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.
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
Originally published in Tower Magazine, Summer 2015.