Spring Calendar Includes Celebrated Artists, Performances, Lectures and Conferences

March 31, 2011

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 April and May at Baylor.

For additions, contact the Baylor Marketing and Communications at 254-710-1961 or e-mail that information to Melissa_L_Perry@baylor.edu.


CASPER Seminar

Apr. 1, 1:30-2:30 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room C105

DR. Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki, UT Dallas presents"Why is the Expansion of the Universe Accelerating? One of the Biggest Puzzles in Cosmology!" For more information call (254)710-3763.

Center for Ministry Effectiveness & Educational Leadership Annual Symposium

Apr. 4, All day event, Location TBA

Keynote speaker Will Willimon, Bishop of the North Alabama United Methodist Conference and former chaplain of Duke University will address this year's theme, "Are Christians Called to Change the World?" The theme arises out of the recently published book by James Davison Hunter entitled To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. The panel of respondents includes: Diana Garland, dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor; George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas; and Chris Seay, senior pastor of Ecclesia Church in Houston. For more information call (254)710-4805.

Research@ Baylor OVPR Colloquium

Apr. 4, 1-2:00 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, D109

Dave Turek, Vice President of Deep Computing at IBM will present "In Pursuit of Exascale: Innovations in IT in the Coming Decades." Dave is currently has responsibility for IBM's overall high performance computing strategy. He has been recognized for his contributions to the Roadrunner program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Congressional Record and sits on the Advisory Committee to the National Simulation Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dave has degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Rochester, a Masters Degree from Trinity College, and advanced study at the University of Pennsylvania in Operations Research. For more information call (254)710-3763.

Northcutt Lecture

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

Guest lecturer, Carl P. Daw, Jr., is an Episcopal priest and writer who served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009. He now serves as an Adjunct Professor of Hymnology and Curator of the Hymnological Collections at Boston University. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call (254)710-3571.

Beall Poetry Festival

Apr. 6-9, All day, Location TBA

A three-day celebration of some of America's finest contemporary poets, with readings, a panel discussion, and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry. For more information call (254)710-3361.

Drumwright Colloquium

Apr. 7, 3:00 p. m., Miller Chapel

In 2002, the Drumwright Colloquium was established to bring New Testament scholars to the Baylor campus to benefit the Baylor community. This year Dr. Beverly Gaventa presents "The Rhetoric of Violence and the God of Peace in Paul's Letter to the Romans." For more information, call Truett Seminary at (254)710-3755.

400 Years of the King James Bible

Apr.7-9, All day, Truett Seminary

The year 2011 marks the four hundredth anniversary of one of the landmark events in the history of Christianity: the publication of the King James Bible. Baylor is hosting a conference celebrating The King James Bible and the World It Made, 1611-2011 featuring Scott Carroll, Director of the Green Collection, one of the world's largest collections of Bibles and related documents of the Judeo-Christian tradition, will give a presentation about the history of the KJV and will bring a selection of rare and ancient Bibles for an on-site display. The conference includes distinguished scholars from around the globe to consider the history and ramifications of the Bible in English. For more information and to register click here.

CASPER Seminar

Apr. 8, 1:30-2:30 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room C105

CASPER is the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research . Dr. John Alred, NASA-JSC, is the presenter. For more information call (254)710-3763.

Presidential Symposium Series

Apr. 9, 4-6:00 p. m., George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Paul Powell Chapel

Dr. Mark A. Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on "The Place of the Bible in the Modern Christian University." For more information click here.

Leadership In Contemporary Social Issues Lecture

Apr, 11, 5:30-6:30 p. m., Kayser Auditorium

The lecture features two notable speakers: Dr. Frank Shushok, Jr., associate vice president for Student Affairs, and assistant professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech University and Dr. Blaine McCormick, associate professor of Management & Entrepreneurship at Baylor. Each semester the Academy for Leader Development will host the Leadership Lecture Series to introduce students to the variety and complexity of leadership needs in contemporary society. For more information click here.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Apr. 12, 4-5:30 p. m., Morrison Hall, room 120

Guest lecturer Prof. Zhi Lin will speak on "Understanding Humanity through Cultural Convergence and Intersections." His talk will focus on the development of his most recent projects, which are to voice social commentaries and further cultural and historical awareness. By using his experience traversing China, Europe, and North America to tell stories of Chinese and American history, he explores patterns of violence, intolerance, injustice, and complicity in public behavior in his work. The usage of multiple art media and fusing of various levels of art forms with different country origins into one body of work further contextualize the process of constructing images, invite diverse understandings and conceptual experiences, and reveal the complexity in the world around us. For more information call the Art Department at (254) 710-1867.

Physics Lecture and Colloquium

Apr. 12, 3:35-5:00 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room E125

Apr. 12, 5:30-6:45 p.m., Baylor Sciences Building, room B110

Carlos Stroud, professor of Optics and Physics and director of the Center for Quantum Information at the University of Rochester will present two lectures at Baylor this spring. The first is a colloquium presentation entitled "Rydberg Electron Wave Packets: the classical limit of an atom." The second is a public lecture celebrating "Quantum Weirdness: Technology of the Future?" This will be a popular lecture requiring no background in physics or mathematics, just a curiosity about the weirdest part of modern science and how that "weirdness" may lead to computers enormously more powerful than any that will ever be built with current technology. For more information call (254)710-2541.

