These three-day, intellectually rigorous colloquia offer a deeper look into the core issues at the intersection of truth, liberty, and economics through guided, text-based Socratic discussion. Co-sponsored by Liberty Fund Inc., this program seeks to further engage Acton’s graduate-level alumni.
Typically utilizing a format of two lectures and six guided roundtable discussion sessions, each colloquium provides an environment of intense dialogue and exploration. To ensure active engagement with both the ideas and faculty, participation is capped at fifteen attendees per colloquium.
The program is intellectually demanding; participants are required to do advanced reading of selected primary texts (approximately 250 pages) and should be prepared to offer comments and defend their views while referencing the texts throughout the weekend.
2020-2021 Colloquium Topics
Adam Smith on Ethics and Economics - A Graduate Student Colloquium
March 25-28, 2021 * Holland, MI
This conference has been filled
Liberty, Markets, and Responsibility - A Professional Colloquium
April 22-25, 2021 * Grand Rapids, MI
The application for each colloquium will be available at least 3 months prior to the event and will remain open until the program has been filled. Colloquia can fill very quickly.
There is no registration fee for these colloquia. Each accepted participant will receive a conference package to include required reading materials, lodging, food, and a travel stipend. Travel assistance is limited and may not cover all travel costs; accepted participants may need to contribute to their travel.
Graduate Student Colloquium: These colloquia are intended for Acton alumni – i.e. people who have fully participated at least one Acton University (AU), Towards a Free and Virtuous Society (FAVS), and/or City FAVS conference – who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed graduate level studies.
Professional Colloquium: These graduate-level colloquia are intended for seminarians, clergy, professionals in social justice fields (i.e., para-church workers, social workers, etc.).