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Check Out Our Fall Newsletter!

Check Out Our Fall Newsletter!

The Fall 2019 issue of English Matters previews the new Laboratory for Scholarly and Civic Communication, Fall for the Book, and our upcoming Visiting Writers Series; welcomes new faculty; and celebrates the achievements of our faculty, alumni, and students in many directions.

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Rion Amilcar Scott: Fall Visiting Writer Series

Rion Amilcar Scott: Fall Visiting Writer Series

The Creative Writing Program welcomes short story master Rion Amilcar Scott, MFA ’08, as the first visiting writer of its fall series, with a public reading on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Reading Room on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

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Alum Liana Glew on the C19 Podcast

Alum Liana Glew on the C19 Podcast

Listen to the C19 episode "On Intake & Insanity: Women's Narratives of Institutionalization," offered up by our alum Liana Glew (Class of 2015), now a 4th year PhD student at Penn State.

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Art Taylor Wins Edgar Award

Art Taylor Wins Edgar Award

Congratulations to Art Taylor, associate professor and assistant director of the Creative Writing Program, on winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award for his short story “English 398: Fiction Workshop."

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FAMS Courses Summer 2019

FAMS Courses Summer 2019

Registration begins March 25. Check out FAMS courses for Summer 2019. Online: Film and Video Forms, Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, Business of Film, Global Horror Film. Classroom courses: Japanese Cinema, Gender, Race & Class in Media, Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights.

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New Leaves 2019, April 8 - 12

New Leaves 2019, April 8 - 12

With visiting writers in three genres, a celebration for a long-time faculty member’s retirement, an afternoon workshop and panel discussion, and a documentary film screening, this year’s New Leaves Conference focuses on all aspects of writing: the craft, the business, and the life of the writer.

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Mason at AWP: March 27-30

Mason at AWP: March 27-30

Mason’s Creative Writing Program will be hosting two events at this year’s AWP Conference in Portland Oregon: a reception on Thursday, March 28, honoring Robert Bausch, an alumni and professor, and a breakfast get-together on Friday, March 29, for alumni, faculty, and students.

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Visiting Poet Ilya Kaminsky—Thursday, March 21

Visiting Poet Ilya Kaminsky—Thursday, March 21

Award-winning poet Ilya Kaminsky, celebrating his new book Deaf Republic, visits George Mason University on Thursday, March 21, at part of the Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Visiting Writer Series, hosted for the first time this semester by George Mason University Libraries.

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Poetry Daily Editorial Board

Poetry Daily Editorial Board

Poetry Daily recently announced the formation of a 16-poet editorial board to help steer the content and features of the 21-year-old online journal. 

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Visiting Fiction Writer Rebecca Makkai—Thursday, February 28

Visiting Fiction Writer Rebecca Makkai—Thursday, February 28

Novelist and short story writer Rebecca Makkai, author most recently of The Great Believers, visits George Mason University on Thursday, February 28, at part of the Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Visiting Writer Series, hosted for the first time this semester by George Mason University Libraries.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: The Unafraid with Heather Courtney

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: The Unafraid with Heather Courtney

Thurs Feb 28, 7:30pm, Johnson Center Cinema The documentary follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. It shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2019

FAMS Courses for Spring 2019

FAMS courses offered in Spring 2019 include Global Horror Film, TV and Twitter, Introduction to Spanish-Language Cinema, Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Film & Video Forms, and Cyberpunk.

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A Critic's Point of View: Ann Hornaday and Cynthia Fuchs

A Critic's Point of View: Ann Hornaday and Cynthia Fuchs

Friday, November 30 4:30pm Art and Design Building 1007 Free and open to the public: George Mason's Delta Kappa Alpha invites you to A Critic's Point of View, a conversation with Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Cynthia Fuchs, Film Critic and Director of Film and Media Studies at George Mason University.

