Student Symposia

Since 2007, GLS programs on the West Coast have gathered each summer at symposia for the presentation of student and alumni papers. Participating programs have included Dominican University of California, Marylhurst University, Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, Reed College, San Diego State University, Simon Fraser University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and Maastricht University-Netherlands. Since then, symposia have been held in the MidWest, South, and East Coast regions.Student-centered, these symposia have been well-received by programs, students, and alumni as an effective and stimulating way to foster scholarship, offer students and alumni presentation opportunities, recognize outstanding student work, and build community among GLS students, alumni, and faculty across programs. While not an AGLSP initiative, the Association supports these symposia and posts information on this page. Information on how to organize and run a symposium is contained in a chapter in the Director’s Guidebook. To learn more about the value to your program of hosting or participating in a regional symposium and for advice on how to present one, contact the Association ( for the contact information of past symposium hosts.

2014 Symposia

2014 East Coast GLS Symposium – Saturday, June 14, 2014
A one day conference will be hosted by St. John’s College Graduate Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. Students and alumni of graduate liberal studies programs are encouraged to submit academic papers by April 25th. For more information click here: Call for Papers and Registration form.

2014 West Coast GLS Symposium — June 20-22, 2014
The eighth annual symposium for students, alumni, faculty and friends of West Coast GLS programs will be June 20-22, 2014, hosted by Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA. The symposium will open with a reception on Friday evening and will feature panels of student and alumni presentations on Saturday and Sunday morning.

For more information about submitting papers, the symposium agenda, and accommodations, please visit