Braniff 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years of Graduate Liberal Arts Education

Dedicated to the Christian intellectual tradition, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts has worked to renew the Western heritage of liberal arts for the past 50 years. Established only ten years after the University of Dallas opened its doors, Braniff was founded in 1966 on the basis of a grant from the Blakley-Braniff Foundation. To date, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts has awarded over 1,500 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Please join us as we celebrate together our 50-year legacy of graduate education and look forward to a bright future with these events.

haggerty art galleryView from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective 

Art Exhibition | More Information
On Display: March 24 - April 29 

Celebrate the history of visual art with an exhibition showcasing notable alumni and highlighting their significant contributions to the arts from 1966 to the present. 

 


 

 Previous Events:

Rosemann

On the Middle Class

Academic Conference
Sept. 15-16, 2016| More Information 

Consider the impact, importance and relevance of the middle class throughout history together with the Braniff Graduate School & Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). 


 ChagallThe Confessions of Odysseus

Sponsored by the Cowan Chair in the Humanities
Oct. 11, 2016
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Join us for a lecture presented by Nalin Ranasinghe, who earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. from the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. 


TerranovaThe Legacy & Future of a Liberal Arts Education

Alumni Panel Discussion & Alumni Reception
Oct. 14-15, 2016
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Enjoy an engaging series of presentations from notable Braniff alumni, on topics ranging from Homer's Iliad to the philosophical underpinnings of popular (neuro)science. Reception to follow.


Braniff SalonPersonal Responsibility & the Common Good

Braniff Salon
Nov. 4, 2016 | More Information

Enjoy a convivial evening on the topic of personal responsibility and the common good from the vantage point of Catholic Social Teaching and the Western heritage of liberal arts.


Shakespeare ConferenceAs You Like As You Like It!

Second Biennial Shakespeare Conference
Nov. 11-12, 2016
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Explore Shakespeare's As You Like It alongside keynote speaker Ralph Alan Cohen of the American Shakespeare Center.


On Friendship

On Friendship

3rd Annual BGSA Conference 
Jan. 28, 2017| More Information 

Join the Braniff Graduate Student Association for their annual multi-disciplinary conference. Explore the theme of friendship as addressed in the Western tradition.  


 Louise CowanCan Poetry Save the World? 

Symposium 
Feb. 24, 2017 | More Information

Join a group of Louise Cowan's most distinguished former students as they explore the legacy of her vision of literature and culture.


Braniff Salon

 The Distinctiveness of Disciplines & Quest for Truth

Braniff Salon
Mar. 3, 2017 | More Information

Is a given discipline sufficient in itself? How are the disciplines related? Is it valuable to distinguish between them at all? Join the conversation and reconnect with students, faculty and alumni at the Braniff Salon.


 

McDermott lectureReading Signs of Time in Our Days 

Annual Eugene McDermott Lecture
Mar. 27-31, 2017 | More Information

University of Dallas welcomes renowned film director, scriptwriter and producer Krzysztof Zanussi for the annual Eugene McDermott Lecture. 

 

Engaging the ideas of the great thinkers over the centuries, our academic community regularly hosts exceptional guest lecturers and distinguished faculty members on thought-provoking topics within the Western tradition.

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Each year, the Braniff Graduate Student Association organizes a conference that reflects the unique interdisciplinary nature of the Braniff Graduate School and its emphases on classical education and contemporary scholarship.

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From joining monastic orders to holding teaching positions at colleges and universities to becoming influential political leaders, Braniff graduates have flourished in a vast number of leadership positions in a variety of fields.

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News

UD Welcomes New Generation of Crusader Alumni

Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.

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Board of Trustees Names John G. Plotts as Interim President

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.

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Professor of English Eileen Gregory, PhD, Named 2018 Piper Professor

"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D, professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.

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