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Louise Cowan

Louise Cowan
Dr. Cowan (1917-2015) received her Ph.D. in 1953 from Vanderbilt University. She served for many years as the Graduate Dean and chairman of the English Department at the University of Dallas, and as Director of its Institute of Philosophic Studies. With her husband, Dr. Donald Cowan, she pioneered the University's lauded core curriculum, based on classic texts. Dr. Cowan's publications include The Fugitive Group (1959), The Southern Critics (1971), The Terrain of Comedy, ed. (1984), The Epic Cosmos, ed. with Larry Allums (1992), Classic Texts and the Nature of Authority, ed. with Donald Cowan (1993), and Invitation to the Classics (Baker Book House, 1998), ed. with Os Guinness.

What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What has the Greek quest for excellence and order and beauty to do with the Hebrew quest for the living God? This is the question the Church Fathers asked themselves,...

In Kagemusha, the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa portrays a beggar called upon to impersonate a powerful warlord. About to be put to death for thievery, this lowly figure is snatched from execution by royal officers who...