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.
Profile on Joe Barnard, B.A. (University Scholar) ’05, who came to Baylor primarily due to the strength of the liberal arts offerings, the academic rigor of the Honors College and the flexibility of the University Scholars Program. He and his wife, Anna Coutant Barnard, B.B.A. ’05, and their four children live in the Highlands of Scotland, where he is the pastor of Kiltarlity Free Church in Kiltarlity, a village of 1,500 near Inverness.
Baylor University has announced a new initiative on faith, ethics and public policy named for internationally acclaimed scholar Robert P. George, D.Phil., as part of the Baylor in Washington Program. George is the only person to have given both the Laura Blanche Jackson Lecture and the Drumwright Family Lecture in the Honors College.
The Travel Stipend is awarded to support outstanding Honors College undergraduates in attending professional conferences. In most cases, funding is reserved for those students presenting papers at conferences.
Here's a look at the recipients of the travel stipend during the 2016-2017 school year and the various conferences and experiences that resulted.
Not an average lecture-style course, Baylor University’s philanthropy and the public good class directs thousands of dollars to nonprofit groups after students determine where the money will best improve the community. “Every semester, I get to bear firsthand witness to a remarkable collaboration, a confluence of generous donors, inspiring community partners and bright students who are eager to understand and enrich their community,” said Andrew P. Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service Program and a senior lecturer in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College.
Emily E. Martin, a senior University Scholar and Honors Program student at Baylor from Frisco, Texas, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to spend the 2017-2018 academic year teaching English in Germany.
Article by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, in which he examines how and why, during the 2016 presidential campaign, many conservative Christians abandoned a position they “once held almost unanimously: In politics, character counts.” He explores what criteria should determine a Christian’s attitude toward a political candidate, noting there is no uniform answer.
This article about how social media has changed mourning the dead quotes Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Interdisciplinary Core and author of “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century.” While past traditions included photos of the dead and wearing black armbands, “I really believe that a lot of these social media mourning rituals are popping up because people aren't able to mourn in public spaces the way that they used to,” Cann said. “People have this need to be recognized as grievers."
Graduating seniors in the Honors Program in the Honors College are presenting thesis research projects during the 25th annual J. Harry and Anna Jeanes Academic Honors Week. “This is an opportunity for other students and faculty to see the fruit of the thesis process. For the student making the presentation, this is often great training for graduate or professional school where scholarship will continue to be shared with the larger academy,” said Albert Beck, Ph.D., admissions and advisement coordinator for the Honors Program.