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2019 APL Annual Conference
America the Beautiful?
June 7-9, 2019, Revival Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
This years’ conference theme is “America the Beautiful?” Much about the U.S. has long been recognized as beautiful, and much has not. Beauty—and ugliness—take many forms, and are encountered in many ways: in artistic works and the natural and built environment, in the broader culture and American society, and in the workings of American democracy and operations of government, institutions, and business. How do we recognize beauty—and its absence? What roles do beauty and ugliness play in our lives, and in the life of our nation? How do we preserve and foster what is beautiful about America? How do we create beauty where it is lacking?
Speakers include Mark Bauerlein (Emery University), Bradley Birzer (Hillsdale College), and Eric Adler (University of Maryland).