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.
Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., Dean of Constantin College
Irene Alexander, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology
Aida Ramos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics
Richard Dougherty, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics
Gregory Roper, Ph.D., Associate Professor of EnglishChair, English Department
His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.
During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.
From the time he was in fourth grade, Bishop Francis Malone, BA '74 MA '77 MDiv '77, knew he was going to be a priest. As he was serving Mass in his home parish, Malone heard God's call, loud and clear.