Baylor’s Interdisciplinary Core Will Welcome Alumni for Homecoming Lecture on the ‘Examined Life’

John-Michael Marrs
John-Michael Marrs courtesy photo.
Oct. 21, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2015) – Baylor’s Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) will welcome alumni, faculty and current students for its annual BIC Alumni Homecoming Lecture at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Marrs McLean Science Building, Room 101.

BIC alumnus John-Michael Marrs, B.A. (Theatre Arts) ’04, assistant professor of acting in Baylor’s department of theatre arts in the College of Arts & Sciences, will be the featured speaker. His lecture is titled “Art and Interruption: Living the Examined Life.”

“Throughout the BIC curriculum, we explore this theme of the ‘examined life,’ from the first semester to our capstone courses,” said Adam Moore, BIC coordinator. “Our hope is this lecture would give our alumni the opportunity to reflect on how this theme has developed in their lives and help current students explore the relevance of this theme.”

Marrs received his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama. He spent the past several years working as a professional actor in New York and various regional markets. He is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and has worked in both recruitment and development with the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Yale University.

“Every year, we ask our lecturers to reflect upon the themes from their time in BIC and relate them to where they’ve gone since graduating,” Moore said. “It will be interesting to hear from someone who has since returned to Baylor reflect on their time in undergrad and how it has helped shape him into the person he is today. The lecture will provide an excellent example to students of how their education can impact them down the road.”

BIC is one of the four undergraduate programs that make up Baylor’s Honors College, along with the Honors Program, University Scholars and Great Texts. All four programs share a commitment to providing students with the opportunity to pursue the questions that have transcended specific disciplines.

This event is free and open to the public, but it is specifically targeted to BIC students and alumni.

Marrs McLean Science Building is located at 1214 S. Fourth St.

For more information, contact BIC at 254-710-3981.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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