Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

Annual Conference 2016

Tradition and Transformation: Embracing the Future 

2016 AGLSP Annual Conference - Tradition and Transformation

October 20 – 22, 2016
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Hosted by The University of Oklahoma

The halls of academe pulse with traditions stretching back to the Middle Ages, leading some critics to view it as a change-resistant monolith. But tradition in and of itself is neither binding nor blinding and, in its best form, is an energizing force for transformation. Furthermore, many of today’s most vexing cultural concerns stand at the nexus between tradition and transformation, as differing interpretations of the past and differing visions
for the future compete to achieve dominance. During the 2016 AGLSP conference, therefore, we will explore the dynamic interplay between these two very important forces – tradition and transformation – in the arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences.

We invite papers that examine various disciplines’ traditions or that explore the radical, or even subtle, transformations unfolding within and across disciplines. Of particular interest are proposals that consider how interdisciplinary perspectives inform both tradition and transformation, not only within academia but also within cultures, communities, and world at large. Engage in lively discussions as we seek to honor tradition while not being bound by it, as we embrace change while preserving the best of our past, and as we engage new forms of learning made possible through emergent technologies. Join us in Oklahoma City, where a pioneering tradition is transforming the urban landscape.


Photos from our 2016 Conference

Pre-conference Workshop Schedule – Thursday, October 20th

This year’s theme is: SURVIVING AND THRIVING.  Our goal in this event is to offer panels filled with practical insights on questions of importance to the health of our member programs.  We also try to build in plenty of time for discussion and networking among directors so that we can effectively support each other. 

The Pre-conference Workshop is open to Directors, Administrators and Faculty.

Disability Access:
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the AGLSP. If you are a person with a disability and require accommodations to participate in the conference, please click here. We request a two-week notification for all ADA accommodation requests.


The Skirvin Hilton
One Park Avenue, OKC, Oklahoma, 73102
phone: 405.272.3040

The Skirvin Hilton is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Oklahoma City. Sitting at the corner of Broadway and Park Avenue, the Skirvin Hilton is literally on the doorstep of Downtown OKC’s most vibrant districts and attractions, including Chesapeake Energy Arena, BricktownAutomobile Alley, the Business District, the Arts District, Midtown and Deep Deuce.

Area Map


Will Rogers World Airport
7100 Terminal Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73159 | (405) 316-3200

2016 AGLSP Conference Transportation Information

Post Conference Excursions and Things to See in OKC

As part of the AGLSP 2016 Annual Conference experience, we would like to provide the opportunity for you to explore a little more of our state. We have developed four excursion options which highlight the history, culture, and natural beauty of Oklahoma following the conference on Saturday, October 22nd. Click here to view the pdf to learn more about these exciting excursions!

  1. Chickasaw Cultural Center
  2. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
  3. Oklahoma City Museums Tour
  4. University of Oklahoma Museums and Campus Tour

To gauge excursion interest, please take this quick two question survey:

On your own? While it’s far from comprehensive, this list of uniquely-OKC attractions is a good start for those wondering what to see in OKC.

Within Walking Distance from the Hotel

The Boathouse District – The Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River is a hotspot for outdoor recreation. It’s the official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site for rowing and canoe/kayak and hosts numerous regattas throughout the year. But there’s plenty to do for non-Olympians too. Anyone can enjoy kayaking, dragon boating, stand up paddle boarding and cycling, with rentals from the Chesapeake Boathouse.  Enjoy a pleasure cruise along a seven-mile stretch of the Oklahoma River on an Oklahoma River Cruiser.

Bricktown – Once a busy warehouse area, Bricktown is Oklahoma City’s hottest entertainment and dining district. With dozens of restaurants, shopping, Chickasaw Bricktown BallparkHarkins Theatre and a generous helping of turn-of-the-century charm, Bricktown offers visitors a variety of activities in downtown Oklahoma City. Located just one block from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Bricktown is the place to be before and after Oklahoma City Thunder games! Enjoy a stroll along the mile-long Bricktown Canal, take a cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi or enjoy some tunes at the American Banjo Museum.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens – The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved public spaces, offering its visitors a 15 acre natural escape in the very heart of the metro known as downtown Oklahoma City. A children’s garden, an off-leash dog park, the Park House restaurant, “splash fountains,” as well as paths for walking and jogging provide guests young and old with a place in which to find solitude with nature or seek community and the company of others.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art – The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, located in the heart of the downtown Arts District, has a permanent collection consisting of European and American art. The Special Exhibition Gallery offers visitors national and international exhibitions. The Noble Theater screens independent, foreign and classic films. The Museum Café offers French-fusion cuisine amid the metropolitan ambiance of downtown.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum – The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum stands as a symbol of strength in the wake of unspeakable violence. Share our dream of a world without violence and terrorism. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a place of quiet reflection. The Memorial Museum is a place of amazing transformation. Each offers a unique insight into the events of April 19, 1995, but to truly experience this place of honor and hope, we strongly encourage you to visit both.

