Note from the Director — Spring 2017

Hello BIC Alums,

I hope each of you has had a rejuvenating spring. I taught an amazing History of Classical Philosophy course this semester. I added a more explicitly political focus to the course. We read the Republic rather than the Symposium and added in sections of Aristotle’s Politics along with the Ethics. I had the additional good fortune of having almost half the class comprised of BICers. It was wonderful seeing the fruits of a BIC education, both in terms of what they had clearly learned, but even more in the ways that the BIC students exhibited an ability to engage in charitable discussion practices even in the midst of moments of discomfort and disagreement. This class was also particularly meaningful to me because of how politically engaged and aware all the students were. These young philosophically engaged Baylor students give me a great deal of hope for the future of our democratic practices.

With all the political turmoil of recent months, it is clear that more and more people are getting involved in their communities on the local, state, and national levels. I wanted to take just a moment to remind you that you can also get involved as alumni with your BIC community. There are many ways to reconnect with and give back to the BIC. You might want to return to campus and meet with current BIC students, or perhaps you would like to serve as a Mentor in our recently developed BIC Alumni Mentor Program. There is also the opportunity to connect with BIC students for one-time informational interviews about your career, or if you are currently in graduate or professional school, you might be able to connect with a BIC student to help them think through graduate school options. If writing is more your preference, you might consider writing an article for the BIC blog or agreeing to be interviewed for the BIC blog. The best way to get started is to take 5 minutes and complete our Reconnect with BIC online form. We will ask you a few questions and we can go from there. Of course, you can also stay connected with us by following us on Facebook, LinkedInTwitter, and Instagram.

I wish you all a wonderful spring and summer.

Anne-Marie Schultz
Director, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

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