AGLSP News & Events

AGLSP National Honor Society New Chapter

We are delighted to welcome East Tennessee State University Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program as the sixth institution to form an AGLSP National Honor Society Chapter.  We look forward to honoring their graduates. To learn more about the AGLSP National Honor Society, and how to form a chapter, click here.

AGLSP National Honor Society Chapters

East Tennessee State University
Loyola University Maryland
Indiana University Southeast
University of St. Thomas
University of Memphis
Southern Methodist University
Rice University

Click here to view our list of Honor Society Inductees

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Confluence News – Call For Papers & New Special Section!

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Call For Papers

Confluence welcomes manuscripts from students, faculty, and graduates of AGLSP member programs, including essays, research papers, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art pieces, and photography. The journal also accepts book reviews of interdisciplinary works of interest to the Liberal Arts community. Confluence publishes new, full issues twice per year – in the Spring and Fall. Additionally, newly accepted manuscripts are published regularly on the newly redesigned Confluence website.

Now accepting submissions year-round!
Submissions are welcome year-round, and will be reviewed promptly after receipt. Authors will generally be notified of the verdict on their work within four to six weeks, with publication often soon thereafter.


New Special Section of the Journal: Human Values—Insights, Implications, Applications
Although a primary purpose of liberal education is to provide a sound foundation on which one can begin to identify oneself and one’s world, it must equally provide the tools with which to question, to discuss, and to recognize and cultivate new manners of relating.  At the heart of a liberal education should be an acute recognition of, and respect for, the profound diversity of human character and human experience, which should in turn motivate and direct the promotion of justice.  As the voice for graduate liberal studies in North America, Confluence is well positioned to bear the responsibility of fostering the kind of dialogue, engagement, and relation that constitutes the heart and the value of a liberal education. To this end, we are introducing a new special section of the journal: Human Values—Insights, Implications, Applications. This section will comprise submissions that deal specifically with applications of ‘liberal’ learning to questions of human values and contemporary challenges to the stability and security of human society. While reviewing submissions, the Editorial Board will select papers that fit with the purpose and philosophy of this new section; however, if you submit a paper that you feel is appropriate for inclusion, please indicate your preference for consideration.

Submission and Style Guidelines
For complete submission instructions, please visit the Instructions for Authors page: http://www.confluence-aglsp.org/ifa.

Steven A. Burr, DLS

Editor-in-Chief, Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
www.confluence-aglsp.org
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Director of Program Operations, Graduate Liberal Studies, Loyola University Maryland
http://www.loyola.edu/academic/liberalstudies

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors who have renewed sponsorship for 2016 (*), and to welcome our new sponsors (**)!

*Dartmouth College
*Duke University
*Georgetown University
*Mount Saint Mary’s University
*Rice University
*Rollins College
*San Diego State University
*St. Norbert College
*Southern Methodist University
*Stanford University
*University of North Carolina at Greensboro
*University of Oklahoma
*Vanderbilt University
*Winthrop University

**Arizona State University
**DePaul University
**Dominican University of California
**Hollins University
**Indiana University South Bend
**Johns Hopkins University
**Loyola University Maryland
**North Carolina State University
**SUNY Empire State College
**Texas Christian University
**University of Delaware
**University of Memphis
**University of Pennsylvania 
**University of Toledo

As always, if you If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.  You can also reach Dr. Steven Burr, Confluence Editor, directly at: sb1017@comcast.net or sburr@loyola.edu.

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Report of the 2016 AGLSP Annual Conference and Business Meeting

October 31, 2016

Dear AGLSP Members,

As your incoming President, I am so pleased to report the successful completion of the Association’s annual fall conference, with the theme Tradition and Transformation:  Embracing the Future.  As your hosts for the event, we were honored to have almost 120 attendees and guests, participating in 40 concurrent sessions and three keynote addresses, and were especially pleased that the conferees were able to experience the beautiful fall weather we have in Oklahoma.

