What do early nineteenth century reform, materialistic self interest, shaped poetry, and the Stupa beginnings in Buddhism have in common? Dominican and Stanford, graduate research, and the Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, a three day highly selective yet ultimately supportive academic conference founded three years ago by our very own Director of Graduate Humanities, Dr. Martin Anderson, in coordination with a colleague at Stanford.
On June 27th, four of our Master’s in Humanities students gathered with scholars from ten universities across the western United States to present their work at the Symposium, held at Stanford again this year. They join the ranks of an exceptional group of graduate students whose scholarship is increasingly being recognized on a national level and correspondingly published in academic journals. One of last year’s Dominican scholars, John Harrington, received a coveted spot in Confluence, the Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. Similarly, the Journal of College and Character published the paper of Julia Van Der Ryn, DUC alumnus and Director of Service-Learning.
The work of our graduate students also appeals to popular media. “La Vache Qui Rit and Another Cow Altogether” by Kari Kiernan, who presented at last year’s Symposium, recently ran in the May 8th edition of the Morning News and “The Best Camper” by Keith Hayes was featured in the May issue of Tennis.
Our rigorous interdisciplinary Graduate Humanities program is uniquely positioned to propel articulate individuals into bright futures. The GLS Symposium is just one of Martin’s entrepreneurial efforts to help our students receive the recognition they deserve.