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As organizations cancel major conferences and events worldwide amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, Acton has chosen to transition Acton University (AU) to a digital experience. AU is an unrivaled opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge with lectures that integrate philosophy, theology and sound economics. We hope this new model will not only enable participants worldwide to engage in a highly innovative and impactful educational experience but also make this opportunity accessible for more participants who wouldn’t have been able to join if it were held in person.

As the education landscape continues to evolve and the demand for high-quality education and curriculum increases worldwide, Acton is at the forefront of developing an effective model that works. Now, more than ever, individuals around the globe utilize technology to forge connections, engage in learning that shapes or reinforces their worldviews, spur activism to defend economic and religious liberty in the face of tyranny, and communicate messages to their respective circles of influence and global audiences. At a time when sound economics, freedom, liberty and faith are under attack worldwide, having an established source of easily accessible educational materials rooted firmly in Acton’s core principles is critical to the future of a free and virtuous society. 

The last several years, we received double the number of applications to attend Acton University than we were able to admit. Last year we received over 2,000 applications and hosted nearly 1,000 individuals from over 80 countries through the four-day annual conference. While we are disappointed we will not be able to gather this global community here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we believe during this unique two-day experience we will reach at least the same number of global participants. Those joining will have access to dozens of original, world-class webinars, and on-demand content from top scholars, practitioners and lecturers. Also, there will be many opportunities for live participation, from Main Stage events to several “Engage the Speaker” events, as well as discussion panels and networking opportunities. Acton University Online will be held June 17-18, 2020, and run during a four-hour window each day (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time). We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event. Learn more and register to attend here!

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