5th Annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts | Oct. 21-22, 2022
The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the fifth 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 at the University of Dallas, located in Irving, TX.
Dr. Daniel Burns
Dr. Burns is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas. He received
his Ph.D. from Boston College. His research interests include Platonic and Augustinian
political philosophy, and early-modern political philosophy.
Dr. Teresa Danze
Dr. Danze is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Dallas. She
received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include
the language and performance of Athenian tragedy, emotion in Archaic and Classical Greek
poetry, epic and tragedy, and the reception and adaptation of Greek and Roman drama.
Fr. Thomas Esposito
Fr. Esposito is an Assistant Professor at the University of Dallas. He received his
S.S.D. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. His research interests include
Pauline Literature, Old Testament Prophets, and Wisdom Literature.
Dr. Angela Knobel
Dr. Knobel is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. She
received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include
Aquinas’ theory of infused virtue, virtue ethics and applied ethics.
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Reyes, Ph.D. | Thomas Aquinas College
Elizabeth Reyes has been a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California since 2011.
She earned her doctorate in Literature from Braniff Graduate School's Institute of
Philosopical Studies. She is also a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and
We invite juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates with a love for the liberal
arts to submit papers of no more than 2500 words. Preference will be given to papers
conversant with the great works 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 August 15, 2022. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by December 15th, 2021. This conference
is for undergraduate scholars and recent graduates only, and as such no submissions
by graduate students will be accepted.
The CFP flyer can be found here.
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