Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

Student Symposia

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 added value to your program by hosting or participating in a regional symposium and for advice on how to present one, contact us.

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4th Annual Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium -
July 14, 2018

Hosted by Southern Methodist University and Rice University

The Graduate Liberal Studies Programs of Southern Methodist University and Rice University invite you to participate in the fourth annual Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium on July 14, 2018.

The symposium provides an opportunity for students and alumni from Texas graduate liberal studies programs to share their experiences and studies and continue to explore timeless and timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  Students and alumni are encouraged to submit papers to be considered for presentations during the symposium.

This one-day symposium will open with breakfast on Saturday morning followed by student and alumni presentations.  A keynote speaker will deliver a lecture during lunch.  Whether you are presenting a paper or attending to listen to presentations, we hope you will register and join us to share ideas, network, and socialize with other graduate liberal studies colleagues.

Event Details

When:  Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Rose Sommers at

2017 Regional Graduate Liberal Studies Conference
Hosted by East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee
April 7-8, 2017

Click here for conference website 

Call for proposals: The 2017 GLS Conference is open to proposals from faculty, students, and alumni in any area of graduate liberal studies, including but not limited to any relevant cultural, historical, or contemporary issues. Proposals will be accepted for papers, media presentations, roundtable discussions of ongoing research, and pre-arranged panels. Please include your full name, graduate program affiliation and institution, title of presentation, phone number, e-mail and mailing address with your proposal. Proposals for individual presentations of papers or demonstrations must be a maximum of 500 word abstracts; individual presentations will be approximately 20 minutes long. Proposals for roundtable discussions and pre-arranged panels must include a proposal from each panel member of approximately 300 words, plus one summary group proposal of approximately 100 words. Discussions and panels will be 30 minutes long.

Deadline for abstract submission February 15, 2017 Send to:

Sponsored by:
ETSU Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
ETSU Appalachian Studies Department
University of North Carolina Asheville Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences
North Carolina State Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Faculty - $65.00
Students with ID - $50.00
Guest - $40.00

Friday, April 7th - Cranberries Opening Reception - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1904 Knob Creek Rd., #5, Johnson City,TN  37604

Saturday April 8th - Conference - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Breakfast, lunch and breaks provided.

2016 Conference and Symposia

2016 Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference – Saturday, April 9th

Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm
Hosted by Indiana University Southeast
Location: 222 & 226 Hine Hall; IUPUI Campus
Call For Papers (pdf)
Full Details:

The theme of this year’s conference is Fleeting Time, Enduring Issues. Our goal is to inspire thought and discussion about the contrast and tension between the rush of events and the scholarly need to be careful and patient. That care is partly a devotion to the deeper, lasting issues. We try as scholars to be responsible through our factual accuracy and considered judgment, but we are sometimes motivated by the heat of current events. Ultimately, we are often trying to capture and define fleeting events because of the enduring issues they seem to embody or express.

We seek papers and presentations on a wide range of topics. All presentations, though, should comment, at least in small part, on the issue of Fleeting Time, Enduring Issues. In other words, even in a paper that investigates a specific question, we would expect the presenter to (re)frame the presentation with some brief introductory or concluding reflections on how that topic might be considered in light of our conference theme of temporality.

2016 Annual East Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

You are invited to the Annual East Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium
Present a paper or hear presentations.Socialize, network, share ideas.
Hosted by Stockton University
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CFP deadline April 25, 2016
Call for Papers and Registration form (pdf)
Registration fee: $40 per person (includes lite breakfast, lunch, closing get-together, and snacks) due by 31 May 2015

Submit academic paper (no more than 10 pages) by 25 April 2016 with e-mail address.  A jury will referee the submissions for inclusion in the program, and a decision will be sent by e-mail to the author by 2 May 2016.  E-mail papers to conference director, Rich Trama at .

Full program (including optional events Friday evening) and directions will be provided to all registrants after papers have been selected.  For additional inquiries write to or phone 609-652-4504.

Off-campus accommodations are available at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, near the campus. A block of rooms has been put aside for the conference.  Contact the hotel directly at 609.652.1800, or 855-894-8698 for reservations. Tell the agent you are part of AGLS.

2nd Annual Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

Hosted by Southern Methodist University and Rice University

Southern Methodist University and Rice University are pleased to announce the second annual Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium. The symposium will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Dallas and provides an opportunity for students and alumni from Texas graduate liberal studies programs to share their experiences and studies and continue to explore timeless and timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Those who want to present at the symposium should submit a 250 word abstract by May 1 to be reviewed by a jury for inclusion. The abstract may cover any topic; we welcome all interdisciplinary and creative projects. Selected students will give a 20-25 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. Presentations will run concurrently throughout the day.

More details about the symposium can be found on the event webpage. We hope you will consider submitting a paper and joining us on June 18.

2nd 10th Annual West Coast GLS Symposium – June 17 – 19, 2016

Graduate Liberal Studies Programs’ West Coast Symposium

Simon Fraser University Vancouver (Canada)

**This symposium is open to students and directors of AGLSP West Coast institutional members only**

The tenth annual west coast joint Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium continues the tradition started by Stanford University and Dominican University of California in 2007 of developing a sense of academic community among our respective GLS programs through a weekend of intellectual and social interaction. This interdisciplinary symposium provides a congenial and supportive opportunity for students and alumni to present papers to an audience of their peers, to participate in lively discussions, and to meet fellow GLS students from other schools. We also encourage non-presenting students and alumni to attend the symposium.

Since 2008, the participating programs have expanded to include several west coast GLS programs along with Maastricht University in the Netherlands:

Dominican University of California
Maastricht University
Marylhurst University
Mount St. Mary’s University
Reed College
San Diego State University
Simon Fraser University
St. John’s College Santa Fe
Stanford University
University of Washington, Tacoma

The symposium will open Friday with registration starting at 4:00 pm followed by a welcome reception. On Saturday, panel presentations are scheduled all day and breakfast will be included. Saturday will also include a special plenary of GLS Shadbolt Scholars: Panel presentations will continue Sunday morning after breakfast and conclude with a group meeting.  An optional gallery tour will be offered Sunday afternoon. There is no cost to students and alumni to attend the symposium other than travel and lodging.

Students and alumni are encouraged to send 250-word paper proposals on the proposal form (click here) to their directors by March 10th.  Selected papers will be organized into 3-4 speaker sessions. Paper-delivery should be limited to 20 minutes.

Please note that the SFU Vancouver campus at 515 West Hastings St. sits at the border of Vancouver’s affluent downtown core, the gentrifying and “hip” Gastown quarter, and the impoverished Downtown Eastside.  While the Downtown Eastside (six blocks east of campus) is not considered dangerous (crimes against people are extremely rare), one would expect to see homelessness and drug use if staying at hotels east of Cambie Street.

Special rates have been arranged at two downtown hotels, one across the street from campus and one twenty minutes away by bus in Vancouver’s iconic English Bay.

Delta Inn and Suites Vancouver (across the street)
550 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6

Delta Suite:  Single or for Double: $219 Cdn. plus tax
Deluxe Suite:   Single or Double $244 Cdn. plus tax

Deadline for this rate is May 17th

To Book:
Call Delta Inn and Suites 604-689 8188, or toll free @ 1-888-890-3222 to make reservations – Quote “Gradate Liberal Studies Program” for rate.

Can also book online at