A current world crisis, no matter how we may be surprised by it, does not simply appear out of nowhere. Each of them -- wherever they are and whatever countries are involved -- have roots that go deep into history. Understanding that history is crucial to understanding our contemporary world. Join Baylor history professor Dr. David Smith as he unfolds some of the dramatic world issues of today.
Vocalist Ann Harder and pianist Lydia Bratcher bring their knowledge of The Great American Songbook to the stage! The songbook has been called the “loosely defined canon of significant early-20th century American jazz standards, popular songs, and show tunes.” They hope you will sing along as they look at some favorite melodies from past decades and hear about the amazing composers and lyricists who wrote them.
Religions all over the world have physical locations that are “sacred” to the faith’s adherents. What makes a physical location, like the rock Uluru in Australia or the Batu Caves in Malaysia, a place of spiritual power? This class will examine multiple sacred places, learning about the peoples who hold these places as spiritually significant. The course will also explore what makes a place sacred to each of us. In each class session, Dr. Rosalie Beck will examine 2-3 locations, such as the River Ganges, the Grand Canyon, and the Ka’aba.
Explore many of our 400 national parks and monuments with retired National Park Ranger, Larry Smith. You will hear about the best parks for hiking, camping, hotels, fishing, petroglyphs, volcanoes and wildlife. You will learn about current park details and how to plan a trip, best time to visit, plus camping and lodging information. With what you learn, you will design a personal tour of our parks for your “bucket list.” Included will be a look at lesser known parks in addition to the more famous destinations. Park brochures will be provided to participants.
Foodways is the multidisciplinary study of how cultural, economic, historical, geographical, social, and personal forces and experiences with food and food practices shape our lives. In this course, you will read, talk, and write about food, exploring how food -- something so ubiquitous, yet often ignored -- so dramatically impacts our lives. Participants will share food memories and traditions, as well as hear those of others. The class will also share food together, creating new food experiences. Dr. Sara M. Dye will lead this fun and meaningful time together around the table.
Have you ever been curious about some of the historic Texas ranches? This opportunity to hear the inside stories will be led by Dr. Don Risinger with the focus of the sessions on four unique ranches, their owners, the ranch hands, and how these ranches came to be famous. J.P Davis, a local attorney and historian will speak on the XIT Ranch; Gerald Powell, a retired Baylor Law Professor, on the 6666 Ranch; Golda Lacey Brown, an owner, on the Kokernot 06 Ranch; and Doug Baldwin on the King Ranch.
The Middle East is critical internationally, and specifically to the United States, for a wide range of factors: the struggle between authoritarianism and democracy, the role of religion and how it is exploited by the extremists, the region’s political economy, and the impact of oil production for the world. This course, taught by Joanne Held Cummings, will focus primarily on the Arab core (the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant, and Egypt), as well as North Africa, Turkey and Iran. In addition, attention will be given to what China and Russia seek in that region, creating a challenge to the United States and the European Union.
Dr. Bracy Hill will explore the intersections of humans, their religions, their social constructs, and the environment of North America that has been increasingly affected by the expanding human population and patterns of consumption. The course will investigate these intersections through studies of four animals -- the bison, the squirrel, the Whitetail deer, and the Axis deer -- and their place in American history.
Graphic novels are not just expensive comic books. They are not always novels and not often graphic in the bad sense, either. They are an exciting new medium that offers readers diverse experiences and new knowledge, adults as well as kids. Dr. Gretchen Schwarz will explore graphic novels, their history and current status and uses, and see how they make meaning. The class will examine a variety of graphic novels and see why they have become so popular.
Thirty years ago, the “Waco Siege” occurred, rocking Central Texas and far beyond. This course, coordinated by Dr. Rosalie Beck, will review the history, religion, politics, and law surrounding this event in four sessions: (1) Dr. Bill Pitts will give the history of the Davidians and Branch Davidians through Vernon Howell; (2) Professor Bob Darden will speak on his research of David Koresh about the confrontation between the Koreshians and the government; (3) Dr. Ashley Cruseturner will discuss the results of the encounter of 1993 and the impact it had on politics and the law; and (4) Dr. Rosalie Beck will synthesize the issues that continue to swirl around the Elk debacle.
Explore the Armstrong Browning Library (ABL) on the Baylor campus, home of the world’s largest collection of material on Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. View the largest collection of secular stained glass in the world that surrounds this beautiful research center and museum. Interact with the Library’s rare books and manuscripts related to Robert and Elizabeth and learn interesting stories about their writing and lives with sessions led by the ABL’s librarians and scholars of 19th century literature. This course will be coordinated by Jennifer Borderud, has limited enrollment, and is a repeat of an earlier course.
Dr. W. H. Bellinger, Jr. brings the Psalms to life based on his many years of studying and writing on the book of Psalms. Author of Psalms: A Guide to Studying the Psalter and Psalms as a Grammar for Faith, the course will include a session introducing the book of Psalms and other sessions on Prayer in the Psalms, Praise in the Psalms, the Royal Psalms and the Wisdom Psalms.
All 5 Branches of the U.S. military and over 2.5 million military men and women served during the Vietnam War, each of which have amazing stories and have different perspectives from their personal experiences. Hear about some of those who served with honor, and honor those who “gave their last full measure of devotion.” Join popular military historian and Baylor’s First Gent, Brad Livingstone, as he looks into the reasons for the war, the lives that were affected by the war and how the Vietnam War changed America and the world.