"The Distinctiveness of Disciplines & The Quest for Truth: Academic Disciplines in
the Braniff Graduate School"
Join us at the spring semester Braniff Salon on Friday, March 3, 2017 to explore the
distinct disciplines represented in the Braniff Graduate School's academic programs.
What are they, why are they necessary and how do they relate to one another?
University of Dallas, Art History Auditorium 6 p.m. | Reception 7 p.m. | Panel Discussion
About the Event:
From its inception, the Braniff Graduate School has understood graduate education
and the intellectual life through the lens of distinct academic disciplines. Master's and certificate programs were fashioned around eight disciplines, while the Institute of Philosophic Studies took a cross-disciplinary approach to doctoral studies.
For this Braniff Salon, a representative from each of the disciplines in the Braniff
Graduate School will explain what is distinctive about their discipline regarding
its subject matter, methods and aims.
Join us as we consider these thought-provoking questions:
Is a given discipline sufficient in itself?
What is the relation of the disciplines to one another?
Is it valuable to have distinctions between disciplines at all?
Moderated by: Joshua Parens, Dean, Braniff Graduate School
Daniel Burns, Department of Politics
Teresa Danze, Department of Classics
William A. Frank, Department of Philosophy
Gilbert Garza, Department of Psychology
Dan Hammett, Department of Art
Andrew Moran, Department of English
Ronnie Rombs, Department of Theology
Amie E. Sarker, Department of Education
A tradition of conviviality
The Braniff Salons have become popular events, bringing alumni, faculty, students
and visitors together, usually on a Friday afternoon or evening. Members of our faculty
are invited to make remarks and lead a panel discussion on a pre-arranged topic. The
occasion is leavened by wine and food, with discussion lasting as long as wine and
social energy avail.
Forbes and MONEY magazine have included the University of Dallas, once again, in their annual rankings of America's most valuable and affordable colleges and universities. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, both rankings reward UD for being one of the nation's top higher education institutions.
The urgent task of philosophy in our day, according to the renowned German philosopher Martin Heidegger, is to relearn the art of seeing what is before us, argues Chad Engelland, director of the philosophy master's program, in his recently published book, "Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn."
Former university trustee Robert "Bob" J. Finegan, passed away last week on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loved ones. He will be dearly missed and remembered as a courageous and kind spirit.