Alumni Profile — Graham Ashcraft (’04)

Graham Ashcraft (BIC alum, 2004) was recently interviewed by Delta Sky magazine, regarding his work as Creative Entrepreneurship Program Manager at Etsy. Read the full article below (click on the image to enlarge).


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Note from the Director — Fall 2015

homecomingDear  BIC Alumni,

It is an exciting year for the  BIC. We are celebrating 20 years! We hope that you will make the trip for Homecoming to help us mark this moment in history. As part of our celebration, we are also launching a fundraising campaign–BIC Really Goes Global–to help support study abroad opportunities for our students. You can give directly to this initiative at our website.

Please do join us on Friday afternoon, October 23, for our Homecoming activities. You can sit in on World Cultures I and III that morning, and then at 2:45pm you can listen to BIC alum,  John Michael Marrs, now Assistant Professor of Theaetre at Baylor, offer our annual BIC Homecoming Lecture. His talk is  “Art and Interruption: Living the Examined Life” (read our recent interview with Professor Marrs). The lecture will be held in the beautiful new Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, room 143-144. There will be Dr. Pepper floats afterwards, of course.

We will also have BIC students, faculty, and BIC offspring marching in the Homecoming  Parade! And there will be a place for everyone to gather at the Honors College tent Saturday morning.  If you would like to join us in the parade march, you are more than welcome!

We look forward to seeing you, and even if you can’t make it, know that we celebrate your accomplishments every day!


Anne-Marie Schultz
Director, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

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BIC Faculty Updates — Fall 2015

CannCandi Cann:  Hello BIC Alums!  This past year has been a great one, with a new book project in the works, and my daughter Maia continuing to grow like a weed (she’s in third grade already!).  I am currently working on an edited book titled Dying to Eat (University Press of Kentucky, anticipated 2016) while on a research sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University.  This book discusses the intersection between food and death, and the ways in which food and drink are used to both remember the dead and reintegrate the living.  I continue to be actively involved in all things “death,” and will chair a panel at the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta on NDEs (Near Death Experiences).  I also taught my first course on death in the religion department in May, and the students and I learned a great deal from each other.  I am blessed to be at Baylor, and hope this finds you well in your journey in life.

CarronPaul Carron:  My first year as a tenure track member of the BIC community flew by.  I coordinated a revamped Social World I, once again taught Social World II and Biblical Heritage, and taught my own capstone for the first time, entitled “The Human and the Animal.” I have two forthcoming articles; one examines Aristotle’s psychology and contemporary accounts of emotion regulation coming out in an edited collection Images of Europe; the second examines the moral psychology and primatology implicit in the recent reboots of the Planet of the Apes films coming out in the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. I am currently working on an article with Anne-Marie Schultz on Plato’s Republic and contemporary accounts of social self-construction, and I am presenting an article at the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy in October examining Aristotle’s understanding of the differences between human and animal emotions. My daughter Nora Rae was born on October 1st, and she insists that her parents really don’t need to sleep. We are trying to convince her otherwise.

ConrySharon Conry:  This is my 14th year to teach in the BIC, and it has been wonderful!  Each new semester brings a great new group of students who teach ME, more than I think I teach them.  I have also had the opportunity to develop, write, and try out new labs in Natural World.  Some have worked out fabulously, others not too much!  Luckily, BIC students are great about adjusting to new things, and it has worked out well for us.  In the summer I am free to travel, and this summer was no different.  One difference was that my husband, Tom and I took care of our three grandchildren in Georgia for three weeks while their parents went to Ecuador.  Needless to say, they wore us out…but in a good way.  Every day we either tried new “science projects,” went hiking, visited the Georgia Aquarium, and even went to Stone Mountain (See picture).  But it is good to be back to school.

Stacey Hibbs:  Dr. Hibbs continues to teach in both BIC and Great Texts. This semester she is teaching World Cultures I and Social World I, and in the spring she taught a BIC Capstone, “God, Nihilism, and Beauty,” with her husband, Dean Thomas Hibbs.

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2015 Homecoming Speaker — John-Michael Marrs (’04)

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Each year the BIC invites a BIC alum to return to campus for Homecoming and share a lecture with our students, faculty, and alumni. This year our alumni lecturer will not have to come far–only across campus. We are very excited that John-Michael Marrs (’04), assistant professor in the department of theatre arts at Baylor, will be our featured alumni speaker. We recently interviewed Professor Marrs to learn more about what he has been doing since graduating from Baylor and to learn more about his recent return to Baylor. We hope you enjoy the interview, and we hope you join us for the lecture on October 23 at 2:45pm in the beautiful new Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, room 143-144. Professor Marrs will speak on the topic “Art and Interruption: Living the Examined Life.”


