"Poetry is civically important for a healthy and happy society," said three-time UD alumnus Matt Mehan, BA '00 MA '09 PhD '14. "In other words, a healthy politics requires a healthy poetics."+ Read More
The 2014 McDermott Lecturer is Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, emeritus chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. His May 1 public lecture is titled "To Heal a Fractured World: The Challenge to Faith in the 21st Century."
Rabbi Sacks' talk is presented by the University of Dallas in cooperation with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Center for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Rabbi Sacks will speak at the Dallas City Performance Hall on May 1 at 7 p.m.
On April 30, Rabbi Sacks will deliver a private lecture to the UD community: "The Future of Faith: The Judeo Christian Ethic in the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium. The event is only open to UD students, faculty and staff. Admission is free.
A global religious leader, philosopher, renowned speaker and moral voice for our time, Rabbi Sacks is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University.
From 1991 to 2013, Rabbi Sacks served as chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. A frequent contributor to radio, television and the press in Britain and around the world, Rabbi Sacks holds 16 honorary degrees and has authored more than two dozen books. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords, in October 2009.
The May 1 event is open to the public, and general admission tickets are $18 each. Student and educator tickets are available for $5 each with a valid school ID. Tickets may be purchased at udallas.edu/mcdermottlecture, www.dallasinstitute.org/2014-eugene-mcdermott-lecture or by calling 972.721.5226.
Rabbi Sacks is speaking as part of the University of Dallas' Eugene McDermott Lecture Series, which 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 Institute.
Kimberly Diwa, BA '22, first heard of the University of Dallas during a Bible study at her church. She decided to visit campus and immediately was struck by UD's friendly character, not to mention its impressive record of preparing pre-med students for medical school.+ Read More
During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.+ Read More