23rd Annual Conference Announcement and Registration
The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC)
Twenty-Third Annual Conference
Theme: Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and the Human Voice
Austin College Will Mann Richardson Lectureship Series and
Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching
Midwestern State University and the University of Dallas
Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
Crowne Plaza, Dallas Downtown, Dallas, Texas USA
Plenary Speakers Thursday through Saturday: Joseph Epstein, former Editor, The American Scholar, author, A Literary Education and Other Essays; Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books, Pepperdine University, editor, Contemplation, Crisis, Construct: Appropriating Core Texts into the Curriculum; Richard A. Strier, Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Chicago, author, The Unrepentant Renaissance and Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions. Other speaker to be announced.
Sunday, Business Meeting, open to all.
Hotel reservations: See below.
ATTENDEE PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS: Registration and Proposals are entered through the Online Conference Registration Form on our website registration page.
A PAPER PROPOSAL must include the name, institutional affiliation, mailing and email addresses, and phone contact number of the person making the paper proposal. All proposals should include paper title, the core text discussed in the paper, and a one-paragraph abstract.
PANEL PROPOSALS should organize a panel of specific presenters with a title for the panel. The person organizing the panel should include all personal information below and the paper proposal information for her/himself if s/he is presenting a paper in the panel The names, institutions, phone numbers and email addresses of other panelists should be listed as part of the panel proposal. Listing the names does NOT constitute a registration but it insures proper placement of individuals on panels. Each person on a panel must register for the conference through the Online Registration Form. No more than two panel members from the same institution may be present on one panel, but panel proposals with only two presenters are welcome. ACTC will form panels out of individual submissions or complete panel submissions.
THE PROPOSAL DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2016. All potential conferees are welcome to contact the Executive Director of ACTC, J. Scott Lee, with questions about panels and proposals: email@example.com.
ACTC papers are short (seminar-essay style, 5 pages, double-spaced), treat one core text for at least ¾-1 page, and develop the conference theme. The usual presentation time allotted to each paper is 12-15 minutes. Lively liberal arts discussions are a mark of ACTC conference panels. Thus, papers tend to range over theoretical considerations, particular interpretations, classroom or programmatic practices, and institutional missions—often involving all of these. Panel proposals should bear these characteristics in mind. Scholarly papers (up to 10 pages) may be submitted for publication in our selected proceedings after the conference, but only 5-page papers may be read at the conference. For publication criteria, see: http://www.coretexts.org/actc-publications/.
More than 200 openings will be available for paper presentations. While the submission of a complete paper is not required for acceptance on a panel, every attendee whose paper proposal has been accepted is expected to come to the conference with the completed paper.
Submission of your paper or panel proposal, or simply your intention to attend the conference, may be done through the ACTC website at www.coretexts.org.
VOLUNTEERS FOR PANEL CHAIRS will be happily accepted. If you wish to volunteer, see the Online Registration Form. Only organizers of panels may serve as chairs and presenters at the same time; all other chairs may not present on the same panel.
Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building:
Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and the Human Voice.
Liberal education having suffered grievously from the recession of the previous decade, commentators, associations, and individual colleges carried on a public conversation about the viability of liberal education in the future. Friend and foe alike seemed to say that liberal education was subject to external forces that it could not control: technological revolutions — including instant messaging, college costs coupled to underemployed graduates, massive demographic upheavals, and epistemological fragmentation furthered by increasing specialization. Then, in this decade, in a world where violence, xenophobia, isolationist retreat, or exploitative opportunism appear to be ‘answers,’ the voice of liberal education has seemed shouted down or, even, shut off.
But we have a voice. Liberal arts education using core texts not only has something to say to every one of these challenges, but it also has a way to say it – through community.
To massive demographic upheavals, core texts from different civilizations – ancient to modern – offer models of integration. To technological revolutions, core text programs show thoughtfulness and humanity – in books, classes, science, art, and in the technology such programs use. To isolationists or xenophobes from any culture, the core text tradition has rich histories and traditions of cultures. To those who offer violence as a way of life, the careful examination of violence through centuries of core texts speaks volumes. To those worried about college costs, core text programs can be found in community colleges as well as the most elite colleges, and it is demonstrable that liberal education graduates fare better over the long haul. In sum, core texts not only have something to say in a human voice, but have a far longer and stronger track record of valuable thought than do doubters or commentators who have instant solutions to our world’s problems.
That said, though, teachers of liberal arts who are fearful of the reach of technology, or the impression that images make, can remember that we have an advantage: not only can we use mass media and technology if we wish, but we are live. We have a huge advantage in semesters of classroom contact with human beings about the very real human things we construct and learn: knowledge, art, science, ethics, religion, and politics, to name only a few. To sum up: whether in isolated programs in huge ‘multiversities’ or single institutions devoted solely to liberal education, liberal arts faculty working with each other teach thousands, perhaps millions, of students in day-to-day contact to use a liberal arts education based in core texts to make a better world. What, then, do our teachers’ voices have to say about their experiences with students in the classroom?
The humanity of liberal education is the core text strong suit. To realize that neither art nor science, not culture nor politics, not family nor friends, not even one’s own self can exist, much less get better, innovate, explore, contemplate, or care for others without humanity’s participation, consent, and work together is to commit to a liberal arts education in core texts. To realize that the worst of humanity can be counteracted by the best is to commit to liberal arts education in core texts. To commit to the openness of core texts – their huge traditions of conversation, substance, invention, and appreciation – is to construct the antithesis of a closed, divisive world, to work for a free and open world. What voice do our institutional missions, our administrators, and the faculty who have built programs give to the hope of liberal education?
