Fall Calendar Includes Celebrated Artists, Performances, Lectures and Conferences

August 25, 2008

Baylor University will welcome several distinguished speakers and performers to campus this fall. Below is a list of the lectures, conferences, symposia, and performances that will be held during the fall semester at Baylor.
For additions, contact Baylor Marketing and Communications at 254-710-1961 or e-mail that information to Melissa_L_Perry@baylor.edu.



Fall Chapel

10 a.m., 11 a.m. on Monday's Wednesdays in Waco Hall
Chapel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the office of University ministries at 254-710-3517.


Souza, Tilton, Meerfeld Exhibition

Sept. 04, - Oct. 11, Martin Museum of Art Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center
Three contemporary artists will have their works on exhibit at the museum this semester, highlighted by a slide show and clay demonstration on Sept. 15. Al Souza is a Houston-based artist who has for decades been delighting viewers with his transformations of ordinary materials, including paper and jigsaw puzzle pieces, into extraordinary abstractions. John Tilton was a graduate student working toward his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Florida when he was introduced to clay as an artistic medium in 1968. He subsequently took up ceramics as a profession, earning his M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of South Florida in 1972. Ceramicist Blair Meerfeld grew up in the Colorado communities of Akron, San Luis, and Alamosa, and received a BA in Art Education from Adams State College in Alamosa. He currently operates his own ceramics gallery and his work has been included in national and international exhibitions and collections. For more information click here.

CASPER Seminar with Richard Obousy

Sept 05, 2 pm - 3:00 p.m., Baylor Science Building C231
Doctoral Candidate Richard Obousy will speak on Casimir Energy, Extra Dimensions and a Novel Approach to Interstellar Propulsion. Recently, we asked the question, "What constraints do the laws of physics place on an arbitrarily advanced civilization?" To this end, we explored the possibility of manipulating a compact dimension to locally modify the cosmological constant for the purpose of artificially 'stretching space' to generate an effective method to travel between two points at arbitrarily high velocities. These ideas will be reviewed in this talk. For more information click here.

Leadership in the Church

Sept. 10, 6 - 7 p.m., Blume Conference Center, 5th floor Cashion
Lecture by Brian Mosley, Executive Director, RightNow Campaign. 

2008 Robert Foster Cherry Award Recipient Fall Dialog Series

Sept. 10, 12:15 - 1:15 pm, Baylor Science Building A.108
Award winner Professor Stephen D. Davis of Pepperdine University will speak on Undergraduate Research: Celebrating the Spice of Science Join Dr. Davis and the faculty of the Department of Biology in an on-going dialog about undergraduate research. During this installment of the series Dr. Davis will provide an overview of his NSF-funded SURB program. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best! The series will continue on Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3. For more information click here.

Dr. Ted Baehr Lecture

Sept. 15, 3 - 4 p.m., TBD
Dr. Ted Baehr is an American media critic and chairman of The Christian Film and Television Commission. He publishes "MOVIEGUIDE," a Web site and biweekly journal that evaluates motion pictures and other entertainment products from a conservative Christian perspective on suitability for family consumption. For more information, click here.

Ministerial Ethics Conference

Sept. 16, 1 p.m. - Sept. 17, 12 p.m., Paul W. Powell Chapel
"Red-Letter Christians, An Emerging Evangelical Center, and Public Policy Issues". Anyone may attend any session free of charge. The registration fee of $20 adult or $10 student allows a registrant to receive Tony Campolo's latest book, Red-Letter Christians, and also attend the continental breakfast Wednesday. Hosted by George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Constitution Day

Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., TBA
Jody Baumgartner of East Carolina, expert on American and French presidential elections, will speak.

Benefactors Day

Sept. 17, 3-5:00 p.m., Armstrong Browning Library, Hankamer Treasure Room
Mariana Oller, Research and Instruction Specialist, Special Collections, Wellesley College Library, will speak on "The Brownings at Wellesley." Music will be provided by mezzo-soprano Debra Scroggins, accompanied by piano and cello. Refreshments will follow. For more information call the library at 254.710.3566.

