion, Need, Impact and Resources as they look “within and without” to assess who they are, what they have been given and the needs and opportunities around them. “Whatever our motivations, many of us will make philanthropic gifts this month, and devoting a little bit of reflection to the process might help us discover the immeasurable joy that can come from giving,” Hogue said.
Essay by L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Baylor University, which focuses on Joshua Cooper Ramo’s analysis of our world’s interconnectedness and the need for a “seventh sense” is a “call for Christian leaders and institutions to rewire our minds and our imaginations” while helping rewire others.
Students in Baylor University’s “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course presented 10 local nonprofit groups with grants totaling $54,000 on Tuesday. Quoted are Andy Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service Program and senior lecturer in the Honors College; Interim President David E. Garland; and Janessa Blythe, a junior University Scholar and student of the Honors Program. “This is a classic example of how our students are engaged in the community, and I do believe that they will capture a philanthropic spirit from this program,” Garland said.
Andrew P. Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service program and senior lecturer in the Honors College at Baylor, is among the experts who address common questions potential donors might be asking when choosing charities to support.
For more than 170 years, Baylor has focused on two founding principles: outstanding academics, and Christian commitment. Countless outstanding people — professors, students, staff and others — have played important roles in helping the university stick to its mission for so long, while so many other schools have wandered away from their faith.
Last week, 14 Baylor University undergraduates traveled to Chicago to attend the American Model United Nations Conference. Honors College students included David Anaya (BIC), Caroline Caywood (BIC), Bailey Craig (BIC), Kate Farley (UNSC, HP), and Jamie Fortin (GTX). This year’s AMUN conference brought together more than 1,500 students representing more than 100 universities from around the world to participate in a simulation of the United Nations.
Article about Janessa Blythe, junior University Scholar in the Honors College at Baylor, who is launching Waco Up & Read, a program that provides books for kids from low-income communities. Janessa’s book drive has provided each child at Restoration Haven, a Waco community support organization, with eight books to call their own. She is working to provide more books through a pilot program and establish Waco Up & Read as a nonprofit.
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, will present the 2016 Drumwright Family Lecture at Baylor University. The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Alexander Reading Room, Alexander Residence Hall, 1413 S. Seventh St.
Baylor University will begin a collaboration with the Diocese of Brownsville to provide resources and raise awareness to the amount of immigrants coming into the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Lori E. Baker, vice provost for Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development at Baylor University, founded the Reuniting Families Project (RFP) in 2003. According to RGP’s website, the project was created to establish a system for identifying the remains of deceased undocumented immigrants found along the U.S./Mexico border.
Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, is interviewed about how saying farewell to the death involves preparation of meals and graveside feasting in some cultures ranging from Mexico to Ghana to China to Texas. Cann’s research focuses on death and dying, including how lives are remembered and celebrated. “In some ways, they’re trying to negotiate a relationship with the deceased... It’s one way of accepting death, a material conduit between this world and the other world.”
Baylor Faculty-In-Residence (FIR) are tasked with acting as extra parents for Bears making that transition into adulthood. These professors — 14 in all — live in special apartments designed expressly for them inside almost all of Baylor’s residence halls. Pictured here is Dr. Jonathan Tran, FIR of the Honors Residential College.