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

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. 

  1. Chickasaw Cultural Center

  2. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

  3. Oklahoma City Museums Tour

  4. University of Oklahoma Museums and Campus Tour

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 Ballpark, Harkins 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.