Braniff Graduate Student Association

Representing the Braniff graduate student body

The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA) of the University of Dallas was established to further the interests of the student body of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts within the University of Dallas community. All students enrolled in the Braniff Graduate School are members of the BGSA.

The BGSA is comprised of a Senate and an Executive Board. The Senate consists of six Senators, who represent the interests of the members of the BGSA on all matters concerning school policy and student life. The Senate as a whole serves as a forum for BGSA participation in the larger University community. Consisting of the President, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, the Executive Board administers the activities of the BGSA and serves as the official voice of the BGSA to the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the University.

Executive Board, 2019-2020:

Upcoming Events:

6th Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts

6th Annual BCLA: Nature and Human Flourishing | Nov. 15-16, 2019

Each year the Braniff Graduate Student Association organizes a conference that reflects the unique interdisciplinary nature of the Braniff Graduate School and its emphases on classical education and contemporary scholarship.

Discover more about the 6th Annual BCLA.

2nd Annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts

2nd Annual BUCLA: The Good Life | Oct. 11-12, 2019

Each yeart the Braniff Graduate Student Association also organizes an undergraduate conference that focuses on eudaimonia, the good life. 

Discover more about the 2nd Annual BUCLA

Past Events: 

Professional Development Workshop on Resumes and Publishing

Date: Apr. 6, 2019

Esther Moon (IPS Literature) discussed how to strengthen a resume and how to prepare a submission for publication in an academic journal. Alex Taylor (IPS Literature) discussed what to avoid when writing a conference abstract.

Professional Development Workshop on Pedagogy

Date: Mar. 2, 2019

Dr. William "Bill" Frank and Dr. Christopher Mirus from the Philosophy Department spoke on how beginning instructors ought to prepare a syllabus and design a course. Dr. John Peterson (IPS Politics) and Kimberly Heil (IPS Philosophy) spoke on how to lecture and how to use Socratic circles.

Click here for the workshop handout and here for an article by Dr. Frank on liberal education and UD's Core.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Peter Kreeft

Date: Feb. 23, 2019 

Dr. Peter Kreeft, well-known author and professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, delivered a lecture entitled, "A Trinitarian Psychology of the Creative Imagination: Mind, Will and Heart" at the University of Dallas. This event was sponsored by the Provost's Office and the BGSA.

You may watch Dr. Kreeft's lecture here.

5th Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts

5th Annual BCLA: Scripture and the Disciplines | Feb. 15-16, 2019

Each year the Braniff Graduate Student Association organizes a conference that reflects the unique interdisciplinary nature of the Braniff Graduate School and its emphases on classical education and contemporary scholarship.

Discover more about the 5th Annual BCLA.

1st Annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts

1st Annual BUCLA: The Good Life | Oct. 5-6, 2018

Keynote Address: "Pietas" by Dr. Susan Hanssen | University of Dallas, History Department

This conference aimed to recover and renew the Western heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition in pursuit of eudaimonia, the good life. There were panels made up of upper level undergraduate students from across the country as well as a number of UD undergraduate students. Braniff graduate students served as moderators.

Resources 

News

Program Aims to Open UD Ethos to Wider Community

On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."

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The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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