Conversation Series: Perspectives on Our History

In March 2021, the University hosted three online forums as part of its Baylor Conversation Series. “Perspectives on Our History” began with a broad look at slavery in America and narrowed the focus to examine slavery in Texas and the relationship between slavery and Baptist life. The series concluded with a look at slavery and the founding of Baylor University and the Commission’s work to fulfill its charge to provide recommendations for how best to communicate and reflect the complete history of the University. Each Conversation featured multiple participants and provided an opportunity for viewers to submit questions about the subject matter. All of the events were recorded and are available for viewing.

Perspectives on our History: Slavery in America
March 2, 2021

Moderated by Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson, The Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History in Baylor’s History Department, a panel of experts shared insight into the history of slavery in America around the period of the University’s founding.

Perspectives on Our History: Slavery in Texas and Baptist Life
March 9, 2021

Moderated by Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson, The Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History in Baylor’s History Department, a panel of Texas and Baptist historians explored the history of slavery in Texas and the relationship between slavery and Baptist life. 

Perspectives on Our History: Baylor University’s Founding and the Work of the Commission
March 16, 2021

Moderated by Dr. Linda A. Livingstone, President of Baylor University, the Chair of the Baylor Board of Regents and the three co-chairs of the Commission on Historic Campus Representations discussed the connection between slavery and Baylor’s founding and the work of the Commission as it relates to that history.