2012 Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference Deadline Approaching

This is a reminder that abstract submissions are due on March 1. All MALS/IDS students are encouraged to apply.


The 2012 Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference is a regional conference for graduate students of membership programs of the AGLSP. The second annual meeting is Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Indiana U/Purdue U Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host the conference. 


The conference theme is “Taking It to the Streets: Scholarship and the Public Audience.” As you’ll see from the description at the conference Web site, the topic is intended to be inclusive. For “scholarship” one might substitute “art” or any other term that describes work produced (or projects undertaken) by liberal studies graduate students. Although ideally all presentations will have something to say about how one might connect with a public audience, not every presentation will grapple directly with the general question of how to engage the public. It may be sufficient simply to frame your presentation in terms of these concerns or to conclude with reflections on the challenges of engaging a public audience. For example, you might ask what it would take to truly and effectively share your work with the public. What practical challenges and what risks and benefits would you anticipate? If you have already had success in engaging the public through research, creative work, or community projects, you may consider sharing your experiences and your acquired wisdom (or street savvy).


The Web page is now live. There you will find an outline of the conference program, submission guidelines, and lodging information. The registration fee is only $25 and covers breakfast and lunch at the conference. Please review the information: http://ius.edu/mls/mglsc/


Logistical questions may be addressed to Professor Michael Kauffman, IU/PU Ft. Wayne (kaufmann@ipfw.edu).


Questions regarding the submission process may be addressed to Professor Deborah Finkel, IU Southeast (dfinkel@ius.edu).


Various general questions may be addressed to me, as well.


Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at the end of March.



Joseph R. Chaney

Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program 

Associate Professor of English 

Indiana University South Bend 

PO Box 7111 

South Bend IN 46634-7111