Further Afield

Stockyards City – A visit to Stockyards City is a great way to experience the authentic American West that’s still alive and well in this modern metropolis. Home to a number of shops specializing in all things western, you can outfit an entire ranch (cattle included) or just find a new pair of boots and enjoy a great steak.

The Museum of Osteology – The Museum of Osteology is a unique educational experience. Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7000 square ft. museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. The Museum of Osteology is the only one of its kind in America.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum embodies the spirit, passion and grit symbolized by the American West. Through stunning art and splendid exhibitions, the Museum tells America’s story as it unfolds across the West. From fine art, pop culture and firearms to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping and dining, the Museum is a must-see destination.

Oklahoma History Center – Discover Oklahoma’s unique American Indian heritage and intriguing modern-day history. The 215,000-square-foot Oklahoma History Center is a testament to the indomitable spirit that built Oklahoma. Take in more than 200 inspiring multi-media and interactive Smithsonian quality exhibits that bring Oklahoma to life. Five state-of-the-art galleries are brimming with 2,000 artifacts covering more than 50 topics that tell the stories of Oklahoma and its people. A Smithsonian Institute Affiliate.

Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens – Come on, the wild is calling! Oklahoma’s #1 attraction and one of the top three family-friendly zoos in the nation, the Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. Children and adults alike will enjoy world class habitats including Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, Oklahoma Trails and our new elephant habitat. Other favorites include the Endangered Species Carousel, Safari Tram and sea lion show. The Zoo offers picnic areas, The Canopy Food Court, Safari Gifts and services including wheelchair and stroller rental.

Science Museum Oklahoma – Science Museum Oklahoma, the state’s premier destination for family fun, houses over eight acres of hands-on science experiences with thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts in the mix. With new exhibits, the excitement of live entertainment shows, one-of-a-kind IMAX film experiences and a newly renovated Science Floor, Science Museum Oklahoma rocks. From traveling beyond the Milky Way in the Planetarium Theater to witnessing live explosions in Science Live, the museum allows your inner-child to run wild.

Information provided by See the Oklahoma City Calendar of Events for a full list of exciting activities in the area.

Places to Eat in Downtown OKC

Abuelo’s – A Mexican restaurant with an authentic flair offering diners “the Flavor of Mexico.”

Bricktown Brewery – A traditional American brew-pub that offers handcrafted beers, including signature, local and micro brews.

Café 7 – Delicious sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and daily made-from-scratch soups offered at an affordable price.

Deep Deuce Grill – An American bar and grill in the heart of the historic Deep Deuce neighborhood of Downtown Oklahoma City.

Flint – A restaurant and lounge that features contemporary American cuisine.

The Garage – Trendy bar with TV sports & games, known for inventive gourmet burgers, tacos & hot dogs.

Health Nut Café – A health conscious deli providing fresh and nutritious alternatives to fast food.

Hideaway Pizza – Located in the heart of historic Auto Alley in an old auto dealership at 8th and Broadway, near Downtown Oklahoma City.

Iguana Mexican Grill  Affectionately known as “the little taco stand by the railroad tracks”, Iguana Mexican Grill indulges the taste buds with mexican cuisine classics as well as Chef Ryan Parrott’s innovative take on tex-mex cuisine.

in the raw – A contemporary restaurant offering traditional and nouveau sushi, sashimi and nigiri.

Jazmo’z Bourbon St. Café – N’awlins style dining and entertainment offering food, drinks and nightly live music.

Kitchen No. 324 – A fresh, seasonally inspired café, craft bakery and coffee curator.

The Mantel – An award-winning wine and bar bistro in the heart of the Bricktown entertainment district.

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse – A classic steakhouse with a contemporary American flair.

OKC Museum of Art Café – A full-service restaurant with an International-fusion restaurant located on the ground floor of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Packards  New concept with a trendy atmosphere and an eclectic menu.

S&B Burger Joint  The Best Burger In Town! Fresh gourmet burgers & sliders, full service staff, everything is made fresh. Full service bar & homemade desserts.

TapWerks Ale House – An old world-style pub offering Oklahoma’s most unique beers.

Vast – An upscale bar and restaurant serving fresh fare and cool cocktails at the top of Devon Tower. Enjoy the view!

Yucatan Taco Stand – A fast-casual restaurant offering made-from-scratch Latin fusion cuisine and award-winning tacos.

Find what you’re looking for with this interactive map.