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Liberal Arts Education is strong when different perspectives are brought together.  In this belief, all 13 colleges of the GLCA consortium signed the ACE letter opposing President Trump’s travel ban in support of education and the liberal arts.

To view the letter, go to; it is believed to be posted later today.

CFP for Advanced Undergraduate Theory Reader

CFP for an Advanced Undergraduate Theory Reader in Women's/Gender/Feminist/LGBTQPAI+/Sexuality Studies (under contract)

Co-editors L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara L. Shaw are soliciting submissions for a forthcoming reader that craft rigorous and cutting edge content for undergraduate students in advanced courses. We invite proposals (250-500 words) of unpublished academic work and creative work (including, but not limited to poems and short fiction/nonfiction) that address where and how critical conversations in women's/gender/feminist/LGBTQPAI+/sexuality studies come into contact. Although it is not the only consideration, preference will be given to works that adopt and elucidate transnational perspectives and intersectional approaches.

Topics of particular interest include and are not limited to:


  • ecofeminism; environmental justice 
  • im/migration; forced immigration ("refugee" and asylum); deportation
  • war; national borders; "security" and "terrorism"
  • prison industrial complex and state violence
  • interventions in dis/ability studies and dis/ablity movements including mental health
  • asexuality
  • bisexuality
  • transgender, genderqueer, agender, and nonbinary/gender nonconforming (especially in transnational contexts)
  • polyamory
  • sex, sexuality, and desire (especially in transnational contexts)
  • sex positivity and consent
  • institutionalized sexual violence (e.g. in prisons, on college campuses, and in the military)
  • digital culture, gaming culture, virtual realities, and technology
  • feminist and/or queer science studies and scientific inquiry
  • health, healthcare, and gender (especially in a transnational context)
  • reproduction and biopolitics
  • spirituality; religion
  • indigenous and first nation thought
  • shaping the body (e.g. cosmetic surgeries; fitness; fatness; gender expression)
  • critical knowledge production (historical and contemporary)
  • critical interventions in post-feminism, post-racial, post-colonial, post-truth, and neoliberalism
  • resilience and resistance
  • affect theories, cultural studies of emotions
  • aging
  • race and racial formation
  • critical approaches to transnational feminism and/or intersectionality
  • critical approaches to transnational queer studies and/or intersectionality

The submission deadline for proposals is February 28, 2017. Please send questions and/or a PDF of the proposal, including contact details (name, institutional or organizational affiliation, email, and phone number) to Barbara L. Shaw at Once a proposal is conditionally accepted, the deadline for the completed chapter of no more than 3750 words (including references) will be August 1, 2017. This reader is under contract.

GLCA Announces Winners of the 2017 New Writers Award

The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 GLCA New Writers Award for fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Now in its 48th year, the New Writers Award confers recognition on promising writers who have published a first volume in one of the three genres.

The 2017 winner for Poetry is Nate Marshall, Wild Hundreds, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The 2017 winner for Fiction is Charles Boyer, History’s Child, published by New Issues Poetry and Prose.

The 2017 winner for Creative non-fiction is Randall Horton, Hook, published by Augury Books.

Judges of the New Writers Award are faculty members of creative writing and literature at GLCA’s member colleges.  A full account of the GLCA Announcement, including the judges' comments, can be found at this link

Civic Engagement Institute - Photos

Memorable moments at the GLAA Civic Engagement Institute hosted at Kalamazoo on October 23-25, 2016

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Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)