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MFA Alum Priyanka Champaneri Wins the Restless Books Prize

MFA Alum Priyanka Champaneri Wins the Restless Books Prize

"The City of Good Death is an expansive novel about the proprietor of a death hostel, Pramesh, in India’s sacred city of Benares, where Hindus come to die a holy death, and the sweeping journey of discovery he embarks upon after finding his cousin and childhood best friend drowned in the Ganges. Priyanka Champaneri beautifully explores the sacred and the afterlife in this cinematic and emotionally gripping work about living and dying with dignity."

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Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily, the popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997 at www.poems.com, has begun the process of moving to George Mason University where it will be published in partnership with the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries. Founders Don Selby and Diane Boller, who are retiring at the end of the year after steering, editing, and growing the web-based journal for more than twenty-one years, will remain on the board of directors of Daily Poetry Association, the nonprofit organization that publishes Poetry Daily. Editors, students, and staff at Mason take on daily production as of January 1, 2019.

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Award-Winning Novelist Robert Bausch

Award-Winning Novelist Robert Bausch

Robert Bausch, a three-time Mason alum and award-winning novelist who became well known and highly respected as a writer and teacher, influencing hundreds of young writers, and also as a friend and colleague to writers at Mason and throughout the region, died October 9 of multiple myeloma at a hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. He was 73.

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Hernán Díaz Wins New American Voices Award For Immigrant Writers

Hernán Díaz Wins New American Voices Award For Immigrant Writers

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Hernán Díaz, author of the novel In the Distance, was awarded the inaugural Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. Fall for the Book created this post-publication book prize to recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing.

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News at Mason: Kimberly Reed and Dark Money

News at Mason: Kimberly Reed and Dark Money

"We were somewhat fortunate in that we could tell that story, we could connect a bunch of these dots that typically just don't get connected,” said Kim Reed, who worked with investigative journalists and followed leaked information. Dark Money at GMU Oct 30 4:30pm JCC

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IV Estate: Following the “Dark Money”

IV Estate: Following the “Dark Money”

Kimberly Reed is bring her film, Dark Money, to GMU on Oct 30. She "believes that young people, college students especially, should engage in politics to prevent the corruption that is exposed in “Dark Money.”"

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Visiting Writer Program Welcomes Mason Alums Liam Callanan and Cynthia Marie Hoffman

Visiting Writer Program Welcomes Mason Alums Liam Callanan and Cynthia Marie Hoffman

Novelist and short story writer Liam Callanan and poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman—both of them alumni of Mason’s MFA program in creative writing—will round out the Fall 2018 Visiting Writer series with a joint reading on Thursday, November 8. Their reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Reading Room, second floor of Fenwick Library, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books by each author will be for sale during the event.

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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WGST Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Amal Amireh will be a featured guest panelist in DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

WGST Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Amal Amireh will be a featured guest panelist in DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

Visiting Writer: Cheston Knapp

Visiting Writer: Cheston Knapp

Cheston Knapp kicks of the Fall 2018 Visiting Writers series on Thursday, September 27, with a reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading.

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CW Faculty Tim Denevi discusses American Fascism in CNN Op-Ed

CW Faculty Tim Denevi discusses American Fascism in CNN Op-Ed

"Afterward, as a dense blue string of thunderstorms rolled in from the south, drenching everything, I found myself thinking about a quote by the late David Foster Wallace: 'How do you promote democracy when you know that a majority of people will, if given the chance, vote for an end to democratic voting?'"

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Alexandra Ruiz Wins Robert Raymond Scholarship

Alexandra Ruiz Wins Robert Raymond Scholarship

Alexandra Ruiz, BFA ’18 and an incoming MFA student in nonfiction, has been named the recipient of this year’s Robert Raymond Scholarship, established by adjunct professor Rosalind Gann to honor her father and encourage diversity in the graduate creative writing program.

