Spring Calendar Includes Celebrated Artists, Performances, Lectures and Conferences

Jan. 29, 2010

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 February at Baylor.

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February 2010

Concert for Haiti

Feb. 2, 7:30 p. m., Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building

Baylor University's music ensembles present a concert to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. This event is open to the public, and an offering will be taken to raise money for the Salvation Army's relief efforts in Haiti. For more information, please call 254-710-3991. Seating is limited, but the concert is not a ticketed event.

Honors Lecture

Feb. 4, 5:00 p. m., Alexander Reading Room

Dr. Brian Domitrovic, Professor of History, Sam Houston State University, will give a lecture entitled Econoclasts: The Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity. This event is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

Baylor Sacred Harp Sing

Feb. 6, 9 - 3 p. m., Truett Seminary Great Hall

Sacred Harp singing is so named after the shape-note tunebook Sacred Harp, first published by B. F. White and E. J. King in 1844. The Baylor sing uses the 1991 edition of the book. Much of the music this book consists of folk hymns that were passed down orally for many years before being written down. Sponsored by the Center for Christian Music Studies. For more information call 254-710-1417.

The ONE Campaign - Nuru Comes to Baylor!

Feb. 8, 6 - 10 p. m., Bennett Auditorium

Nuru is a new organization that stands on the notion that the only way to end terrorism is to end extreme poverty. A speaker will show a few short video clips discussing the goals of this organization as well as facilitate a panel discussion. Sponsored by the ONE Campaign. For more information, click here.

Theatre Arts: The Seagull

Feb. 9 - 13, 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 , 2:00 p.m., Mabee Theatre

The play is written by Anton Chekhov with a translation by Christopher Hampton and direction by Becca Johnson-Spinos. It is the late 19th century and an eclectic group of people has assembled at a Russian country estate, a bohemian home for actors and writers. This oddly endearing collection of eternally dissatisfied artists search for love, genius, and happiness in Chekhov's celebrated masterpiece. To purchase tickets click here.

School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series

Feb. 10, 4:30 - 6 p. m., Roxy Grove Hall

Dr. Robert Birnbaum, retired University of Maryland professor, will speak on "The Evolution of Human Leadership," which explores the idea of a cultural equivalent paralleling biological evolution and its implications for leadership in differing cultures. A short reception will follow. On Feb. 11 at 8:30 a. m. he will address "What Evolution Suggests about Leading in the Forest, the Garden and the State" at the Education Service Center, Region 12 Community Auditorium. For more information call 254-710-3111.

Honors Lecture

Feb. 11, 4 - 5:00 p. m., Memorial Drawing Room

Dr. Graham McAleer, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University-Maryland, presents "Jack Aubrey Meets Thomas Aquinas: Is It Immoral to Kill for Money?" For more information click here.

Hugh and Betty Wamble Lecture

Feb. 11, 4 - 5:00 p. m., Cashion Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room

Elena Lisovskaya, Ph.D. Western Michigan University, will present a lecture entitled Orthodoxy, Islam, and the Desecularization of Russian State Schools. The lecture is sponsored by The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. For more information call 254-710-1510.

The Winter Pastors' School

Feb. 11 - 13, All day event, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

The annual Winter Pastors' School is sponsored by the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Truett Seminary. The theme for this year's school is: "Prophetic Preaching." Speakers will be: Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Dr. Clyde Fant and Al Staggs. For more information click here.

Church-State Studies Lecture

Feb. 12, 10 - 11:00 a. m., Carroll Library, Seminar Room 323

The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society presents Vyacheslav Karpov, Ph.D., Western Michigan University, with a lecture entitled How do Orthodox Christians Read and Interpret the Bible? Findings from Russia and Comparative Research. For more information call 254-710-1510.

Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Feb. 13, 4 - 6:00 p. m., Armstrong Browning Library

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one! Enjoy a medley of Hollywood love songs performed by Dave Tanner in the most romantic spot on the Baylor campus, and feast on dessert after wards. You can order tickets by mail, by phone or online. To order by mail send check or money order to Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97152, Waco, Texas 76798-7152. To order by phone, call 254-710-4968. To order tickets online, click here.

Heavenly Voices Gospel Fest 2010

Feb. 13 - 14, All day event, Waco Hall

Established in 1988, Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir is a growing ministry. We travel around Texas singing and doing community service. Our goal is to minister through music, experience personal spiritual growth, and effectively touch the lives of others. Each year the annual Gospel Fest includes other college gospel choirs and a guest clinician. For more information click here.

Midwinter Organ Conference

Feb. 14 - Feb. 16, All day event, Roxy Grove Hall, Truett Theological Seminary, Jones Concert Hall, Markham Organ Studio, Recital Hall II

Baylor University School of Music presents its 16th-annual Midwinter Organ Conference, funded by a permanent endowment from Retired U.S. Army Chaplain Robert Jones and his wife, Baylor organist in residence Dr. Joyce Jones. All of the public performances are offered free of charge. For more information click here.

