Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)

AGLSP Workshop attendees gather to discuss the future of graduate liberal studies programs around the country.AGLSP 2011 Conference hosted by Skidmore College, October 14-16, 2011.

Skidmore hosted the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) in October 2011, presenting a program titled “Source of Life and Strife: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Water.”  The conference brought together liberal studies program directors, faculty, and students from all over the country to collaborate on the future of interdisciplinary degree programs and share the latest scholarship.

Skidmore brought together a variety of presenters, including Keynote speakers Deborah Cramer, visiting scholar at MIT’s Earth System Institute and author of Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World; Tom Lewis, Skidmore professor of English and expert on the history of the Hudson River; and Thomas A. Chambers, director of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Niagara University and expert on the history of the waters of Saratoga Springs. Other presenters included current liberal studies students and new graduates, faculty, and administrators offering research on topics as varied as the politics of water reclamation projects to the force of water’s mythical qualities to the environmental effects of textile manufacturing.

Prof. Sheldon Solomon receives the AGLSP Faculty Award

The 2011 conference was particularly meaningful for the Skidmore community as one of the college’s most esteemed faculty members, psychology professor Sheldon Solomon, was given the AGLSP Faculty Award.

About the AGLSP

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is an international organization of over 105 institutional members that share a common interest in graduate-level liberal education primarily serving adult, part-time students. Founded in 1975, the AGLSP represents a broad cross-section of higher education–from small liberal arts colleges to large, research-oriented universities in the public and private sectors.