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The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce that the sixth annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts will be held at the University of Dallas on Feb. 16 and 17, 2024.

This conference aims to recover and renew the Western heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition in pursuit of eudaimonia, the good life.

We invite juniors, seniors and recent college graduates with a love for the liberal arts to submit papers suitable for a 15-minute presentation. In consideration of this time limit, we recommend papers of about 1,750 words. Preference will be given to papers conversant with the great works of the Western tradition.

Previous paper topics have included:

- God’s Grandeur through Man’s Smudge: Hopkin’s Portrait of Salvation History

- Natural Law Theories on Capital Punishment

- Spiritual Reality and its Substitutes in the Life and Letters of Flannery O’Connor

- The Measure of Man in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan

We welcome presentations in liberal arts disciplines including — but not limited to — philosophy, literature, politics, theology, classics, fine art, history, education, psychology and economics, and drawing from the classical, medieval, modern or contemporary periods.

Submit papers to Please include a separate cover letter with a paragraph summarizing your paper’s argument, your name, presentation title, email address and institutional affiliation.

Submissions are due no later than Dec. 28, 2023. This conference is for undergraduate scholars and recent graduates only, and as such no submissions by graduate students will be accepted. Presentation invitations can be expected by Jan. 8.

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  • Elizabeth Eckel
  • Danielle Marshall
  • Prajal Adhikari

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