To summarize for those of you unable to attend, here are a few highlights:

  • We expressed appreciation to our outgoing President, Deborah Finkel (Indiana University Southeast).  Her guidance over these last two years has been invaluable in moving the organization forward and we are so grateful for the outstanding leadership she has provided.  We also recognized outgoing Board members Michelle Mrak (Southern Methodist University) and Martin Anderson (Dominican University) for their service to the Association.  Martin’s work in leading the Faculty Award process and Michelle’s contributions to the development of our student honor societies has been excellent, and their input very beneficial to the Board as we’ve faced a number of strategic decisions.  We also acknowledged John Logie in absentia, for his service as a member-at-large on the Board and regret that he was unable to complete his term due to the closing of the program at the University of Minnesota.  The Association voted to approve Michael Garval (North Carolina State University) as Vice-President and Chris Pastore (University of Pennsylvania) as Treasurer.  The Association also approved Millie Kidd (Mount Saint Mary’s University), Larry Knopp (University of Washington Tacoma), Jill LeRoy-Frazier (East Tennessee State University), and Jerry Van Hoy (University of Toledo) as new members-at-large to the Board.
  • Last year’s approval by the Association to institute a National Honor Society for students in AGLSP programs who met the criteria set by the member institution and the AGLSP has resulted in the formation of six honor society chapters to date: Southern Methodist University, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, University of Memphis, Indiana University Southeast, and our most recently approved chapter, Loyola University Maryland. Through these efforts, 46 students have been inducted.
  • As new graduate liberal studies programs have emerged around the nation over the last few years, the Board felt it important to adjust the AGLSP Constitution and By-laws to better reflect the scope of programs offered by our member institutions.  To accomplish that goal, the Association approved wording changes to the AGLSP Constitution, which better describes the range of program names utilized throughout the country.
  • We presented the 2016 Annual Faculty Award to Dr. John Freeman of Rice University.  Dr. Freeman is director emeritus of the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Rice and also served on the AGLSP Board from 2012 to 2015.  Although Dr. Freeman was unable to attend, we were pleased that one of his former students, Peggy Roe, was able to present his remarks on his behalf at the Friday night banquet. The 2017 Call for Nominations is now open and the deadline to nominate is March 31, 2017.
  • This past year, we were fortunate to secure the services of Dr. Steven Burr as our new editor-in-chief for Confluence.  His arrival has been marked by further enhancement of the journal’s online presence (confluence-aglsp.org) and through his guidance, we are seeing continued growth in the number and quality of submissions (AGLSP membership is required for submission), the addition of print-on-demand features, and a year-round publication schedule.  He has expanded the reviewer pool and is seeking additional Editorial Board members to help guide future developments.  Should you have an interest in either of those activities (serving as a reviewer or on the Editorial Board, please contact the AGLSP home office).
  • The 2016 Confluence writing awards, identified through a selection process involving Editorial Board members and journal reviewers, were presented to the following individuals:
  • Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing:  Claire Schwartz, Dominican University of California, Saving a Bit of Beauty for the World:  Retelling the Story of Rose Valland.  Nominated by Dr. Joan Baranow.
  • Excellence in Creative Writing:  Molly Gamble, Dominican University of California, Going Gray. Nominated by Dr. Joan Baranow.The call for nominations for the 2017 Confluence Student Writing Awards is now open, and the deadline to nominate is February 28, 2017.  Click here for the 2017 Call for Nominations
  • For the second year, Student Presentation Awards were given, highlighting the students whose presentations at the fall conference were most highly ranked by the faculty raters.  These awards, which were presented at the Friday night banquet, were given to the following students:William Towey, University of Washington Tacoma
    Natural Economy in an Unnatural World

    Lindsay Miller, University of Colorado Denver
    Seen But Not Heard: Foucault, Freire and the Construction of the Self in The Rules Dating Manual

