Washington D.C. provides a hub of not only political activity
but also of commerce, law, journalism, healthcare, higher education and the arts. Baylor University is uniquely positioned with leadership, faculty, and alumni who are engaged in work that is shaping solutions to some of the nation’s most critical challenges.
WASHINGTON (July 22, 2015) – A bipartisan group of national thought leaders, including Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, has called upon Congress to take action now to develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious freedom.
Leading anthropologist and Baylor faculty member, Lori Baker, will present the progress of her work to identify human remains on the border the United States shares with Mexico. She will reveal how her findings advance the nation's efforts to address and counteract the problem of human trafficking.
<b><i>Image of abolitionist on the bill’s front will help tell “the whole story” of the nation’s history, says history chair Kimberly Kellison</i></b> WACO, Texas (April 20, 2016) — Moments after she got off the phone Wednesday with U.S. Treasury officials, Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of Baylor University’s history department, said she was “excited and appreciative” about the announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s portrait will replace former President Andrew Jackson's on the front of the $20 bill.
WACO, Texas (March 19, 2016) — As the global persecution of Christians continues, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, former Congressman Frank Wolf, founder of Word Refugee Care Jalil Dawood and Cole Richards of The Voice of the Martyrs will discuss the critical issue at Baylor on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
WACO, Texas (March 16, 2016) – Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr released a statement today regarding President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland, chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. The seat on the nation’s highest Court was occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 12.
In conjunction with National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11, 2016), Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative has released the third edition of the Texas School Breakfast Report Card. Capturing participation data in school breakfast for nearly all of Texas, the report is a powerful example of how data can be used to fight hunger.
May 6, 2016 Article about a seminary in Texas’ maximum security Darrington Prison unit cites research by Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). ISR Director Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, has done extensive research on the impact of religious education on maximum-security prisoners and the role of faith-based programs on reducing recidivism. He will release a book about Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary) and its seminary, the model for the one at Darrington, this summer. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)
May 6, 2016 Scientists from several states are studying the remains of immigrants found in Arizona and Texas to pinpoint their countries of origin and ultimately discover their identifications. Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of the Reuniting Families Program, is quoted in the article. (Tonya B. Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers anthropology research and faculty.)
May 5, 2016 Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative hosted a summit in San Antonio to address food insecurity and poverty in the city. More than 100 elected officials, nonprofit staff and community leaders attended the summit to address the causes and effects of hunger and find solutions. “Health, food insecurity, education or employment are connected to hunger,” said Desmina Alexander, a child hunger outreach specialist with the THI regional office in San Antonio. “We want to create a dialogue, and we want people to walk away feeling like they’re empowered to be advocates in the community.”
April 6, 2016 Excerpt from the book “God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution” by Thomas S. Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, about how devout believers and deistic doubters formed an unlikely alliance that helped win the Revolution and forge the new American nation.