What year did you graduate from Baylor? What did you study?

I graduated in 2004, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.

You recently returned to Baylor as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts. Tell us a little about what you were doing while you were away from Baylor.

I often share with students that our job as actors is to audition. The bulk of my time after Baylor was spent doing just that. My first audition after undergrad—a unified audition in Chicago for dozens of theatres—was primarily for the purpose of finding a graduate program in acting. I had a fairly short list of preferred programs and was fortunate to be one of eight selected by my top choice: the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I spent two years in residence with the company in Montgomery training and taking classes during the day; rehearsing, understudying, and performing at night. We kept a pretty rigorous schedule—six days a week, year-round, for two years.  I think outside of having every Monday off we had something like eleven days vacation during that time. I loved it. I graduated in 2007 with my MFA in acting; membership in the professional union, Actors’ Equity Association; and an agent in New York. I had every intention of moving directly to the City immediately following grad school, but I was approached by Baylor Theatre Chair, Dr. Stan Denman, about a visiting professorship at Baylor for the fall. I taught six sections. I should’ve been entirely burnt out, but I don’t think I’d ever been happier. I fell completely in love with it. With the exception of acting, I’ve never been so fulfilled professionally. I moved to New York and began working as an actor in January of 2008 and lived in and around the City for the next five years. In addition to working off-Broadway and with various theatres in New York, I was fortunate to act with companies around the country like the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., Pioneer Theatre Company, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. I continued my relationship with my agent and slowly built a resume and reputation, but I never forgot that semester teaching at Baylor.

What made you want to return to Baylor as a faculty member? What have you enjoyed most about being back at Baylor?

I maintained a close connection with the faculty and staff at Baylor Theatre in the ten or so years I was away. They moved from mentors, to friends, to peers. Those relationships have made this a place I always missed and enjoyed visiting. My experience in the BIC and the opportunities afforded me as a student only affirmed that. And then there’s the faculty. Examples like Drs. Stan Denman, Tom Hanks, Lenore Wright, and DeAnna Toten Beard (among others) all shaped me. They became the people I wanted to be when I grew up. They still are. Now I have the added privilege of calling them colleague. There is no place like Baylor and certainly no place like Texas. It’s good to be home.

As a theatre arts major during undergrad, how did BIC contribute to your overall education?  Has it contributed to your life/career since graduating from Baylor?

It is so rare that one plays an actor or theatre artist onstage. Most times, we’re portraying individuals from a wide array of historical periods and cultural contexts, often ones quite different from our own. The emphasis on and appreciation of diversity within the BIC contributed tremendously to my development not only as an actor, but also as a functional member of society. That has been particularly helpful as a theatre maker (and one living for several years in New York). The fact that I was trained early to value cultural difference rather than fear or avoid it has had an invaluable impact on my life and work. Empathy adds depth to what I do—both as an actor and as an instructor—and I suspect most careers are the same.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time in BIC?

I loved visiting the Hindu temple in Austin and the Jewish congregations here in Waco. As painful as it was at the time, I have fond memories of my sophomore year and of Augustine’s City of God. I will never forget being called “colleague” by Tom Hanks for the first time—so many positive memories involve him! In general, I just remember feeling heard. My opinions, my perspectives, my narrative, my contributions were valued. That is an incredibly empowering thing at any age, but especially as a young adult. I felt part of a community wrestling with some really interesting questions.

Is there something you learned in BIC that still sticks with you today?

Respect. Valuing differences in thought and belief, and knowing agreement is never a prerequisite of courtesy or kindness.

What are your goals for the future?

At the moment? Tenure. I am one year and a few weeks into that process and learning more daily! I am also beginning rehearsal for a two-person show in which I play a young C.S. Lewis, so I am enjoying that work and research. I would like to ultimately be regarded as someone whom students feel they can trust and rely on for support. Other than that, learning to make decent macaroons with my girlfriend ranks pretty high on the list.

Do you have any advice for current BIC students?