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20th Anniversary Fall for the Book Headliners Announced

20th Anniversary Fall for the Book Headliners Announced

Fall for the Book will turn 20 years old in style with a star-studded lineup of headliners including novelists Tayari Jones, Elizabeth Kostova, and Elizabeth Strout; YA author Angie Thomas; and Congressman John Lewis. Other major writers will include Paul Hawken, Tom McAllister, Leslie Pietrzyk, Khaled Beydoun, and Katharine Weber.

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Visiting Writer Jon Pineda

Visiting Writer Jon Pineda

Poet, novelist and memoirist Jon Pineda, author of the new novel Let's No One Get Hurt, will read from and discuss his work as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writer Series. The event—free and open to the public—begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on Mason’s Fairfax campus.

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The Story told In Lorton’s Darkroom

The Story told In Lorton’s Darkroom

From the history of the Lorton Correctional Complex comes the story of “In Lorton’s Darkroom”, which changed the lives of the inmates living there. GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series conducted a short documentary screening of “In Lorton’s Darkroom” in the Johnson Center Cinema about the life-changing event.

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Poet Matthew Zapruder on 'Why Poetry,'

Poet Matthew Zapruder on 'Why Poetry,'

Award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder comes to Mason Thursday, April 12, to share selections from his own poetry and discuss his new book 'Why Poetry'. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1202.

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FAMS Courses Summer 2018

FAMS Courses Summer 2018

Our courses for Summer 2018 include Gender, Race & Class in Media, Intro Film (DL), Film and Video Forms (DL), Media Criticism (DL), History of World Cinema (DL), Global Horror Film, Business of Film, and The Films of Akira Kurosawa.

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New Leaves Week, April 2-6

New Leaves Week, April 2-6

This year’s New Leaves week, April 2-6, brings reading by visiting writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in addition to special events and talks on making your way in the world as a writer. Watch creativewriting.gmu.edu soon for full details on individual events.

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Mason at AWP: Meet Our New Creative Writing Director

Mason at AWP: Meet Our New Creative Writing Director

Gregg Wilhelm, who will become the new director of Mason’s Creative Writing Program in May, will be joining us at AWP on Thursday night, March 8, for our reception and reading—5-7 p.m. at Bernini or Ybor, 1702 East 7th Avenue in Tampa, co-hosted by Stillhouse Press.

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FAVS @ 10 May 5

FAVS @ 10 May 5

Saturday, May 5, 2018: A full day of programming celebrating the growth of the program over the last decade and honoring alumni from the FAVS BA, FAMS minor and MAIS concentration in Film and Video. FAVS @ 10 features industry, alumni, and faculty panels on the state of media making today.

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Mason Hosts Reading from Book Against Gun Violence

Mason Hosts Reading from Book Against Gun Violence

Bullets into Bells, a book of poems and prose calling for an end to gun violence in America, will be the focus of a reading on the Mason campus at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 5, in the Main Reading Room of Fenwick Library during the spring series New Leaves week.

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Visiting Writer: Jeannie Vanasco

Visiting Writer: Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco continues the Spring 2018 Visiting Writers series with a reading on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in George’s, 3rd floor of the Johnson Center, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading

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Visiting Writer: Okey Ndibe

Visiting Writer: Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe kicks of the Spring 2018 Visiting Writers series with a reading this Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading. 

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In Memory of Yoonmee Chang

In Memory of Yoonmee Chang

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is saddened to announce the passing of our colleague, Dr. Yoonmee Chang. Yoonmee joined the faculty Mason in 2005, serving as an associate professor. She was the author of Writing in the Ghetto: Class, Authorship, and the Asian American Ethnic Enclave.

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Novelist Hannah Tinti Visits Mason November 16

Novelist Hannah Tinti Visits Mason November 16

On Thursday, November 16, the Creative Writing Program welcomes novelist and short story writer Hannah Tinti to campus for a reading and discussion of her work. A meet-and-greet reception for Tinti takes place 7 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Her presentation follows at 7:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

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Celebrating New American Voices

Celebrating New American Voices

The New American Voices Award highlights the recently published works of literary fiction or creative non-fiction from immigrant writers. It will be awarded for the first time at next year's Fall for the Book festival.

