Spring Calendar Includes Celebrated Artists, Performances, Lectures and Conferences

Dec. 21, 2007

Baylor University will welcome several distinguished speakers and performers to campus this spring. Below is a list of the lectures, conferences, symposia and performances that will be held during the spring semester at Baylor.

For additions to this calendar, please contact Baylor Marketing and Communications at (254) 710-1961 or e-mail that information to Melissa_L_Perry@baylor.edu.

JANUARY 2008

Spring Chapel

10 a.m., 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in Waco Hall

Chapel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of University Ministries at (254) 710-3517.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Miller Chapel

Featuring guest speaker Dr. Frank Anthony Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn., and author of They Like To Never Quit Praisin' God and What's Love Got To Do With It? Love, Power, Sex and God. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Association of Black Students at Baylor.

Thomas also will speak at 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 23 during Chapel in Waco Hall.

For more information, contact Taryn Ozuna, coordinator for multicultural activities at Baylor, at (254) 710-6949.

Leadership Lecture Series

Jan. 24, 6 to 7 p.m., Blume Conference Center

James G. Vaughan, Jr., President and CEO of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, will speak on leadership in private enterprise. For more information about the Academy for Leader Development & Civic Engagement and the Lecture Series including its purpose, speaker bios and past lectures click here.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Jan. 24, 4 to 5 p.m., Draper 116

Mr. Ibrahim Simaan will speak on Palestinian Christians in a Land of Conflict and Promise. Mr. Simaan is a Palestinian Christian from Nazareth who, for over 40 years, has had a distinguished career in pastoral work, theological education, and humanitarian efforts in Israel/Palestine and Lebanon. The Israeli government's Ministry of Religious Affairs appointed him to be the liaison with Christian communities in northern Israel. A keenly astute analyst of intra-Arab politics, religious extremism, and Palestinian-Israeli issues, Ibrahim Simaan has been a powerful voice for reconciliation. For further information, please contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu or Michael_Long@baylor.edu.

Lyceum Series Lecture with Peter Burkholder

Jan. 28, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building

Peter Burkholder is professor of musicology at Indiana University. He is a recipient of the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society, Irving Lowens Award from the Society for American Music, and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has received the Danforth, Rockefeller and American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships. He is the president of the American Musicological Society, president of The Charles Ives Society, and past board member of the American Musicological Society and the College Music Society. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

Distinguished Artists Series with William Bolcom and Joan Morris

Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer/pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris have captivated audiences across the nation and abroad. Heralded as "one of the great musical collaborations of our time" by The Boston Globe, this husband-and-wife duo is highly acclaimed for its finely gauged and vividly imagined interpretations of American popular songs from the late 19th century through the 1920s and 1930s. For ticket information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571 or visit Distinguished Artists Series website.

FEBRUARY 2008

Winter Pastor's Conference

Feb. 4-6, Truett Seminary

The annual Conference for Pastors and Laity at Truett Seminary features this year's special guest, Dr. Calvin Miller, professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. For more information, contact Truett Seminary at (254) 710-3755.

Lyceum Series Master Class with Burton Kaplan

Feb. 4, 4 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building

Burton Kaplan, a member of the string faculty at Manhattan School of Music, is also professor of violin and viola at New York University. In addition, he is director of Performance Power, an organization dedicated to teaching a system for harnessing and integrating the powers of mind, body and spirit in the practice room and on the stage. As a performer, Mr. Kaplan served as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and the Pittsburgh and American Symphonies under William Steinberg and Leopold Stokowski. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

African American History Month Lecture

Feb. 5, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Kayser Auditorium

Waldo Martin from the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on "Be Real Black For Me: The Cultural Politics of Black Power." There will be a book signing following the lecture. For more information, click here.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Feb. 7, 4 - 5 p.m., Draper Hall, room 116

Dr. Lori E. Baker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Forensic Science and Archaeology, will speak on "U.S. Illegal Immigration: Death and the American Dream." Dr. Baker obtained her doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she developed one of the first protocols to analyze DNA from human hair shafts. Currently, she spends the majority of her time overseeing the DNA section of Sistema de Identificación de Restos y Localización de Individuos (SIRLI) that is a database established by the Government of Mexico designed to locate living and identify deceased Mexican nationals abroad. For further information, please contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu or Michael_Long@baylor.edu.

