An Irish band with a banjo and an accordion sounds like a set-up to a musician’s joke, but for the Brock McGuire Band that instrumentation reflects a period of Irish and American interaction.
It dates back to the early 20th century, when Irish Americans often returned to their home country, or that of their ancestors, with instruments and music they had picked up in the United States, said band leader and accordionist Paul Brock.
“A lot of important developments in Irish music happened in America,” he said.
In an era before microphones and speakers, banjos and accordions packed the volume necessary to be heard at dances or outdoors. After the popularization of sound recording, the musical cross-pollination between Ireland and the United States only accelerated, he added.
In 1998, C.S. Lewis was declared by Christianity Today to be the most important Christian apologist of the twentieth century. However one may praise or dispute that claim, there seems little doubt that Lewis's books (perhaps a billion copies sold) have influenced more thoughtful people - believers and unbelievers alike - than any other writer of our time.
When, in May of 1959 at Cambridge University, C. P. Snow delivered a lecture called "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution," it did not generate a great deal of controversy. Soon thereafter it was published in "Encounter" with a series of largely positive responses: the respondents generally agreed that Snow had identified a genuine problem, though no one had a clear sense of what, if anything, could be done about it.
A Baylor University student's honors research project has spawned a new charitable organization that provides expectant mothers in Western Kenya with free transportation to a health center to safely give birth.
The University strives to exist at the nexus of sincere Christian faith and rigorous intellectual pursuit. It is perfectly fitting, then, for Baylor to host a conference commemorating the work of perhaps the 20th century's most influential Christian thinker, C.S. Lewis. Culminating on the 50th anniversary of his death [Nov. 22, 1963], a memorial conference titled C.S. Lewis and His Contributions to Christian Thought was jointly hosted by Baylor University, the Departments of Philosophy and Religion, the Honors Residential College and the Institute for Studies of Religion's Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion. The following represents a collection of excerpts from conversations shared by Baylor professors who have been shaped by Lewis' life and work, and who can attest to how his influence can be felt in their teaching and in the mission of Baylor University.
At the recent Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) meeting in Nashville, Baylor doctoral student Elias Oziolor and undergraduate student David Dreier won first place poster presentation awards for best Ph.D. and undergraduate research presentations, respectively. Dreier is a senior in Baylor's Honors Program.