History and Mission of ACTC’s Publications Program


ACTC is an international, professional, liberal arts organization dedicated to fostering the use of core texts (world classics and other texts of major cultural significance), in undergraduate education and the development of required or widely taken core programs steeped in such texts. An important part of the way we pursue that mission is to publish the work of professional academics and students engaged in this work. ACTC releases a varied range of publications, following from the wide variety of programs we support.  

ACTC Publications

  • Proceedings volumes: An annual volume of submitted, peer-reviewed essays based on papers presented at our Annual North American Conference. Editors and reviewers are drawn from ACTC membership, led by ACTC’s Publication Committee Chair (currently Tuan Hoang of Pepperdine University), and reflect the wide range of disciplines and institutions which participate in ACTC’s Annual Conference.

  • European Collected Essays volumes:  ACTC has sponsored several conferences in Europe and is committed to making this a regular part of our programming. Two of these conferences have inspired collections of essays based on papers presented at those conferences, which have been published by Routledge: Back to the Core and Literature and Character Education in Universities

  • Agora: The top three, peer-reviewed student papers from each of ACTC’s undergraduate student conference are published in University of Lynchburg’s undergraduate journal, Agora

  • The Liberal Arts Institute supports occasional publications. Recently, Bruce Kimball’s The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Documentary History was published in collaboration and with the support of ACTC.

For further details on these publications:

Criteria for Annual Conference Proceedings Papers

Sample of Annual Conference Papers

Agora Student Journal