Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

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GLS Student Papers Published

Congratulations to Libby O’Neil, Lynette Yetter, and recent graduate Neil Ramiller, who will see their work published in this December’s Western Tributaries, the annual journal published by the Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) West Coast Joint Symposium. Western Tributaries showcases graduate student research, writing, and creative work presented at the annual GLS symposium, which all three students attended in June. O’Neil’s “Who Can Change the World?: Gendered Citizenship and Non-Resistance in American Abolitionism,” examines women’s political roles in the abolition movement. Yetter’s “Virgin Mary/Pachamama Syncretism: Exploring Filial Ayni Relationship with the Divine Feminine in Early-Colonial Copacabana, Bolivia,” investigates the role of the Virgin Mary in Andean theology. Yetter enjoyed the process renegotiating her subject based on the feedback she received at the 2017 GLS symposium: “It was another puzzle to reshape my oral presentation back into a written presentation for publication. When my paper was accepted pending revisions, I had the chance to further hone my argument, based on the feedback from professors at other universities in our GLS west-coast symposium.” Ramiller’s essay, “Inventorying ‘Ithaca’: Things, Identity, and Character in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” originated as a paper for Jay Dickson’s course on James Joyce, but also drew on philosophical thinking developed in Paul Silverstein’s course on sports and social life. Revising the paper for Western Tributaries was informed not only by the guidance of the journal’s editor and reviewers, but also by spirited conversations during the Symposium with students from other institutions.

Visit Western Tributaries in December to view these and other papers presented at the GLS.