Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

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GLS Symposium
AGLSP Annual Conference

West Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

This annual, interdisciplinary symposium provides an opportunity for students and alumni from west coast graduate liberal studies programs to come together to share their work and experiences, and to foster the intellectual community that is at the core of our programs. Approximately 45 students are selected to present papers from one of their GLS classes to an audience of their peers. The schools with GLS programs who participate include: Dominican University of California, Maastricht University (The Netherlands), Marylhurst University, Mount St. Mary's College, Reed College, Simon Fraser University, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California.

Eighth Annual GLS Symposium
June 20-22, 2014
Hosted by Mount St. Mary's College, Chalon campus (Los Angeles)
Information webpage (pdf flyer and proposal form available on the site)

GLS Students and alumni may submit 250-word proposals to their program directors by March 17, 2014.

Seventh Annual GLS Symposium
June 21-23, 2013  Hosted by Dominican University of California
The full program, schedule and presentation topics are available through Dominican.
Reed MALS students presented papers on "The Personas of LBJ" and "Supay: Decolonizing Women's Power."

Sixth Annual GLS Symposium
June 22-24, 2012  Hosted by The University of Southern California
Details about the program are available through USC.
Reed MALS students and alumni presented papers on the following topics:

"A Battle to Define Healing and the Right to Heal: John Alexander Dowie's Divine Healing Amidst the Professionalization of Modern Medicine"
"At Home With the Enemy: Two War Films"
"Imperial Vissions: Photography & the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee in South Africa"
"Ostraniene" Tolstoy De-Automizes Death"
"Who was Mary Barnard"

AGLSP Annual Conference

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences for working adults. The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of programs granting degrees such as Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and to programs with related curricula and goals. The AGLSP promotes the core concepts and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.The annual conference brings together faculty, administrators, students and alumni of graduate liberal studies programs across the U.S. and Canada for a long weekend each October.

2012 Conference, The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change   Hosted by the Reed College MALS program, October 18-20

From scroll to codex, printing press to computer screen, revolutions in technology have changed the way we receive and process information, and even the way we think about ideas. This interdisciplinary conference will place the transformation in print culture in a historical framework, and will reflect upon the changing nature of text delivery and the experience of reading.

How is knowledge produced? What role does the book play as cultural, material, and sacred object? What is the place of the modern library in the electronic age? How does the field of new media studies reflect evolving social contexts? How do we “see” graphic novels or navigate through hypertext fiction? What questions concerning copyright and intellectual property does the digital age raise?

Reading is at the heart of what we do in the academy, both personally and professionally. What is the future of your practice of reading?

Keynote Speakers:
" long as there are readers there will be scrolls"
Molly Raphael, 2011-12 president, American Library Association; former director of the Multonomah Country Library and District of Columbia Public Library systems.

"The Future is Medieval" Some Lessons about Books, Reading, and Information from the Dark Ages"
William J. Diebold, Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History and Humanities, Reed College

Complete 2012 Conference Program available as a pdf file.

2013 Conference, Urban Gateways:  Immigration and the Global City    Hosted by Depaul University's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies programs  
October 10-12, Chicago

Keynote Speakers:
Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Northwestern University.

Dale Asis, director of the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino IMmigrants of Illinois (CAAAEL) and teacher at the Loyola University of Chicago Graduate School of Social Work.

More information on the conference schedule is available at the conference site.