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The Amazon Symposium

The Amazon Symposium

In celebration of its 25th year, the Cultural Studies PhD Program at George Mason University will be presenting a symposium examining the cultural, political, and economic impact of Amazon.

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Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Schierbeek

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Schierbeek

Elizabeth Schierbeek is currently working on her capstone, a thesis involving extensive fieldwork with the Maijuna community in rural Peru titled “Community Position Statements as Tools for Biocultural Conservation and Social Change: An Environmental Justice Case Study from the Peruvian Amazon.”  

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MAIS Faculty -- Year in Review

MAIS Faculty -- Year in Review

Interdisciplinary Studies concentration heads wear many hats. Because Mason is primarily a research university, faculty are first and foremost researchers, who produce new knowledge in their respective fields. Second, they are teachers who work with students in traditional classroom settings and as advisors to graduate students conducting their own research. And third, they serve as academic advisors and administrators, to Interdisciplinary Studies but also their home departments and even to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences itself. We are grateful for all their efforts!  

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Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

What is life like along the southern border in today's political climate? Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera went to the border to find out. Hear the border expert discuss her travels along the border on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

The Immigrant Stories Project includes information about immigrants from Pakistan living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. In addition to a fact sheet and analysis, there is also a new inspirational interview with a Pakistani immigrant.

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Prof. Gilman Publishes New Book

Prof. Gilman Publishes New Book

Dr. Lisa Gilman, Professor in Folklore Studies, English, Public Humanities, has published a new book with John Fenn, Handbook for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Fieldwork (Indiana University Press, 2019).

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Two Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors were selected as Global Sustainability Scholars

Two Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors were selected as Global Sustainability Scholars

The rising juniors, both of whom are majoring in environmental and sustainability studies, have been selected as Global Sustainability Scholars, a National Science Foundation and Future Earth program focusing on global sustainable development that trains undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. During three summers, students travel abroad, conduct research and build their professional networks.

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SIS Alum took home top prize at LGBTQ Research Symposium.

SIS Alum took home top prize at LGBTQ Research Symposium.

Jayna Tavarez, who majored in INTS with a Social Justice & Human Rights concentration, just won the Outstanding Student Paper Award for an essay she wrote based on her masters thesis. She received the award from the LGBTQ Research Symposium, a national gathering in its seventh year, which met this year in Illinois.

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The Immigrant Stories Project

The Immigrant Stories Project

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is proud to announce our latest achievement – the Immigrant Stories Project. This web publication aims to provide essential information regarding immigrant populations in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland metro areas by combining data and personal stories. Currently, the page includes stories and data on immigrants from Korea, India, and Bolivia. Additional countries of origin will be included in the future.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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MAIS Student Shane Kanady Featured in Georgetown University's News

MAIS Student Shane Kanady Featured in Georgetown University's News

Shane Kanady, Certificate alumnus and Director of Government Affairs Special Projects at SourceAmerica, shared his insights about cultivating and developing the relationship with Special Olympics. The organization does so by connecting its nationwide network of nearly 800 nonprofits to government and commercial opportunities, developing innovative new programs and engaging in advocacy on Capitol Hill.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Kristian Spencer

Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Kristian Spencer

"Women and Gender Studies' courses have given me the tools and vocabulary that I need in order to be a feminist scholar. Feminist Theory with Dr. Rachel Lewis helped expose me to the foundational tools of feminist scholarship and Feminist Research Methods with Dr. Angela Hattery has allowed me to learn how to apply theory into practice."

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Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Elizabeth Gibson

Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Elizabeth Gibson

I had left my previous career. While it was certainly a valuable experience for me, it no longer supported my interests or ethical perspectives. I’d thought I’d re-tool my skill set and was taking courses for a very different profession. I took one course in Women and Gender Studies (my first) as I needed 3 elective credits to meet the full-time requirements for my GI Bill, and I’ve always been interested (albeit a bit ignorant) in Women and Gender Studies. By the third week of the course, I fell in love with the discipline and knew in my heart that I had found a home and a discipline that I wanted to devote my life to studying.