Nurture your relationships. Two of my former roommates (and fellow BIC alumni) are still my best friends. This is a special time and a singular experience—cherish the people who understand it and who will stretch you personally and professionally.

Also… read Augustine.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Be kind to yourself and remember this is a process. You don’t have to have all the answers right now. Having even a few of the questions is a great place to start.

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An Oxford Summer — Chelsea Teague

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Article by Chelsea Teague, current BIC student

The surface area of the world is 196.9 million square miles.  Circumference: 24,902 miles.  Population: 7.125 billion souls.

But I grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana—population all of 10,793—and the world doesn’t seem so big when the most happening place you can go on a Friday night is the local Wal-Mart.  I didn’t think much of what the world had to offer beyond the confines of North America except that there were other places to live and that people lived there.  I could point to France on a map, but it wasn’t France—just that squarish part of Europe where they sometimes ate snails.  With this understanding of the world, I aced geography, but I didn’t really grasp the scope of the planet.

Moving to Waco did a little bit to open me up to the rest of the wide, wide world, but even its respectable population of 129,030 couldn’t compete with the monstrous size of Everything Else that I had never really reflected upon.  I made a bunch of new friends during my first year at college.  I met more people in my first week than I had met in the last six months, but I didn’t wonder for a minute that there could be anything more than my Baylor bubble.  Could there be anything more, with a Chick-Fil-A two seconds away from my dorm?  It was difficult to think so.

And then it happened, at the beginning of my second semester.  I was surfing the Internet, procrastinating on my latest assignment, when I came across something called “study abroad.”

What?  Abroad?  Like, Oklahoma?

No! the website told me.  Like Oxford, England!

I was immediately interested.  It was a summer study program affiliated with Oxford University in the UK.  I would go with three Baylor professors and twenty other Baylor students and travel and learn and eat and sleep and actually live in Oxford for all of five weeks.  For a Tolkien/Lewis/Rowling/etc. nerd like me, it was a dream come true.  Should I do it?  Could I?

A quick phone call to my parents confirmed that yes, yes I could!  I signed up immediately, submitting my application with dizzying speed, so quickly that I missed a typo, and that was that.  It was almost too easy.  The rest semester flew by in a whirl of homework and final exams, and then before I knew it, I was leaving my comfortable, 129,030 person home and boarding a plane to the UK.

That summer was one of the most incredible times of my life.

We touched down at Heathrow, and I was immediately overwhelmed by how multi-cultural everything was.  In the space of five minutes, I had bumped into people from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and all over the United Kingdom and had heard what seemed like every language known to man all at once.  Things were much the same in Oxford, and tour groups of every nationality clogged the streets, turning the relatively small town into a hopping city center.  Culture and history were everywhere, and I could hardly step into a building without reading a plaque about how old it was and how it had been the secret hideaway of such-and-such a person in the war of such-and-such a year.

The people I traveled with were some of the best I had ever met in my life, without exaggeration, and together we adventured in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Swansea, Stratford, Grasmere, and even Paris.  I ate every weird food I had ever heard of (escargot and haggis were at the top of my list), explored the palace of Versailles, hiked in the mountains of Scotland, visited Shakespeare’s grave, and saw what seemed like every musical playing in London’s West End.  We slept in Christ Church, founded by King Henry VIII some eight hundred years ago, and ate dinner in the Great Hall, the inspiration for the same place in the Harry Potter films.  Everything was wonderful, and nothing lacked anything.

The world was suddenly so big.  The whole of Europe was just a train ride away.  The history and the places that I had spent all of high school learning about were right there at my fingertips, and all I had to do was go out and look at them.  I was overwhelmed with the hugeness of everything.  I tried to journal it all, but I wrote and wrote until my fingers were numb, and I still hadn’t captured everything that I’d seen and done.

All of a sudden, I felt so small.  There were 7.125 billion people out there just like me, and I was in the middle of them all, and I was really, really small.  There was so much to experience—how could I ever do it all in just over a month?  There was just no way.

Texas felt different when I came back.  It hadn’t changed, but it felt different—smaller, but in a good way, like how a small house is cozy.  Homey.  Now I can look at a map and find France and think about all the places that I’ve been and the things that I did, and think about all of the things that I haven’t seen yet.  My study abroad trip forced me to live in a world that is bigger than the one I was born into.  I’m going to see all of it eventually, even if it takes me the rest of my life.  It probably will.  The world is a big place, after all, and I’m pretty small.