Symposium: RFID Integrated Supply Chains

Sept. 18- Sept. 19, Hankamer School of Business
The fourth annual symposium will convene at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. Even though RFID (radio frequency identification) business applications have evolved over the past couple of decades, there is no doubt that it is an emerging technology for identifying and tracking objects which holds many promises for closing the time-lag gaps in information transfer for improving supply chain operation productivity. This RFID-awareness has prompted much discussion about its benefits, challenges, and security issues. The theme of this symposium is the use of RFID in supply chains. Sessions will address the massive interest in this old technology, which is changing the landscape of integrated supply chains. The use of RFID ranges from asset tracking to cashless payment to homeland security, and more. Speakers at the event will discuss RFID strategies and implementation used to accomplish this. For more information, click here.

The W.C. Dobbs Endowed Lectureship

Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Paul W. Powell Chapel
This lectureship was established in 1995 by Dr. W.C. Dobbs of Mobile, Alabama, retired professor of Christian ethics at Mobile College of Mobile, Alabama. This year's featured speaker is Dr. Greg Boyd, an evangelical pastor, Christian theologian, and author. He is Senior Pastor of the Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lecture hosted by George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Lecture

Sept. 22, 3:30 - 5 p.m., TBD
Dr. Wallace Daniel, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History, received the award in the spring of 2008 and will give the lecture. He is now Provost for Mercer University. Contact the Office of the Provost, (254) 710-7803 for more information.


John Granger Lecture

Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Alexander Reading Room
Author J.K. Rowling is a brilliant writer who uses specific tools to craft her meaning and create the effects in her readers that she wants -- tools she borrows from Austen, Shakespeare, Dickens, Lewis, and Dante. In his presentation, John Granger raids Ms. Rowling's "magic tool chest" and shares how she wields the tools of narrative misdirection, literary alchemy, the hero's journey, postmodern themes, and traditional symbolism to engage and entrance us well beyond suspended disbelief. Moreover, the lecture opens up the mystery of fine writing and its place in the life in Christ. For more information, click here.


Distinguished Artist Series: Turtle Island String Quartet

Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall
For ticket information on this concert and all Distinguished Artist Series events, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at 254-710-3571, or you may purchase tickets online by visiting our School of Music website.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Sept. 25, 4-5:00 p.m., Draper 116
Dr. Jay Pulliam will speak on "The Cameroon Volcanic Line: What is it? What created it?" Dr. Pulliam's current research specialty is studying tectonic problems by collecting unique seismic data. For more information please contact Dr. Lilly Fuertes.

The Fall Preaching Convocation

Sept. 29 - Sept. 30, All day event, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Our annual Fall Preaching Convocation will feature Dr. Tom Long, the Thomas Bandy Professor of Homiletics, in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For more information, click here.

Leadership in Social Contemporary Issues

Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., Kayser Auditorium
Dr. Roland Goertz, Executive Director of the Heart of Texas Community Health Center and McLennan County Medical and Education Research Foundation will speak. 


October 2008

Urinetown, The Musical

Oct. 1-4 and 8-11, 7:30 p.m., The Jones Theater
Oct. 5 and 12, 2:00 p.m., The Jones Theater
Baylor Theater's fall 2008 presentation is directed by Stan Denman with music by Mark Hollman and book by Greg Kotis. The Tony Award-winning show, which spoofs the great American musical, is hilariously pointed and manages to be self-deprecating and terrifyingly relevant at the same time. The story is about a Gotham-like city where all the toilets were controlled by a greedy, crooked corporation with no concern for the poor, bladder-oppressed masses. Urinetown was nominated for 10 Tonys and took home 3 of those 10 in 2002 for best director, best original score and best book of a musical. The show was also nominated for a host of other awards including 6 Outer Critic Circles, 9 Drama Desk, and 8 Lucille Lortel Awards.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Oct. 2, 4-5:00 p.m., Draper 116
Dr. Nirund Jivasantikarn, President of Yonok Foundation and Founder and President Emeritus of Yonok University will speak on "Thailand Politics at the Turning Point". For more information please contact Dr. Lilly Fuertes.

