In rural Kenya, mothers-to-be face challenges shared by expectant mothers in underdeveloped nations around the globe, transportation chief among them. They know they need to get proper care, but getting to a clinic or hospital often proves too difficult.
Baylor senior Jolene Damoiseaux (pictured above), a biology major from the Houston area, met many of these women while traveling in Kenya with Baylor's Straw To Bread organization. What she discovered led her to turn her Honors College thesis project into "Mothers on the Move," an organization that provides transportation to expectant mothers who would otherwise have none.
By 1941, shortly after the death of his mother, W.H. Auden was drafting an application for a Guggenheim Fellowship in which he proposed to write "a long poem in several parts about Christmas, suitable for becoming the basis of a text for a large-scale musical oratorio."
Auden had come to believe that all the matters he was strenuously reassessing - art, community, erotic love, politics, psychology - had been fundamentally altered by a single event: the entry of God into human history, what Christians call the Incarnation. The Christ child, as every character agrees in the poem he would write, changes everything. And that radical disruption of the world, and therefore of all the things human beings typically think about the world, needed to be accounted for. The result was his great poem, "For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio."