Student and Alumni Opportunities

There are many academic development opportunities of particular interest to Graduate Liberal Studies students and alums of our program.  If you have been pursuing an area of research and writing that you would like to share with others, you may want to articulate your thoughts in a conference paper or journal essay that allows them to have resonance beyond our program. Please see below and check this page periodically for updates.

Publishing Opportunites

The Liberal Studies program at City University of New York (CUNY) sponsors the online journal Zeteo: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing, which publishes faculty and student work in a lively interdisciplinary format.  Check it out at  For their next issue, they are looking for “articles and essays about conflict and conflicts, be this from the perspective of history, gender studies, psychology, science, the fine arts . . . .”  We encourage you to consider submitting your work.  Submission information is at  

The national office of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is housed here in our own Duke GLS office.  Marialana Weitzel – whom you also know as a Duke GLS staff member -- is the national manager.  The AGLSP offers several opportunities for graduate students and alumni in our program.  

The AGLSP sponsors the journal Confluence, which has published many essays by Duke GLS students over the years.   After a recent hiatus, it was relaunched last month as an online journal.  We encourage you to visit Confluence at The journal welcomes research essays, short fiction, nonfiction, photography, poetry and art, and is eager to receive sub­missions from students, alumni, and faculty of GLS programs.   While the recent February 2015 edition reflects material submitted for publication during the hiatus, the October 2015 edition will feature newly submitted work.  We encourage you to consider submitting your work.  The submission deadline for the October edition is April 15, 2015.  Guidelines are posted under the “Submissions” tab on the Confluence webpage.  If you have questions, email

*The journal is a members only journal, You may join for the special student/alumni rate of $25. To learn more about the AGLSP and benefits of membership visit  

Conferences and Symposia

The AGLSP 2015 Annual Conference will be hosted by Stanford University on October 15-17 in San Jose, California.   The theme this year is Place Matters.  Both faculty and students are invited to submit proposals for a 20-minute paper presentation; the 250-word proposal is due May 1, 2015.  (For details visit the conference webpage.

The annual East Coast GLS Student Conference will be hosted June 13 by Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey.  Students are invited to submit papers of 10 pages or less by April 24.  All questions should be directed to Richard Trama at Click here for the Call for Papers.

A new Texas GLS Student Symposium will be hosted June 27 by Rice University in Houston.  The theme is open, but papers should explore “timeless and timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and sciences.”  Students are invited to submit 250-word abstracts by May 1.  For details, visit