"...well, it’s like a good Gumbo...really satisfying..."
Tyler, 2013 attendee
And what does Louisiana Gumbo have in common with AU? In fact, a great deal.
When asked to sum up his AU experience, Tyler explains that Acton University was like a ‘good gumbo…’ which combines ingredients that alone may seem simple and unassuming, and yet when everything is thrown in together and has time to marinate it’s a culinary and conference masterpiece. Acton University satisfies the deepest human hunger: it affirms the dignity of the human person created with freedom and teaches what God intends for that freedom to accomplish in the world.
At AU, you’ll find an incredible gathering of diverse, talented leaders: twenty-somethings, graduate students, professors, pastors, seminarians, business leaders, entrepreneurs, spouses, and retired octogenarians. Participants from around the globe: Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America… over 70+ nations; a beautiful snapshot of people drawn from of a myriad of classic faith traditions: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Evangelical, Jewish… everyone enjoying the common bond of liberty, freedom and the dignity and worth of the human person.
AU offers an education that most everyone wishes they had, and yet, probably never received. It provides world class scholars, experts in their fields: economists, theologians, philosophers, entrepreneurs, historians – over 70+ faculty from the finest universities and think-tanks around the world. You’ll not only engage in stimulating lectures, but will also have the added bonus of casual conversations with teachers over coffee, lunch, and dinner. Imagine this kind of one-on-one access to some of the best economic, development and business leaders in the world.
A few of the outstanding lecturers this year: John Bergsma, Anthony Bradley, J. Budziszewski, Scott Hahn, Peter Kreeft, Michael Novak, Fr. Robert Sirico, John Stonestreet, Kim Tan, and many more - all in one place, over four days!
At AU you’ll learn in lecture halls, but perhaps even more importantly, at the dinner table, at lunch, and well into the evening when a glass of wine and the setting sun provides the backdrop for yet another classroom. Our ‘campus’ at DeVos Place provides it all: lodging within walking distance, satisfying food, beverages – and best of all – an electric atmosphere created by people who envision a better world that flourishes through virtue and sound economics.
Like good gumbo, AU brings into one mixing pot fullness, substance and commitment: different faith traditions, a myriad of ethnicities and academic disciplines, the young and old. AU creates a place, a rich learning environment, that unites us around the ideas that matter most in life, a common commitment to the flourishing effect of a society that defends the ideas of liberty, freedom and the worth and dignity of every human person.
"While I was at Acton [University], I had a sense of purpose. I felt like I was meant to make a difference in the world: not a ripple, but a splash."
Keegan, 2014 attendee