Sacred Harp Sing

Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Piper Great Hall at Truett Seminary

The seventh annual Baylor University Sacred Harp Sing will be preceded by a brief singing school at 8:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided for the participants. Participants and observers are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, call Dr. David W. Music at 254-710-2360 or email him at David_Music@baylor.edu.

Midwinter Organ Conference

Feb. 10-12, McCrary Music Building, Roxy Grove Hall, Recital Hall II, and Truett Seminary

For more information, call the School of Music's Keyboard Division at (254) 710-1417.

Lyceum Series with Vincent DuBois

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Jones Concert Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building

An international concert and recording artist, Vincent Dubois serves as assistant manager of the Conservatoire National of Angers and organist at the Cathedral of Soissons. His appearance is part of Baylor University's Midwinter Organ Conference. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the School of Music at (254) 710-4200.

The Langston Hughes Project

Feb. 13, 10 and 11 a.m., Waco Hall

Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy will present The Langston Hughes Project in Chapel. The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia presentation featuring a jazz quartet, spoken-word poetry and images from the Harlem Renaissance. Dr. McCurdy is the chairman of the jazz studies department and professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC) and is past president of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). For more information click here.

Lyceum Series Master Class with Helen Callus

Feb. 18, 4 to 6 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building

A native of Kent, England, Helen Callus graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in London. She now serves as Associate Professor of Viola at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

Lyceum Series Recital with Helen Callus

Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall

This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

21st Annual Black Heritage Banquet

Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Fifth Floor, Cashion Academic Center

The Black Heritage Banquet is hosted by the Association of Black Students and celebrates Black History month. The keynote speaker this year is Coach Ken Carter of Richmond High School from 1997-2002. Tickets are $15 and available at the Baylor Ticket Office. For more information contact Taryn Ozuna at 710-6949.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Feb. 21, 4 - 5 p.m., Draper Hall, room 116

Dr. Christian van Gorder will speak on "Muslim and Christian Riots in Nigeria, 1980-the Present." Dr. van Gorder joined the Baylor faculty in 2004 as an Associate Professor of World Religions and earned his Ph.D. in Islam and Christianity from Queen's University of Belfast, in Ireland. His primary research interest is in the various ways that religious cultures interact--particularly Islam and Christianity. For further information, please contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu or Michael_Long@baylor.edu.

Charles Edmondson Historical Lecturer

Feb. 21 & 22, 3:30 p.m. daily, Morrison Hall, room 100

Dr. Donald Worster, the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of United States History at the University of Kansas, will speak on "A Biographical Perspective on Environmental History." For more information click here.

All University Sing

February 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and March 1, 6:30 p.m., Waco Hall

For over 50 years campus clubs have gotten their act together and performed in this song and dance competition for top honors and the opportunity to participate in Pigskin Revue in the fall. Tickets are $18, $20, $22 (student, faculty and staff discount available) and go on sale Jan. 15 for the general public and Jan. 24 for students.

For more information, click here.

Bye Bye Birdie - The Musical

Feb. 21-23, 28, March 1, 7:30 p.m,. and Feb. 24 and March 2 at 2 p.m., Jones Theatre at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center

In this captivating musical, it is 1958, and rock-and-roll hearthrob Conrad Birdie has just been drafted into the army. When his agent plans a farewell party in which Conrad will give "One Last Kiss" to a lucky fan on the Ed Sullivan Show, the trouble begins. Originally produced in 1960, with songs such as "Kids," "A Lot of Livin' To Do" and "Put on a Happy Face," this show is pure fun from start to finish.

