ON-Lion Letter

In June, the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) held a two-week seminar for faculty members from academic institutions around the country in order to foster the use of core texts of the Western tradition in undergraduate liberal education.  The curriculum-development seminar, entitled "Tradition and Innovation," focused on the fundamental questions of politics, morality, and the human condition in texts from antiquity to modernity.  It was designed to provide support for faculty members seeking to integrate the teaching of such texts into their courses at their home institutions.

During the first week, participants met at the University of Chicago to discuss approaches for effectively teaching classical works such as Homer's Odyssey, Plato's Symposium, and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.  During the second week, participants met at Columbia University to focus on teaching texts such as Shakespeare's King Lear, Machiavelli's Prince, and Rousseau's Second Discourse.  Throughout the seminar, participants concentrated on pedagogical and curricular development, with a special emphasis on mentoring junior faculty.

The seminar was led by Kathy Eden of Columbia University and Richard Strier of the University of Chicago.  Roosevelt Montás of Columbia and J. Scott Lee of ACTC also led consultations and workshops on curricular development using core texts.

ACTC is an international professional association that seeks to advance liberal education in institutions by developing and promoting successful general, liberal-education programs which integrate core text courses with the most-advanced developments in administration, curriculum, student-support services, faculty support, and general-education assessment and review.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ACTC.

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