Annual Conference

Each year, the AGLSP Annual Conference brings together representatives of the Association’s member programs and students to share ideas and discuss the latest issues in Graduate Liberal Studies. Each conference features paper presentations and panel discussions, as well as invited speakers with scholarly and real-world expertise. Recent themes have included, Borders and Migrations, Tradition and Transformation: Embracing the FuturePlace MattersRevolutions: Past, Present, and Future, Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City and The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change; recent venues have included Tempe, Oklahoma City, San Jose, Philadelphia, Chicago and Portland.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of attending the conference is the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Conference workshop. This day-long workshop focuses on the practical issues of administering GLS programs, including curriculum, marketing to potential students, recruiting faculty, relations with campus administrators, alumni relations, study abroad programs and issues of accreditation. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Pre-Conference Workshop is open to Directors, Administrators, and Faculty only.

Join us for the 2019 Annual Conference

The Commons: Exploring Common Ground in Uncommon Times
Washington, DC – October 10–12, 2019

In an age of fragmentation, polarization, and rising incivility, how might we think not just about what divides us, but also about what can bring us together – across disciplines, cultures, and communities? For the 2019 AGLSP Conference, we invite papers that examine a broad range of perspectives on common ground, the challenges to it, as well as the promise it holds. And where better to reflect upon such matters, than in a city harboring both special interest groups and great public institutions, partisan rancor and visions of a more perfect union? So, come join us in Washington, D.C. and engage in lively discussions, as we seek to explore common ground in these uncommon times!

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Upcoming conferences

October 8–10, 2020 – History, Heritage, and Identity

San Antonio, Texas

2021 – Theme TBD

San Diego, California

Past conferences

2018 – Borders and Migration

Tempe, Arizona

2017 – Practice and Theory

Raleigh, North Carolina- Due to a variety of circumstances, the 2017 Annual Conference was canceled.

2016 – Tradition and Transformation: Embracing the Future

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2015 – Place Matters

San Jose, California

2014 – Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 – Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City

Chicago, Illinois

2012 – The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change

Portland, Oregon