Sunday, December 20, 2009

Association for Core Texts and Courses Annual Meeting

Call for Papers at the Association for Core Texts and Courses Annual Meeting

I am pleased to invite you to attend and propose a paper for the 16th annual conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC). This year the conference will be held at the stylish Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ, about fifty minutes by train from Penn Station, New York. The dates are April 15-18, 2010.

ACTC is an international organization that works to advance undergraduate liberal arts education through the use of core texts—world classics or texts of major cultural significance. Our annual conference brings together nearly 300 scholars from the U.S. and abroad to share intellectual insights and teaching strategies. Over 20% are philosophers. If you enjoy collegial conversations about memorable texts from poetry to philosophy to physics, you will enjoy the ACTC conference.

I strongly encourage you to submit a proposal for a paper. Our papers are short: five pages, double-spaced. Papers are read in panel sessions that take place around seminar tables and leave ample time for all in attendance to engage in an open conversation about ideas, texts, student learning, and academic programs. Proposals are even briefer: a paragraph entered when one registers for the conference through the ACTC (Click the link to “16th Annual Conference” in the left-hand column and scroll down to the bottom of the conference page.)

This year’s conference is sponsored by Seton Hall University and co-sponsored by Columbia University, The College of New Jersey, Centenary College of New Jersey, and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The theme of the conference is: “Engaging Worlds: Core Texts and Cultural Contexts.” Among the plenary speakers are biologist Lynn Margulis and science writer Dorian Sagan, Robert and Jean Hollander, translators of Dante’s Commedia, and Cheung Chan Fai, Director of General Education and Professor of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong. An official invitation to the conference with full registration details can be found at:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Richard Kamber,
President of ACTC

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