Annual Holocaust Memorial Luncheon

Apr. 13, 12:00-1:00 p. m., George Truett Seminary, Great Piper Hall

Dr. Anders Runesson speaks on "Paul, 'the' Jews, and the Holocaust." Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Truett Theological Seminary. To reserve your seat contact Rochelle_Peters@baylor.edu or (254)710-2866.

The Texas Independent Film Network Spring 2011 Film Series

Apr. 14, 7:00-10:00 p. m., Castellaw, room 101

Baylor University Film & Digital Media screens "4/14 The Whole Shootin' Match" (1978). A landmark of American independent cinema, this is the film that Robert Redford credits as the reason he started the Sundance Institute. Texas son Eagle Pennell's first feature details the tragi-comic struggle of two small-time schemers, Loyd (Lou Perryman) and Frank (Sonny Carl Davis), as they desperately try to land their big break. For more information call (254)710-1621.

J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies Lecture

Apr. 17, 1:00 p. m., Baylor University School of Law, appellate classroom 127

David Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief, Time Magazine presents a lecture entitled "Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power." The lecture is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program. For more information call (254) 710-1510.

Geology Colloquium Series

Apr. 15, 2:30-4:00 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, E231

Dr. Jason West, Texas A&M is the speaker. For more information please call (254)710-2361.

The President's Concert

Apr. 16, 7:30 p. m., Glennis McCrary Music Building, Jones Concert Hall

Alan Raines, Director of Choral Activities, leads the massed voices of Baylor's Choral Union--plus the hundred-member Baylor Symphony Orchestra--in a program of familiar favorites for chorus and orchestra. This year's event honors the fourteenth president of Baylor University, Judge Kenneth Winston Starr. For ticket information, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at (254)710-3571, or you may click here to purchase tickets online.


Apr. 19-20 & 27-30, 7:30 p. m.

Apr. 30 & May 1, 2:00 p. m., Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Mabee Theatre

Set immediately following the Trojan War, the story tracks our hero Odysseus's ten-year journey to return home to his wife and son. This larger-than-life tale is reimagined on the stage with vivid imagery and flowing words. This thrilling tale is filled with travels across the sea, battles, exotic locations, monsters, gods, and human foibles. The Odyssey is a true classic transformed beautifully for a modern audience. For more information click here.

W Dial Black Family Lectures

Apr. 20, 6:30 p.m., Baylor Sciences Building, room B110

This year's lecturer is Dr. Waun Ki Hong, Head of the Division of Cancer Medicine and Professor at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, as well as an American Cancer Society Professor and the Samsung Distinguished University Chair in Cancer Medicine. In addition to his research and clinical work, Dr. Hong has trained and mentored hundreds of young physicians and scientists from around the world and has worked to increase international collaboration in cancer research. Dr. Hong has authored more than 660 scientific publications and edited 11 books and has received numerous awards for his work. There will be a reception before the lecture starting at 5:45pm in the A2 Elevator lobby. This lecture series is made possible by a donation from Sadie Jo Black, who graduated from Baylor University in 1950 and was an assistant professor at Baylor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, retiring in 1992 after completing 35 years of service at the university. For more information please call (254) 710-2055.

2011 Spring Physics Colloquium

Apr. 20, 4 - 5:00 p. m., Baylor Sciences Building, room E125

"Feel Free to Move about the Solar System: Deep Space Propulsion in the 21st Century" is the lecture to be presented by Dr. E.A. Bering, professor of physics and ECE at the University of Houston. For More information contact Dr. Anzhong Wang at (254) 710- 2276.

The Pulse Student Lecture

Apr. 26, 7:00-8:00 p. m., Alexander Reading Room

This lecture is free and open to the public and all attendees will receive a free copy of the latest edition of The Pulse. For more information click here.

2011 Annual Hugh and Beverly Wamble Religious Liberty


May 2, 2 - 3:00 p. m. Cashion, 5th floor

Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, associate professor of religion and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon will deliver a lecture on "Islam in America, Religious Freedom and equal rights in America". For more information click here.

Restorative Justice Symposium

May 7, 9:00 a. m. - 12:00 p. m., Mayborn Museum

Faith-motivated individuals, local congregations, and faith-based organizations bring enormous good will and resources to bear on many social problems, especially those related to crime and justice. We sense it is time for communities of faith and secular agencies to join forces in order to mobilize and coordinate a comprehensive strategy to help rebuild lives and transform communities. Our local churches and faith-based organizations can assist in providing stable housing, transportation, employment, education, budgeting, life skills training, child care, mentoring, tutoring for children, wholesome friendships, and a spiritual support network but are often uncertain how they might go about doing these things. Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and the Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership, along with the Waco Regional Baptist Association and the Restorative Justice Ministries Network of Texas hope to come up with solutions during this free symposium. To register call (254)710-7555.

Southern Harmony Concert

May 7, 7:30-9:00 p. m., Armstrong Browning Library, McLean Foyer of Meditation

This event will feature new settings of sacred tunes drawn from the 19th-century hymnal. Mia Orosco is featured on the fiddle, along with the Heritage Square Quartet, and select voices from Live Oak Classical School and Parkview Christian Academy. The concert will present a composition by Kurt Kaiser and a special tribute to Robert Browning's birthday. Tickets for the performance are $10.00 per person and are available on line, here. For more information call (254) 710-4968.

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