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2017 Hiett Prize Recipient Dr. James Matthew Wilson


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Why Work?

Why Work?

Dr. Jonathan Malesic

Many of us are conflicted about work. We expect it to fulfill us, but we also hate our jobs. This conflict sparks questions that touch on the highest ideals about the purpose of our lives. Does each person have a calling—some line of work for which they are naturally suited? Who are we working for—our bosses, ourselves, our society? Which is more important, work or leisure? Should you aim to do what you …

The First Amendment


The Dallas Morning News, the Division of Journalism at SMU, NBC5, One Day University, and the Dallas Institute
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, begin with provisions protecting certain freedoms: of religion, of speech and the press, and of peaceful assembly. This three-part program will focus on freedom of speech and the press and on the right to peaceful assembly. Sessions will be conducted at the Dallas Institute and other city …

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Alien Worlds

Alien Worlds

Dr. Donna McBride

This Fall we are launching a new monthly book group for lovers of science fiction and also those who want to know why their friends get so excited over a new science fiction story or movie.  Focusing on thought-provoking science fiction books, we will explore what it means to be human by exploring the alien worlds of other planets.  We’ll read a book a month, blending classics with exciting works by newer authors. If you love science …

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Classics at Cour Regard

Classics at Cour Regard

Guest speakers, actors, musicians, and cuisine

What is a classic? How does a text become a classic? And why do we deem it necessary and good to return to works of classic literature time after time? This Fall we continue our artistically diverse engagement with the classics and consider anew what grants certain works of literature entrance into the canon. Part performance, part scholarly exploration, Classics at Cour Regard will offer a 21st century perspective on and a …

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Remembering Louise Cowan

Remembering Our Teacher, Dr. Louise S. Cowan

The Louise S. Cowan Memorial Fund

In response to gifts received honoring Dr. Louise Cowan, who passed away on November 16th, the Dallas Institute has established the Louise S. Cowan Memorial Fund.
We are deeply grateful to those who have made contributions and invite others who would like to do so to contact us at 214-871-2440 or jkalin@dallasinstitute.org. Or you may make your gift directly by clicking here.


A memorial mass was held Monday, November 23, at …

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