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Sep
11
2014
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.
Jul
24
2014
Baylor alumni in the area were invited to join the current Baylor student interning in DC for the summer for a catered dinner at Hill Country.
Jul
23
2014
The Catholic University of America joined Baylor University in hosting the event to discuss the landmark Supreme Court Decision.
Jun
23
2014
Jeremy Everett, the director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, was appointed by John Boehner to the National Commission on Hunger, which was established by Congress in January.
Apr
15
2015
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2015) – Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation (HHPR), along with partners from Texas A&M University’s School of Public Health (lead on the overall project), New Mexico State University, the Mariposa Community Health Center in Arizona, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have received a five-year, $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve the lives and families living along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Feb
5
2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 5, 2015) – Before an overflow crowd gathered inside (and outside) the National Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Room, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, Catholic University of America President John Garvey and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel discussed a number of issues facing higher education and specifically faith-based universities, including government ratings systems, academic freedom and the value of a faith-based education.
Feb
2
2015
WACO, Texas (Feb. 2, 2015) – Baylor University President Ken Starr will welcome Catholic University of America President John Garvey and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel for an “On Topic” conversation on the “The State of Higher Education: The Calling of Faith-Based Universities” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Jan
19
2015
WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2015) – Baylor University announced today that former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, who represented Virginia’s 10th District in Congress from 1981 until his retirement on Jan. 3, has been named the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom.
May
26
2015
May 25, 2015
Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history at Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and senior fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion (SR), and Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor history and graduate program director, write about how the Baptist alliance with Thomas Jefferson that secured religious liberty. Kidd and Hankins are the authors of the new book, “Baptists in America: A History.”
May
14
2015
May 14, 2015
Former Congressman Frank Wolf, the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), spoke recently at a Harvard University conference, warning the audience that freedom of conscience is endangered in the United States and conservative Christians may have to resort to civil disobedience. In his address, “After Hobby Lobby: What Is Caesar’s, What is God’s?” Wolf said that “When tolerance is demanded, when orthodox Christianity is deemed intolerant and when government and even society fail to extend tolerance to people of faith, we are headed down a perilous path.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)
May
14
2015
May 12, 2015
Text of a speech given by former Virginia Congressman Frank R. Wolf, who serves as the inaugural Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University, at the Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, "Law, Religion, and Health in America," on May 7, 2015.
May
14
2015
May 12, 2015
Column by Kathleen Parker focuses on how “conservative Christians in the country that codified freedom of religion have been placed on the defensive” over several issues, including the Affordable Care Act and Hobby Lobby decisions. In the column, Parker mentions last year’s On Topic conversation in Washington, D.C., between Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr and attorney Alan Dershowitz, who agreed “that the state should always go to extra lengths to protect religious liberty whenever possible.” Parker’s columns are syndicated nationally by The Washington Post and appear in more than 400 media outlets. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, assisted with media coverage of the D.C. event in March 2014.)