Chelsea Teague is a sophomore BIC student majoring in professional writing.

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Life on the Bangarang — Sam Watson

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Article by Sam Watson, current BIC student

Day one on the job. Early morning fog drifts across glassy water. The sun beams weakly through a cloud, enough to provide a breathtaking sunrise… the beauty of which is somewhat lost upon me, as I am only one cup of coffee into my required three. I sip slowly at cup number two as the boat rumbles its way towards the start of the day’s work, the grogginess fading in the face of the wind’s cool bite.

We arrive at where we’ll start transecting for the day and my partner [Will Bostwick] and I clamber up onto a small wooden platform built around the ship’s mast, hook ourselves in (safety first, kids), and begin sweeping the water with our binoculars. We’re looking for seabirds, small marine mammals, and, the big one: any sign of a whale.

Less than twenty minutes later, such a sign appears, hanging above the water like an ethereal spirit- a whale’s blow. I suppress my excitement as we call it back to the captain, a Ph.D candidate at Scripps Institute named Eric Keen, and he decides to execute a focal follow on this particular humpback after entering the data we gave him. [Will] explains to me this means we’ll break off from the transect and attempt to get an identification shot on the whale with our high powered cameras. Essentially, we’ll wait for the whale to dive and its fluke to rise out of the water. Each humpback’s fluke has distinctive markings we match to a photo database to identify it.

As we approach the behemoth, all I can see of its actual body is a low, dark grey line of flesh that rises up into the characteristic hump and dorsal fin. We’re still about three hundred meters out, so I wasn’t expecting to get a good view, but I’m still slightly disappointed. I’d heard so much about how charismatic and majestic these creatures were; was this all I’d see of them for the next month?

The whale blows several more times, moving calmly along the sheer granite shore of the channel, and we get within 100 meters. I’m more impressed with it now, but even so…

Then the back of the beast arches high above the water, looking for all the world like a prehistoric sea serpent, and a fluke, the width of which is nearly three times my height, rises straight up. The whole thing slips beneath the water with barely a sound, and all I can think is, “oh.”

This is life on the Bangarang, a 37-foot sailboat. You wake up, you drink coffee, and for approximately the next eight hours, you constantly see the most beautiful creatures on earth in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Life while you’re in the Bangarang’s care, needless to say, is amazing. Named after the Lost Boys’ cry of jubilation in the movie Hook, she carries you to sights you never thought you’d see.

She carried me to witness the famed bubble net feeding of the humpbacks, another event that’s nigh indescribable. There’s a group in the Great Bear Sea that’s returned, year after year, to meet up in the most spectacular feeding frenzy the natural world has to offer. The same whales, for over ten years, join underwater, one whale leading the others with haunting songs. They begin to circle a school of fish, slowly releasing bubbles and rising up towards the surface. If you’re lucky enough to have a hydrophone in the water, you can hear the slight changes in tone, pitch, and sound as the whales move, the hiss of bubbles, and then… Then you hear the calling whale deepen its voice, and you can tell they’re getting much higher much faster. You have around two seconds to prepare yourself, and then ten huge mammals are erupting out of the water, massive mouths wide open. The combination of their beautiful song and the sheer size and intelligence of the creatures, all spectacularly on display, was overwhelming.

This is, to some extent, what the BIC can prepare you for, if you give it the opportunity. On the surface, ecological field research and what you’ll be learning over the next four years have little to do with each other. But the surface only shows so much. When you see a whale on the surface, you can only see its back. Stick around long enough, however, and you may see something spectacular- a beautiful fluke, a pectoral fin, a breach, or maybe even bubble net feeding.

The BIC, on the surface, is difficult. The class load is heavy, the workload intense, and the teachers hold you to high standards; but what you’ll learn is worth it all. My time on the boat required attention and analysis. Ecology – particularly when whales are involved, because there’s so much we don’t know about them- asks of the scientist silence. You must sit, be still, and listen to what the ecosystem is telling you. You have to wait for the whales to sing. Let the BIC teach you to listen.

Sam Watson is a senior BIC student in the university scholars major.

