Students, Faculty, Alumni Attend National Liberal Arts Conference

by Public Relations | May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

SVC students faculty alumni attend national liberal arts conference

Seven Saint Vincent College representatives attended the 23rd annual national conference presented by the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) in Dallas, Texas April 20 to 23.

The theme of the conference was “Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and the Human Voice.”

The Saint Vincent participants and the titles of the papers they presented included Peter L. Santiago of Elizabeth, New Jersey, a 2017 graduate of Saint Vincent College with a major in politics and theology, attendee; Dr. John Pascarella, assistant professor of international politics and postdoctoral fellow in politics, “Preserving Trust in Political Discourse: Reflections on the Debate between Cleon and Diodotus in Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War;” Dr. Jason R. Jividen, associate professor of politics, “Tocqueville on Equality, Public Opinion and Freedom of Thought;” Dr. Jerome C. Foss, assistant professor of politics, “Why Is a Good Man Hard to Find?;” Dr. Michael P. Krom, associate professor and chair of philosophy, “Buying and Selling: The Relationship between Morality, Economics and Politics;” Jacob Boros of Prairie, Ohio, a 2016 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in politics and history, and currently a Ph.D. student in politics at Baylor University, “A Painful Dream: Alexis de Tocqueville on Race and Slavery;” and Ben Slomski of Erie, a 2016 graduate of Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in politics and sociology, currently a Ph.D. student in politics at Baylor University, “God and King at Agincourt: Henry V and the Political-Religious Divide.”

The conference was sponsored by the Austin College Will Mann Richardson Lectureship Series and Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching and co-sponsored by the Midwestern State University and the University of Dallas. Nearly 300 representatives of more than 115 colleges and universities from across the country attended the conference.

ACTC, based in Moraga, California, is dedicated to the use of core texts or world classics in commonly-taken, undergraduate, liberal arts courses. Saint Vincent College is a member institution of ACTC in support of faculty development and as a demonstration of its commitment to the college’s liberal arts core curriculum.

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Photo: Saint Vincent College attendees at the Association for Core Texts and Courses Conference in Dallas, Texas, included, from left, The Saint Vincent participants and the titles of the papers they presented included Peter L. Santiago, Dr. John Pascarella, Dr. Jason R. Jividen, Dr. Jerome C. Foss, Dr. Michael P. Krom, Jacob Boros and Ben Slomski.

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