Due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 virus, the University of Dallas has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Eugene McDermott Lecture and other related events until a later date, yet to be determined. The University of Dallas believes it to be prudent to postpone this event to mitigate the potential spread of this virus through public events.
Leading Contemporary Artist - Arts Advocate
This year's McDermott Lecture will feature leading contemporary artist Makoto Fujimura. Also an arts advocate, writer and speaker, Fujimura is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer.
Please join us on campus for a an exhibition of three paintings by Makoto Fujimura. On loan from a private collector, Water Stones III, Luke - Prodigal God, and John - In the Beginning will be on display on the second floor of Cardinal Farrell Hall. A reception and brief presentation by Mr. Fujimura will accompany the exhibit.
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.
|1975||Herbert Marshall McLuhan|
|1976||Hans Georg Gadamer|
|1978||Christian Norberg-Schulz & Edmund Bacon|
|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|
|1991||Stanley H. Rosen & Weiming Lu|
|1992||Eva T.H. Brann|
|1993||Leon Kass & Oliver Bernier|
|1995||Robert Sokolowski & Paul Goldberger|
|1999||Francis Cardinal Arinze|
|2014||Rabbi Jonathan Sacks|
|2015||Nostra Aetate: Bishop Brian Farrell & Rabbi David Rosen|
|2016||General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)|
|2018||Ross Douthat & Austen Ivereigh, moderated by John Allen Jr.|
Reading Signs of Time in our Days
March 29, 2017
The 2017 Eugene McDermott Lecture by Krzysztof Zanussi
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?
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 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.
Through 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.