Spring Calendar Includes Celebrated Artists, Performances, Lectures and Conferences

Feb. 29, 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 March 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.

Baylor Theatre

Feb. 28 & 29 and Mar. 1-8, 7:30 p. m., Mar. 3 & 4, 2:00 p. m. , Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Theatre 11

Presenting "Quartet with Grand Piano: An Evening of Four Short Plays," including Little Airplanes of the Heart by Steve Feffer; The Trapeze Artist by Mary Laws; Aftermath by Thomas Ward; and Johannes, Pytor, & Marge by Jeffrey Essman. Direction is by DeAnna Toten Beard. Experience a unique night of new and contemporary short plays, brilliantly combined for an ecclectic brand of story-telling. Each story transports you to a new, strange world, unlike anything seen on the Baylor stage before. Completely accompanied by a beautiful grand piano, this intimate collection challenges, delights, entertains, and engages in one single production. For more information click here.

TIFN and Baylor Film and Digital Media Spring 2012 Series

Mar. 1, 7 - 10:00 p. m., Castellaw, room 101

Texas Independent Film Network and Baylor University Film & Digital Media presents the 2011-2012 film Series. Each screening will be followed by Q&A with one or more special guests from the film's production. The third film of the season is a double feature: "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" and "Something's Brewin' in Shiner." "Ann Richards...brings another entertaining layer to an already effervescent documentary..."-Rory L. Aronsky, Film ThreatPublisher. For more information click here.

Women's History Month Lecture

Mar. 1, 3:30 - 5:00 p. m., Morrison Hall, room 120

Catherine A. Brekus, associate professor of the history of Christianity in the School of Divinity at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 18th Women's History Month Lecture, sponsored by the Baylor department of history. Brekus will present a lecture entitled, "Women, Religion and Agency: Some Reflections on Writing American Women's Religious History." For more information call 254-710-2667.

Office of the Vice Provost of Research Colloquium: Baylor Percussion Symposium

Mar. 2 - Mar. 3, various times, McCrary Music Building

The 2012 Baylor Percussion Symposium will bring some of classical music's most recognized and innovative artists to campus for two days of lectures, master classes, and concerts. Featured guest artists include 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang, and renowned percussionists Steven Schick and Doug Perkins. The Symposium aims to bring together the most original voices in percussion and musical composition, and to create a platform for dialogue between students, professionals, and community members. For more information click here.

Documentary Film Screening -The State of the Gulf: America's Sea

Mar. 2, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Baylor Science Building room A. 108

Texas Parks and Wildlife's one-hour documentary "The State of the Gulf: America's Sea," explores the rich diversity of the Gulf's unique ecology, diverse flora and fauna, and important habitats. After the screening a discussion will be led by Cappy Smith, TPWD. Learn how all of us have a connection to America's Sea and a role to play in its protection. For more information call Melissa Mullins at 254-710-2382.

The Wilken Colloquium

Mar. 2, 7:00 p. m., Armstrong Browning Library, Foyer of Meditation

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, will present a lecture entitled "The End Is in the Beginning: Creation and Apocalyptic." For more information click here.

Geology Colloquium Series

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

Dr. Andrew Bishop, of Shell Oil Company will discuss oil and gas exploration. For more information call 254-710-2361.

Sacred Voices: Women in Ministry Conference

Mar. 5, various times, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

The conference is designed for women and men who are interested in issues related to women in ministry and leadership. The conference offer encouragement, support, and connections for women who sense a call to vocational ministry, while also offering a venue for both women and men to engage issues related to the collaborative necessity of ministry. This year's keynote speaker is Julie Pennington-Russell, Pastor of FBC Decatur, Georgia. For more information and to register click here.

Physics Seminar

Mar. 5, 3 - 4:00 p. m. and 7 - 8:00 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room D110

Hugh Ross, astronomer with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, will offer two lectures: "Taking Copernicus Too Far?" and "Do Physics and Faith Converge?" He did research on quasars and galaxies as post-doctoral fellow at Caltech. He is an internationally known speaker and president of Reasons to Believe and the author/coauthor of 11 books. For more information call 254-710-2511.

Lyceum Series Lecture

Mar. 5, 4 - 5:00 p. m., Glennis McCrary Music Building, Meadows Recital Hall

Speaker Philip Gossett, a music historian, is one of the world's foremost experts on opera. He specializes in 19th-century Italian opera, specifically the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 254-710-3571.

Honors College Lecture

Mar. 5 & 6, 4:00 p. m., Mabee Theater and Alexander Reading Room

Terry Teachout, a Wall Street Journal drama critic, biographer, playwright, and blogger, will present two lectures at Baylor. The first, on Monday is entitled "Does American Culture Have a Future?" and on Tuesday the lecture is "Why Louis Armstrong Still Matters." For more information click here.

