ACS Cultural Events

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.

ACS events…
(1) relate directly or thematically to the texts of the Augustine & Culture Seminar for a given semester (found here);
(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 submit your event for approval, simply click this link for the CE Request Form, or cut and paste this URL below into your web browser and fill in the required information:

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