Leadership in Public Life

Oct. 2, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m., Blume Conference Center
Senator Royce West, State Senator, District 23 is the speaker. 

Dyer Ethics Workshop

Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Region XII Service Center, Waco, TX
Presenter: Vicki Hansen, NASW/TX. For more information contact, Krista_Barrett@baylor.edu. Presented by the School of Social Work.

Lyceum Series: Lecture with Brenda Romero (ethnomusicologist)

Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Meadows Recital Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building
Presented by the School of Music.

2008 Beall-Russell Lecture

Oct. 9, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Roxy-Grove Hall
Dr. Robert Sapolsky, science and nature writer, biologist and neurologist, and stress expert will deliver the 2008 Beall-Russell Lecture. Dr. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya, and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow. His lecture is entitled: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease and Coping. For more information call 254-710-4288.

After Dark 2008

Oct. 10, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Waco Hall
After Dark is an All-University variety show held annually during Parent's Weekend. It features top student talent from outstanding solo performances, dance, stand-up comedy to musical theater. After Dark always proves to be a showcase for Baylor's creative students. Contact the Student Union Ticket Office to purchase your tickets, (254) 710-3210.

Honors College Lecture Series

Oct. 13, 7-9:00 p.m., Alexander Reading Room
Don't miss the Annual Dean's Film Lecture in the Honors Residential College lecture series, when Dean Thomas S. Hibbs will present "Seeking With Groans: A Christian Approach to Contemporary Film and Culture." Called upon regularly to comment on film and popular culture, Hibbs has made more than 100 appearances on radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows such as "The Connection," "On the Media" and "All Things Considered," as well as local NPR stations in Boston, Massachusetts; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; and Rochester, New York. For more information go to www.baylor.edu/honors_college/index.php?id=43053.

The Parchman Endowed Lecture Series

Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. - Oct. 16, 10:30 p.m., Paul W. Powell Chapel
The Parchman Endowed Lectures features Dr. Bill J. Leonard. The title for this year's series is: Baptist Believing: What Then? What Now? What Next? Bill J. Leonard is the founding Dean and Professor of Church History at Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, N.C. A magna cum laude graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, he received a MDiv degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD from Boston University. For more information click here.

Medical Humanities Annual Lecture

Oct. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sciences Bldg., rm. D109
Dr. Kay Toombs will speak on "Living at the Boundary: Healing and Incurable Illness." In this presentation she will explore insights that have important implications for the way in which we think about life threatening illness and the care of the chronically ill. For more information visit www.baylor.edu/medical_humanities/splash.php.

Albaugh Lecture

Oct. 21, 7 p.m - 9 p.m., Barfield Drawing Room
Author and novelist Mark Helprin will present the annual Albaugh Lecture, sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa. Contact Dr. Michael Foley in the Great Texts program at 254-710-7284 for further information.

Second Annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture

Oct. 23 - Oct. 25, All day event, TBD
This year's theme is Bottom-up Approaches to Global Poverty: Appropriate Technology, Social Entrepreneurship and the Church. Invited presentations each day are followed by contributed presentations. For a full schedule click here.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Oct. 23, TBA
Dr. David Ngong, Lecturer in African Studies at Baylor University will speak on "The Global Impact of Africa's New Christianity". For more information please contact Dr. Lilly Fuertes.

Lyceum Series: Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic With the Baylor Wind Ensemble

Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building
Free admission. Presented by the School of Music.

Kenny Barron Trio

Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building
The trio includes Kenny Barron (piano), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass), and Francisco Mela (drums). For ticket information, call the School of Music box office at 254-710-3571.


November 2008

Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum 2008: The Responsibilities of Business - Doing Well and Doing Good

Nov. 5-7, various times and various rooms within Cashion Academic Center and Hankamer School of Business
The forum includes a lecture by Dan Sanders, CEO of United Supermarkets and author of the New York Times bestseller Built to Serve, the MBA National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership, and a corporate social responsibilities roundtable with panelists Scott James, FairTrade Sports; Ed Fikse, Accenture; Paul N. Markovich, Green Mountain Energy Company; and Bill Baker, ConocoPhillips. For times, locations and more information on the forum events please click here.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Nov. 6, 4-5:00 p.m. in Draper 116.
Dr. Christopher Marsh, Director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University and Director of the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, & Society will speak on "The Desecularization of Russia and China." For more information please contact Dr. Lilly Fuertes.

