Spring Calendar Includes Celebrated Artists, Performances, Lectures and Conferences

March 30, 2012

Baylor University will welcome several distinguished speakers and performers to campus this spring. Below is a list of the lectures, conferences, symposia, and performances that will be held during April at Baylor.

For additions, contact Baylor Marketing and Communications at 254-710-1961 or e-mail that information to Melissa_L_Perry@baylor.edu.


Spring Chapel

Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:05, 10:10 & 11:15 in Waco Hall. Chapel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the office of University ministries at 254-710-3517.

Hankamer School of Business Lecture

Apr. 2, 6 - 9:00 p. m., Cashion Academic Center, 5th floor conference room

Timur Kuran, professor of economics and political science and the Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, will present a lecture entitled "How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East" For more information contact Charles_North@baylor.edu.

Northcutt Lecture

Apr. 3, 4:00 p. m., Glennis McCrary Music Building, Meadows Recital Hall

The guest lecturer is hymnologist and ethnomusicologist I-to Loh, the former President of Tainan Theological College and Seminary, where he also served as Head of the Church Music Department and Professor of Worship, Church Music, and Ethnomusicology. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Church Music and Liturgy at the Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology, a consortium of over twenty seminaries in Asia. Dr. Loh has compiled and edited several hymnals and praise collections. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 254-710-3571.

Dean's Honor Concert

Apr. 3, 7:30 p. m., Roxy Grove Hall

The annual Dean's Honor Concert showcases some of the most talented young musicians in the Baylor University School of Music. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 254-710-3571.

Annual Hugh and Beverly Wamble Lecture

Apr. 4, 2 - 3:30 p. m., Cashion Academic Center, 5th floor conference room

The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies is hosting the Annual Hugh and Beverly Wamble Lecture. This year's guest Lecturer is Dr. Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, who will speak on "Lethal Religion: The Explosive Mix of Religion and Politics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."

Institute for the Studies of Religion Lecture

Apr. 12, 3:30, Cox Lecture Hall

Guest lecturer Christopher G. Ellison is a professor of sociology and Dean's Distinguished Professor of Social Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio. His lecture is entitled "Does Faith Really Matter - Exploring the Relationships Between Religion and Mental Health" during which he will examine the growth of empirical research on religion and mental health in recent decades. He will discuss the development of his own work in this area and themes and current research directions. To attend this free lecture, please register here.

Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics

Apr. 12 - Apr. 13, Baylor Sciences Building, room D109 and Sid Richardson, room 344

Guest professor Ronald Graham will be the fifth speaker in the annual series and will present a public lecture entitled "Computers and Mathematics: Problems and Prospects." He will deliver a departmental lecture entitled "The Combinatorics of Solving Linear Equations" on April 13. Professor Graham is the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and the Chief Scientist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He is a mathematician credited by the American Mathematical Society as being "one of the principal architects of the rapid development worldwide of discrete mathematics in recent years." For more information click here.

Geology Colloquium Series

Apr. 13, 2:30 - 3:30 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room E231

Dr. Oliver Chadwick, University of California Santa Barbara will talk about ecosystem science. For more information call 254-710-2361.

Modern Foreign Languages Colloquium

Apr. 13 3:30 - 5:00 p. m., Draper, room 139

Dr. Paul Benhamou, Professor Emeritus of French, Purdue University, will give a lecture entitled "Catering to Popular Tastes: The Reading Trade in 18th Century France." For more information click here.

W.R. Poage Spring Lecture

Apr. 17, 4 - 5:00 p. m., Bennett Auditorium

Join Chet Edwards, the W. R. Poage Distinguished Chair for Public Service as he discusses focusing on what is right with America rather than daily headlines offering assessments of "what's wrong" with Washington. Plan to stay after the lecture for a reception in the foyer just outside of Bennett Auditorium for an opportunity to visit with Mr. Edwards. For more information click here.

Leadership Lecture Series

Apr. 17, 6 - 7:00 p. m., Kayser Auditorium

Hannibal Johnson - an attorney specializing in diversity & inclusion issues, independent consultant, and author - will speak on Leadership In Private Enterprise. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, has received multiple civic awards and served on numerous committees and associations.

