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Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas features compelling, pithy and rich conversations with UD friends and faculty.

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Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas features compelling, pithy and rich conversations with UD friends and faculty.

    44. Willmoore Kendall with Dr. Christopher Owen

    44. Willmoore Kendall with Dr. Christopher Owen

    Willmoore Kendall has been called a man against the world, a "maverick," an "iconoclast." He was also a professor of politics at the University of Dallas in during its early years, from 1962 to 1967. Kendall is the subject of today’s conversation with Christopher Owen, a retired professor of history at Northeastern State University and author of a new book: Heaven Can Indeed Fall: The Life of Willmoore Kendall. We discuss Kendall’s wisdom for today, how he intriguingly combined positions associated with both the political left and right, as well as the locally famous bust of Kendall you can still find the politics department at UD today.

    Link to photo: https://bit.ly/3FNMtqj
    Link to Heaven Can Indeed Fall: The Life of Willmoore Kendall

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    43. Pan Americanism with Dr. Mark Petersen

    43. Pan Americanism with Dr. Mark Petersen

    When you hear the word “pan-Americanism,” what comes to mind, if anything does, is probably a defunct airline. But back in its day, “much bitter controversy” was waged about the slippery idea of pan-americanism. Why? What was the controversy about? We discuss these and other questions with Dr. Mark Petersen, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas and the author of the recent book, The Southern Cone and the Origins of Pan America, 1888-1933. Dr. Petersen explains how pan-Americanism developed from its origins as a US-led form of regional cooperation, what “the Americas” look like when you begin from Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, instead of Washington; and why one photograph that he found in an archive made him sit back, stunned, in his chair.
     
    Link to photograph: https://drive.google.com/file/d/130Lo-N6d120vILgAdF0rZMDelceiGchB/view?usp=sharing

    More about Dr. Mark Petersen: https://udallas.edu/constantin/academics/programs/history/faculty/petersen-mark.php
    More about his book, The Southern Cone and the Origins of Pan America, 1888-1933: https://undpress.nd.edu/9780268202019/the-southern-cone-and-the-origins-of-pan-america-1888-1933/


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    42. On Catholic Literature with Dr. Randy Boyagoda

    42. On Catholic Literature with Dr. Randy Boyagoda

    Randy Boyagoda is a Catholic who has written four novels, most recently, Dante's Indiana. Though he loves reading Flannery O’Connor, he confesses that at one point he was thoroughly sick of hearing about her. We discuss why that is so in today’s conversation among Randy, myself, and Shannon Valenzuela of the University of Dallas. We also explore the pleasures of immersive reading and why it’s worth training oneself to read deeply, what happens when a writer doesn’t love her characters, and how stories can train both the mind and the heart.

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    Free video series, “The Quest”: https://quest.udallas.edu/
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    Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas: https://udallas.edu/liberal-learning/
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    41. Bishop James Conley: Living the Quest

    41. Bishop James Conley: Living the Quest

    "The Lord has really stripped me clean,” says Bishop James Conley of Lincoln. 

    Bishop Conley had lived a varied and exciting life: chaplain, pastor, longtime Roman resident, and now, a bishop. But when he took a yearlong medical absence because of depression and anxiety in 2019, he entered a new phase.
    In this Living The Quest podcast conversation, Dr. Shannon Valenzuela, writer and director of The Quest, speaks with Bishop Conley about his experience, the importance of silence, and how he came to see the truth that in giving ourselves away we discover who we really are.
     
    Learn more about The Quest: https://quest.udallas.edu/

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    St. Ambrose Center: https://saintambrosecenter.udallas.edu/   
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    40. Ross Douthat: Living the Quest

    40. Ross Douthat: Living the Quest

    Six years ago, Ross Douthat had it all together: a growing family, a great job at the New York Times, and a beautiful house in the Connecticut countryside.

    Then he fell mysteriously ill, sometimes struggling even to get through a day without horrific pain. What happened? How did he go on? Where was God in all of this?

    In this Living The Quest podcast conversation, Dr. Shannon Valenzuela, writer and director of The Quest, speaks with Ross about his experience, his faith, and how his years-long illness brought him through unknown, difficult, deep places.

    Learn more about The Quest: https://quest.udallas.edu/

    Learn more about Ross Douthat : https://www.nytimes.com/column/ross-douthat

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    St. Ambrose Center: https://saintambrosecenter.udallas.edu/   
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lib_learning_ud
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    39. Immaculée Ilibagiza: Living the Quest

    39. Immaculée Ilibagiza: Living the Quest

    Immaculée Ilibagiza hid for 91 days with seven other women in a small bathroom during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when most of her family members were killed. How does someone who lived through such a horrible time continue to live, to forgive, and even to love?

    In this conversation, Dr. Shannon Valenzuela, writer and director of The Quest, speaks with Immaculée about her experience, her faith, and how she found her way to forgiveness by praying the Our Father.

    Watch the video version of this interview: https://quest.udallas.edu/living/immaculee

    Learn more about The Quest: https://quest.udallas.edu/

    Learn more about Immaculée Ilibagiza: https://www.immaculee.com/

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