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Lectures

Throughout the year, the University of Dallas and the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts hosts exceptional guest lecturers and distinguished faculty members on thought-provoking topics within the Western tradition. Prominent scholars have spoken on Homer, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Plato, Dante, St. Thomas Aquinas, Locke, Tocqueville and Leo Strauss, to name a few.

In an effort to facilitate deep engagement with the ideas of the works of great thinkers, the University of Dallas provides the recordings of past events for all who wish to continue the cultivation of their minds or to supplement a liberal arts education.

Christopher Lynch Three Visions of Excellence
Louise Cowan, Leo Strauss, & Jacob Klein on Liberal Education
Date: March 22, 2012
Description: A lecture by Dr. Christopher Lynch of Carthage College.
James CareyThe Pleasures of Philosophizing & its Moral Foundations
Date: March 15, 2012
Author: James Carey
Description: The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA), along with the Politics and Philosophy Departments and the Dean of the Braniff Graduate School, are honored to welcome James Carey to give the BGSA second annual lecture.
Eugene McDermottEugene McDermott Lectureship
In 1974, the university established the Eugene McDermott Lectureship, an endowed lecture series created in honor of Eugene McDermott, the late scientist, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist.
Leo StraussAncients and Moderns
Did Leo Strauss Exaggerate the break
Date: April, 2011
Description: A Politics Faculty Roundtable, featuring Leo Paul de Alvarez, Jonathan Culp, Richard Dougherty, Tiffany Jones Miller, and Thomas G. West, discuss whether Leo Strauss exaggerated the break between Ancient and Modern thinkers.
Wayne AmblerAristophanes' Critique of the Gods
Date: March 18, 2011
Description: Wayne Ambler of the University of Colorado at Boulder explores Aristophanes’ hilariously radical, but yet not atheistic, critique of the gods in three of Aristophanes' comedies—Peace, Wealth, and especially Birds—which feature mortal heroes who find fault with Zeus, challenge his authority, and even prove victorious over him.
2011 BGSA LectureIs Man the Measure of All Things?
Plato's Analysis of Relativism

Date: November 19, 2011
Author: Matthew K. Davis
Description
: The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA) invites Matthew K. Davis of St. John's in Santa Fe, New Mexico to speak at the 1st Annual BGSA Lecture.
Robert HollanderThe Scandal of Dante's Catholicism - Part I
Date: March 18, 2009
The Scandal of Dante's Catholicism - Part II
Date: March 23, 2009
Author: Robert Hollander
Description: Dr. Robert Hollander visits the University of Dallas to give two lectures.
Louise CowanThe Poetic Imagination & Education
The Continuing Influence of Louise S. Cowan
Date: March 22-23, 2007
Description: Alumni of the IPS gather along with its founder, Dr. Louise S. Cowan, to articulate the centrality of imagination to their various disciplines in the pursuit and expression of wisdom. Includes a major address by Dr. Cowan.
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