Photo:  A humpback whale named Coste, preparing to dive on my first full day; ©Eric Keen

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My Summer Experience — Lee Shaw

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Article by Lee Shaw, current BIC student

As a professional writing major, I have signed on to be a literary mercenary in my future, to tackle every proposed composition yet un-scribbled, to eradicate every to be verb yet to be, and keep my MLA guidebook at my side like King James himself had orchestrated its assembly. When I am asked “What exactly is Professional Writing?,” I will usually spout the simple “An English major on steroids” (which truly speaks volumes as an English major is quite difficult in its own right). When I am asked “What do you do with a professional writing major?,” with respect to time, I might simply say that I could be an editor, an author, and publisher among many more careers. The truth, however, that my options for the future are practically limitless, would just take too long to explain. Although modern society becomes increasingly digitized every day, the demand for talented writers will survive, no matter the industry. Over the course of the summer I added one more potential career path to my growing list, namely copywriting.

This summer I worked for an advertising firm in Fort Worth, Texas called Pavlov. Named after the famed scientist, this agency aims to stimulate response from the general public that mirrors the desires of the client. Within the advertising field, any text present on an advertisement comprises the ad’s “copy.” As a copywriter, perhaps needless to say, I wrote anything from “Call 1-800-YOWATUP for more information” to radio and TV commercial scripts, and even the occasional brand slogan.

Although Pavlov did not exactly reflect my Mad Men inspired fantasies (only one person smoked and – if there were ever any alcohol present during the work day – it was tactfully hidden from me), I do not think I have ever learned so much in such a short time. While I cannot talk (or write) about the projects that I participated in during my time at Pavlov, I can divulge the inner workings of an ad agency. (That’s right, the moment you’ve been waiting for.) After a client hires the agency, the account director determines exactly what the client desires and relays the information to the creative director, who I answered to directly. With every new project, the creative director would assign each of us in the creative department to brainstorm. This process pushed me to my literary limits, trying to encapsulate an entire company, an entire legacy within a two-word phrase. More often than not, I would come up with dozens upon dozens for a single project – often no more than ten would make it through. Yet this process never involved personal jabs, insults, or tense emotions. Advertising, as I have come to understand it, consists of facts – some things work, other things don’t. This process would repeat over and over until we decided on an idea and presented it to the client, just to start all over again the next day with a new project.

Some days I would spend six hours straight just trying to find the perfect pun to satisfy a client. Other days I would spend an entire day on one 30-second radio script, trying to formulate that perfect message, that perfect use of such a short amount of time. Advertising truly is an art.

As a Professional Writing major, writing lies in my bones. MLA runs as deep as my marrow. My handwriting mirrors that of a toddler, but so does my incorruptible passion for expressing myself through ink and experience. Advertising, a ten-character Twitter post that lasts forever, a story where the letters are the characters who have 2 seconds to grab your attention, constitutes just one form of the art that we call writing. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to expand my skills and hope that other students are so lucky to receive equally beneficial experiences.

Lee Shaw is a sophomore BIC student majoring in professional writing.

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New BICLC President: Rohit Ayyagari

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Rohit Ayyagari has been elected by the BIC Leadership Council as the 2015-2016 BICLC President. Rohit is a senior majoring in supply chain management and has been involved with BICLC since his freshman year. Congratulations to Rohit!

In addition, the following BIC students will serve as chairs of BICLC committees for 2015-2016:

Academic Committee: Rebecca Easley and Andres Umana

Alumni Committee: Rohit Ayyagari and Candace Woolverton

Events Committee: Daniel Chao and Kayla Murphy

QuickBIC and PR Committee: Ashanti Williams and Lee Shaw

[reposted from QuickBIC]

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First Day of World Cultures I

Alums, do you remember your first day in World Cultures 1? I think many of you will find something familiar in these photos.

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Faculty Interview — Charles McDaniel

144268We are excited to announce that Dr. Charles McDaniel, associate professor in the BIC, has a new book published in the Routledge series, Critical Studies in Finance and Stability. Civil Society and the Reform of Finance explores the recent financialization crisis that impacts not only the market economy but also the vital civic and moral traditions that support it. While this book is directed toward an academic and professional audience, it examines topics that certainly impact the world around each of us. We recently interviewed Dr. McDaniel to learn more about his new book and to discover his plans for future research and teaching in BIC.


Tell us a little about your recent book and how you became interested in this particular topic.