For more information, click here.

Leadership Lecture Series

Feb. 25, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kayser Auditorium

Dr. Roy Jones, Lecturer and Project Director for the Eugene T. Moore School of Education's Call Me MISTER Program at Clemson University, will speak on leadership and contemporary social issues . For more information about the Academy for Leader Development & Civic Engagement and the Lecture Series including its purpose, speaker bios and past lectures click here.

Global Business Forum

Feb. 25-29, Hankamer School of Business

The McBride Center for International Business will host the annual Global Business Forum. Speakers and events will focus on international aspects of business today. For more information, contact Julie LaStrape.

Emmy Parrish Lecture

Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Baylor Law School, Room 127

The guest Lecuturer is Gary W. Gallagher, the John N. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. His lecture is entitled The Civil War for the Union: The Real Lost Cause. Sponsored by the History Department.

Lyceum Series Convocation with Ann Robertson

Feb. 28, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building

The University of Chicago's Anne Robertson is a music historian with a special interest in French medieval liturgical music, ceremony and architecture; Guillaume de Machaut and the Ars Nova; music and mysticism; and 20th-century French music. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship

Feb. 29 - March 1, Armstrong Browning Library

FMCS is an organization founded by members of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory to provide an assembly that focuses on issues of music and faith. Baylor joins Yale and Princeton among universities that have hosted FMCS's annual conferences. The guest speaker at the upcoming event will be Anne Walters Robertson of the University of Chicago, along with other program participants from Yale and Stanford as well as Dr. Timothy McKinney of the Baylor music faculty. For more information, call the School of Music at (254) 710-3571.

MARCH 2008

2008 Tunnel of Oppression

March 3-4, Second Floor, Bill Daniel Student Center

Sponsored by Baylor's Campus Living and Learning, the Tunnel of Oppression is an interesting event that provides Baylor students with an opportunity to experience the oppression or discrimation they may have only read about.

2008 Doctrinal Conference

March 5, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

The 2008 Doctrinal Conference, sponsored by the Baylor Department of Religion, is designed to reinforce what the BGCT is doing through their annual "Baptist Doctrine and Heritage Study." The speaker for this year's conference will be Dr. Bill Pinson.

Lyceum Series with Lynne Gackle

March 16-19

Ms. Gackle, from the University of South Florida, will present Choral Music.

Rooms and times TBA. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

Lecture by Dr. Francis S. Collins

March 19, 8:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Francis S. Collins is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the author of the best-selling The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Collins led the successful effort to complete Human Genome Project (HGP), a complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA and determining aspects of its function. Collins' lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing. Sponsored by: Baylor student chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation, Baylor Society for Conversations in Religion, Ethics and Science, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

For more information, contact Dr. Walter Bradley, distinguished professor of engineering, at (254) 710-7370 or the OVPR at (254) 710-3763.

Global Issues Lecture Series

March 20, 4 - 5 p.m., Draper Hall, room 116

Andrew Scherer is a biological anthropologist and archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Archaeology. Much of Dr. Scherer's research is focused on the study of ancient Maya burials and human skeletal remains. Since 2003, Dr. Scherer has served as the co-director of the Sierra del Lacandón Regional Archaeology Project, an international team of scientists investigating remnants of the ancient Maya civilization in the Sierra del Lacandón National Park of Guatemala. His lecture is entitled "Guerrillas, Looters, Narcotraffickers, and United Fruit Archaeology: Modern Politics in the Study of the Ancient Maya." For further information, please contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu or Michael_Long@baylor.edu.

15th Annual Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Affairs

March 25, 7 pm - 8:30 p.m., Paul W. Powell Chapel Truett Seminary

Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins, Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Stategic and International Studies (CSIS), will present the lecture entitled The Future of Russia...Is Hard to Predict. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit public policy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives and solutions that look into the future and anticipate change. For more information click here.