    Rodrick Schubert, University of Colorado Denver
    Tradition and Transformation in Jane Addams’s New Federalism: Creating Community Sphere by Empowering Municipalities

In closing, we want all our members to be aware that the AGLSP Board has been in considerable discussion regarding next year’s conference, currently scheduled for Raleigh, North Carolina.  As an organization, we are deeply committed to principles of inclusion, so we remain very concerned about these developments and are closely monitoring the situation.  We are in hopes that the upcoming election may resolve the dilemma and will be back in touch with a final decision as soon as we feasibly can after that time.  Until then, please know that we are working on your behalf to find as positive a resolution as we can.  If you have additional questions about this or any other issue, please feel free to contact me, any of our Board members, or the AGLSP office for more information.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha L. Banz, Ph.D.
President, AGLSP
Interim Dean, Liberal Studies & Associate Provost for Continuing Education
University of Oklahoma

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Congratulations 2016 Confluence Writing Award Winners!

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Confluence and the AGLSP are extremely proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Confluence Student Writing awards!

The Interdisciplinary Writing Award winner is Claire Schwartz, of Dominican University of California, for her essay “Saving a Bit of Beauty for the World: Retelling the Story of Rose Valland,” and the Creative Writing Award winner is Molly Gamble, of Dominican University of California, for her story “Going Gray.” The award-winning submissions have both been published in the Fall 2016 issue of Confluence, and they may be read online here and here. Congratulations to both writers for their excellent work!

PLEASE NOTE: The call for nominations for the 2017 Confluence Student Writing Awards is now open, and the deadline to nominate is February 28, 2017.  Click here for the 2017 Call for Nominations flyer.

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2016 AGLSP Student Presentation Award Winners

AGLSP again enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate our students at the annual conference in Oklahoma City with our second annual Student Presentation Awards. The student presentations in OKC were applauded for their content and style and reminded us all of the tremendous work all of our students do in graduate liberal studies.  The attending faculty and directors graciously took on the task of listening to and evaluating student presentations and submitted their assessments and as a result the sub-committee was able to confirm the three students whose work was honored at our Awards Banquet Friday evening.  We extend our congratulations to:

William Towey, University of Washington Tacoma
Natural Economy in an Unnatural World

Lindsay Miller, University of Colorado Denver
Seen But Not Heard: Foucault, Freire and the Construction
of the Self in The Rules Dating Manual

Rodrick Schubert, University of Colorado Denver
Tradition and Transformation in Jane Addams’s New Federalism: Creating Community Sphere by  Empowering Municipalities

We want to thank all of our students who presented and look forward to seeing many more excellent student presentations next year at our 2017 conference hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Congratulations to Dr. John W. Freeman of Rice University – 2016 Annual Faculty Award Recipient!

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Faculty of the Year Award is Dr. John Freeman of Rice University.  Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. Freeman helped found Rice’s MLS program, taught in, and served as Director of the program.  A strong supporter of AGLSP, he also served on the AGLSP Board from 2013 through 2015.  Unable to attend the October 2016 Conference in Oklahoma City for health reasons, the award was accepted on Dr. Freeman’s behalf by Peggy Roe, an alumni of Rice’s MLS program. Ms. Roe’s acceptance speech on behalf of Dr. Freeman can be found here. The AGLSP is grateful to Rice University for nominating him.

Nominations for the 2017 award are now open and the deadline is March 31, 2017. Click here for the 2017 Call for Nominations. *Previous AFA winners are not eligible for nomination. 

The AGLSP Annual Faculty Award is offered each year by the Association to honor an outstanding faculty member who teaches within graduate liberal studies (GLS). The award was established by the Association’s Board of Directors in 1991 to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the qualities of interdisciplinary, liberal teaching and who have participated significantly in teaching or advising students and/or have actively participated in other faculty service in a graduate liberal studies program.