Institute for Studies of Religion Lecture

Mar. 6, 3:30 - 5 p. m., Hankamer School of Business, Kayser Auditorium

Speaker Stephen V. Monsma, senior research fellow at the Henry Institute at Calvin College, will address "Do We Truly Believe in Pluralism and Diversity? Faith-Based Organizations' Religious Freedom Rights." His lecture argues faith-based organizations that provide health, educational, and social services to the public are facing increasing legal pressures to tone down or abandon their religiously-based practices. He believes that worldviews rooted in Catholic and evangelical Protestant thinking protect the religious freedom rights of faith-based organizations, and thereby pluralism and diversity, better than do worldviews rooted in secularist thinking. For more information and to register click here or call 254-710-7555.

Edmondson Historical Lectures

Mar. 6 - Mar. 7, 3:30 p. m., Morrison Hall, room 100

The 34th Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures will feature addresses by Dr. Donald J. Raleigh, The Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Raleigh will deliver two lectures: "Russia's Cold War Generation and the End of the Soviet Dream" and "Revolution as Lived Experience: Soviet Baby Boomers, M.S. Gorbachev and Perestroika." For more information call 254-710-2667.

Geology Colloquium Series

Mar. 9, 2:30 - 3:30 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room E231

The guest lecturer is Dr. Deborah Smith. For more information call 254-710-2361.

Lyceum Series

Mar. 19, 7:30 p. m., Roxy Grove Hall

Frederic Chiu's intriguing piano-playing and teaching spring from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology. He has more than twenty CDs on the market. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 254-710-3571.

Life Experiences in Mathematics Series Lecture

Mar. 21, 3 - 4:30 p. m.,Hankamer School of Business, Kayser Auditorium

Dr. Ray Perryman (Baylor '74, Mathematics), Founder and President of the Perryman Group, will be the third speaker in the Life Experiences in Mathematics lecture series. The title of his lecture is "Madmen and the Village Watchman - Mathematics in the Trenches of Economics and Public Policy." Dr. Perryman holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Baylor and a PhD in Economics from Rice University. He has held numerous academic positions in his career including ten years as Herman Brown Professor of Economics and five years as University Professor and Economist-in-Residence at Baylor University, as well as five years as Business Economist-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University. He is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential and innovative economists. For more information click here.

Geology Colloquium Series

Mar. 23, 2:30 - 3:30 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room E231

Dr. Kamini Singha of Pennsylvania State University will discuss groundwater/modeling. For more information call 254-710-2361.

Institute for Studies of Religion Lecture

Mar. 26, 3:30 - 5 p. m., Hankamer School of Business, Kayser Auditorium

Timothy Goeglein, former special assistant to George W. Bush and now VP of External Relations with Focus on the Family will present a lecture entitled Faith and Public Life: Pride, Humility, and the Grace That Binds Them. He will discuss his unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president's in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. For more information and to register click here or call 254-710-7555.

Distinguished Artist Series

Mar. 26, 7:30 p. m., Glennis McCrary Music Building, Jones Concert Hall

There are few music lovers who have not heard the name the Swingle Singers. Founded by American-born Ward Swingle in 1963,this virtuosic eight-voice a cappella group has performed on the world's most famous stages. Along with the repertoire, the stage show has also grown into a full-blown lights-and-choreography spectacle. The beauty is that however the group has changed over the last five decades, the sound remains unmistakably that of the Swingle Singers. For tickets call the box office at 254-710-3571, or purchase online here.

A Celebration of Texas Poets

Mar. 28, 1 - 3:00 p. m., Armstrong Browning Library

This event features 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, Jan Epton Seale. For more information call 254-710-4959.

Beall Poetry Festival

Mar. 28 - 30, various times and locations

Baylor University's 18th annual Beall Poetry Festival is a three-day celebration of some of the finest contemporary poets, with readings, a panel discussion, and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry given by Jay Parini. The festival is supported by the John A. and DeLouise McClelland Beall Endowed Fund, established in 1994 by Mrs. Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Ind., to honor her parents and to encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry. Honored guests A.E. Stallings, Stephen Dunn and Michael Longley will give poetry readings. For a complete schedule click here.

Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues

Mar. 29, 7:00 p. m., George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Paul W. Powell Chapel

The 18th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues speaker is Dr. David Lampton, Dean of Faculty, George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, and Director of the China Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. The lectureship was created by Laura's family and many friends in memory of her abundant life. The originating chairperson for the lectureship is Dr. Wallace L. Daniel, the former Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History. For more information click here.

Baylor Opera Theatre

Mar. 31, 7:30 p . m., Roxy Grove Hall

The Baylor Opera Theatre presents "An Evening of Opera Scenes"--fully staged and costumed, with piano accompaniment, and sung primarily in their original languages. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 254-710-3571.

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