Annual Conference

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About ACTC

The Association for Core Texts and Courses brings together colleges and universities that promote the integrated and common study of world classics and other texts of major cultural significance.

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Liberal Arts Institute

The ACTC Liberal Arts Institute provides help to faculty and administrators in the development of core programs and baccalaureate degree programs.

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ACTC publishes selected, peer-reviewed proceedings from papers that have been submitted after the conference.
ACTC is a truly interdisciplinary organization and we have accepted papers from all branches of higher learning.

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The 26th Annual ACTC Conference

Sheraton Downtown Birmingham Hotel Birmingham, Alabama

April 16-19, 2020

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

Indelibly cut into Birmingham’s valleys and hills are testaments of transgression and redemption, of tragedy and triumph.  Gestures of freedom, progress, and enlightenment cast long shadows of injustice.  The city embodies the same dimensionality, complexity, and hard-earned insight as the works of liberal artists.  Core texts—literary, philosophical, political, theological—rejoin across time and place with the all-too-human ecology of guilt and disorder, rescue and restoration.

ACTC invites proposals for papers and panels—by thematic content, comparative study, and the spirit of reasoned inquiry—that envision transgression and freedom across a variety of expressions, disciplines, and genres.  Papers and panels pertaining to civility and democratic citizenship, the symbiosis of rural and urban life, as well as Asian texts, texts by women authors, texts in the Native American or Hispanic traditions are welcome — as are topics in any other areas in the spirit of the theme.