MLA students and alumni are producing interesting, timely, and intellectually important work. They have the opportunity to share their work and collaborate with faculty and graduate students at Stanford and in the broader Graduate Liberal Studies community.
There are many ways for your work to be presented and recognized.
Conferences & Symposia
The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), with over 88 member institutions, holds an annual conference to bring together faculty, students, alumni, and administrators of graduate liberal studies programs. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members, and offers students, alumni, and faculty the opportunity to present their work.
West Coast GLS Symposium
The West Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium was started in 2007 by Stanford University and Dominican University as a way to bring together graduate liberal studies students and alumni from western schools for a weekend of social and intellectual interaction. Since 2008, the symposium has grown to include participants from seven western schools, as well as Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Participating schools include Stanford University, Dominican University, Reed College, Simon Fraser University, Mount St. Mary’s College, University of Washington-Tacoma, St. John’s College-Santa Fe, and Maastricht University.
MLA students and alumni have the opportunity to publish in liberal arts journals. These include:
Tangents: The Journal of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Stanford University
Tangents is published annually and features the works of Stanford MLA students and alumni. The journal includes essays, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and is edited and produced by a committee of MLA students and alumni.
The Summer 2021 extended edition of Tangents takes us from Tbilisi to the Congo, from Ulugh Beg to William Blake. Creative content includes five poems and two narrative memory pieces. It has been provided by editors, Candy Carter, MLA ‘14, Teri Hessel, MLA ‘13, and Jennifer Swanton Brown, MLA ‘12.
Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
Confluence is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of scholarly works by students, faculty, and graduates of member Graduate Liberal Studies programs. Confluence is published biannually and features essays, nonfiction, fiction, poetry and other creative works. The journal also publishes reviews of books of special interest to the GLS community.
Stanford MLA students and alumni have been featured in several editions of Confluence.
Colloquia and Master's Theses
The colloquium is an opportunity for each student to share the results of their thesis research and writing. The colloquia are open to all members of the MLA community.
All MLA theses are bound and held in the Stanford Library, available for review by the Stanford community and the public.