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Folklore Student Travels to India with Smithsonian

Folklore Student Travels to India with Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution has selected Violeta Palchik, a graduate student in the Folklore Program, as one of three participants in the United States for their Communities Connecting Heritage program. This program was designed in partnership with the Department of State to create an exchange between cultural heritage students in the United States and India. 

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Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Historical Artifacts

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Historical Artifacts

Mason alum Lisa Struckmeyer (BA, History, 2012) is raising awareness of artifacts important to African American and women's history in Prince William County that have made the Virginia Association of Museum's list of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

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Annual Women and Gender Studies Scholar's Lecture

Annual Women and Gender Studies Scholar's Lecture

This year’s annual Scholar’s Lecture took place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The event gives the Mason community a chance to see some of the amazing work that is being done here on campus by Women and Gender Studies faculty. 

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Climate Science and Politics

Climate Science and Politics

Among many other things, scientists have predicted more and more intense heat waves, more volatile weather, more abrupt changes in the landscape, more destruction from invasive pests, more illness from microbes flourishing in warmer fresh water and more urban flooding.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Visitor's Day with Nicole Opper

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Visitor's Day with Nicole Opper

Sixteen-year-old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before finding his way to IPODERAC, a unique group home and social enterprise located in Puebla, MX. IPODERAC is defined by a strong sense of brotherhood and sustained by the sale of artisanal goat cheese.

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The History of the Election of 2016

The History of the Election of 2016

This semester, classes in the Department of History and Art History have examined issues raised in the presidential election from a variety of contexts. Prior Election Day, the public was invited to join in!

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

Find new ways to see your world with FAMS Summer courses. Titles include Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights; Film and Video Forms; Film and Video Screenwriting; Intro to Film; Samurai On Screen; Women in Media.

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“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

Last Monday, photojournalist Louie Palu screened his film “Kandahar Journals” in the Johnson Center Cinema as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series sponsored by GMU's Film and Media Studies. The film focuses on Palu’s experiences as an embedded photojournalist in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010.

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CHSS Scholars REDEFINE Security

CHSS Scholars REDEFINE Security

CHSS scholars Lisa Breglia (Global Affairs), Shannon Davis (Sociology) and Angie Hattery (Women and Gender Studies) presented their posters at the Provost’s annual multidisciplinary research symposium on Friday, February 12th.

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Marylanders Support State Climate and Energy Policies

Marylanders Support State Climate and Energy Policies

For the third year in a row, a majority of Marylanders say they support most state climate and energy policies, including expanding government-backed incentives for energy-efficiency programs and mandating energy suppliers to meet the current target for renewable energy, according to a new survey.

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New MAIS Student Orientation a Success!

New MAIS Student Orientation a Success!

We had a great showing for the MAIS New Student Orientation. Everyone enjoyed the fajita dinner, presentation by Director Lair and the chance to meet new peers. Best of luck to all MAIS students for a productive semester!

2014 MAIS Graduate Shares Success Story

2014 MAIS Graduate Shares Success Story

Since graduating with a MAIS is Religion, Culture & Values, Andrew Thrasher has landed an Adjunct Instructor position with Tidewater Community College, will be presenting a paper abroad at the 10th Annual Polish Philosophical Congress and is also pursuing a Master's of Divinity.

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A bright future for neuroethics

A bright future for neuroethics

Neuroethics looks like the place to be for up-and-coming bioethicists after President Obama’s state of the union address. He specifically mentioned neuroscience as the Next Big Thing in American science: “Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar,” he said. “Today our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s. They’re developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs, devising new materials to make batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation.”

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College Mourns the Loss of Alan Cheuse

College Mourns the Loss of Alan Cheuse

The college is saddened to share news of the passing of George Mason University Professor Alan Cheuse, who died on Friday, July 31, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident two weeks ago. Professor Cheuse was a writer, teacher, longtime literary commentator, and a friend and colleague. His creativity and insight will be missed by all of those who were fortunate to have known him.

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

A 'farm' that keeps plants in a totally self-contained operation that eliminates the one variable that has vexed farmers since the dawn of agriculture: the weather.

