Xavier University's Across Curriculum Thinking (ACT) Program, first began in 1986 under the auspices of a Ford Foundation grant, seeks to promote critical thinking about vital issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Six to eight faculty mentors from different disciplines select a new topic each year and examine that topic with their students through class discussions, brown bag luncheons, films, guest speakers and essays. ACT was initially formed to incorporate the disciplines central to Xavier's liberal arts core curriculum: Communications, English, History, Philosophy and Theology. Periodically other disciplines have been represented such as Business, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Mathematics, Political Science and Sociology.
Previous ACT Themes:
|2007-2008||Globalization: Benefits or Burdens?|
|2001-2002||Social Construction of Reality|
|1999-2000||Why 2 K?|
|1997-1998||Generations and Traditions|
|1996-1997||Environmental Sustainability: City and Country|
|1995-1996||Environment: Global Perspective|
|1994-1995||Society and Self|
|1992-1993||Nationalism and Ethnicity|
|1991-1992||Technology and Hegemony|
|1990-1991||Image and Reality|
|1989-1990||Gender and Class|
|1988-1989||The Global Village|
|1987-1988||War and Peace|