The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies


The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

Vol. XXIV, No. 1 – Fall 2018

Instead of asking, “Are there truths out there that we shall never discover?” we would ask, “Are there ways of talking and acting that we have not yet explored?” Instead of asking whether the intrinsic nature of reality is yet in sight…, we should ask whether each of the various descriptions of reality employed in our various cultural activities is the best we can imagine—the best means to the ends served by those activities.
— Richard Rorty

Confluence is a national, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) that reflects the best scholarly and creative work produced within and beyond AGLSP member institutions. Publishing scholarly essays and creative work such as short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art, Confluence stands as a demonstration of and an inspiration to the kind of interdisciplinary engagement that is constitutive of a liberal education, while emphasizing the fundamental relations that transcend the boundaries of discipline and form that must be engaged and explored.

Coming soon — The AGLSP Repository Project!

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Announcing the Confluence Writing Award winners!

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Confluence writing awards:

Excellence in Creative Writing
Audra Coleman, University of North Carolina - Asheville
Bubo Virginianus

Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing
Meg Cook, Reed College
"America’s Poshlust Vacuum: The Young-Girl, Émigré, and Artist in Nabokov’s Lolita”

The winning manuscripts will be published soon, and both winners will be honored at the upcoming AGLSP annual conference. Congratulations to Audra, Meg, UNC Asheville, and Reed College!

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Unnatural Borders: ‘Belonging’ as Human Need and Contemporary Challenge



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