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Mason Launches Master's Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights

Mason Launches Master's Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights

This fall, students can begin their studies in an interdisciplinary master’s degree (MAIS) in Social Justice and Human Rights. Joining the current Integrative Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and the minor in Social Justice, this MAIS degree expands on Mason’s commitment to prepare the next generation of social justice advocates and change agents.

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MAIS Student Receives a Summer Research Fellowship

MAIS Student Receives a Summer Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Matthew Brake for winning a Summer Research Fellowship to work on his thesis: "A Kierkegaardian Ethics of Mysticism and Religious Experience"

Socent Grad Wins GMU Business Plan Competition

Socent Grad Wins GMU Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to Scott Bauer for winning first prize and the audience choice award at the Dean's 8th Annual Business Plan Competition! Scott has developed a mobile phone accessory that combines a compression sleeve with a magnetic case...

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Amazon WaSH Project

Amazon WaSH Project

The Amazon WaSH project has proven to benefit the Maijuna, it is also an invigorating opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Why Black History Month?

Why Black History Month?

"Society will no longer need specific heritage months when we eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression that minimize the value of all lives in general, and black lives specifically."

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Visiting Filmmakers Series

Visiting Filmmakers Series

The George Mason University Visiting Filmmakers Series is hosting a second event, Evolution of a Criminal at the Johnson Center Cinema on 13 November 2014 at 4:30pm. A Q&A with director Darius Clark Monroe and GMU Director of African and African American Studies Wendi Manuel-Scott, follows the screening.

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MAIS Students Present at National Conference

MAIS Students Present at National Conference

MAIS students, Wayne Adams and Brydin Banning, attended sessions on various aspects of academic advising and presented their own topics at the NACADA 38th Annual Conference on Oct 8-11, in Minneapolis, MN. Wayne presented:"Transforming Your Advising Culture through an Academic Advisor Network: Applying Grassroots Strategies to Create Positive Change" Brydin presented: "Making Allies of Parents in the Advising Process"

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American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Santa Fe

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Santa Fe

We would like to celebrate the success of Kim Stryker from MAIS! Kim's concentration is in Folklore Studies. Kim was awarded travel funds by the Graduate Student Travel Fund to present her thesis work with Fauquier County small family farms on November 5-9, 2014 in Santa Fe, NM. Follow the link to learn more about the American Folklore Society.

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MAIS Graduate Brings Higher Education Experience to Edinboro University

MAIS Graduate Brings Higher Education Experience to Edinboro University

Edinboro University announced June 25 that Guilbert L. Brown will join the University as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Mr. Brown brings years of experience in university finance and planning to his new role as a vital member of President Julie E. Wollman’s executive leadership team. “I am delighted that Gil Brown will be joining our team at the end of July,” President Wollman said. “He brings extensive professional experience in higher education and is a nationally recognized expert in leading strategic financial management and institutional planning.”

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences rolled out a red carpet for its alumni over the course of two evenings during the university's Alumni Weekend. The Distinguished Alumni Reception recognized some of the contributions made by college alumni, and a social event, open to all college alumni, combined scholarship and relaxing fun.

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Kelly Schrum Launches Virginia Child Custody Project

Kelly Schrum Launches Virginia Child Custody Project

Kelly Schrum, associate professor in the Higher Education Program, has launched the Virginia Child Custody Project, a freely available website which "explores child custody in Virginia and nationally within a broad historical and legal context with the goal of providing an impartial, interdisciplinary resource grounded in humanities scholarship."

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The Fourth Annual CHSS Beer Tasting

The Fourth Annual CHSS Beer Tasting

As part of Mason's Alumni Weekend, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is partnering with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media to present a beer tasting of local brews. Join us for fun, great food and beverages, and your alumni friends!

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College Prepares for 2014 Convocation Ceremonies

College Prepares for 2014 Convocation Ceremonies

With great anticipation, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is preparing to celebrate the graduating class of 2014. Its two convocation ceremonies, one for its graduates from humanities and interdisciplinary programs, and one for its graduates from the social sciences, will be held on May 14 and 15, 2014.