Colloquium on Ancient and Modern Political Inquiry

Nov. 6, 7 and 13, various times, Alexander Reading room and in the Foyer of Meditation
The Honors College, Department of Classics, and Department of Political Science present this inaugural lecture series featuring Josiah Ober, the Constantine Mitsotakis Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University; Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study; Stephen Salkever, the Mary Katherine Woodward Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College and Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Foundation of the Arts. For more information please click here.

University and Distinguished Professors Lecture Series

Nov. 10, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Miller Chapel
The speaker is Dr. Ralph C. Wood, professor of English, who will speak on "G.K. Chesterton and the Perennial Appeal of Christian Humanism." Sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

African Culture Week

Nov. 10-15, various times and venues
This week long celebration of African culture, sponsored by the African Student Association, includes a food tasting, exhibits, fashion show and dance demonstration, culminating in a banquet on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The banquet speaker is Dr. David Ngong, lecturer in African Studies, who will speak on the week's theme "There's no place like home." For more information please contact Kelley Kimple in the Student Multicultural Activities office, 254-710-6948.


Nov. 11-15, 7:30 p .m., Nov. 16, 2:00 p. m., Mabee Theatre
The Baylor Theatre will present Eurydice written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl, and directed by Amber Jackson. Eurydice is a visually stunning adaptation of the ancient myth of Orpheus, told from the perspective of his wife Eurydice. For tickets, call 254-710-1865 or visit www.baylor.edu/theatre.

Global Issues Lecture Series

Nov. 13, 4 -5:00 p.m., Draper 116
Dr. Alfredo Colman, Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Baylor University is the featured speaker. His lecture is entitled "Soundscapes and Nostalgia in Israeli Folk Music: The Parvarim and the Latin American Music Diaspora." For more information please contact Dr. Lilly Fuertes.

M.D. Anderson Lecture: Jane Hammond

Nov. 13, 7 - 9:00 p.m., Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Room 149
Baylor's Department of Art sponsors this annual lecture. This year's speaker is internationally recognized artist Jane Hammond, who will speak on "Language, Links and Looking." The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the art department at 254-710-1867. To learn more about Ms. Hammond, check out her website at http://janehammondartist.com/

Distinguished Artist Series: Anonymous 4

Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall
For ticket information on this concert and all Distinguished Artist Series events, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at 254-710-3571.

Ferguson-Clark Author Lecture Series

Nov. 18, 7-9:00 p.m., Waco Hall
This year's lecturer is John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me, the story of the worst dog ever. Presented by Baylor University Libraries. General admission is $5. Click here to order your tickets.

Leadership in Private Enterprise

Nov. 19, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Kayser Auditorium
Dr. Mitch Neubert Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics, H.R. Gibson Chair in Management Development, and Associate Professor--Management & Entrepreneurship. 

Global Issues Lecture Series

Nov. 20, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Kayser Auditorium
Dr. Peter Berger, Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology at Boston University will speak on "Globalization, Religion, and Modernization." For more information please contact Dr. Lilly Fuertes.

Honors College Lecture Series

Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m., Alexander Reading Room
This lecture by Edward E. Ericson Jr., professor emeritus of English at Calvin College, is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Reading Group and Baylor's Honors Residential College. Professor Ericson will speak on The Enduring Achievement of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and will show a video entitled "Solzhenitsyn at His Last Reach of the River." For more information go to www.baylor.edu/honors_college/index.php?id=43053.

The Drumwright Colloquium in New Testament Studies

Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Paul Powell Chapel, George W. Truett Seminary
Reverend Professor Cannon Loveday C. Alexander, Emeritus, University of Sheffield, will present a lecture on "Jesus in Memory and Tradition." For more information contact the Religion Department at 254-710-3735 or click here.


December 2008

Combined Choirs Christmas Concert

Dec. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building
For ticket information on this concert, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at 254-710-3571