The Braniff Salon

Personal Responsibility & The Common Good: Our Liberal Arts Education and the Social Teaching of the Church

Consider personal responsibility and the common good alongside professors from various disciplines at the Braniff Graduate School as they comment on and then lead a discussion of how their disciplines help us to understand this important topic. 

About the Salon

As a point of departure in discussing the relationship of our liberal arts education to personal responsibility and the common good, we will consider the social teaching of the Catholic Church, for, as is manifest in its Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, published in 2005, no other institution has as comprehensive an approach to personal responsibility and the common good. Such teaching is, indeed, only a point of departure, for one can question its sufficiency and must question how it is best put into practice. With this in mind, each professor is asked to consider the question of personal responsibility and the common good from the vantage point of what she or he has learned from her or his own discipline so that in our discussion their insights may be placed in dialogue with the Christian teaching.

Friday, November 4, 2016
Location: University of Dallas Art History Auditorium

6:00 p.m. | Reception

Socialize with Braniff Graduate School faculty, staff, students and alumni. Light appetizers and drinks will be served prior to the panel discussion.

7:00 p.m. | Panel Discussion

Discuss with a panel of Braniff Graduate School faculty the relationship of our liberal arts education to Catholic social teaching.

8:30 p.m. | Continued Conversation

Stay to enjoy coffee, dessert and discussion as long as drinks and social energy last. 

The Panelists:

Jonathan Sanford

Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., Dean of Constantin College

Irene Alexander

Irene Alexander, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology

Aida Ramos

Aida Ramos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics 

Richard Dougherty

Richard Dougherty, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics

Gregory Roper

Gregory Roper, Ph.D., Associate Professor of EnglishChair, English Department

 

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