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
of Dallas on Facebook or Twitter to be notified when the video is posted.
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
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