Honors Lecture

Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m., Alexander Reading Room

Dr. Ursula Mahlendorf, a former German and Women's Studies professor at UC-Santa Barbara, will read from her memoir The Shame of Survival: Working Through a Nazi Childhood. Mahlendorf was born in 1929 and was swept up in Nazi ideology after 1933. She has spent a lifetime working to understand that childhood. The memoir is a window into the specifics of Nazi indoctrination and her brutal postwar experiences, and the legacy of guilt and shame experienced by many Germans after World War II. This event is free and open to the public. The reading will be preceded by a reception at 4:00 p.m. The book will be available for purchase and autograph. For more information click here.

All-University Sing

Feb. 18, 6:30 - 10:30 p. m., Waco Hall

All-University Sing is an annual music and dance show produced by the Department of Student Activities at Baylor University. The show features 18-20 student groups ranging in size from 25-150 members. A campus tradition for over 50 years, All-University Sing is a celebration of the strong performing arts heritage associated with Baylor University. For more information call 254-710-7331.

Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Lecture

Feb. 18, 3:30 - 4:30 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, B110

Focusing primarily on cancer research, this annual lecture brings to Baylor prominent researchers in the field. This year's speaker, Dr. Mina Bissell, has been recognized for her lifetime contributions to the fields of breast cancer research, the enhanced role of extracellular matrix (ECM) and the nucleus environment to gene expression in normal and malignant tissues. For more information call 254-710-3311.

Department of Geology and Vice Provost for Research Colloquium Series

Feb. 19, 3 - 4:00 p.m., Baylor Sciences Building, D110

Dr. Sam Bowring, professor of geology at MIT will present a lecture that offers new geological methods to help determine the cause of two of the largest extinctions in Earth's history A reception prior to the event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the second floor landing. The event is hosted by the department of Geology and the Vice Provost for Research Colloquium Series. For more information call 254-710-3763.

Honors Lecture

Feb. 19, 3:30 - 5 p. m., Memorial Drawing Room

Dr. Graeme Hunter, University of Ottawa, presents "Tournament of Champions: Pascal Against Philosophy." A historian of philosophy at the University, Dr. Hunter's principal research interests lie in ancient and modern philosophy. He has published books or articles on Plato, Cicero, Spinoza, Leibniz, Descartes, Kant, Arnauld, Hobbes, and Pascal. For more information click here.

Institute for Studies of Religion Lecture

Feb. 22, 2 - 3:30 p. m., Bennett Auditorium

Amanda Porterfield, from the Department of Religion at Florida State University will speak on "Healing in the History of Christianity: Good News?" Christianity's involvement in healing has contributed to its popularity in many times and places. That involvement has also created dilemmas that this lecture will describe. As an historian of American religion, Porterfield is interested in the interplay between religion & politics, religion & social change, and religion & social conservatism. For more information click here.

Institute for Studies of Religion Lecture

Feb. 23, 3:30 - 5 p. m., Bennett Auditorium

Justin Barrett, of the University of Oxford, will present "The Naturalness of the Supernatural: Cognitive Science of Religious Beliefs." The lecture will present recent scientific research that suggests that humans generally possess a natural predisposition to believe in the supernatural and answer the question, are children "born believers"? For more information click here.

Black History Month Lecture

Feb. 23, 3:30 - 5 p. m., Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer School of Business

Dr. Wilma King, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri, will give a lecture entitled "Chattel's Children: Enslaved Girls and Boys in the North and South before 1865." Presented by the History Department. For more information click here.

Honors Lecture

Feb. 23, 7:00 p. m., Alexander Reading Room.

Michael D. O'Brien, a painter and writer, will present a lecture entitled "The Role of the Christian Writer in a Secular Age: Don Quixote or David and Goliath?" O'Brien has worked as a professional artist since 1970, when he had his first one-man exhibit at a major gallery in Ottawa, followed by numerous exhibits across North America during the ensuing 40 years. Since 1976, he has painted religious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections, and private collections in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Africa. He has written extensively and his essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals. This event is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

OT Hayward Lecture Series

Feb. 25, 7:00 p. m. and Feb. 26, 3:00 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, D110

Dr. William F. Ruddiman, professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, will present his lecture Early Agriculture Started the Anthropogenic Era Thousands of Years Ago, exploring his hypothesis that early farming released a significant amount of CO2 and methane prior to the Industrial Revolution that may have offset natural cooling. For more information call 254-710-4408.

The Texas Collection Spring Lecture

Feb. 25, 3 - 5:00 p. m.,Carroll Library, Guy B. Harrison, Jr. Reading Room

Mike Shoup, owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas, will present "Lessons From a Rose Rustler." After the lecture, Mr. Shoup will be available to sign copies of his new book, The Guide to Antique Roses. The lecture, book-signing and reception are free and open to the public. Guests are also invited to view The Texas Collection's Texas Gardening display in the exhibit cases and reading room. For more information, please contact Kathy Hinton at 254-710-1268.

CASPER Seminar

Feb. 26, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Baylor Sciences Building, room C206

Zdzislaw Musielak, Department of Physics at the University of Texas is the featured speaker. For more information click here.

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