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Aug
1
2018
July 31, 2018
Paul Marshall, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and holder of The Jerry & Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom in Baylor’s Institute for Studies or Religion, is quoted in this article about state and non-state threats to religious freedom in Southeast Asia. Marshall was a panelist at a Capitol Hill discussion on religious freedom co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Jul
13
2018
July 12, 2018
Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of graduate studies in philosophy, is quoted in this article about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the resulting discussion about how he might vote on abortion cases. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Dr. Beckwith as a source to CNS and arranged the interview.)
Jul
13
2018
July 10, 2018
AUDIO: Frank Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of graduate studies in philosophy, was a guest on the Lutheran Public Radio program “Issues Etc.” to discuss the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jul
12
2018
July 12, 2018
Baylor’s Freedom School is a local branch of a nationwide initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund to limit summer learning loss and increase literacy and confidence in children who may otherwise struggle, as well as educate students on civic engagement. “I will say that one ultimate goal (of Freedom School) is for kids to actually be excited about learning and see themselves in what they learn and see the power and potential that reading has in their life,” said Lakia Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the Baylor School of Education and Freedom School executive director. “They’re not just children but they are change agents because of how smart they are and how much power they hold within themselves.”
Jul
10
2018
July 9, 2018
VIDEO: Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of graduate studies in philosophy, was interviewed live from Washington, D.C., on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Beckwith is in D.C. for a Baylor-led graduate seminar on religion in public life for doctoral and law students from around the country. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, arranged the interview with Dr. Beckwith, whose scholarship is in politics, law, religion and ethics.)
Jul
9
2018
July 8, 2018
Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about how Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has sparked a nationwide conversation on whether the 1973 landmark decision of Roe v. Wade would remain intact.
Jul
9
2018
July 9, 2018
AUDIO: A program helping more struggling families with access to healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. “Double Up Food Bucks” lets recipients of SNAP - formerly known as food stamps - double their benefits, if they buy locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. It’s a “triple win,” said Andy Black, regional director at Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative in Lubbock. “It stretches the dollars of low-income SNAP recipients. But it also grows the customer base, it provides an economic boost for local farmers, especially at farmers markets. And overall it’s a boost to the entire community.”
Jun
26
2018
June 21, 2018
Consumer behavior expert James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes on far-flung purchases that are becoming increasingly popular.
Jun
25
2018
June 19, 2018
This article cites a nationwide public opinion study in which Baylor University was a co-researcher with other universities. They analyzed Election Day exit polls to examine voter behavior, with polls showing that 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump and that their perception that they are the target of discrimination was at the heart of their votes.
Jun
21
2018
June 20, 2018
AUDIO: Lori E. Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and vice provost for strategic initiatives, collaboration and leadership development, was interviewed on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” about her work with Reuniting Families, a program she founded at Baylor in 2003 that aids in the identification and repatriation of undocumented immigrants who died during migration into the United States, and how DNA analysis could play a role in the current immigration crisis. Dr. Baker’s interview runs from 4:00-13:48.
Jun
21
2018
June 12, 2018
Column by Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, about the history of Baptists’ track record of courting politicians and being courted by them.
Jun
14
2018
June 13, 2018
Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this article about concerns that some evangelicals with opposing views are not being heard by SBC leaders.
Jun
11
2018
June 11, 2018
VIDEO: International security scholar Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, sat down with KWTX-TV’s Pete Sousa to discuss the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Much of the talk leading up to the summit has been about the denuclearization of North Korea. “’Denuclearization,’ the very term, is going to be up for interpretation by both sides,” Campbell said, adding that the summit is a starting point for the two leaders and diplomatic talks are expected to continue in the days and weeks following. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, facilitated Dr. Campbell’s interview with KWTX.)
Jun
11
2018
June 11, 2018
VIDEO: International security scholar Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, sat down with KWTX-TV’s Pete Sousa to discuss the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Much of the talk leading up to the summit has been about the denuclearization of North Korea. “‘Denuclearization,’ the very term, is going to be up for interpretation by both sides,” Campbell said, adding that the summit is a starting point for the two leaders and diplomatic talks are expected to continue in the days and weeks following. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, facilitated Dr. Campbell’s interview with KWTX.)
Jun
6
2018
June 5, 2018
This article quotes author and historian Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, who says that the collapse of Christianity in Iraq and even more so in neighboring Syria is “a catastrophe” that mirrors the earlier disappearance of far-flung Jewish populations from the region.
Jun
6
2018
WACO, Texas (June 6, 2018) – Carter Anne Jones, a senior majoring in international studies and Russian at Baylor University, has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Indonesia for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Jun
5
2018
June 4, 2018
Leading public intellectuals Robert P. George of Princeton, a fellow with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and Cornel West of Harvard joined together for a Baylor in Washington discussion on the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., urging others to get to know people who are not like them, just as Dr. King did. “Their friendship is a counter to so much of what ails our public life,” said Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., director of Baylor in Washington, dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture.
May
31
2018
May 30, 2018
Leading public intellectuals Robert P. George of Princeton, also a fellow with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and Cornel West of Harvard joined together for a Baylor in Washington discussion on the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., urging others to get to know people who are not like them, just as Dr. King did. “Their friendship is a counter to so much of what ails our public life,” said Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., director of Baylor in Washington, dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture.
May
22
2018
May 17, 2018
Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, B.A. (Law) ’75, J.D. ’76, has been recognized with the prestigious 2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. Fitzwater, a U.S. District Judge and former chief judge for the Northern District of Texas, was nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, at the age of 32, making him the youngest federal judge in the United States at that time.
May
16
2018
May 10, 2018
In a column in The Dallas Morning News, David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, writes about the effect materialism has on democracy. “(Materialism) changes our perception of democracy from being a way to secure abstract rights and liberties into a means by which we can have fewer limits on what we obtain, measure each other by what we have and block those who disagree with us,” Smith said.
May
16
2018
In less than a month, on June 12, President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un in Singapore. How did we get to this point? Is such a meeting between two men who’ve engaged in name-calling and threats of nuclear war even possible? If so, what should we expect?
May
15
2018
May 15, 2018
Earl L. Grinols, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Economics at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and an expert on the economic and societal effects of gambling, is quoted in this article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Grinols said that while he agrees with the Supreme Court's ruling on federalist grounds, he views the decision as a potential harbinger for problems in states that legalize sports wagering.
May
9
2018
May 9, 2018
This article quotes Carson Mencken, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, about Baylor research published in the journal Social Problems that analyzes differences in how American gun owners understand the meaning of gun ownership. Data from the 2014 Baylor Religion Survey found that more than 20 percent of gun owners report being liberal or very liberal, while 50 percent of gun owners are conservative or very conservative. “It is unwise to assume that all gun owners are Republicans,” Mencken said.
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