A liberal arts core text education, especially in college, constructs communities out of the diversity of traditions and human beings. A community of liberal arts education using core texts is committed to comparisons, across genres, disciplines, eras, languages, cultures, and civilizations. It is committed to reflection and the long view. A community of liberal arts, core text education knows that the future is made through today by drawing on the resources of the present and past, of all of humanity, of the eternal or the tested. It knows that today’s problems – be they violence, demographics, economics, politics, arts, sciences, or technology – are addressable. What can a communal chorus of human voices say to these human problems and potentials?
So, to cross borders in the ways above is to become a liberal arts student in the largest sense, and a collegiate education grounded in liberal arts and core texts is a solution to the future. ACTC promotes the raising of the human voice – in liberal education, in core texts, in our collegiate communities and, most importantly, in cultures and civilizations around the world. ACTC and its 23rd Annual Conference Sponsors and Co-Sponsors invite the academic and public community to discuss Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and the Human Voice. In that invitation, we affirm the worth and future of using the core texts of a liberal arts education for all.
ACTC encourages submissions on three separate topics consonant with the theme:
1) Women and the Core: papers in these panels will be helping ACTC’s Liberal Arts Institute, Temple University, and representatives from other institutions to develop a special topic conference on this topic in 2017-2018.
2) General Education, Asian Core Texts, and a Global Perspective: New Discussions about Liberal Education: papers in these panels will be helping ACTC’s Liberal Arts Institute to develop an international conference on the topic at Concordia University—Irvine in the summer of 2018.
3) Rejuvenating the Liberal Arts in the Core: papers on this topic will examine older, newer, and innovative liberal arts texts with a view to re-introducing texts into core curricula which not only the re-examine and use the trivium and quadrivium, but examine historical, technical, and philosophical developments of liberal arts into the 21st Century. An ACTC Liberal Arts Institute NEH Seminar is projected 2018 or 2019.
CONFERENCE FEES AND MEMBERSHIP
Registration includes the price of six meals (Thursday night hors d’oeuvres and dinner, three breakfasts and two lunches) regardless of days of attendance, plus admission to all activities and subvention for published proceedings of the conference. There is no pro-rating.
If your university or college is an ACTC Member Institution (http://www.coretexts.org/organization/institutional-membership/), as a graduate student or teaching assistant you may apply for a limited number (20) of Conference Fee Scholarships. The graduate student conference fee is $ 186.50. Membership is an additional $ 36. This is a total discount of $230.00. The charges include all meals. Applicants must submit a paper proposal. Scholarships will be distributed on a first-registered basis to up to two (2) applicants from a member institution.
Emeritus/retiree discount: $ 241.50 registration, $ 36.00 individual membership for a total discount of $ 150. Only academic personnel who have declared and entered “retirement” or have been given “emeritus/a” status and who are without full time employment elsewhere are eligible. This is not a rate for “part-time employees.” Charges cover all meals. Fifteen discounts are available on a first-registered basis.
Individual membership is part of the support of ACTC and its conference activities. First time attendees who are not eligible for the graduate student registration fee reduction or the emeritus discount are not required to become members, unless they are presenting a paper. Institutional membership does not cover individual membership.
After considerable demand by ACTC attendees, ACTC is installing PayPal early this fall. After installation, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. The benefit, here, is that this enables us to eliminate the late registration fee. Contact the ACTC office if there are questions concerning payment.
All payments are in U.S. dollars:
Regular Registration fee: $ 391.50
Regular Individual membership: $ 61.00
Graduate Student of ACTC Supporting Institution Registration Fee: $ 186.50
Graduate Student of ACTC Supporting Institution Individual Membership: $ 36.00
Emeritus/retiree Registration Fee: $ 241.50
Emeritus/retiree Individual Membership: $ 36.00
If you buy more than three meals for a guest, then the guest must register and pay the full fee, rather than buy through your invoice on a per meal basis. We will contact you later for the name(s) of your guest(s).
Each Thursday night dinner guest: $ 44.00 x number of guests ( ) $
Each Friday breakfast guest: $ 28.00 x number of guests ( ) $
Each Friday lunch guest: $ 37.00 x number of guests ( ) $
Each Saturday breakfast guest: $ 28.00 x number of guests ( ) $
Each Saturday lunch guest: $ 37.00 x number of guests ( ) $
Two tables for vendors, check box [ ] $ 25.00 $
Refunds for cancellation will be granted, less a processing fee of $ 10, through Friday, April 7. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER FRIDAY APRIL 7.
Parties interested in book displays or displays for programs or projects should contact the ACTC office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Site: Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202 USA. You may call 001-1-214-742-5678 ext. 625 (9:00am-5:00pm) or 1-866-506-8249 after 5:00 pm (17:00) Central Time. Ask for the ACTC 23rd Annual Conference group rate and use the group code: ACT. Or reservations can be made by using the this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=69634377.
All room nights are: $ 99.00/night. Rooms in the “block” at above rate will be held until Saturday, April 1, 2017. After Friday, March 31 rooms and rates are subject to the hotel’s discretion.
AIRPORTS AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Dallas is served by DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth International) Airport and Love Field (DAL). DFW has access to downtown near the Crowne Plaza through the DART rail system. Love Field is closer to downtown but you must use a taxi service. The hotel charges for daily, overnight, and valet parking.
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