Lecture Series: Spring '13


The Department of Art, the Martin Museum of Art, the School of Music, and the Honors College were delighted to announce an exhibition, a one-day conference, and a concert.

The premiere of

Q U 4 R T E T S

in response to T.S. Eliot, a collaboration in word, image, and music by
Makoto Fujumura, Bruce Herman, and Christopher Theofanidis

The distinguished Japanese-American artist Makoto Fujimura, and Boston-based artist and teacher Bruce Herman, collaborated to produce a new body of paintings in response to T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets.


The paintings were exhibited in the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University the following dates:

  • November 29-December 15, 2012
  • January 2-17, 2013

Martin Museum Hours:

  • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday
  • 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
  • 1-4 p.m. Sunday


  • 2 p.m. - Artist Reception & Gallery Talk (Martin Museum of Art, C7 on the campus map)
  • 4 p.m. - Faith & the Arts: The artists participated in a panel discussion of faith and the arts.
    (Alexander Reading Room, F4 on the campus map)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Baylor Music Concert: Concert of a newly commissioned piano quintet (also inspired by Eliot's great poem) by the distinguished composer Christopher Theofanidis. (Jones Hall, C7 on the campus map)

Fujimura and Herman brought a wealth of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural experiences to this opportunity to engage in the rich dialogue between faith and the arts.

Learn more about Fujimura, Herman, and Theofanidis.

This exhibition and concert tour was generously supported by Walter and Darlene Hansen, Stephen and Denise Adams, and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.

From Baylor University to Duke Divinity School, Yale University, and Carnegie Hall...

Dr. Alan Jacobs (Clyde S. Kilby Chair Professor of English, Wheaton College): Christian Humanism in Time of War

Monday, February 4

The Honors College welcomed Dr. Alan Jacobs, who joined the team of Honors Program faculty at Baylor University beginning in fall 2013. Dr. Jacobs' talk was an account of why three intellectuals - the poet W.H. Auden, the literary scholar C.S. Lewis, and the theologian Jacques Maritain - came to believe that the most important task facing them in time of unprecedented global war was to resurrect and enrich a model of Christian humanism that had been in eclipse since the time of Milton.

More information about Dr. Alan Jacobs

Dante Lecture - 2013

Tuesday, February 19

Sponsors: Great Texts, Honors College

Dr. Susanna Barsella (Associate Professor of Italian, Fordham University): The Scriba and the Sculptor: Art and Theology of Work in Dante's Commedia

More information about Dr. Susanna Barsella

The Wilken Colloquium

Friday, March 1

Sponsors: The Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue; Honors College; Canada Research Chair for Interpretation, Religion, and Culture at Trinity Western University

Dr. Tracey Rowland (Dean and Permanent Fellow, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family - Melbourne): The Humanism of the Incarnation: Catholic, Barthian and Dutch Reformed

Robin Jensen (Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship, Vanderbilt University)

March 19, in Kayser Auditorium.

Sponsor: Baylor Society for Early Christianity (BSEC)

Dr. Robin Jensen addressed the topic of interpretations of Christ's epiphany in early Christian art.

More information about Dr. Robin Jensen

Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues

March 21, 2013

Sponsors: Honors College, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC)

Peter Berkowitz (Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University): Israel and the Struggle Over the International Laws of War

Joseph Farrell (Professor of Classics, University of Pennsylvania): How Modern Was Roman Antiquity?

Friday, April 26

More information on Prof. Joseph Farrell

The Pulse Student Lecture

David Welch (Great Texts, '13): The Expanded Problem of Hiddenness for Christian Theodicies

Tuesday, April 30

The Pulse hosted its annual student lecture to celebrate the publication of its spring edition. Free copies of The Pulse were given to all in attendance.