Featured Speakers
2018 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture
Wednesday, October 17-Friday, October 19
Featured Speakers To Date:

Talbot Brewer is professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia. He specializes in ethics and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and Aristotelian ethics. He has been a visiting professor in the Harvard University Philosophy Department and has been invited to present his work to audiences at a number of universities and professional conferences in North America, South America, Europe, China, and the Middle East. He is the author of numerous essays, including “Virtues We Can Share: A Reading of Aristotle’s Ethics” (Ethics), “Savoring Time: Desire, Pleasure and Wholehearted Activity” (Ethical Theory and Moral Practice), “Two Kinds of Commitments (And Two Kinds of Social Groups)” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), and “Maxims and Virtues” (The Philosophical Review). He has authored two books, the most recent of which is The Retrieval of Ethics (2009).

Kendall Cotton Bronk is associate professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She is a developmental psychologist interested in understanding and supporting the positive development and moral growth of young people. Work in her Adolescent Moral Development lab is currently focused on creating and testing interventions for fostering purpose among young people, on understanding the development of purpose among marginalized youth, and on learning how global political and economic events influence young people’s view of the future and their role in it. Her work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. In addition, she has helped define and outline the parameters of the exemplar methodology, an approach to empirical research that provides insight into exemplary, or highly developed, forms of growth. She is the author of Purpose in Life: A Component of Optimal Youth Development (2013).

Tim Clydesdale is professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey, where he has taught since 1996. Previously, he was assistant professor of sociology at Gordon College. He is the co-author, with Kathleen Garces-Foley, of The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults (2019), which is drawn from more than 200 interviews with young adults, as well as a national survey of 1,880 individuals. He also wrote The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students About Vocation (2015) and The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School (2007), as well as numerous academic articles. He has been invited to speak at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States.

Perry L. Glanzer is professor of educational foundations and a resident scholar with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the co-author, most recently, of The Quest for Purpose: The Collegiate Search for a Meaningful Life (2017) and Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age (2017). Some of his past books, all co-authored with Todd C. Ream, include The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today’s University (2013), Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education (2009), and Christianity and Scholarship in Higher Education (2007). He was awarded Templeton Foundation grants for two major projects: “Character Virtues and College Students: A Pilot Study” and “College Students’ Search for Meaning and Purpose: What Role Does Student and Institutional Identity Play.” In addition, Dr. Glanzer has authored or co-authored over seventy-five journal articles and book chapters on topics related to moral education, faith-based higher education, and the relationship between religion and education.

Thomas Hibbs is president and professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas. Hibbs has spent most of his career writing, teaching, and designing and implementing academic programs. From 2003–2019, President Hibbs served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University. Previously, he was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College, where he taught for thirteen years as full professor and chair of the philosophy department. In addition to two books on film and a book co-authored with contemporary painter Makoto Fujimura, President Hibbs has written three books on Thomas Aquinas: Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (1995); Virtue’s Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (2001); and Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (2007). He has over thirty published academic articles and has written dozens of essays for publications such as National Review, First Things, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Weekly Standard.

Christian B. Miller is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. An expert on the study of character and ethics, he examines whether character traits such as courage, compassion, and honesty really exist and play a role in human behavior. He also explores how to develop a virtuous character and overcome character flaws, as well as what it means to be a person of good character in the first place. Miller directed a five-year, $5.6 million project on the existence and nature of character called The Character Project, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the Templeton World Charity Foundation. He has published over seventy academic papers and is the editor of the Continuum Companion to Ethics; Character: New Directions in Philosophy Psychology, and Theology; Moral Psychology, Volume V: Virtue and Happiness; and Essays in the Philosophy of Religion. He is also the book review editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy. He is the author of three books, including Character and Moral Psychology (2014), which presents a new framework for thinking about character and virtue, and The Character Gap: How Good Are We? (2017). He is also currently the philosophy director of the Beacon Project, which received a $4 million grant from Templeton Religion Trust to study the morally exceptional.

Elizabeth Newman was Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (2002-2019) after serving on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, for twelve years. She is the author of Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (2007); Attending the Wounds on Christ’s Body: Teresa’s Scriptural Vision (2012); and Divine Abundance: Leisure, the Basis of Academic Culture (2018). She is co-chair for the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity and a participant in the Baptist World Alliance Conversations with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity (2017-2022). She is an associate member of Epworth UMC, where her husband pastors.

Simon Oliver is the Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. His research interests focus on Christian theology and metaphysics, particularly the doctrine of creation. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1999 and in 2000–2001 served as acting dean of Jesus College, Cambridge, and director of studies in theology. From 2001 to 2004, while he was chaplain of Hertford College, Oxford, he also served as honorary chaplain to Helen House and Douglas House, hospices for children and young adults with life-limiting illness. This led to a particular interest in theological anthropology and the theology of disability, topics which he now includes in undergraduate modules. After serving as senior lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and head of department at the University of Nottingham, he joined the faculty at Durham, where he also serves as an Anglican priest and residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. Professor Oliver’s publications include Philosophy, God and Motion (2005) and Creation (2015). His current research project, Creation’s Ends: Teleology, Ethics, and the Natural, focuses on theological and philosophical notions of causation and the concept of purposiveness in nature.

Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2018 Halmos-Ford award for writing, and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and is creator of "MathFeed," the math news app. His hobbies include songwriting, gardening, photography, and theology. Just like mathematics, these are modes of creative expression that blend structure and freedom, truth and beauty, reflection and action. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing will be published by Yale University Press in 2019.

William M. Sullivan is currently a senior scholar at the New American Colleges and Universities and visiting professor at the Center for the Study of Professions, University College of Oslo and Askerhus, Norway. Previously, Dr. Sullivan directed the Preparation for the Professions program at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Prior to that, he was professor of philosophy at La Salle University. He is the author of Liberal Learning as a Quest for Purpose (2016), which analyzes the results of a qualitative research study of twelve institutions where the Lilly Foundation’s Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation has been fully integrated. He has authored and co-authored numerous other books, including The Power of Integrated Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society (2016); A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice (2008); and Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America (2004).

Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. She also currently serves as the Chair of Virtue Theory for the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and was named a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Philosophy (May 2018–May 2021). From 2000–2007, she served as co-director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Her research interests include virtue ethics, social and political philosophy, cultural studies, and philosophy and literature. In 2015, she received a major Templeton Foundation grant for her project, “Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life.” The project brings together philosophers, social scientists, and religious thinkers to examine the role of self-transcendence and self-transcendent goods in meaningful lives. Her books include John Stuart Mill’s Deliberative Landscape: An Essay in Moral Psychology (2001), a co-edited volume The Critical Limits of Embodiment: Reflections on Disability Criticism (2001), and Reasonably Vicious (2002). She presently is writing a book on the philosophy of G. E. M. Anscombe.