Why AU?

Daniel and Lauren

Fr. Geoffrey and Nathan

What Makes Acton University Unique?

"...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 being created free, but most importantly it teaches what God intends for that freedom to accomplish in the world.

Tyler and Maria

So why AU?

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, Asian, 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 offers you world class scholars, experts in their fields: economists, theologians, philosophers, entrepreneurs, historians – over 55+ faculty from the finest universities and think-tanks around the world. You’ll not only engage in stimulating lectures, but will 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 greatest economic, development and business leaders in the world.

A few of the outstanding lecturers this year: Andy Crouch, Makoto Fujimura, Ross Douthat, Fr. Robert Sirico, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, Peter Kreeft, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Anthony Bradley, J. Budziszewski, John Stonestreet, and many more - all in one place, over four days!

At AU learning happens in lecture halls, but perhaps even more importantly, at the dinner table, at breakfast with coffee and a croissant, and well into the evening when a glass of wine and the setting sun provides the backdrop for yet another “classroom”. Our ‘campus’ at the DeVos Place provides it all: lodging within walking distance, healthy and satisfying food, beverages, snacks - and best of all – a convivial atmosphere shared by people like you who envision a world that flourishes through virture 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.

What They're Saying

"Acton University was deeply life impacting for me and has greatly affected my desire to learn more and prepare to engage the culture with Acton's principles."

Kathryn, 2006 attendee