3rd Annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts | The Good Life |
Jan. 16, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the third annual Braniff Undergraduate
Conference in the Liberal Arts. This conference aims to recover and renew the Western
heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition in pursuit of eudaimonia, the good life.
The conference will take place on Zoom, sponsored by the University of Dallas. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89671468208
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Davis, Ph.D. | University of Dallas
Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dallas. She received
her doctorate from the University of Dallas. Her research interests include Jane Austen, Dante, and Shakespeare.
Dr. Davis' keynote presentation is entitled, "Jane Austen, auctor: moral philosophy and artistic practice," and will take place on Zoom at 4:00 p.m.
We invite juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates working in the liberal arts
to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words. Preference will be given to papers
and presentations conversant with the great texts of the Western tradition. We welcome presentations in liberal arts disciplines including—but not limited to—philosophy,
literature, politics, theology, classics, fine art, history, education, psychology,
and economics, and drawing from the classical, medieval, modern, or contemporary period.
Submissions are due no later than Friday, December 18, 2020. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, January 4, 2021. Full
papers will be posted on a password protected page of the BUCLA website for conference
participants, and presenters will be asked to present a short (5 minute) presentation
over a summary or section of the paper during the online panels. This conference is
for undergraduate scholars and recent graduates only, and as such no submissions by
graduate students will be accepted. The conference will be entirely online.
The CFP flyer can be found here.
- 1:00 - 1:50 -- Panel 1:Imitation and Reality
- Bridget Wu, St. John's College, Santa Fe -- "Receiving Poetry Back from Exile: Poetry
as a Friend to Philosophy in Book X of Plato's Republic"
- Yufei Liu, St. John's College, Maryland -- "The Reality of Virtual Reality: A Linguistic
Investigation of the Truth of Immaterial Objects"
- Nestor Fernando Aranibar Campero, St. John's College, Santa Fe -- "The Pedagogy of
- 2:00 - 2:50 -- Panel 2: Historicism and Progressivism
- Belynn Hollers, University of Dallas -- "Richard T. Ely: Public Ownership of Industry
- Kelsi Cox, The University of Texas -- "Radical Historicism and the Historicist Critique
of Philosophy in Leo Strauss's Natural Right and History"
- 3:00 - 3:50 -- Panel 3: Crime and Punishment
- Aayush Thapa, St. John's College, Santa Fe -- "An Elementary Misunderstanding: The
Figure of the 'Curious Impertinent' in Don Quixote"
- Abigail Leali, Hillsdale College -- "A Bleeding Hand: Habit, Grace, and Free Will
in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus"
- Gillian Richards, The Catholic University of America -- "Traditional and New Natural
Law Theories on Capital Punishment"
- 4:00 - 4:50 -- Keynote Panel
- Dr. Kathryn Davis, "Jane Austen, auctor: moral philosophy and artistic practice"
- 1st Annual BUCLA, University of Dallas | Keynote Speaker: Susan Hanssen, Ph.D.
- 2nd Annual BUCLA, University of Dallas | Keynote Panel: Joshua Parens, Ph.D., Richard Dougherty, Ph.D., Gilbert Garza, Ph.D.,
Kathryn Davis, Ph.D., Fr. Thomas Esposito, O. Cist.