A Conversation with Rabbi Sacks: 2014 McDermott Lecturer Discusses Faith, Friendships
Video: 2014 McDermott Lecturer Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Discusses Faith, Friendships
Watch a conversation between Bainard Cowan, professor of literature and Louise Cowan
Chair in Humanities, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Topics range from interfaith friendships
to the role of a university to the unique challenges faced by the Abrahamic faiths
(Judaism, Christianity and Islam).
A video of Rabbi Sacks' public lecture will be available shortly. Follow the University
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The University of Dallas' Eugene McDermott Lecture Series was established 40 years
ago in honor of the late scientist and civic leader. The prestigious annual lecture
has featured important writers, artists, philosophers and educators including Derek
Walcott, Mortimer Adler, Maya Lin, Jacques Barzun, Bruce Cole, Paul Goldberger, Leon
Kass, Mark Helprin and Francis Fukuyama.
The lecture is made possible by a gift from Margaret McDermott and is inspired by
Louise Cowan, a former University of Dallas English Department chair, dean of the
university's Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and a co-founder of the Dallas
Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.
The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.
"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D, professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.