ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ATHENA Roundtable 2019

October 18, 2019 | All Day

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, DC

Join ACTA for our Annual ATHENA Roundtable Conference and Philip Merrill Award Gala. This year’s conference features higher education thought leaders such as Eugene Hickok, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Mark Yudof, President Emeritus, University of California; Heidi Ganahl, regent, University of Colorado; Kathleen Parker, columnist, Washington Post; John Altman, entrepreneur and educator; and many more experts as they ignite conversation around the most critical issues affecting American colleges and universities today: the cost of college and possibilities to reform wasteful administrative spending; and how colleges can help produce the engaged, informed citizens needed in a free society.

Lunch will be served after the morning panels and will feature remarks by Samuel Abrams, one of ACTA’s Heroes of Intellectual Freedom, for his courage in taking a principled stand for academic freedom while serving as Professor of Politics at Sarah Lawrence College.

The event will culminate in the presentation of the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education to The Honorable José Cabranes. As a respected jurist and a former trustee of Yale, Columbia, and Colgate universities, Judge Cabranes has never failed to take a principled stand for liberty: advancing academic freedom, challenging restrictive speech codes and bias intervention training, and defending the academic tenure and due process rights of professors. His work to republish the C. Vann Woodward Report and exhort Yale to return to its national role of defending the First Amendment has been one of the most powerful defenses of academic freedom in the last decade.

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ATHENA Roundtable 2019

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, DC