This Week at Baylor – April 16-22, 2017

  • Jerry Koch
    Jerry Koch, M.Div., Ph.D., professor of sociology and associate chair at Texas Tech University, will lecture in the OSO Speaker Series for the Department of Sociology on Thursday, April 20. (Courtesy photo)
  • Donald Richards
    Donald Richards, Ph.D., statistics professor at Pennsylvania State University, will present the 2017 Tom Bratcher Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 20. (Courtesy photo)
  • Rebecca Sheesley
    Rebecca Sheesley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science at Baylor University, will lecture on urban air quality in Science Thursdays at the Mayborn on April 20. (Courtesy photo)
  • Stephen Baylin
    Stephen Baylin, M.D., Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Oncology and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the 2017 Floyd and Lorene Davidson Lecture at the Biology Awards Night Friday, April 21. (Courtesy photo)
  • Bill Flores Lecture
April 13, 2017

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WACO, Texas (April 13, 2017) – This week, Baylor University will host several notable speakers, lectures, concerts and events, including the annual Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics, a senior art exhibition, a Symphonic Band concert and a lecture on public service and civic engagement by a local Congressman.

TUESDAY, April 18

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores Lecture - U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) will give a public lecture on "Public Service, the Importance of Education and Civic Engagement" at 2:30 p.m. in room 240 of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The lecture is hosted by Baylor Government Relations and Baylor Ambassadors.

Cross-Cultural Dinner – Baylor Formation will host a cross-cultural dinner at 6 p.m. in Bobo Spiritual Life Center, 500 Speight Ave. Click here for more information and a schedule of future cross-cultural engagement events.

WEDNESDAY, April 19

Chapel Highlights – Chapel will feature a discussion on “Caring for God’s Creation” at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m. For more information and a list of future Chapel speakers, visit the Chapel website.

Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics – Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture, will deliver the annual Bill and Robert Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics at 3:30 p.m. in Packard Hall in Marrs McLean Science Building, 1214 S. Fourth St. This annual lecture is hosted by the Institute for Faith and Learning.

THURSDAY, April 20

BFA Senior Art Exhibition – The Martin Museum of Art will host the BFA Senior Art Exhibition from Thursday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 26. This exhibition is free and open to the public at the museum, 60 Baylor Ave.

What Is To Be Done?: Responding to the Global Persecution of Christians – The Institute for Studies of Religion is co-sponsoring a symposium on the global persecution of Christians at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, in Washington, D.C. This symposium is hosted by the Under Caesar’s Sword Project and will feature the launch of the project’s report In Response to Persecution. Click here to register.

OSO Speaker Series – Jerry Koch, M.Div., Ph.D., professor of sociology and associate chair at Texas Tech University, will lecture on “Faith and Data: Reflections on 35 Years as a Parish Minister and 25 Years as a Social Scientist” in the Outstanding Sociology Opportunity (OSO) Speaker Series at 2 p.m. in Room 345 of Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St. This lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

Collins Award Lecture – Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion and winner of the 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award, will deliver this year’s Collins Award Lecture, titled “My Life with Students: Wittgensteinian Thoughts on Baylor’s Mission,” at 3:30 p.m. in Room H101, formerly known as the Kayser Auditorium, of Hankamer Building, 1428 S. Fifth St.

THIS Matters: Hyped Up – A THIS Matters forum will address the effects of cultural representations of hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity at 4 p.m. in Alexander Reading Room, 1413 S. 7th St. Click here for more information about THIS Matters.

Free Enterprise Forum: Jimmy Dorrell – Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center will host a forum with Jimmy Dorrell, executive director and president of Mission Waco, at 4 p.m. in Room 240 of Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, 1621 S. Third St. Click here for more information about the Baugh Center.

Tom Bratcher Memorial Lecture – Donald Richards, Ph.D., statistics professor at Pennsylvania State University, will lecture on “Random Walks, Gambler’s Ruin, and the Quest for Jack or Jill” at 4:15 p.m. in Room 301 of Marrs McLean Science Building, 1214 S. Fourth St.

Science Thursdays at the Mayborn – Rebecca Sheesley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science, will lecture on “Smoke, Smog, and City Life” at 7 p.m. at the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. Sheesley will discuss why urban air quality is important and how pollution can impact human health. This lecture is part of Science Thursdays at the Mayborn, a series of hour-long talks sponsored by the Department of Physics. This lecture is free and open to the public but does not include museum admission.

The President’s Concert – All components of the Baylor University Choral Department and members of Baylor Brass will perform in the 2017 President’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive, in Richardson, Texas. Tickets are $20 and are available from the Eismann Center. The telephone number for ticket information is 972-744-4650.

FRIDAY, April 21

Special Needs Ministry Leadership Conference – First Woodway Baptist Church will host a conference on Special Needs Ministry Leadership Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at Truett Seminary, 1100 S. Third St. The keynote speaker is Amy Fenton Lee, author of Leading a Special Needs Ministry. Registration is required by Tuesday, April 18, and is $50, with a $10 student rate. Click here to register.

Biology Research Seminar – Ginger Carney, Ph.D., associate professor and associate dean for assessment and college climate at Texas A&M University, will lecture on “Genetic Control of Behavior and Nervous System Function” at 2:30 p.m. in Room D109 of Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave.

CASPER Seminar Series – Tao Zhu, associate research professor at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) at Baylor University, will lecture on “Quantum Gravitational Effects in the Early Universe” for the CASPER Seminar Series at 2:30 p.m. in Room E125 of Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave. Click here for more information and a schedule of events in the CASPER Seminar Series.

Symphonic Band – The Baylor University Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall in Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

Biology Awards Night and Floyd and Lorene Davidson Lecture – The Department of Biology will host the 29th annual Biology Awards Night and the Floyd and Lorene Davidson Lecture at 7 p.m. in Room B110 of Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave. Stephen Baylin, M.D., Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Oncology and Medicine, co-director of the cancer biology division and associate director for research programs of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, will lecture on “Biomedical graduate education—benefiting humanity.”

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

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