In our current world of fear and desperation, is it possible to gain a vision of hope for the future? Donald Cowan, the University of Dallas’s third president, shared such a vision in the many speeches he gave and essays he wrote on education, science, and society. For him, hope is the very function of imagination: an imagination shared by a people creates the space for a shared future. But the sharing of imagination must be accomplished and refined through education. In writing, speaking, and forming the backbone of the University, it was Cowan’s constant effort to place the goal of a hoped-for society and the means of education in touch with each other.

Starting Thursday, January 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m., the Cowan Archive invites students, alumni, and friends of the humanities everywhere to get to know the mind of Don Cowan, physicist, educational leader, and visionary, and gain for yourselves a vision of hope in our dark time. Reply to Cowanarchive@udallas.edu to receive your Zoom link to these sessions

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Submissions from 2021

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Meeting 1: The Mission of Universities and the University of Dallas, Bainard Cowan

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Meeting 2: The Nature and Significance of Liberal Education, Bainard Cowan, Jessica Hooten Wilson, and Mary Mumbach

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Meeting 3: The Transition of Society from a Myth of Fact to a Myth of Imagination, Bainard Cowan

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Meeting 4: The Role of Secondary Education and the Principal’s Art of Leadership, Bainard Cowan and Claudia MacMillan

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Science and Poetry, Donald Cowan

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Seminar Announcement, Bainard Cowan

Submissions from 1997

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Liberal Education at UD, Donald Cowan

Submissions from 1996

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Physics as a Mode of Wonder, Donald Cowan

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The Uniqueness of the University of Dallas, Donald Cowan

Submissions from 1995

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The New Equality, Donald Cowan

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The Post-Technological Age, Donald Cowan

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The Promethean Technology, Donald Cowan

Submissions from 1990

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Myth as Transformation of Conflict, Donald Cowan