Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Conferences of Interest

From time to time, the Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) Program students, staff, and faculty are notified of conferences that may be of interest to those with a Liberal Studies bent. None are listed at this time. Check back periodically as conferences are added as we become aware of them.

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Annual Conference

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is an international organization of over 88 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. (from the AGLSP's "About Us" page)

Cucalorus Film Festival

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a community cinema, and an extensive community engagement program. More than 20 years in the making, Cucalorus has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 200 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2015 was 17,630). Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress Lab, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on funds from individuals, businesses, and grants to fund its annual celebration.

North Carolina Religious Studies Association (NCRSA) Annual Meeting

The North Carolina Religious Studies Association is designed to advance the academic study of religion in the state by providing opportunities for scholars, teachers, and interested laypersons to discuss issues important to the discipline. The NCRSA holds an annual meeting and publishes a refereed online journal, Thinking about Religion. If you are interested in joining the NCRSA, please see the Membership page for details. (the NCRSA's Mission Statement)

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

The individuals who comprise the PCA/ACA are a group of scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture. The PCA/ACA offers a venue to come together and share ideas and interests about the field or about a particular subject within the field. It also provides publication opportunities and sponsors the PCA/ACA Endowment. (from the PCA/ACA's "Welcome" page)

In addition to their annual national conference, the PCA/ACA host seven regional conferences that provide students and seasoned scholars opportunities for publication and to present in their respective regions.

Far West PCA/ACA Mid Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (PACA)
Midwest PCA/ACA Northeast PCA/ACA
Oceanic Popular Culture Association Southwest PCA/ACA
Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS)

Visions Film Festival and Conference

Visions Film Festival & Conference aims to unite a diverse community of undergraduate students through scholarly analysis, discussion panels and cutting-edge screenings. Founded in 2006, Visions has grown from the small local festival it once was to an international festival that displays student work on a larger scale. As the only undergraduate peer-reviewed joint film festival and conference, this event creates an enriched experience for filmmakers and scholars through a wide spread of panels and workshops, alongside interactive installations and visionary screenings.

Writers' Week

Each year, Writers' Week brings together visiting writers of local and national interest, UNCW students and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing. Activities throughout the week include workshops, panels, and readings.