This Week at Baylor – Jan. 14-21, 2017

  • MLK graphic
    Baylor faculty, staff and students will be participating in several university and community events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16.
  • Helge Antoni
    Swedish pianist Helge Antoni will lecture Tuesday, Jan. 17, and perform Thursday, Jan. 19. (Courtesy photo)
  • Jodi Magness
    Jodi Magness, Ph.D., will lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, on her work as the director of excavations in an ancient synagogue in Israel. (Courtesy photo)
Jan. 13, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 13, 2017) – This week, Baylor University faculty, staff and students will participate in several university, community and volunteer events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. Each year on the third Monday of January, Americans answer Dr. King’s call to serve others by coming together on MLK Day of Service to volunteer in their neighborhoods and communities. Also this week, Baylor will host several notable speakers, lectures, concerts and events, including a lecture and performance by pianist Helge Antoni and the opening of a new exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art.

SATURDAY, Jan. 14, AND MONDAY, Jan. 16

Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition MLK Day of Service – Each year the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition partners with various organizations to host a community-wide MLK Day of Service in the Waco area. These projects include volunteer work from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in community gardens across Waco to help prepare for the spring gardening season and clean-up along the Brazos River. Volunteers with Baylor Campus Kitchen provide lunches for the volunteers. Student groups or individuals can volunteer for lunch preparation shifts, which are from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Penland Crossroads, to work at community gardens or deliver lunches on Monday. To register for these volunteer opportunities, visit the Eventbrite registration page.

MONDAY, Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures – In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Baylor University administrative offices will be closed and no classes will be held. All campus libraries will close at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, and resume regular hours Tuesday, Jan. 17. The McLane Student Life Center will be open from 1 p.m. to midnight. Visit the Baylor Dining website for residential and retail hours.

Mission Waco MLK Day Program & Day of Service – Mission Waco will host its annual MLK Day Program and Day of Service from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jubilee Theater, 1319 N. 15th St. in Waco. The program from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. will feature Robert Darden, professor of journalism, PR and new media and director of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, who will speak on “Protest Spirituals and Freedom Songs: From the Civil War Through #blacklivesmatter.” The program will be followed by a “Soul Food Lunch” and Racial Reconciliation Dialogue from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and community projects in Waco from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 254-753-4900 or visit the Mission Waco website. To register groups, email groups@missionwaco.org.

21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March and Observance and NAACP Wreath Laying – This annual march and observance, presented by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Delta Upsilon Zeta Chapter and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Spring Park in Waco. Free lunch and entertainment will be available at Bledsoe Miller Community Center, 300 N. MLK Jr. Blvd.

30th Annual Candlelight Vigil – The annual candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 300 MLK Jr. Blvd. in Waco. The keynote speaker is Frank Jackson, assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations for the Texas A&M University System.

TUESDAY, Jan. 17

Helge Antoni Lecture – Swedish pianist Helge Antoni will give a lecture on “Socrates’ Flute” at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Drawing Room, 1425 S. Seventh St. Antoni was the first Swedish musician to be awarded a British Council Fellowship and is the winner of the Menuhin Prize.

Confluence of Earth & Mind Sculpture Exhibition – The Confluence of Earth & Mind Sculpture Exhibition opens at the Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave. Confluence brings together the work of two Texan sculptors, Sherry Owens and Sharon Kopriva. At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, the Martin Museum will host a reception. The exhibition runs until Feb. 26. Click here for more information about the exhibition and the reception.

“I have a dream...” Cross Cultural Engagement Neighbor Night – Sponsored by Baylor Formation Cross Cultural Engagement and the Department of Multicultural Affairs, the “I have a dream...” Cross Cultural Engagement Neighbor Night will be held at 6 p.m. at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center, 500 Speight Ave. Attendees will listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech and discuss his legacy and vision with neighbors. Dinner will be provided.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18

Chapel Highlights – The Korean Children’s Choir will perform in Chapel at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m. For more information and a list of future Chapel speakers, visit the Chapel website.

“Keeping the Dream Alive” Luncheon – Sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Affairs, the “Keeping the Dream Alive” luncheon will be held at noon in the Blume Conference Center on the fifth floor of the Hankamer-Cashion Building, 1401 S. Fourth St. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Lester C. Newman, president of Jarvis Christian College, the alma mater of Pearl Beverly, director of multicultural affairs at Baylor. Call 254-710-6948 for more information.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner – Sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Affairs in conjunction with the Coalition of Black Ambassadors, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the banquet room on the fifth floor of the Hankamer-Cashion Building, 1401 S. Fourth St. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Lester C. Newman, president of Jarvis Christian College, the alma mater of Pearl Beverly, director of multicultural affairs at Baylor. Food will be provided for first 200 attendees. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 254-710-4466.

THURSDAY, Jan. 19

Jodi Magness Lecture – Jodi Magness, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the McClinton Auditorium, Room 240 of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, 1621 S. Third St. Magness is the director of excavations that discovered new mosaics in an ancient synagogue in Israel’s Galilee region.

Helge Antoni Piano Recital – Swedish pianist Helge Antoni will perform “Romantissimo: Works of Frederic Chopin and Edvard Grieg” at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall in the Waco Hall Complex, 624 Speight Ave.

FRIDAY, Jan. 20

Biology Research Seminar – Michael Galko, Ph.D., associate professor of genetics and director of the genes and development graduate program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will lecture on “Wound Healing in Drosophila as a Model of Cancer Biology” at 2:30 p.m. in Room D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave.

Helge Antoni Master Class – Swedish pianist Helge Antoni will host a master class at 4 p.m. in Recital Hall II, adjacent to the lobby of Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.

SATURDAY, Jan. 21

Baylor Concerto Competition – The School of Music will present the final round of its Concerto Competition, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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