WGST Annual Scholar's Lecture Focuses on the Power of Narratives

by Sidney Davis, WGST Intern

WGST Annual Scholar's Lecture Focuses on the Power of Narratives

Last Tuesday on April 2nd, The Women and Gender Studies’ Annual Scholar’s Lecture took place at George’s in the Johnson Center. This year’s spring lecture was led by Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, the topic being “Caring for Black Women in Fairfax, Virginia: Past and Present”

Dr. Manuel-Scott is the Associate Professor of Integrative Studies, History, Art History, and the former Director of the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS) at George Mason. She currently serves on the WGST Executive Committee.

Much of Dr. Manuel-Scott’s scholarship and tenure at Mason has been spent of facilitating workshops, discussions, and panels focused on cultural competency and empowering underrepresented communities in higher institutions, specifically in universities.

Dr. Manuel-Scott, along with a cohort of undergraduate students and faculty members spent the last summer compiling research through the Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) about our university’s namesake, George Mason IV, and the legacies of his enslaved populations in the greater region.

This past reception was no exception, as Dr. Manuel-Scott led a discussion with as many as fifty students, faculty, and community members present. Recipients for the “Outstanding WGST Graduate Student Award” were rewarded to Lyla Byers, Molly Hoke, and Katherine Johnson, for their outstanding master’s thesis and/or projects as students of the Master's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program.

Recipients for the "Outstanding WGST Graduate Student Award"

All photos courtesy of Christina Chantharavongsa

For more information:

"Mason's Legacies" Project

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