We are now 211 days from the opening day of Acton University 2016! University.Acton.org is updated, full of brand new information, and ready to go for next year’s conference, held at The De Vos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 14-17, 2016.
Registration will be open from today until May 20, 2016 at Midnight EST. That sounds like a lot of time, but don’t delay! We are offering two price points this year: $500 for students (either full or part-time, but currently enrolled in school at the time of Acton University) and $750 for regular attendees. If you’re on the fence about attending, read testimonials from past participants and why AU is a sound investment.
Some new things this year:
- 15 new faculty members
- 42 new courses (a total of 121 courses will be offered)
- Online hotel registration
The four keynote speakers will be:
Magatte Wade: A passionate adventurer and idealistic entrepreneur. Born in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, she left for the U.S. as soon as she could to begin a career. She lived and worked in Silicon Valley at the height of the dotcom boom, started a beverage company that obtained national distribution at leading natural food retailers and distributors, and at its height featured former top executives from Peet’s Coffee, SoBe, Odwalla, and PepsiCo.
Vernon L. Smith: He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics. He has the George L. Argyros Chair in Finance and Economics, and is a Research Scholar in the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University. He is the President and founder of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics since 1997.
William B. Allen: He is emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University. He served previously on the United States National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Currently he serves as Veritas Fund Senior Fellow in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University and also as Visiting Professor, Ashland University, Ashbrook Center, Master’s in History and American Government.
Rev. Robert Sirico: He is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS’ 60 Minutes, among others. In his book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Fr. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs.