Gary Hartenburg, PhD
Director, The Honors College
Office Address: UAC 100 D
PhD, Philosophy, University of California–Irvine, 2011
MA, Philosophy, University of California–Irvine, 2005
MA, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Biola University, 2001
BA, Bible and Theology, Moody Bible Institute, 1998
Dr. Hartenburg specializes in ancient philosophy and generalizes in other areas of philosophy, theology, and literature. His interest in ancient philosophy concerns the intersection of epistemology and metaphysics as well as the difference between knowledge and belief. When not reading works of and about the ancient philosophers, he enjoys reading poetry and novels, in particular the poetry of T. S. Eliot and the novels of Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy. Dr. Hartenburg also enjoys teaching and thinking about business ethics, though he thinks that even that topic is best understood by reading through the ancient works on ethics. Dr. Hartenburg was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, moved to downtown Chicago for college, spent a year studying abroad in Glasgow, Scotland, sojourned for about twelve years in southern California, and now calls Texas home.
Barbara J. Elliott
Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies
Office Address: UAC 100 A
PhD, Great Books Honors College, Faulkner University, in progress
DLitt, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2006
MA, Theology, University of St. Thomas, 2006
BA, English Literature and Fine Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1972
Barbara J. Elliott, in addition to teaching in the Honors College at Houston Baptist University, is the President of the Center for Cultural Renewal (www.centerforrenewal.org). The author of four books and scores of articles, she brings a wide range of experience to the classroom, including having served President Ronald Reagan in the White House, on Capitol Hill with the Heritage Foundation, as a Senior Fellow for the Hudson Institute, and as an international television correspondent for PBS. She served refugees fleeing communism when the Berlin Wall fell, and is the author of Candles Behind the Wall: Heroes of the Peaceful Revolution that Shattered Communism. George W. Bush awarded her the Roosevelt Award for Human Rights for her work with refugees and for serving the poor in America’s inner cities. She is the author of Street Saints: Renewing America’s Cities, and Equipping the Saints. As an analyst of civil society and a philanthropic advisor, she has studied hundreds of faith-based programs. As a social entrepreneur she has founded three nonprofits, including the WorkFaith Connection, a Christ-centered ministry that transitions former prisoners, addicts, homeless or unemployed people into a new job and a new life.
She is a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, which awarded her the doctor of humane letters honoris causa. She earned a master of arts degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas, studied political science at George Washington University, and received a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has been a lecturer on theology and apologetics for the Catherine of Siena Institute for the past eight years, as well as a Master Teacher for the Center for the American Republic, offering educators lectures and Socratic seminars for the past fifteen years. She is a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative (www.theimagninativeconservative.org).
An artist and musician who wishes she could find more time to paint, play the piano and sing, she is also the mother of four children and the grandmother of three. She is continuing her study of the great books while teaching about the True, the Good and the Beautiful.
Louis Markos, PhD
Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities
Scholar in Residence
Professor in English
Office Address: UAC 100 B
PhD and MA in English from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
BA in English and History from Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
Dr. Markos is the author of eight books: From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics; Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age; The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet; Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World; Apologetics for the 21st Century; Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis; Literature: A Student's Guide; and On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis (October 2012). He has also produced two lecture series with the Teaching Company (The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis; Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author), published some five dozen articles and reviews in such journals as Christianity Today, Touchstone, Theology Today, Christian Research Journal, Mythlore, Christian Scholar’s Review, Saint Austin Review, American Arts Quarterly, and The City, and had his modern adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris performed off-Broadway in the Fall of 2011 (his adaptations of Euripides’ Helen and Sophocles’ Oedipus are scheduled for performance in 2012 and 2013).
In addition to presenting papers at scholarly conferences, Dr. Markos is a popular speaker in Houston, and has spoken on such topics as C. S. Lewis, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in two dozen states and in Oxford and Rome. His venues include churches, colleges, universities, museums, civic groups, continuing education programs, and classical Christian academies. He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator and believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. He lives in Houston with his wife, Donna, his son, Alex, and his daughter, Stacey.
Dr. Markos' full website can be accessed at this link: LouMarkos.com
For links to all Dr. Markos' books, visit his Amazon author's page
Dr. Markos' HBU Faculty Profile can be found here