Lecture Series: Spring '07

Dr. Giorgio Filippi (St. Paul Outside the Walls, Vatican Museums)

A team of Vatican archaeologists have unearthed the sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of St. Paul the apostle. The burial site is located under St. Paul Outside the Walls — Rome’s second largest basilica. Excavations were undertaken beneath the basilica beginning in 2002 and were completed in December 2006.

In April, Dr. Giorgio Filippi - director of excavations - presented a lecture on the startling discovery of St. Paul's tomb for the very first time in English. The lecture was sponsored by Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences, Honors College, Institute for Faith & Learning, Department of Classics, Phi Beta Kappa (Zeta of Texas) and Eta Sigma Phi.

Brooks, BryanDr. Bryan Brooks (Baylor University): Emerging Water Issues in Texas: Influences of Urbanization on Water Quantity and Quality

The Honors College Living-Learning Center proudly sponsored a lecture by “one of our own,” Dr. Bryan Brooks, who serves as the director of the Ecotoxicology Research Laboratory at Baylor University.

Professor Brooks’ research interests include understanding how anthropogenic activities and stressors influence multiple levels of biological organization, particularly in aquatic ecosystems.

Attendees learned how urbanization affects the supply and quality of our most vital resource.

Dr. John O'Callaghan (University of Notre Dame): Body or Soul: Made in the Image and Likeness of God? and Honor and Justice AmongThieves: Why Not?

The Honors College and the Department of Philosophy proudly offered two lectures by Dr. John O’Callaghan, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Jacques Maritain Center.

On February 5, Dr. O’Callaghan presented Body or Soul: Made in the Image and Likeness of God? (on Thomas Aquinas), followed by Honors and Justice Among Thieves: Why Not? (on Plato’s Republic) on February 6.

With areas of interest in medieval philosophy, Thomas Aquinas and Thomistic metaphysics, Dr. O’Callaghan is the author of several books and articles. Click here for a complete listing.

Kass, LeonDr. Leon Kass (University of Chicago): A Conversation With Dr. Leon Kass: Wisdom and the Book of Genesis and Brave New Biology: The Challenge for Modern Bioethics

In January, the Honors College and Phi Beta Kappa conducted an informal conversation with Dr. Leon Kass, the former chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics (2002-05) and a renowned author of many books on topics ranging from medical ethics to food to love and courtship.

At the afternoon discussion, Dr. Kass shared his experiences writing his latest book, The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. Later that evening, Professor Kass delivered the esteemed 2007 Phi Beta Kappa Albaugh Lecture, Brave New Biology: The Challenge for Modern Bioethics.

Learn more about Dr. Kass.