Leadership Lecture Series

March 27, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. , Barfield Drawing Room, SUB

Kelly Shushok, Minister of Life Groups at Calvary Baptist Church, will speak on leadership in the church. For more information about the Academy for Leader Development & Civic Engagement and the Lecture Series including its purpose, speaker bios and past lectures click here.

Women's History Month Lecture

March 31, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Draper Auditorium

This year's speaker, Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has received national recognition as an expert in community development. Sponsored by the History Department.

APRIL 2008

Leadership Lecture Series

April 10, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Kayser Auditorium

Dr. Juan Hernandez, former cabinet member under Mexican President Vicente Fox and author of The New American Pioneers, will speak on leadership in public life. For more information about the Academy for Leader Development & Civic Engagement and the Lecture Series including its purpose, speaker bios and past lectures click here.

Distinguished Artist Series with eighth blackbird

April 3, 7:30 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall

The new music ensemble, eighth blackbird, is described by The New Yorker as "friendly, unpretentious, idealistic and highly skilled," and promises its ever-increasing audiences provocative and engaging performances. It is widely lauded for its performing style - often playing from memory with virtuosic and theatrical flair - and its efforts to make new music accessible to wide audiences. The ensemble is in residence at the University of Richmond in Virginia and at the University of Chicago. To purchase tickets, click here.

Beall Poetry Festival

April 3, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Carroll Science Room 101

The festival will kick off with the presentation of student awards. n the evening a poetry reading will be presented by Jean Valentine at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Browning Library. The festival continues in Armstrong Browning Library on April 5 at 3:30 p.m with a panel discussion by all festival participants. The festival closes that evening at 7:30 p.m., with a poetry reading by Gary Snyder.

STEPPIN' OUT

April 5, noon to 6 p.m., Waco community and on campus

Each semester, Baylor University sends out more than 3,000 volunteers into the Waco community to have a positive impact on our neighbors. Join us for this exciting day of service followed by a Celebration of Service on Fountain Mall. For more information click here.

Lyceum Series with Marina Piccinini

April 5, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall

April 6, 3 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall

Marina Piccinini is Professor of Flute at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

Relay For Life

April 11, 7:00 p.m. - April 12, 7:00 a.m., Baylor Science Building intramural fields

This spring Baylor will host its first-ever Relay For Life! Relay For Life is an all night team relay event that is the flagship fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Last year, more than 4,000 relay events around the country raised over 400 million dollars for the cancer research and patient services that the ACS funds. ZTA, BU MEDS, and APO have joined together to host the event, and this is the first coalition between a women's sorority, a pre-health organization, and a co-ed service fraternity. The entire evening will be full of excitement, entertainment, and celebration! For more information about this event, please click here.

Stomp Fest

April 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Waco Hall

Stomp Fest is a unique collaboration between the Office of Student Union Programming and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Throughout the fall semester the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta recruit step coaches often from Baylor's NPHC Community, although participation as a coach is open to any Baylor student. Coaches are paired with teams who have little to no experience in stepping. Coaches train the teams during the months of February and March. Each team develops a routine focused on a central theme and performed to a variety of different styles of music such as Hip Hop, Rap, Latin American and popular Christian music. Awards are given to the top groups in both the men and women's categories. All the prize money awarded goes to benefit each group's unique philanthropy. Ticket proceeds from the event are donated to Zeta Phi Beta's National Philanthropy, Sickle Cell Anemia.

Diadeloso

April 17

Details to follow

President's Concert

April 19, 7:30 p.m., Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building

The Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union present this annual highlight of the concert season. The program will include Handel's Dettingen Te Deum, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Psalm 104 (with pianist Krassimira Jordan). For ticket information, call the Baylor School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571, or to purchase tickets click here.

Poage Library Events presents Lyndon Olson, Jr.

