January 24, 2018 | 7:30pm
Moody Performance Hall, Dallas
General admission tickets to the Eugene McDermott Lecture are $10 (includes handling fee).
Current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Dallas may attend the Eugene McDermott Lecture free of charge. Bus transportation will be provided between campus and the Moody Performance Hall. Tickets will be issued the evening of the event to those students riding the University sponsored buses.
Students not planning to ride the bus to the lecture should RSVP to Ryan Reedy (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure tickets.
RSVPs must be received by Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:00pm.
University of Dallas faculty and staff may collect complimentary tickets at the Moody Performance hall box office the evening of the event. Faculty and staff must show valid University of Dallas ID card in order to claim tickets. Complimentary tickets are limited to one per UD employee.
Featuring three of the most prominent voices in Catholic journalism in the United States—Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Austen Ivereigh (Crux), with John Allen, Jr. (Crux) serving as moderator — this discussion will examine the modern papacy, situating Pope Francis’ pontificate in the context of recent papal history, broader Catholic tradition and its future.
All three journalists have published books on the pontificate of Pope Francis and will provide thoughtful and acute analysis of the many issues Pope Francis has tackled in his first years: immigration, the environment and climate change, inter-religious dialogue, justice for the poor, as well as specifically Catholic issues such as reform of the Vatican bureaucracy and the pastoral treatment of divorced and remarried people.
|Jan 23, 2018
12:30 - 2:00pm
"Pope Francis and the Craft of Politics"
Registration is limited to faculty and graduate students only.
|Jan 23, 2018
7:00 - 8:30pm
"The Pope and Patria Grande: How Francis is Promoting Latin America's Continental
|Jan 24, 2018
10:00 - 12:00am
"Evangelizing through Ecology: Keys to Laudato Si"
|Jan 24, 2018
2:00 - 3:00pm
"The Media and the Church in the Age of Pope Francis"
|Jan 25, 2018
12:30 - 2:00pm
"Finding a Career in Journalism"
Registration is limited to undergraduate students only.
|Jan 25, 2018
4:00 - 5:30pm
|"Catholicism and Liberal Democracy: Will the Marriage Last?"
Ross Douthat of the New York Times will discuss the historical tensions between Catholicism and liberal democracy, the accommodation that the two of them seemed to have reached after Vatican II, and the rising doubts among conservative American Catholics as to whether the two can be as harmonious as they had seemed. Dr. Daniel Burns of the UD Politics Department will offer a brief response.
In 1974, the university established the Eugene McDermott Lectureship, an endowed lecture series created in honor of Eugene McDermott, the late scientist, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist. It was established on behalf of Mrs. and Mr. Eugene McDermott in 1974 to honor Donald and Louise Cowan's vision and leadership at the University of Dallas and the city. Beginning with the venerable historian Jacques Barzun, the McDermott Lectureship continues to bring notable public intellectuals to the University for short courses and seminars.
|1975||Herbert Marshall McLuhan|
|1976||Hans Georg Gadamer|
|1978||Christian Norberg-Schulz & Edmund Bacon|
|1982||J. Carter Brown|
|1983||Paul Weiss & Stanley I. Jaki|
|1984||Seymour Slive & Harvey C. Manfield, Jr.|
|1985||Steven Jay Gould, Douglas Hofstader, Stephen Toulmin, Steven Weinberg|
|1986||Walter Ong, S.J., Horton Foote, Donald W. Seldin, Frank E. Vandiver|
|1987||Errol E. Harris|
|1988||Allan Bloom, Donald A. Cowan, Louise S. Cowan, Paul Johnson|
|1989||David Tracy & Yehudi Menuhin|
|1991||Stanley H. Rosen & Weiming Lu|
|1992||Eva T.H. Brann|
|1993||Leon Kass & Oliver Bernier|
|1995||Robert Sokolowski & Paul Goldberger|
|1999||Francis Cardinal Arinze|
|2014||Rabbi Jonathan Sacks|
|2015||Nostra Aetate: Bishop Brian Farrell & Rabbi David Rosen|
|2016||General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)|
Reading Signs of Time in our Days
March 29, 2017
The 2017 Eugene McDermott Lecture by Krzysztof Zanussi
Three Visions of Excellence
Louise Cowan, Leo Strauss, & Jacob Klein on Liberal Education
March 22, 2012
A lecture by Dr. Christopher Lynch of Carthage College
The Pleasures of Philosophizing & its Moral Foundations
March 15, 2012
The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA), along with the Politics and Philosophy Departments and the Dean of the Braniff Graduate School, are honored to welcome James Carey to give the BGSA second annual lecture.
Ancients and Moderns: Did Leo Strauss Exaggerate the break?
A Politics Faculty Roundtable, featuring Leo Paul de Alvarez, Jonathan Culp, Richard Dougherty, Tiffany Jones Miller, and Thomas G. West, discuss whether Leo Strauss exaggerated the break between Ancient and Modern thinkers.
Aristophanes' Critique of the Gods
March 18, 2011
Wayne Ambler of the University of Colorado at Boulder explores Aristophanes’ hilariously radical, but yet not atheistic, critique of the gods in three of Aristophanes' comedies—Peace, Wealth, and especially Birds—which feature mortal heroes who find fault with Zeus, challenge his authority, and even prove victorious over him.
The Poetic Imagination & Education: The Continuing Influence of Louise S. Cowan
March 22-23, 2007
Alumni of the IPS gather along with its founder, Dr. Louise S. Cowan, to articulate the centrality of imagination to their various disciplines in the pursuit and expression of wisdom. Includes a major address by Dr. Cowan.
In addition to the McDermott Lectureship, the University of Dallas and the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts hosts exceptional guest lecturers and distinguished faculty members on thought-provoking topics within the Western tradition. Prominent scholars have spoken on Homer, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Plato, Dante, St. Thomas Aquinas, Locke, Tocqueville and Leo Strauss, to name a few.