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Greetings from Memphis

I’ve been attending the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, which remains one of my favorite conferences. Dan Cullen of Rhodes College has outdone himself as host and panel impresario, treating us to first-rate barbecue last night and putting together two most excellent panels on liberal education and civic education over the past two days.

I’ve also heard a lot of grumbling about assessment, but it remains an unavoidable feature of contemporary higher education. We do it all time--didn’t Socrates say that the unassessed life wasn’t worth living for a human being?--albeit not in the way that many accreditors would recognize and appreciate.

Next stop: Berry College, where I’ll be responding to James W. Ceaser.

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I myself was just at ACTC and was pleased at the excellence of the event. In comparison to stalwarts like NPSA and MPSA it was far superior in the quality of both the papers presented and the discussions had all around. I intend to make it a regular event.

One wonders, however, how come there was so very little presence from Ashland University?

I would strongly encourage the Ashland folks to give it a try. Next year, the conference will be in New Brunswick, N.J., within hailing distance of NYC. (ACTC chooses moderately priced venues, which means you often don't get location, location, location.)

A great conference--It is certainly not the case that I find myself tempted to attend a panel in every time slot at most professional conferences. It was of course great to meet Joe K as well as the other fine folks on the Cullen panels....

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