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The McDermott Lectureship

The McDermott Lectureship

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. 

Join us for this year's McDermott Lecture featuring Krzysztof Zanussi >>

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.

 

Eugene McDermott Lecturers, 1974-present

1974 Jacques Barzun
1975 Herbert Marshall McLuhan
1976 Hans Georg Gadamer
1977 Malcolm Muggeridge
1978 Christian Norberg-Schulz & Edmund Bacon
1979 Mortimer Adler 
1980 Erich Heller
1981 Paul Ricoeur
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
1990  Cedric Messina
1991  Stanley H. Rosen & Weiming Lu
1992 Eva T.H. Brann
1993 Leon Kass & Oliver Bernier
1994 Rene Girard
1995 Robert Sokolowski & Paul Goldberger
1997 Derek Wolcott
1998 Nigel Wood
1999 Francis Cardinal Arinze
2000 Francis Fukuyama
2001 Donald Kagan
2002 Burze Coles
2004 Maya Lin
2006 Jonathan Miller
2007 Mikhail Gorbachev
2008 Mark Halperin
2014 Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
2015  Nostra Aetate: Bishop Brian Farrell & Rabbi David Rosen

Additional Lectures, From the Archives:

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?
April, 2011
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 Scandal of Dante's Catholicism - Part I
March 18, 2009
The Scandal of Dante's Catholicism - Part II
March 23, 2009
Dr. Robert Hollander visits the University of Dallas to give two lectures.

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.

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