The 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. It was established on behalf of Mrs. and Mr. Eugene McDermott
in 1974 to honor Donald and Louise Cowan's vision and leadership at the University
of Dallas and the city. Beginning with the venerable historian Jacques Barzun, the
McDermott Lectureship continues to bring notable public intellectuals to the University
for short courses and seminars.
Join us for this year's McDermott Lecture featuring Krzysztof Zanussi >>
In addition to the McDermott Lectureship, 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.
Eugene McDermott Lecturers, 1974-present
||Herbert Marshall McLuhan
||Hans Georg Gadamer
||Christian Norberg-Schulz & Edmund Bacon
||J. Carter Brown
||Paul Weiss & Stanley I. Jaki
||Seymour Slive & Harvey C. Manfield, Jr.
||Steven Jay Gould, Douglas Hofstader, Stephen Toulmin, Steven Weinberg
||Walter Ong, S.J., Horton Foote, Donald W. Seldin, Frank E. Vandiver
||Errol E. Harris
||Allan Bloom, Donald A. Cowan, Louise S. Cowan, Paul Johnson
||David Tracy & Yehudi Menuhin
||Stanley H. Rosen & Weiming Lu
||Eva T.H. Brann
||Leon Kass & Oliver Bernier
||Robert Sokolowski & Paul Goldberger
||Francis Cardinal Arinze
||Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
||Nostra Aetate: Bishop Brian Farrell & Rabbi David Rosen
||General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
Additional Lectures, From the Archives:
Reading Signs of Time in our Days
March 29, 2017
The 2017 Eugene McDermott Lecture by Krzysztof Zanussi
Three Visions of Excellence
Louise Cowan, Leo Strauss, & Jacob Klein on Liberal Education
March 22, 2012
A lecture by Dr. Christopher Lynch of Carthage College
The Pleasures of Philosophizing & its Moral Foundations
March 15, 2012
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.
Ancients and Moderns: Did Leo Strauss Exaggerate the break?
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.
Aristophanes' Critique of the Gods
March 18, 2011
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.
The Scandal of Dante's Catholicism - Part I
March 18, 2009
The Scandal of Dante's Catholicism - Part II
March 23, 2009
Dr. Robert Hollander visits the University of Dallas to give two lectures.
The Poetic Imagination & Education: The Continuing Influence of Louise S. Cowan
March 22-23, 2007
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.