Institute for Faith and Learning Presents 2017 Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics

April 13, 2017
Thomas HibbsThomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University, will deliver the 2017 Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. (Courtesy photo)

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WACO, Texas (April 13, 2017) – Baylor University’s Institute for Faith and Learning will present its fourth annual Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Packard Lecture Hall, Room 101, of Marrs McLean Science Building, 1214 S. Fourth St.

Established in 2014, the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics invites an acclaimed scholar to speak to pressing issues from the standpoint of the Christian moral tradition. The lecture provides an opportunity for the Baylor and Waco communities to gather for shared reflection about important questions in today’s world.

The 2017 lecture will be delivered by Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University. His lecture, “Skills, Virtues, and the Christian University: Liberal Learning in an Illiberal Time,” will encourage reflection on the aims of higher education and reaffirm the importance of the moral, intellectual and spiritual formation that a Christian university might offer.

“Baylor’s own Tom Hibbs has an international reputation as a superb scholar and teacher in ethics,” said Darin H. Davis, Ph.D., vice president for university mission and director of the Institute for Faith and Learning. “He is also widely regarded as an astute observer of contemporary higher education. His contribution to the Bailey Family Lecture series will challenge and encourage us here at Baylor as we look towards our future.”

Hibbs is the author of three books on Thomas Aquinas and two books on film and popular culture. His writings have been published in The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal and more. Hibbs has also made more than 100 appearances on television and radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows such as “The Connection,” “On the Media,” and “All Things Considered.”

The lecture was named in honor of Bill and Roberta (Hatch) Bailey in recognition of their family’s faithful commitment to Baylor, the Waco community and the church.

The Bailey Family Lecture fits into the Institute for Faith and Learning’s goal to encourage reflection and practice on Baylor’s mission of aspiring to academic excellence and Christian commitment, becoming a university of the first rank committed to its Baptist and Christian identity.

The Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

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

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