What is a “Cultural Event”?
Augustine & Culture Seminar Program (ACS) CULTURAL EVENTS (CE) are carefully selected in order to introduce first-year students to the intellectual and cultural possibilities that college life has to offer, particularly within a liberal arts tradition. By engaging students in the life of the mind through what may be their first encounter with public lectures, conversations with internationally-known authors, professional theatrical or musical productions, or student-organized discussions, “ACS-approved” events aim to show that learning doesn't begin and end in the classroom. Rather, “ACS-approved” events take the intellectual dialogue outside the classroom in order to expand student learning in creative ways through different venues, whether on or off-campus. Students who successfully attend and share, through written work or class discussion, three or more of these events with their ACS professors per semester will satisfactorily meet their ACS Cultural Event (CE) requirement.
What is NOT a “Cultural Event”?
“ACS-approved” events do not include events of service or religious worship. While potentially enlightening intellectually and culturally, as well as being clearly related to the mission of the University, these events are not offered for academic or other credit, but are left for students to determine for themselves, based on their individual consciences, whether or not to participate.
What are the criteria for an event to become “ACS-approved”?
ACS-approved events should meet most, if not all, of the following criteria.
(1) relate directly or thematically to the texts of the Augustine & Culture Seminar;
(2) showcase any of the varied cultures inside or outside the Villanova University community;
(3) illustrate, exemplify, or otherwise relate to the Augustinian intellectual tradition;
(4) feature dynamic and/or engaging content.
How do I go about getting my event “ACS-approved”?
To get your event approved please send a request (like the sample below) to Dr. Rebecca Goldner:
Dear Dr. Goldner,
My name is Jane Student. I am a junior studying in the School of Engineering, and I was recently elected the Captain of Villanova Emergency Medical Services (VEMS). I am writing you in hopes that that you can approve my organization of an ACS-approved event where several VEMS EMTs and myself teach both what VEMS does as an organization and how students can help each other in times of emergency. We aim to inform others that we are a student-run organization that lives up to Augustinian values by both volunteering our time to directly help others during emergencies, and by teaching others how to be prepared for emergencies. We will furthermore share the importance of being prepared, how individual students can help each other when the worst happens, and how all of this exemplifies Villanova's values of Truth, Love, and Community, based on Augustine’s own relationship with his peers and friends as described in his Confessions, one of the common ACS texts. In addition, we will use a discussion of Plato’s Symposium, another popular ACS text, in which leaders of Athenian society discuss the pros and cons of self-control with regard to food and drink, to foreground our presentation. Our event is also well-timed with the beginning of the semester, when many students are faced with circumstances of over-indulgence. Our event is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, in Bartley 1011 at 7 p.m.
Based on the standards for ACS Cultural Events, would you consider designating this event as “ACS-approved”?
If I can clarify anything for you, or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Captain, Villanova Emergency Medical Services