Midwestern Grad Liberal Studies Conference, March 31

MALS/IDS Students,

We would like to let you know about an upcoming opportunity for our students to participate in a very worthwhile conference.  The Midwestern Grad Liberal Studies Conference is designed for MALS and IDS students to present their work in an academic conference setting. All types of work are welcome; we know of quite a few of our students’ culminating projects and dissertations that are nearing completion; this is the perfect opportunity to gain experience in presenting your excellent work to an audience of students and faculty involved in academic journeys very similar to yours. This is a terrific chance to expand your presentation skills, share your excellent work and build your networks. DePaul’s LAS Graduate Programs also have a small resource of funding to help cover partial expenses involved in attending conferences, and we are working on accessing that support. We will also work on sharing transportation to Fort Wayne for the conference.

Midwestern Grad Liberal Studies Conference, March 31

Saturday, March 31, 2012

10:00am – 4:00pm

Hosted by Indiana University Purdue University Ft. Wayne

The Graduate Liberal Studies programs of Indiana University invite you to participate in the second annual Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference.

The theme of this year’s conference is Taking it to the Streets: Scholarship and the Public Audience. One important goal shared by graduate liberal studies programs is that of helping students to comprehend knowledge from various academic fields and translate it for dissemination to a wider public audience. This conference focuses on ways in which our own scholarship, no matter how specialized or technical, can be reframed in order to speak directly to public concerns. We invite papers and presentations that not only lay out specific arguments and findings, but also explain how those conclusions can be addressed to a general audience, applied to problems of public concern, and/or shared meaningfully with scholars in various disciplines. We also invite papers that reflect on the challenges of presenting research and specialized knowledge to the general public.

The conference is designed to allow both formal and informal interactions among students and faculty from graduate liberal studies programs in the Midwest.

Students from graduate liberal studies programs in the Midwest region are invited to present their work at the MGLSC. All types of work will be considered: empirical research, literature reviews, case studies, works of fiction, multimedia works, etc. Work that reflects the theme of the conference, Taking it to the Streets, is especially welcome.

Authors of noteworthy presentations will be invited to submit their work to Confluence, the journal of the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.