Education Goes to War: Baylor Educators Gather to Tell Their Remarkable Story

Aug. 31, 2017

War does not only entail combat – some forms of service take place behind battle lines. On Sept. 14, hear the story of Professor Emeritus Dr. William A. (Bill) Mitchell and other Baylor educators ventures into Northern Iraq to help a war-torn country prepare for education in the context of democracy, civil rights and freedom. "Education Goes to War: Baylor in Northern Iraq" begins at 3 p.m. on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center.

"Our story chronicles how and why 22 Baylor volunteers traveled to northern Iraq to help Kurdish Muslims and Christians restore their institutions of higher education after the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein," said Mitchell. "We helped our neighbors in a war-torn environment before our needs, an example of Baylor’s mission of servant leadership to walk the talk."

Mitchell will touch on the purpose for each visit to Iraq and frame the reality of their efforts. Afterward, Mitchell will join a panel of Baylor educators and discuss specific aspects of their journeys. Panelists include Cindy Fry, senior lecturer of Computer Science; Mark Long, associate professor of BIC and director of Middle East Studies; Brad Owens, senior lecturer of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; Lyn Prater, clinical professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

A reception and book signing will proceed and follow the presentation and panel. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with panelists and purchase Mitchell's book, Baylor in Northern Iraq During Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“The Baylor Libraries are pleased to welcome professor emeritus Bill Mitchell and his colleagues for an engaging conversation about their experiences during a tumultuous time in Iraq,” said Interim Dean of Libraries John Wilson. “Whether you are a student of political science, history, international affairs, or simply enjoy hearing stories of people who creatively respond to difficult life circumstance, you will be enriched by participating in this event and reading professor Mitchell’s book.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

This event is sponsored by Armstrong Browning Library; Electronic Library; the Keston Center; Moody-Jones Libraries; The Texas Collection; W. R. Poage Legislative Library; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; the Honors College; the School of Engineering and Computer Science; the Department of Computer Science; J.M. Dawson Center for Church-State Studies; Louise Herrington School of Nursing; and the Center for Global Engagement.