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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.

    Unled Lives with Dr. Andrew Miller

    Unled Lives with Dr. Andrew Miller

    Today’s conversation is about the allure of unled lives: the lives that you might have had if you had made different decisions in the past. My guest is Andrew Miller, Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the recent book On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives. We discuss why “unled lives are a middle aged affair,” why the career – rather than the vocation – is the typically modern form of work, and the moral status of daydreaming.


    Buy the book: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674238084




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    • 32 min
    Against Politeness with Alexandra Hudson

    Against Politeness with Alexandra Hudson

    I’m joined this week by Alexandra Hudson, the curator of the Civic Renaissance newsletter and the author of a forthcoming book about civility and civic politeness called “Against Politeness: Why Politeness Failed America and How Civility Can Save It.” We discuss why she thinks civility can do what politeness can’t, why the best education for the best is the best education for all, and why we shouldn’t assume that popular culture is all bad: stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear her recommendations of substantive works in our pop culture today.


    About Alexandra Hudson: https://www.alexandraohudson.com/

    Civic Renaissance: https://www.civic-renaissance.com/


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    Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas: udallas.edu/liberal-learning/

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    • 22 min
    The Christ Child with Dr. Theresa Kenney

    The Christ Child with Dr. Theresa Kenney

    Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
    Eternity shut in a span,
    Summer in winter, day in night,
    Heaven in earth, and God in man!

    That’s how the English poet Richard Crashaw speaks about the big event of December: the birth of the infant Christ at Christmas. Fortunately, I’m joined this week by Dr. Theresa Kenney, Professor of English at the University of Dallas, and author of a new book about poetry about the Christ Child: the book is called All Wonders in One Sight: The Christ Child Among the Elizabethan and Stuart Poets. Dr. Kenney and I discuss her book and a range of fascinating issues: why the Council of Trent promulgated new rules about Christian art in the 16th century, why the underappreciated English Renaissance poet, Jesuit Priest and martyr Robert Southwell is so important, and why many English Protestants were especially interested in the Gospel of John. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

    You can find links to the poems we discuss here:
    Richard Crashaw’s “In the Holy Nativity of our Lord”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44058/in-the-holy-nativity-of-our-lord

    'Learn to love as I love thee' (dialogue between Mary and Christ): https://aclerkofoxford.blogspot.com/2016/01/learn-to-love-as-i-love-thee.html

    Robert Southwell’s “The Burning Babe”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45183/the-burning-babe

    Dr. Kenney’s book: https://utorontopress.com/9781487509064/all-wonders-in-one-sight/


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    Free video series, “The Quest”: quest.udallas.edu/

    Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas: udallas.edu/liberal-learning/

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    • 26 min
    The Quest with Dr. Shannon Valenzuela

    The Quest with Dr. Shannon Valenzuela

    “The Quest” is a documentary-style miniseries produced by the University of Dallas that draws on stories from Scripture, history, and literature to explore the Christian life as a narrative of joyful courage in the gathering darkness of this world. We're joined for today’s conversation by Dr. Shannon Valenzuela, an Affiliate Assistant Professor of English at UD and the series’ writer, director, and producer. We discuss why good art is both true and beautiful, why music is so essential to good film, and how we make friends through the exchange of stories.

    You can learn more about the series at quest.udallas.edu.

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    The Quest is Coming! quest.udallas.edu/

    Free video series: The Person: Action and Influence: www.catholicfaithandculture.udallas.edu/trailer

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    • 17 min
    What Is A Virtue? With Dr. Angela Knobel

    What Is A Virtue? With Dr. Angela Knobel

    Does living well mean just following the rules of the moral law? Some philosophers who study virtue propose that living well depends not just on conforming ourselves to rules. They understand living well to depend fundamentally on the cultivation of virtues, which are good habits that contribute toward human fulfilment.

    We discuss this and more in this episode of the Liberal Learning for Life @ UD Podcast with Dr. Angela Knobel, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas, and the author of a new book Aquinas and the Infused Moral Virtues.

    Buy the book: https://undpress.nd.edu/9780268201098/aquinas-and-the-infused-moral-virtues/

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    The Quest is Coming! https://quest.udallas.edu/

    Free video series: The Person: Action and Influence: https://www.catholicfaithandculture.udallas.edu/trailer

    Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas: udallas.edu/liberal-learning/​

    Twitter: twitter.com/lib_learning_ud​

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/liberallearningforlife/

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/liberallearningforlife

    • 29 min
    Old Norse Wisdom and “The Cowboy Hávamál” with Dr. Jackson Crawford

    Old Norse Wisdom and “The Cowboy Hávamál” with Dr. Jackson Crawford

    This week we have a conversation between Dr. Shannon Valenzuela of the University of Dallas and Dr. Jackson Crawford, a scholar of Old Norse who offers, in his own words, “real expertise and no agendas.” They discuss the wisdom literature of Old Norse, how is it that we know wisdom when we see it, and what cowboy wisdom might sound like today. They also talk about his consulting work for the movie Frozen and the video game Assassins Creed: Valhalla.

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    Jackson Crawford: https://jacksonwcrawford.com/


    Free video series: The Person: Action and Influence: https://www.catholicfaithandculture.udallas.edu/trailer


    Liberal Learning for Life @ University of Dallas: udallas.edu/liberal-learning/​


    Twitter: twitter.com/lib_learning_ud​


    Instagram: www.instagram.com/liberallearningforlife/


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/liberallearningforlife

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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Craving a dose of the good, true, and beautiful?

Look no further. UD alum, family, and friends will certainly enjoy the Liberal Learning for Life podcast. Authors, figures, and ideas from the UD Core and tradition, presented in a fresh way- a lovely conversational format with Dr. Michael West - are sure to enrich our own thoughts and perspectives. Thank you for giving me a dose of nostalgia, hearing my beloved professors’ voices. I have subscribed and I plan to tune in often.

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This podcast is such a gift to anyone who is passionate about the benefits of a good, true, liberal arts education. UD alum, parents, friends and fans will find it particularly satisfying but anyone on a quest for knowledge who loves truth and beauty will enjoy it!

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