Dr. Tom Hanks will feature thought-provoking selections from three American Poets Laureate. Robert Frost, whose work centers on rural New England, was the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry. The New York Times named the second poet, Billy Collins, “The most popular poet in America,” and in 2005, the U.S. magazine Poetry awarded him the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. Amanda S. C. Gorman (age 23) is both a poet and an activist on issues of oppression, feminism, race, marginalization, and the African diaspora. She read her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden in 2021 to international acclaim.
The stories of WWII are important to remember and share. In this course, Brad Livingstone will interview daughters of veterans who served our country: Nancy Parrish whose mother, Deanie Parrish, served as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) flying B-26 bomber planes; sisters Melisa Benham and Marsha Mason whose father, Morris Barker, was a POW in Germany; Susan Pollard, Linda Wilson, and Patricia Walton whose father, Ira Walton, served in the Army in 3 wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam; and Stacey Short, whose grandfather, J.C. Alston, was a Pearl Harbor survivor on the USS California.
Hymns have often been called “the ordinary person’s systematic theology.” With instructor, Dr. David W. Music, this course will cover Christian hymns in their multiple dimensions, including their relationship to the Bible, theology, liturgy and worship, literature, music, and history. Examples of hymns from antiquity to the present, from popular to less well known, will be discussed and sung.
The oceans are a critical component of Earth’s climate system that effectively transfers heat from the tropics toward the poles and from surface to deep water. It also exchanges dissolved gases with the atmosphere affecting the concentration of greenhouse gases. Dr. James Fulton will provide an introduction to ocean circulation patterns, ocean chemistry, biological processes in the ocean, and coastal processes that influence and are influenced by climate change.
This course seeks to provide participants with the tools to engage works of art in an art museum setting through instruction with the museum’s permanent collection. Unlike other institutions, art museums often have an imposing reputation and are intimidating more often than not. This lecture series with Allison Chew will help make visitors feel more equipped and confident in these types of spaces, as well as help them find new and exciting ways to appreciate visual arts.
While you sleep, billions of birds and bats fly overhead. In the sea, millions of animals travel thousands of miles every year. In the spring, the butterflies pass your way. This study of nature’s incredible travel schedule for animals that inhabit our world will be led by Larry Smith.
Dr. Judith Staples has arranged for a variety of experiences at several Waco highlights. Starting with a backstage look at scenery, costumes and props at the Waco Civic Theater, the group will meet the second week at First Baptist Church in Waco to see the beautiful stained-glass windows and learn about their history. The third session will convene at the Methodist Children’s Home, followed by the fourth week at Baylor’s McLane Football Stadium. NOTE: This is considered an extra-curricular activity and participants agree to take personal responsibility for their own transportation to and from each location.
Join honky-tonk keyboard extraordinaire, Ralph Sparks, as he leads you through the beginnings of the Rock & Roll era starting in the early 1950s. Rock & Roll had an impact on dancing, clothing, language, and lifestyle. It originated from Black American music such as gospel, rhythm and blues, and country music. With a combination of history, music, singalong, and humor, you’ll enjoy a walk down memory lane featuring Elvis and the Beatles, as well as other teenage favorites of the 50s and 60s.
This course will provide an introduction to what it means to sleep soundly. Covered topics will include the psychological and physiological benefits of good sleep, how sleep loss affects the brain and vice versa, changes in sleep that occur with aging and dementia, the prevalence and causes of sleep disorders in America, and scientifically validated tips for improving your own sleep. Dr Michael Scullin is the Director of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory at Baylor.
This course will address the social, political, economic, and military issues in Texas during the pivotal and controversial years from the 1850s through the 1870s. It will focus on understanding the actions of a broad range of Texans – Anglo, Black, Tejano, and Native Americans – regarding slavery, secession, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and their ramifications to the present. The course, taught by Dr. Michael Parrish, will emphasize the vital importance of Texas during the Civil War Era.
Did you ever wonder how the Sheriff’s Department fits into our system of law enforcement? Major Ricky Armstrong will bring you “inside” the department with history and governance on subjects not usually available to or known by the general public. From the constitutional creation to the present, the highlights of this particular unit feature such things as human trafficking sting operations developed locally and replicated all over our nation. The operation of our two county jails includes a distinguished reintegration program to reduce recidivism. Learn fascinating details about the largest law enforcement agency in our county.
Participants will examine samples of memoirs and compose stories about their lives under the leadership of Dr. Elaine White. Classmates will share and workshop those stories with each other in a fun and encouraging way. For those who have taken the course before, advanced techniques such as including conversational quotes will be added to personalize their memoirs. At the end of the course, participants will have begun or added to their memoirs.
Author of the 2016 book Waco, Eric Ames, has dug deeper into some of the lesser-known Waco stories in his most recent book Hidden History of Waco. Enjoy his stories of artesian wells, steamboats on the Brazos, “The Little Rough Riders,” and the invisible empire on Austin Avenue. Explore the book Sironia, Texas by Wacoan Madison Cooper that some feel may really be about Waco. Learn about a 1923 public hanging of a convicted murderer in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 people that led to significant changes in the way Texas and the nation handled executions.
Every world religion invests certain physical locations with spiritual power. In this course, Dr. Rosalie Beck will help participants learn why the sacred places around the world hold such importance for billions of religious practitioners. It will include history, background, and interpretations of what Christian cathedrals, Buddhist pagodas, Jewish synagogues, and the Muslim holy places can teach us about the faith systems that name these spaces “sacred.”
The Vietnam War is a very complex and controversial subject. This course will endeavor to navigate the contentious story by presenting perspectives of all sides, including The Cold War, Vietnamese Nationalism, U.S. Presidential Politics, American servicemen and women, Vietnamese civilians as well as the American Home Front. Baylor First Gent Brad Livingstone will also have Vietnam War veteran guest speakers present their personal stories and participate in Q&A.
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