The first Liberal Arts and Sciences and Core Texts Conference took place at Amsterdam University College from 11-12 September. Welcoming guests from around the world, the conference was a great success in opening a dialogue about the role of core texts in a liberal arts and sciences education and was exemplary of AUC's ongoing commitment to making an innovative contribution to Dutch higher education.
Nearly 100 participants came from The Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom, and the United States. Many of the participants, after being encouraged to attend by ACTC, were drawn from its ranks.
This first European conference was made possible with generous support from Amsterdam University College (AUC), the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), the University of Navarra (SP), the University of Winchester (UK) and Leuphana College Lüneburg (GER). The organizing committee included: Emma Cohen de Lara, Lecturer Political Theory, Amsterdam University College; Claudia Heuer, Lecturer Modernist Literature, Leuphana University Lüneburg; Rebekah Howes, Senior Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts, University of Winchester; Deirdre Klein-Bog, Head of Studies Academic Core, Amsterdam University College; and José M. Torralba, Director of the Institute for Anthropology and Ethics, Universidad de Navarra.
Besides the plenary speeches and the plenary panel session (see agenda: [link]), the conference hosted a number of panels on topics as diverse as ‘Core Texts and Pedagogy’, ‘Bildung and Core Texts’, ‘Core Curriculum Programs in Europe and Russia’, ‘Core Texts and World Religions’, ‘Works of Art as Core Texts’, ‘Core Texts in the Sciences’, ‘Freedom in the Liberal Arts’ and ‘Hannah Arendt’s need for irony and dissociation to interrogate modernity.’
An edited volume based on the conference is expected to be available in January of 2017.
The next conference on Core Texts in Europe is scheduled to take place at the University of Winchester in September 2017, where we hope to continue the inspiring and fruitful Transatlantic exchange about core texts and courses in European higher education.