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Brydin Banning Received Advising Award

Brydin Banning Received Advising Award

Brydin Banning, student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (MAIS) on Higher Education and Director of Undergraduate Student Services, School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution was recognized as the Student Organization Advisor of the Year for Mason for the work that she has done with S-CAR's student organization, Agora. Congratulations Brydin!

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Dr. Jane Censer Speaks at 2013 Scholar’s Lecture

Dr. Jane Censer Speaks at 2013 Scholar’s Lecture

The annual Scholar’s Lecture was held by Women and Gender Studies on November 11th, 2013. Thirty faculty members and students joined together to listen to a lecture by PhD. Jane Censer from the History Department. Censer has written on topics such as white Southern womanhood, Southern women novelists, and Southern families throughout various periods of war. The lecture was titled “Caught Between Two Centuries: Virginia Female Authors”.

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Mason to Host Civil War Conference in May 2014

Mason to Host Civil War Conference in May 2014

As part of the Signature Conference series sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Mason will host "The American Civil War in a Global Perspective" on May 31, 2014. The conference will explore the Civil War's impact on global trade, social issues, and international conflicts during the same period.

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Feminist Theory Workshop with Prof. Johanna Oksala

Feminist Theory Workshop with Prof. Johanna Oksala

The Departments of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies are pleased to announce that Professor Johanna Oksala (University of Helsinki & New School for Social Research, NY) will be leading a Workshop: 'The Uses of Experience in Feminist Theory', Wednesday 20th November, 4.30-6.00pm, Sub I Meeting Room 3A.

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Mason Spirits Come Out for a Night of Storytelling

Mason Spirits Come Out for a Night of Storytelling

Spooky Stories: A Pre-Halloween Storytelling Event is open to the entire campus community and takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Gold Room. The annual event is hosted by Mason’s Folklore Studies Program.

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The New Black at GMU

The New Black at GMU

The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

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Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Rescheduled: The Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series is bringing the film Reportero and director Bernardo Ruiz to George Mason University on 10 April 2013, 6pm: Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall (MH D023)

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Visiting Folklorist Series

Visiting Folklorist Series

On Tuesday March 26 Maryland Traditions Program Director Cliff Murphy will discuss the role of folklorists in preserving Maryland's cultural traditions.

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Shutika Wins Chicago Folklore Prize

Shutika Wins Chicago Folklore Prize

Faculty member Debra Lattanzi Shutika has been recognized by the American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago with the Chicago Folklore Prize, given each year to the author of the best book-length work of folklore scholarship.

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MAIS Graduate Publishes on Financial Aid

MAIS Graduate Publishes on Financial Aid

Gil Brown, a May 2012 graduate of the MAIS in Higher Education Administration program, contributed a chapter on financial aid to the AACRAO book "Strategic Enrollment Management: Transforming Higher Education." Gil is Assistant Vice President and Chief Budget Officer for the Office of Budget and Planning at Mason.

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More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

A record number of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the stage in grand fashion during their convocations on May 17 and 18, 2012. More than 2,500 graduating students were recognized for their efforts in two distinguished ceremonies.

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Recent MAIS Graduate Focuses on Global Water Issues

Recent MAIS Graduate Focuses on Global Water Issues

Shannyn Snyder, who received her master of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on anthropology and global health in 2010, connects water, health and culture in her research. Snyder works for a local non-profit putting her studies to good work.

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Folklore Student Completes Film on Puerto Rican Festival

Folklore Student Completes Film on Puerto Rican Festival

In July 2009, folklore graduate student Paulina Guerrero met a group of Puerto Rican musicians as part of her internship with the Festival of American Folklife. Intrigued by their music and stories, Guerrero decided she would make the group and their performances the focus of the project for her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS).

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

The Text and Community Program is an annual semester-long project co-sponsored by George Mason’s English Department and the Mason Project on Immigration. While English courses will examine The Devil’s Highway as an exemplary work of nonfiction, the book also offers a powerful examination of U.S. and Mexican border activities and immigration policies.

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