The award is a prestigious recognition of an individual associated with a member program who has made a considerable contribution to interdisciplinary liberal studies teaching and advising. The recipient will receive a plaque and $1,000 cash award at the Association’s Annual Conference and will make a brief presentation upon receiving the award. Recipient’s conference registration and lodging are provided by the Association; the recipient’s home program is responsible for transportation and additional expenses. The recipient’s remarks will be posted on the AGLSP website.

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Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Individual Members for 2016!

– Talia Welsh, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
– John Gillespie, University of St. Thomas

Welcome New Student/Alumni Members for 2016!

– Joy Chambers (alumna, Georgetown University)
– Janet Cassidy (SUNY Empire State College)
– Claire Schwartz (Dominican University of California)
-Felicia Polk (Johns Hopkins University)
– Vester Thacker (Excelsior College)
– Heather Hunt – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Emmeline Miles – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Michelle Trejo –  AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Susan Marie Center – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Dawn Carpenter (Georgetown University)
– Elizabeth A. Sullivan (Georgetown University)
– Chew Ngee Tan, AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Stephanie Tsuru – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Andrew Marcum – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Rice University)
– Diane Arens Glick – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Natalya Barker (alumna, Duke University)
– Gino LaPaglia (Georgetown University)
– Rebecca Evans (University of North Carolina – Charlotte)
– Laura Jasper (North Carolina State University)
– JinHe Susie Upshaw – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Rhonda Schmidt (Southern Methodist University)
– John Bechtold (Duke University)
– Patricia W. Daggett (alumna, Duke University)
– Jean-Pierre Duqueroix-Duvalier (alumni, Stony Brook University)
– Kalaina Benson-Connor – (Tulane University)
– Theresa Garza – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Ena Janet Saavedra – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Terra M. Johnson –  AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Kemberle Johnson (Fort Hays State University)
– Rebecca H. Tirrell – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Linda K. Allison – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Mattie Fly – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, The University of Memphis)
– Amy Dahmann – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Nancy Manderson – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Boston Ross – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Southern Methodist University)
– Ali Garcia-Voissem – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Bettye Heath – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Bart Crowder – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Southern Methodist University)
– Smruti Khandwala – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Joan L. Clark – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Sarah Jane Semrad – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Vicki M. Salley – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Sharron L. Hunt – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Leon Monzon – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Southern Methodist University)
– Erin Edgington – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Vanna Ngo – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Joyce Wilson – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, The University of Memphis)
– Gregory Guthrie (alum, Georgetown University)
– Thomas Kromis – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Southern Methodist University)
– Harmon Jolley – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, The University of Memphis)
– Patti Tenenbaum – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Diane E. Jay – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Julie L. Day – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Southern Methodist University)
– Andrew Williams – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, The University of Memphis)
– Laurie Kay – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, The University of Memphis)
– Emily Melonas – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, The University of Memphis)
– Mary Lynn Fernau – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Mary V. Gresik – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Elizabeth Grzebinski – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Shagufta F. Hakeem (alumna, Duke University)
– Cheryl Thompson – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Stephenie Hendricks (Dominican University of California)
– Estibaliz Emma Arriage Hall – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Diana Miller (Southern Methodist University)
– Deborah Fuller (almuna, North Carolina State University)
– Robert F. La Raia – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Rice University)
– Steven Burr (alum, Loyola College)
– Oscar Clayton Lilienstern – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alum, Rice University)
– Rebecca Lilienstern – AGLSP National Honor Society Inductee (alumna, Rice University)
– Eneida M. Patricolo (Pace University)
– Adrlan Ormsby (alumni, University of Michigan)
– Rocco Astore (alumni, CUNY: College of Staten Island)

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2016 Spring AGLSP Newsletter

We are delighted to announce the launch of the AGLSP newsletter!  Click below to read the Spring 2016 issue.

AGLSP Newsletter 2016 Cover

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Pay Your Dues On-Line!

Click here to pay your membership dues.

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