Begun in 2014, the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics features a scholar of significant stature to speak on some issue or question that arises from within the Christian moral tradition. The annual lecture is open to the Baylor and Waco community as a way of encouraging shared reflection about Christian conceptions of the moral life.

Bailey Family

Spring 2017 Lecture

"Skills, Virtues, and the Christian University: Liberal Learning in an Illiberal Time"

The 2017 Bailey Family Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Hibbs

Thomas Hibbs (BA and MA, University of Dallas; MMS and PhD, University of Notre Dame) serves as the Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University. In addition to teaching a variety of interdisciplinary courses, Hibbs teaches in the fields of medieval philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, and philosophy and popular culture. His publications include three books on Aquinas, two books on film and popular culture, and more than thirty scholarly articles on topics ranging from Thomas Aquinas, Alasdair MacIntyre, and virtue epistemology, to Pascal, natural law and African-American thought. Hibbs has published more than 100 reviews and discussion articles on film, theater, art, and higher education in a variety of venues including First Things, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review. Called upon regularly to comment on film and popular culture, Hibbs has made more than 100 appearances on radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows such as "The Connection," "On the Media" and "All Things Considered," as well as local NPR stations in Boston, Massachusetts; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; and Rochester, New York. In 2010, he received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence Award and has just finished a three-year term as a Faculty Mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. His lectures have been protested by nihilists at Boston University and by communists in Palermo, Sicily.

The Institute for Faith and Learning will host the annual Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Packard Hall, in the Marrs McLean Science building.


Past Speakers

The Bailey Family

The Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics is named in honor of Bill and Roberta (Hatch) Bailey for their family's longstanding and faithful commitment to Baylor University, to the Waco community, and to the church.