Celebrating the Braniff Salon Tradition

UD Professor Celebrates the Braniff Salon Tradition

Date published: June 20, 2016

The Braniff Salon is a time-honored tradition of the University of Dallas community that lives on today. The most recent one took place on April 30, and was hosted in honor of the memory of Louise Cowan, Ph.D. (Dec. 22, 1916 – Nov. 16, 2015). The spring 2016 Braniff Salon featured a panel of her students who studied in the Braniff Graduate School under her and are now professors themselves. They led a discussion of some of the lyric poetry she so loved.

Many members of the UD community look back on past Braniff Salons with great fondness. Adjunct Professor of English Mike Terranova, PhD, BA ‘85, MA ‘93, organized the Braniff Salon held last April hosted by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

“I wanted a discussion with UD faculty about the ‘Oresteia’ in a beautiful house full of antiques and art while eating truffle cheese and drinking mint juleps,” said Terranova. “Who wouldn’t?”

Terranova’s goal was to emulate the first Braniff Salon he attended several years ago, creating an elegant yet informal event characterized by the type of conversation that makes UD such a rich experience. He recruited legendary University Professor Louise Cowan and other highly regarded faculty members as panelists. By all accounts, the evening was a success, and the community greatly enjoyed another such evening this April.

Originally published in Tower Magazine, Summer 2015.

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