ACTC 2013 Student conference
Shimer College is pleased to host the 2013 Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) Student Conference, March 8-10, in Chicago, Illinois. The theme of the conference is “The Liberal Arts and Student Reflections on Core Texts.” Shimer College expects about 40 students from 25 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to attend. The ACTC student conference offers undergraduates in core-text programs a rare opportunity to share their work with students and faculty members in similar programs across the nation.
The conference will begin with a dinner and plenary session on Friday evening, March 8, 2013. The Friday evening speaker will be Daniel Born, a long-time friend of Shimer College. Dan is former vice-president and chief of staff at the Great Books Foundation and editor of their magazine The Common Review. He currently teaches at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies and is an academic chair at Kaplan’s University’s School of Legal Education. He has published on the English novel (Dickens to H.G. Wells) and on the history of the Great Books. He will bring a historical perspective to the study of Great Books and discuss the relevance of such curricula in the 21st century.
Student papers will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2013.Panels of four to five persons will be organized by topic. Papers are limited to 5-7 pages in length to encourage reflection and allow time for discussion on the project of a liberal education. Discussions will offer students the chance to exchange their reflections on works that opened up possibilities to them in core programs, interdisciplinary programs, and in departmental courses where majors are encouraged to think across disciplines. All students who are presenting papers have been nominated by a faculty member at their home institution, and have then been selected through a peer review process at Shimer College. In addition, students must be attending colleges and universities that are institutional members of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC).
Located minutes from the Loop in Chicago, Shimer College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college that enrolls approximately 120 students. Founded in 1853 as the Mount Carroll Seminary, Shimer today provides a comprehensive, regularly-reviewed core curriculum that brings foundational books of the liberal arts to bear on the pressing problems of our time. Shimer College is committed to a primary-source, textbook-free curriculum, seminars of twelve or fewer students, and an ethos of community and service within a diverse group of students, teachers, scholars, and staff.
For further information, please contact Barbara S. Stone, Dean of Shimer College at firstname.lastname@example.org.