ACTC STUDENT CONFERENCE AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
ACTC offers student conferences every third year or so. Papers from the last (2005) conference are
available on our website (see sidebar link, this page.) Papers from the conference are eligible for the Agora.
ACTC and Lynchburg College Team Up to Offer Publication Opportunities for Students:
Lynchburg College Launches Agora as National Student Journal
The Agora, an on-line publication of Lynchburg College, specializing in responses to the great books
of the world, has become a national journal of undergraduate academic writing. Aiming to integrate classical
ideas and issues with contemporary ones, the Agora takes its title from the marketplace at the heart
of classical Athens, where much of Athenian public life was carried on: mercantile exchange, performance,
political debate, athletic contests, and the public worship of deities, all took place within the hustle and
bustle of the Athenian agora. Similarly, the journal seeks to be a marketplace for important ideas and issues.
The Agora editor invites, exclusively, students from colleges and universities who are institutional
members of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) to submit their work for consideration. The 2007-08
issue includes papers written by students at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA and at Henry Ford Community College
in Detroit, MI. The journal is competitive, with no more than fifteen articles published annually, including one
essay in each issue featuring a piece of faculty writing that focuses on pedagogy.
Students submissions must be sponsored by a professor from their ACTC Institutional Member college or university.
More details are available on the Agora website:
Submissions are due December 15.
Student Papers from an ACTC Student Conference
In the Spring of 2005, the Liberal Arts Institute of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, in
cooperation with Saint Mary's College of California and the Student Government Association of Saint Mary's,
held its second national student conference. Mary Barnes, Chantall Jenkins, Loni Kirk and John Zabala sent
out invitations in cooperation with ACTC. The conference attracted 19 student representatives from the following institutions:
We asked students to submit clean copy of their papers and have reviewed them for publication on our
website. Below, you will find links to a selection of the submitted papers. We hope that you will see the
varied and intense commitment to core texts and liberal arts reading that are demonstrated in these papers.
I can only testify that the quality of the discussions, chaired by the able Saint Mary's students, was equally superb.
New York University
Roger Williams University
Seton Hall University
Simon Fraser University
Southeastern Louisiana University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of Notre Dame
University of the South
ACTC Liberal Arts Institute