Provost-Sponsored Lecture - Nobel Prize Winner

Apr. 20, 1 - 3:00 p. m., Truett Seminary

Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom, an American political economist, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Her work is associated with the new institutional economics and the resurgence of political economy. She will present a lecture entitled "Analyzing Collective Action." In the lecture, she will review some of the structural variables that have been found to affect the likelihood of collective action and address the need to base future work on collective action on a more general theory of human behavior than has been used to model collective action. For more information call (254) 710-7803.

President's Concert

Apr. 21, 7:30 p. m., Glennis McCrary Music Building, concert hall

J. Eric Wilson, Director of Bands, conducts the acclaimed, eighty-member Baylor University Wind Ensemble. Also performing will be the Baylor University Jazz Ensemble, the Baylor Saxophone Quartet, and special guest stars the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Tickets are priced at $15. For information, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at 254-710-3571, or click here.

Baylor Theatre

Apr. 23-28, 7:30 p. m. and Apr. 28-29, 2:30 p. m. , Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Mabee Theatre

Baylor Theatre presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's comedic jewel comes to life in the forest outside of Athens. With fantasy and fancy, love and lunacy, power and protection, confusion and camaraderie, the play delivers a beautiful story sure to delight audiences. Directed by Steven Pounders . For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Collins Professor Annual Lecture

Apr. 24, 4 - 5:00 p. m., Castellaw Communications Building,room 101

Dr. Blair Browning, recipient of the 2012 Collins Outstanding Professor award, will present a lecture entitled "Authentic Leadership: How Critical Life Events Act as Catalysts for Change." Open to students, faculty and staff without charge. Dr. Browning was selected for this award by the graduating class of 2012. For more information call (254) 710-3601.

Panel Discussion: Creativity Across Disciplines as Seen Through the Eyes of Three Brothers

Apr. 25, 7:30 p.m., Kayser Auditorium

Three academic brothers: Ted Chihara, mathematician at Purdue; Charles Chihara, philosopher at University of California Berkeley; and Paul Chihara, musician at UCLA are the guests for this panel discussion. Dr. Kevin Dougherty, from Baylor's Department of Sociology, will serve as host and moderator of this event. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, The College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music. For bios on the brothers click here.

A Celebration of Texas Film

Apr. 26, 7 - 9:00 p. m.,, Bill Daniel Student Center, Den

After showing of a portion of the 1956 film Giant, there will be a panel discussion on "The Cultural Impact of Giant (1956) on the Idea of Texas" along with Texas-style refreshments. For more information click here.

The Willson-Addis Lecture in Practical Christianity

Apr. 27, 9:30 - 10:30 a. m., George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Paul W. Powell Chapel

The guest lecturer is Dr. Kimlyn Bender, associate professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Sioux Falls. For more information call 254-710-6080.

Black Glasses Film Festival

Apr. 28, 7:00 p.m., Jones Theatre

The Black Glasses Film Festival has been held annually since 1999 to give students an outlet to showcase their films and enable them to reach an audience. Black Glasses is three hours dedicated to exhibiting the best student work in filmmaking and screenwriting. For more information call 254.710.1621

On Topic with Sandra Day O'Connor

Apr. 30, 1:00 p. m., Waco Hall

President Ken Starr welcomes special guest Sandra Day O'Connor,the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court, who served as an associate justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. Justice O'Connor founded iCivics in 2009 to enrich the educational experience for children studying American history, law and government and to prepare youth to participate in democracy as informed citizens. Conversation will include iCivics, her service to our country and important issues facing our nation. Admission is free and requires a ticket. Pick up your ticket at the Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through April 27. The event has experienced high demand for tickets and remaining seats are limited. Overflow seating will be available on the day of the event and also requires a ticket. The Waco Hall Box Office will open at 10 a.m. and begin distribution of any remaining Waco Hall tickets and overflow tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call (254) 710-3555.

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