Baylor in the News – Feb. 12-18, 2023

February 19, 2023
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Baylor in the News – Feb. 12-18, 2023

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 19, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the history of revivals at colleges founded by church groups, issues to consider around going to a four-day school week and political controversy over the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course.

Feb. 13, 2023

Baptist News Global: Baylor unveils design for “Monument to the Unknown Enslaved’
Baylor University has released the first detailed renderings of an addition to its Founders Mall that will be called “Monument to the Unknown Enslaved.” The monument is a priority project of the Baptist school’s Commission on Historic Campus Representations, which last year issued a report with recommendations for how better to tell university history, including some early leaders’ slaveholding past.

Feb. 14, 2023

Religion News Service: Why students at a Kentucky Christian school are praying and singing round the clock
Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor who studies religion and higher education., is quoted in this article about round-the-clock prayer and worship that has continued for nearly a week at Asbury University.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Beth Moore, Jemar Tisby highlight Truett conference on racism
Baylor English professor Greg Garrett, Ph.D., the organizer behind the “Racism in the White Church” conference this week at Truett Seminary, said the theme to the conference’s second year lies in its subtitle: “Time to Wake Up,” which looks at moving beyond recognition of a problem to action.

Legal Dive: How law schools are preparing students for in-house roles
Institutions ranging from Baylor to Santa Clara are providing legal externships at companies, as well as opportunities to hear from legal department leaders. Kristine Bridges, assistant dean of career development at Baylor Law, is quoted in the article.

Feb. 15, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: China Spring ISD continues public discussion of four-day week idea
Bill Sterrett, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Baylor, was interviewed for this article about the growing list of Texas schools considering a four-day school week to help recruit and retain teachers and improve attendance. He cautions districts to pay close attention to community buy-in, communication strategies and coordination and to be very purposeful of what Friday would look like for staff and students.

Christianity Today: A LUV Talk on Black History
Aubra Bailey, a post-doctoral student at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, writes about when LUV (Listening, Understanding, Validating) talk engages with the conviction that context matters, it paves the way for an authentic conversation with Black history. Bailey also writes about a course he took on faith, philanthropy and fundraising with Truett professor Dustin D. Benac, Ph.D., who provided a context-driven approach to understanding the connectional points of practical ministry.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco stages present Tony-, Pulitzer-winning works ‘Once,’ ‘Sweat’
Baylor Theatre will present the 2011 Broadway musical “Once,” which tells a story of an Irish street musician debating whether to stick with his family’s vacuum repair shop or pursue his music in America and a Czech immigrant, a pianist, who urges him to stick with his music. The Tony Award-winning musical has been on director Lisa Denman’s radar for some time, but depended on a particular blend of talent.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Cardboard spurs construction, imagination in Mayborn Museum exhibit
Kids and cats have long thought outside the box when it comes to cardboard and “Cardboard Craze,” the Mayborn Museum’s new exhibit, travels that territory, providing plenty of building materials for young imaginations willing to explore.

Pro Video Coalition: 6P Color’s FCR: revealing colors between the colors at HPA
A Texas based color science technology company, 6P Color is showing tech demos of their groundbreaking new Color technology at the Hollywood Professional Association Tech Retreat. 6P Color’s Full Color Range technology began as a research project at Baylor University and is now implemented in LED walls and employed by top colorists in Hollywood.

EurekAlert: For god’s sake: Baylor researchers develop a new model to predict smartphone use during church services
Noted Baylor smartphone researchers and marketing professors Meredith E. David, Ph.D., and James A. Roberts, Ph.D., have developed a new model that is a powerful predictor of the acceptance of incorporating smartphones into a church service.

NTD: Distorted World Picture Through Media’s Secular View: Paul Marshall
VIDEO: During an international religious freedom summit in Washington, D.C., NTD interviews Paul Marshall, research professor in the Department of Political Science and The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, about perception of a religious world.

Feb. 16, 2023

KWTX-TV: Baylor history professor explains importance of offering pilot AP African American Studies course in Central Texas high schools
VIDEO: Ronald Angelo Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor and The Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History at Baylor, is one of the creators of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course, which is intended to introduce students to what it meant and means to be Black in the United States at an earlier age. Talking about these issues in the classroom, he said, doesn’t indoctrinate students, but rather empowers them. As He Prepares to Step Down, Brad Toben Reflects on 31 Years as Dean of Baylor Law
Bradley J.B. Toben, the longest serving dean among the American Bar Association-accredited law school, will be stepping down after more than 31 years as dean of Baylor Law School, is stepping down after more than 30 years. He reflects on his service, adding that he gained energy by working with a bright, engaged and creative group of professionals.

Feb. 17, 2023

Baylor Connections: Colleen and Davide Zori
AUDIO: Colleen and Davide Zori are Baylor faculty members and archaeologists uncovering history in Italy. Colleen Zori, Ph.D., serves as senior lecturer in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College and in the Department of Anthropology, and Davide Zori, Ph.D., serves as associate professor of history and archaeology in the BIC and Department of History. In this Baylor Connections, the Zoris take listeners inside their research through the San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project, which was featured on the Discovery channel Program “Expedition Unknown.”

Ministry of Ideas: Making Meaning Episode 14: The Challenge of Choice
AUDIO: Paul Froese, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Baylor and director of the Baylor Religion Surveys, is guest on this podcast to discuss his most recent book, “On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life,” amid a vast range of choices that makes it hard to know what to believe or where we belong.

Baptist News Global: Failure to love neighbor leads to racism and sexism, Houston pastor tells Baylor conference
The church’s failure to care for all people with the compassion Christ commanded fuels white supremacy and racial injustice, Sean Palmer said during a Baylor conference on racism and faith. Palmer is teaching pastor at Ecclesia Houston and one of two speakers to open “Time to Wake Up: Racism in the White Church,” a Feb. 16-18 online and in-person gathering at Baylor’s Truett Seminary.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Scientists at Baylor talk low-cost COVID-19 vaccine for developing countries
Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., and Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., spoke at Baylor about developing a low-cost, easy-to-make COVID-19 vaccine accessible in developing countries through their work at Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine. Hotez is University Professor of Biology at Baylor, while Bottazzi is Distinguished Professor of Biology.

The Christian Century: Smashing statues
Baylor history professor Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., writes about how iconoclasm isn’t just an expression of anger. It’s how we try to make new worlds.

Baptist Standard: Beth Moore: Does God value justice? Read the Bible
White evangelicals who fail to stand against racism and injustice need to read their Bible, Beth Moore told a crowd at Baylor’s Truett Seminary. Moore was one of several speakers at the conference, “Time to Wake Up: Racism in the White Church.”


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