‘Readers Meet the Author’ Virtual Reading Group Highlights Books Written by Baylor Faculty

September 22, 2021
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Baylor University faculty are prolific writers, researchers, mentors, and teachers, and we welcome every opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments. "Readers Meet the Author," presented by the Office of the President and Office of the Provost, encourages opportunities for faculty and staff to gather virtually for shared reflection and collegial conversation about big ideas.  This is the second year for the popular series.

Featuring works selected by Baylor Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., each opportunity to meet the author consists of an introduction from either the Provost or Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., a discussion with the author facilitated by a colleague or contemporary from the discipline, and a question and answer session with attendees.

"This series presents a unique opportunity to showcase the exceptional work of our faculty while also celebrating that which is great about the academe — our ability to share perspectives and ideas with each other for the sake of civil academic discourse. These conversations also serve to sharpen our own intellectual sensibilities and make faculty scholarship even more accessible to our peers within the Baylor community," Livingstone said.

The books slated for discussion this academic year include:

  • Dr. Robert Elder, associate professor of history and author of Calhoun: American Heretic
  • Dr. Perry Glanzer, professor of educational leadership and author of Identity in Action
  • Dr. Luke Winslow, assistant professor of communication studies and author of American Catastrophe
  • Dr. Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor within the Institute for Studies of Religion and author of Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith
  • Dr. Beth Allison Barr, professor of history, associate dean of graduate studies and author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood
  • Dr. Joel Looper, adjunct faculty for the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and author of Bonhoeffer's America: A Land Without Reformation
  • Dr. Natalie Carnes, associate professor of religion and author of Motherhood: A Confession

"The works to be discussed during this series are recently-published scholarly books with broad appeal. The hope is that we will generate even more interest amongst our colleagues around the ideas explored by our own outstanding faculty scholars," Brickhouse said.

All discussions take place on Zoom. Those interested in participating in the "Readers Meet the Author" series may register online for each session through the Office of the Provost website. For more information or to register, visit baylor.edu/provost/authors. A limited number of complimentary copies of the monthly featured book are available to early respondents.