Influencing politics through culture

THE ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY AND LETTERS was founded in recognition that the direction of society is set by its most deeply held beliefs and aspirations. These are molded by culture in the broad sense, as represented by universities, the arts, churches, publishing, museums, and entertainment. Acting on the minds, imaginations, and moral-spiritual sensibilities of a society’s members, the culture shapes their general perception of reality and their likes and dislikes—for good or ill. Politics does not operate independently of the culture but reflects it. Though politics can also shape culture, being able to exert educational and other cultural influence is ultimately more important than winning elections. Major and long-range change presupposes a transformation of the culture. Read More.


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2020 APL Annual Conference 

Reclaiming our Cultural Heritage
June 12-14, 2020, College Park Marriott, College Park, Maryland

Panels  are being prepared that address our conference theme from culturally-oriented perspectives in such topic areas as arts and letters, society, family, religion, governance, and foreign affairs.  Members and their guests are invited to submit proposals for 15-minute panel talks and discussion.  Preferred presentations should align closely with the conference theme, and should have a focus or angle that draws on specific expertise and/or sources but also relates to pressing questions of broad concern.  They should both offer analysis and point to responses to issues at hand.

A proposal, in the form of a title and brief description of the talk, should be submitted by January 31 to:  William Byrne, APL President, at  Please include “APL Proposal” in the subject line.  Please understand that space does not permit the incorporation of all proposed presentations.

Location: College Park Marriott, College Park, MD
Program: TBA
Featured Speakers: TBA