Department of History Awards

The History Department gives two awards to history majors.  These awards are merit-based on the specific work done in the History courses.  

The Lekai Award

The Department of History acknowledges the outstanding performance in the major with a departmental award which is named in honor of a valued, former member of the University of Dallas faculty, Fr. Louis J. Lekai.  A member of the Cistercian Order,  Fr. Louis was one of the founding faculty of the University of Dallas. He published widely - several books and more than a hundred articles - and earned recognition as the world's foremost historian of the Cistercian Order. 

The Sommerfeldt Senior Thesis Award

The Department of History recognizes excellence in the senior thesis thanks to a generous gift of Dr. John Sommerfeldt.  Dr. Sommerfeldt is a professor of Emeritus of History.  He taught in the history department for more than 40 years, was the academic dean of Constantin College, and served as University President from 1978-1980.  His research interests include medieval history. 



2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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