The book examines the civil society implications of recent changes to the financial system—how financial methods and techniques are changing the cultures of religious, educational, and other institutions—and proposes that these changes are potentially more damaging that the immediate financial instability we witnessed. It wasn’t hard to become interested in the subject given the financial crisis and its aftershocks.  After all that’s been written and the seeming conviction that the crisis was as much the product of a fraying ethical foundation as technical factors, little has been written on the ethical flaws in the system.  There are lots of stories about the “London Whale” and other players that contributed, but not much has been written about the moral hazards inherent in the industry’s structure.  Given that the financial world is so critical to economic growth and global stability, when it shows signs of spinning, if not out of control, then certainly beyond comprehensibility, we can’t afford to turn a blind eye.  Whatever one’s level of interest in finance, what goes on in the financial sector impacts us all not only in terms of our material welfare but society’s moral coherence.  My particular point is that the financial complex involving mostly private corporations and government regulators has proven inadequate.  We need an injection of America’s most important resource, its civil society, to make the kind of changes required.  But civil society institutions must remain to some extent financially “disinterested” to be able to provide the kind of moral foundation that the financial system needs. We need ethicists, theologians, philosophers, etc., speaking out on financial issues.  That requires doing much homework and being willing to cross boundaries that traditionally haven’t been crossed.

For those of us who are not academic scholars (the target audience of your book), how might your work impact the way we look at today’s world?

Continuing from my answer to the previous question, my hope is that the book helps people see the risks in implicitly turning over control of vital social and economic sectors to experts.  As I state in the book, the financial system is evidence of an extreme narrowing of vision with respect to development to the point where specialists in an industry are able, in a certain sense, to “define value” independent of the society in which they exist.  The financialization of society as a whole (the growing influence of financial values and practices in all social segments) demonstrates a course of cultural development that, without any form of political consensus, has enabled a great transition in power and wealth based on instruments and methods that few understand.  Creation of complex products that amassed unimaginable wealth (hundreds of trillions of dollars) and were beyond the comprehension of 99+ percent of the population is a critical social problem, not just an economic one, regardless of whether the system has stabilized over the past few years.  Where my book diverges from most of the literature is in its conclusion that the “financialization crisis” is a much larger problem than the financial crisis we recently went through.  The financialization of society is a political, social, and moral quandary whether or not we acknowledge it as such. A society where most of the population has little to no knowledge of how their capital is being utilized because of obsession with whether or not it is being maximized sounds much like a ship without a rudder.  Unfortunately, we are fast arriving at that kind of system.

You taught a BIC Capstone course under the topic “The Moral Ecology of Capitalism.” How was that experience? What kind of questions and conversations did you hope to initiate through the course?

Many of the themes from the book are covered as are some of the “old questions” of economics involving theories of value, the role of institutions, etc.  Core positions of the various schools of economics (Austrian, neoclassical, Keynesian) are compared and we examine how the rising dominance of mathematics in economics has changed the discipline and its professions.  Of course, I leave ample time for discussing the contemporary financial system and its implications.  We conclude the course with a group project where teams are charged with comparing different companies within industries from a broad perspective, not simply profitability.  The students look at companies from the vantages of their labor and environmental policies, corporate citizenship, and other criteria, and I have them develop their own models for assessment. The main question I hope to initiate with the exercise is what should be the overarching goal of the modern corporation?  Is it just maximization of shareholder value as Milton Friedman suggested or is there potential for business corporations to better guide society to desired social and ethical ends and how can those ends be determined?

Where do you see your research and/or teaching going in the future?

Plans for the next book are already underway—it concerns the economic views of the American Founders and the extent to which the country has remained consistent with those views or not.  Obviously, there were differences among the Founders as to their economic visions, but I see enough common in their writings to suggest that we can look at the present economic system and critique it in light of founding values and principles.  I also have a paper underway for presentation at the Institute for Faith and Learning’s Spirit of Sports Conference in November.  It examines the rising financial dominance of college athletics and whether Christian colleges and universities have unique roles to play in preserving the ethics of college sports.

How long have you been in the BIC? What do you enjoy most about teaching in the BIC and working with BIC students?

I’ve taught in the BIC for 8 years.  The greatest enjoyment of teaching in the BIC is interacting with the diversity of students and faculty that comprise it.  I think that diversity is the program’s greatest asset.  It creates unique challenges but also offers great rewards both in the classroom and in research.  The range of perspectives on critical social and moral issues available in the BIC always stimulates new ideas.  Each semester allows me to approach issues/problems from perspectives I never thought of before, often because of a question from a student or a conversation with a colleague.

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