New Lecture Series To Feature Outstanding Student Speaker

April 7, 2005

by Julie Campbell Carlson

The first lecture series designed exclusively for student speakers will be launched at Baylor University this month. The Pulse Lecture Series, featuring Lauren Dammon, a graduating senior in English and philosophy, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Alexander Reading Room. She will discuss her paper, "A Novel Approach to Knowing: Integrating Narrative Literature and Virtue Epistemology."

Dammon, who was selected to give the student lecture by a committee of Phi Beta Kappa faculty members, is one of the five authors featured in the spring 2005 print edition of "The Pulse," an undergraduate scholarly publication that showcases top-quality student research.

"'The Pulse' is a tangible demonstration of the excellence of Baylor's undergraduate programs; of the intensive involvement of Baylor's faculty in teaching, mentoring, and research; and of the unique contributions of the Honors College to the Baylor community," said Dr. Susan Colon, assistant professor in the Honors College.

In addition to the lecture, the event will honor "The Pulse" staff members, faculty and published authors from 2004-2005, while highlighting the release of the long-awaited print edition of The Pulse.

Revamped in the fall of 2004, "The Pulse" was created to cultivate undergraduate scholarship through publication opportunities and also highlights a faculty member who contributes significantly to the development of undergraduate scholarship at Baylor. Two web editions have been produced. The magazine is edited and managed by Honors College students.

"'The Pulse' is not only a good place to read our colleagues' work, but also to engage with them in an intellectual dialogue. The papers I've read this year have sparked new interests in me, and I hope they do the same for others in the Baylor community," said Assistant Editor Amanda McClendon.

The lecture series is sponsored by "The Pulse," the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa and the Honors College Living and Learning Center.

For more information about the lecture, call 710-7391. The first 40 attendees will receive a free copy of "The Pulse." Additional copies will be available for $3. The articles will be available online beginning April 20. Information about "The Pulse" can be found at www.baylor.edu/pulse .

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