The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
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Confluence

The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies


Vol. XXIII, No. 1 – Fall 2017


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.


Winners of the 2017 Confluence Student Writing Awards have been announced!

CREATIVE WRITING

Water for the Harvest

Richard Rejino, Southern Methodist University

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Richard Rejino is a pianist, teacher, writer, and professional photographer. Having recently graduated from SMU with a Master of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing, his most recent creative works have appeared in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher, and Ten Spurs. Most recently, Richard won third place in the Reported Narrative Category at the Mayborn Nonfiction Literary Conference in July 2017. As a photographer, his work has been featured at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California, and he is the 2015 winner of the LHSA Annual Photo contest.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY WRITING

Ineluctable Modality of the Empathetic: Extra-Linguistic Empathy in Joyce's Ulysses 

Mark Pettibone, Reed College

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Mark Pettibone attends Reed College’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program in Portland, Oregon. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and English from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Hoping to spend his life learning and remaining curious about the world, Mark plans on applying to Ph.D. programs when he graduates. He looks forward to one day translating his theoretical interests in community and empathy into concrete praxis.

Both award-winning submissions will be published in the upcoming Fall 2017 issue of Confluence!


Newly Published

from the editor

'Know Thyself': Addressing the Crisis of Liberal Studies

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nonfiction

The Art of War: Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina, Machiavelli, and the Florentine Militia Movement

Christopher PastoreUniversity of Pennsylvania

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nonfiction

The Human Effigy Question in Dante’s Paradiso

Stan SzczesnyUniversity of Dallas

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poetry

Medieval Modernity

Ken Armentrout III, University of Texas at Dallas

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poetry

Harvest

Sarette Albin, Southern Methodist University

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October in Iowa

Sarette Albin, Southern Methodist University

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The Flock

Sarette Albin, Southern Methodist University

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creative nonfiction

A Letter to William James about Place

Kathryn Wade, Georgetown University

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FICTION

Red Barn

Mary Guthrie, Southern Methodist University

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HUMAN VALUES—INSIGHTS, IMPLICATIONS, APPLICATIONS

Ethical Insights for Fundraising Videos

Anna Taft, Skidmore College

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HUMAN VALUES—INSIGHTS, IMPLICATIONS, APPLICATIONS

Hugh Masekela: The Horn of Freedom

Karen J. Borek, University of Pennsylvania

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NONFICTION

Perpetuating the Gender Gap in Patents through Education Policy

Susan Stewart, Wright State University

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NONFICTION

The Never-Told Story

Julia Shiller, St. John's College

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NONFICTION

What Happened When Anna Jumped from the Window: The Domestic Slave Trade in Antebellum Washington, D.C.

Candyce Carter, Stanford University

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