April 22, 6:00 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall, McCrary Music Building

The lecture by the Honorable Lyndon Olson, Jr., former US Ambassador to Sweden is presented by the Poage Legislative Library. Ambassador Olson has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Baylor University in 1999, Distinguished Alumni Award/Waco Public Schools 1998 and Gates of Jerusalem Award presented by the State of Israel. He has also been named "Outstanding Public Official" by the Texas Municipal League and "Distinguished Public Official" by the Texas Medical Association. He was named one of Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Jaycees in 1978. Olson is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Downtown Waco Rotary Club, Waco, Texas. For more information click here.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

April 22-26, 7:30 p.m. and Apr.27, 2 p.m., The Mabee Theatre

Welcome to Paris, 1904! Into a small bistro called the Lapin Agile walks Albert Einstein--on the brink of transforming physics with his theory of relativity--and Pablo Picasso--just before he sets the world afire with cubism. Writer Steve Martin (the actor, comedian and Wacoan!) plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two great minds muse on the achievements of the century to come. The absurdity gets even more fun with the arrival of a very unexpected visitor. Presented by the Baylor Theater Arts department. For more information click here.

Global Issues Lecture Series

April 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Draper Academic Center, room 116

The speaker is Jim L. Houser, who will speak on Kenya: Why and Where Now? Mr. Houser is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Baylor. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Baylor, masters from Texas Wesleyan University with additional studies at University of Utah and UCLA. Currently he is teaching Swahili at Baylor. He spent twenty-nine years in Kenya and Tanzania, during which time he taught East Africa History in a secondary school, related to churches in the countries and was in administration for the mission board of his sending agency. This administration included east, central and south Africa. His continued contacts with both Africans and missionaries have kept him close to the present difficulties being experienced in Kenya.

Allbritton Art Institute Lecture

April 24, 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m., Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Room 149

Professor Dave Hickey, a cultural critic, art writer, curator and fiction writer, will speak on 100 Years of Art Market History. Professor Hickey is the Schaeffer Professor of Modern Letters at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and the author of several books with two new books in production. The lecture is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Lyceum Series with H. Robert Reynolds

April 28, 7:30 p.m., McCrary Music Building, Jones Concert Hall

Dr. H. Robert Reynolds will appear as guest conductor during the Baylor Wind Ensemble. With more than 20 years of experience in conducting and teaching, he will also present a conducting symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Jones Concert Hall in the McCrary Music Building on Baylor's campus. Reynolds is principal conductor of the wind ensemble at the University of Southern California. This appointment followed his retirement from 26 years of teaching at the University of Michigan, where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau professor of music, director of university bands and director of the division of instrumental studies. This Lyceum Series event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571.

Global Issues Lecture Series

May 1, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Draper Hall, room 116

Andrew Mertha, who is joining the faculty at Cornell as associate professor of political science in July, will speak on his book China's Water Warriors. The book explores how the policy making process in China has become increasingly pluralized over the past decade. Dr. Mertha was most recently an assistant professor at Washington University in St Louis in the Department of Political Science and Program of International and Area Studies from 2001 to 2008. His research interest is Chinese politics, with a focus on the policy making and implementation process. For further information, please contact Xin_Wang@baylor.edu

Global Issues Lecture Series

May 1, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Waco Hall, Recital Hall II

Prof. Amarilis de Rebua, who teaches voice at the Federal University of Paraíba and the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music, will speak on Brazilian Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos in the 20th Century. Professor De Rebua directed and sang the opera, Il Guarany, by A. Carlos Gomes in a special premiere in 2001, with the presence of authentic Guarani Indians for over 40,000 people in the city of São Mateus (Brazil) and for 80,000 in Vitória (Brazil), under the direction of Modesto Flavio. These programs were televised by TVE (international television of Spain) through Brazil´s national television. She has presented throughout Latin America and Europe and has recorded several CDs, and published several books and articles. For further information, please contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu

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