Graduate Liberal Studies Student Kenneth Mumma Earns National Recognition in Interdisciplinary Writing

Kenneth Mumma

10.02.13 VILLANOVA, Pa. — Kenneth Mumma, a student in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Liberal Studies Program, has been awarded the 2013 Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing from Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. Confluence is a national, interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).

Mumma’s essay, entitled “Law for the Chosen: Approaches to Levitical Interpretation through the Aperture of the Homosexual Prohibitions”, was written for a class on the Hebrew Bible and Literature taught by Ruth Anolik, PhD. He received a cash prize and his essay will be published in the journal's fall issue. Mumma also received an invitation to attend the annual meeting of the AGLSP this month.

The AGLSP board and the editors of Confluence sponsor the annual Confluence Awards for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing and for Excellence in Creative Writing. The first award celebrates interdisciplinary inquiry as the central intellectual practice of Graduate Liberal Studies programs and critical writing as a foundational tool of graduate study. The second award celebrates creative writing as a form of inquiry, art, and expression. 

“I could not be more pleased with the recognition that both Kenneth Mumma and Villanova’s Liberal Studies master ’s program has received with this award,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Ken’s academic achievements demonstrate the continued resonance of the program’s mission to promote interdisciplinary learning.  He exemplifies the centrality of the Liberal Arts to an education that does not end with graduation from college, but continues as a life-long adventure.”