Donald and Louise Cowan Center

Donald and Louise Cowan Center

The Donald and Louise Cowan Archive was established to transform 21st century culture through acquainting the public with the necessity of liberal learning and promoting the central role of poetry in the quest for the good life and the movement toward a humane, noble and just society.

Donald & Louise CowanDonald and Louise Cowan, visionaries in the fields of education, physics and literature, were the guiding lights of the University of Dallas from the 1960s until their deaths as they established a Core curriculum of classics and set high standards for learning in students’ chosen fields. The Archive aims to continue their essential work by holding conferences, lectures, and seminars based on the Cowans’ thought and teachings, by encouraging publication of explorations of their ideas, and by making available their published and unpublished essays, lectures and notes on literature and liberal education, as well as their annotated library, to the general public.

Providing a coherent framework in which the classics of the ages can be read, appreciated, and understood, the Archive invites students of all ages and levels to begin a lifelong journey to greater understanding of themselves, the world, and the great tradition out of which these testimonies to the noble life arose.