“The Soundings Project, so generously funded by Lilly Endowment, aims to support the common work of the Christian university and the church, namely to help people lead lives of purpose and significance,” said Darin H. Davis, Ph.D. Darin H. Davis is vice president for university mission and director of the Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL). He holds a faculty appointment in the Honors Program and is affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. “During the next five years, we hope to explore and nurture, along with congregations throughout the state, new models and approaches to the enduring question ‘How is God calling me — and us — to be faithful?’”
This is a question that professor and essayist Garnette Cadogan, regularly asks his students at Massachusetts Institute of Technlogy (MIT). Cadogan, who penned the essays, “Walking While Black” and “Due North,” attempts to answer this question every night as he walks the city streets and interacts with those he encounters.
Senior Junelyn Gamao, BIC Student, couldn’t ignore the draw to do more after assisting with research at Waco’s Family Health Center during her sophomore year.
“I realized how much the city was lacking in terms of access to nutritious foods and having adequate food and nutrition literacy,” she says.
Baylor University will welcome high-achieving prospective students to campus for Invitation to Excellence, a special weekend program Jan. 19-20 that showcases several exceptional academic opportunities, including one of the newer opportunities, the Getterman Scholars Program, offered by Baylor.
Through an unexpected friendship initiated on the Vegas Strip more than a decade ago, faculty and students from Baylor are leading the San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project, a large-scale excavation of ancient Etruscan and medieval remains in central Italy.
A frequent visitor to Baylor University and now with an appointment as Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Institute for the Study of Religion, Robert George returns to campus, this time to address the topic of intellectual freedom, self-mastery, and the liberal arts on January 22 at 4 PM with a reception immediately following in the Alexander Reading Room.
Alan Jacobs, a New Atlantis contributing editor, is a distinguished professor of the humanities in the honors program of Baylor University. He is the author, most recently, of How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (Currency, 2017). Portions of this essay have been adapted from his New Atlantis blog Text Patterns.
Michael Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of patristics in the Great Texts Program of the Honors College, writes that he discovered “an astonishing history” about the role that pious Christians — many of them monks — played in developing and producing alcohol. Catholic missionaries from Europe brought their knowledge of vine-growing with them to the New World so they could celebrate the Eucharist, which requires the use of bread and wine. They also improved processes for brewing beer and making grape brandies. During earlier times, alcohol was instrumental in promoting health, killing germs when mixed with water. Also, the monks merged land, special knowledge, teamwork and commitment to excellence because they viewed doing “even the smallest of chores as a means of glorifying God.”
Feature on Baylor Student Regents Hannah Vecseri, a senior University Scholar from Houston, who is in the Honors Program studying political science, great texts and finance, and Will Cassara, a junior from Keller, who is pursuing a B.B.A. in finance and management. Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, Vecseri and Cassara have worked to share the perspective of the student body with the Board.
Abby Fahnestock grew up in Detroit, MI, and received a B.A. in University Scholars from Baylor University, where she concentrated in Medical Humanities, Great Texts of Western Civilization, and Spanish. Abby is currently a 1st-year medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She has traveled to 10 countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, and Zambia.
Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, is quoted in this article about Way of the Future, a nonprofit religious corporation established in California dedicated to worshiping artificial intelligence. “For me, this is more like a new paradigm out of which new religious practices could emerge,” Cann said. “It doesn't seem like a religion as much as a religious worldview. Along those lines, secularism is a religious worldview.”
The Atlantic conducts this Q&A with Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College, about his new book, “How to Think,” which The Atlantic describes as “part essay, part lament, part how-to guide for processing the world more generously” in an era that might, or might not be, the uncivil political era of all time. “Maybe it’s inevitable that today’s hyper-partisanship and lightning-fast news cycles have left the open-minded Jacobs frustrated with America’s low tolerance for disagreement—a political order characterized by ‘willful incomprehension (and) toxic suspicion,’ as he calls it.”
A new book, “How to Think,” by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College, is cited in David Brooks’ latest column in The New York Times. “Jacobs’s emphasis on the relational nature of thinking is essential for understanding why there is so much bad thinking in political life right now,” Brooks writes.
George Walden, a British journalist and former diplomat who also served as Minister for Higher Education under Margaret Thatcher from 1985-1987, will present this year’s Laura B. Jackson Lectureship in World Issues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Foyer of Meditation at at Baylor University's Armstrong Browning Library. A reception will follow in Cox Reception Hall.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, B.B.A. (Finance/Economics/Public Administration) ’88, has been nominated by President Trump to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was cited by Trump as a potential U.S. Supreme Court pick during his presidential campaign. Justice Willett is also a member of the Honors College Advisory Council. And he is a prolific Twitter user who’s known for his wit with more than 96,000 followers and the title of Texas “Tweeter Laureate.”
Baylor faculty who traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan at the start of the Iraq war in 2003 reunited last week for a Baylor Libraries panel discussion about their experiences presenting higher education workshops to professors and students who remained in the war-torn region. “I’m proud to be a part of the Baylor family who walk the talk and help our neighbors in need,” said retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Baylor Professor Emeritus of Political Science William A. Mitchell, whose new book documents five educational missions into the region. Other panelists were Cindy Fry, senior lecturer of computer science; Mark Long, Ph.D., director of Middle East Studies and associate professor of BIC; Brad Owens, Ph.D., senior lecturer of journalism, public relations and new media; and Lyn Prater, Ph.D., clinical professor at Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor of archaeology in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core of the Honors College, is quoted in this National Geographic story about new DNA analyses of bones of a wealthy Viking warrior buried more than 1,000 years ago that revealed a surprise: the grave belonged to a woman. Previously, archaeologists thought the grave, filled with swords, arrowheads and two sacrificed horses, was that of “kind of the ‘ideal’ Viking male warrior grave,” said Zori, who was not involved with the research. The new study “goes to the heart of archaeological interpretation: that we’ve always mapped on our idea of what gender roles were,” he said.
Baylor alumni Matthew Marchetti and Nate Larson, B.A. (University Scholar)’12, created an online platform to help streamline the rescue process from flooding in Houston by aggregating calls for help and connect those calls to boats in the water. Houston Harvey Rescue combined a website, map and dispatcher for at least 7,500 calls for help over the course of the next few days. The fast-developing initiative was part of a larger biome of digital command centers providing civilian aid during the storm.
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College University and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor, reviews a new book “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America” by former Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times business writer Rick Wartzman.
Article by Scott H. Moore, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts in the Honors College at Baylor University, which seeks to answer the question, "What if colleges and universities were to recognize and begin to enable our students to flourish in a world of coming scarcity?" He argues in support of colleges and universities reclaiming their agrarian heritage as the key to an uncertain future.
Nathaniel Eberlein, B.A. (University Scholar) ’17, acted as a square supervisor for the Huqoq Excavation Project in Israel. The project has uncovered multiple dazzling mosaics in the late Roman synagogue discovered in Huqoq, including depictions of the Greco-Roman sun god Helios, Jonah and the whale and the tower of Babel.