Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues

The Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues was created by Laura's family and many friends in memory of her abundant life. The originating chairperson for the lectureship is Dr. Wallace L. Daniel, the former Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History. Dr. Daniel accepted the position of Provost at Mercer University effective Fall, 2008. The Jackson family and the committee continue to thank Dr. Daniel for his leadership in establishing this lectureship series.

The 20th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues was Thursday, April 3, in Armstrong Browning Library's Foyer of Meditation. The speaker was the Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr., Former White House Chief of Staff. He presented Leading in a Time of Crisis, which encompassed the events of 9/11/2001, including notifying President George W. Bush.

Past Jackson lectures

Laura's earthly life began in Fort Worth, Texas, as the second child of Frank and Darba Herndon Jackson. Her winsome personality was quickly apparent and continued to be one of her strongest characteristics throughout her life. School years were filled with academic success, social activities, close friendships, responsible action, and a non-judgmental attitude.

Baylor University's academic and spiritual climate became a welcomed arena of development for her well-integrated personality. She matured steadily through her activities in Student Foundation and the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Through her participation in Baylor-sponsored trips abroad, she gained perspective and depth.

This further joined her personal ability with a more enlightened world awareness.

Following graduation in 1985, she was able to combine her sense of responsible citizenship with her vocation -- serving on campaign staffs for state and local political candidates. She became the Director of Marketing for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and also found time for many deep friendships, her church, and volunteer work in a San Antonio homeless shelter.

The same elements present in Laura's life were expressed with even more intensity during the last year of her life and struggle with cancer. Her demonstrated courage; peace; faith; sense of humor; sharing nature; and love for God, family, and friends gave repeated testimony to her inner strength.

Following her death in December 1992, her many friends created a quilt depicting their varied and individual reasons for loving her, piecing together a larger picture of all that she had meant to so many. In memory of Laura, the Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues will be dedicated to piecing together a larger picture of the individual issues that contribute to today's world affairs.

In each of the lecture topics, we will be asking the questions and seeking the answers that Laura was committed to asking and finding. We will continue to celebrate her life as we examine various issues of our world today, thus gaining a better understanding, not only of these issues but also of ourselves.

While the Jackson family and their many friends have been generous in endowing and providing initial funding for this lectureship, we know there are others who, because of their interest in the subjects that have been discussed or in lectures to follow, will be interested in assisting us by contributing to the Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues. Your generous contributions enable us to continue to bring outstanding speakers to the Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues.

If you would like to receive information about future Laura Blanche Jackson Lectures in World Issues, please contact:

Office of the Dean
Honors College
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97181
Waco, Texas 76798-7181

2014 Lecture

The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr. (Former White House Chief of Staff)

Leading in a Time of Crisis