Braniff News 2015
Had Pavlos Papadopoulos, PhD ’16, not decided to pursue his doctorate in politics through the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts’ Institute of Philosophic Studies, he likely would have delved into the world of foreign policy, foreign affairs and think tanks. As it is, he is planting firm roots in the academic world.
“Nostra Aetate,” Latin for “in our time,” focused particularly on Jewish-Catholic relations and initiated a wave of interreligious dialogue and collaboration between the two communities that has had enormous impact both in Dallas and throughout the world.
The John Paul II lecture, which began in 2007 and is made possible by anonymous donors, is designed to promote theological enterprises modeled on the work of St. John Paul II. Past lecturers have included Cardinal Francis Arinze in 2008, Guy Mansini, OSB, in 2010 and John McDermott in 2012.
"Recitation takes on the lineaments of meditation and activates powers of the soul which otherwise would remain dormant," said Cowan.
Assistant professor of politics, Dr. Daniel Burns, has recently been inducted into a unique group of scholars. The group, causally referred to as "Pope Benedict's Book Club," is a group of scholars who meet once a year to discuss topics to which they have devoted extensive study.
The Braniff Salon is a time-honored tradition of the University of Dallas community that lives on today. The next is coming up on April 30, and will be hosted in honor of the memory of Louise Cowan, Ph.D. (Dec. 22, 1916 – Nov. 16, 2015). The Spring 2016 Braniff Salon will feature a panel of her students who studied in the Braniff Graduate School under her and are now professors themselves.
Founded by Jeffrey Lehman, PhD ‘02, The Arts of Liberty Project is an online, interdisciplinary resource for teachers and students of the liberal arts and liberal education. Launched in January 2013, it offers a wealth of educational materials.
The most recent Braniff Salon on Sept. 18 featured a faculty panel discussion of Piero della Francesca’s early Renaissance painting “Flagellation of Christ.” The event was a success by all accounts, attracting various faculty members, Braniff Graduate School students and alumni. In the interest of continuing the dialogue, some of these attendees share a few of their thoughts on and impressions of the evening.
John Alvis, Ph.D., professor of English and director of American Studies Program at the University of Dallas, puts his expertise in American Literature to use in his latest publication.