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:

Professional Development Workshop on the Seminar Method

Nov. 9, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Braniff 202

Dr. Gerard Wegemer from the English Department will lead a seminar on the short text, "To the Young, on How to Profit from Pagan Literature" by St. Basil, an experienced educator, accomplished classical scholar, and master rhetorician. A Q&A session on the seminar teaching method will follow the discussion of the text.

Please find a digital copy of the text here or stop by the Politics Department to claim a hard copy.

Dr. Wegemer requests that you please email your short response to the study question posed by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 8th. His email address is wegemer@udallas.edu.

If you have questions, please contact Professional Development Committee Chair, Angela Burr at aburr@udallas.edu.

 

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.

Past Events: 

2nd Annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts

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

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

Discover more about the 2nd Annual BUCLA

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.

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