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Visiting Writers Myung Mi Kim & Kristen Radtke

Visiting Writers Myung Mi Kim & Kristen Radtke

On Thursday, November 9, the Creative Writing Program welcomes two visiting writers for readings and discussions of their recent work. Avant-garde poet Myung Mi Kim and graphic memoirist Kristen Radtke will make a joint appearance at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Center Meeting Room G. The authors will also be part of a meet-and-greet reception at 7 p.m. in the same space.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2018

FAMS Courses for Spring 2018

A wide range of courses are available in Spring 2018: Cyberpunk, Sports TV, Cinemas of Resistance, Curating & Programming for the Moving Image, Latin American Film, Japanese Cinema, Soviet Film in the Times of Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, Global Horror Film, and more.

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Laura Scott's New Novel Released

Laura Scott's New Novel Released

Laura Ellen Scott, author and professor of creative writing at George Mason University, just released the much-anticipated second installment in her New Royal Mysteries series, "Crybaby Lane."

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Ashley, Yadav named Fenwick Fellows

Ashley, Yadav named Fenwick Fellows

Jennifer Ashley, a faculty member in the Global Affairs Program, and Alok Yadav, a faculty member in the Department of English, have been named 2017-18 Fenwick Fellows by Mason's university libraries.

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Composition faculty share their expertise at ITL conference

Composition faculty share their expertise at ITL conference

Mason composition faculty continue setting the standard for innovation in pedagogy, and this year’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning conference, hosted by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University, gave many faculty within the program the opportunity to showcase what they know and what they do.

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The Well Library is Being Revived at the Mason Club

The Well Library is Being Revived at the Mason Club

Fall for the Book is working to re-create the Well Library and house it in the Mason Club. A kick-off reception is planned for Monday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Mason Club. For the occasion, the club is open to all, with free snacks and a cash bar.

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50 years in, Gallehr keeps writing new chapters

50 years in, Gallehr keeps writing new chapters

In April, Dean Deborah Boehm-Davis was privileged to remark on the career of a man who is one of a kind: English professor Don Gallehr is Mason’s first faculty member to celebrate 50 years at the university, noting the profound influence that the “academic Cal Ripken” has had on his students, and the generosity and positivity for which he is known by his colleagues.

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Computing a Lifetime of Service

Computing a Lifetime of Service

Gail Bohan, BA English ’70, MPA ’82, became part of the George Mason community at a time when our institution was finding its roots as a new university. The campus climate was one of continuous discussion around these and other political issues, and coupled with the campus’ proximity to Washington, D.C., offered Bohan a sincere connection to being part of this important dialogue.

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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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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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An evening with Richard Ford

An evening with Richard Ford

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University will present an evening with acclaimed American novelist Richard Ford. One of the preeminent writers working in the United States, Ford will be in conversation with Maureen Corrigan of NPR's "Fresh Air" about his new memoir Between Them.

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Gallehr celebrates 50 years of teaching at Mason

Gallehr celebrates 50 years of teaching at Mason

English professor Don Gallehr marks a Mason first this month: celebrating 50 years as a faculty member here. Gallehr will be recognized for his longtime commitment to teaching Mason students as part of this year’s University Day Service Awards, April 5-6.

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New Leaves Writers' Conference 2017

New Leaves Writers' Conference 2017

Readings, panels, and presentations highlight the 2017 New Leaves Festival, to be held Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7, and hosted by the Creative Writing program at George Mason University. Except as noted, all events are open to the public and take place at locations on Mason’s Fairfax, VA, campus.

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Visiting Writer: Poet Suzanne Buffam

Visiting Writer: Poet Suzanne Buffam

Poet Suzanne Buffam, the Creative Writing Program’s third visiting writer this spring, will share her work, including selections from her latest collection, A Pillow Book (2016), on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Research Hall, Room 163, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The event is open to the public.

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Nonfiction alum Mike Scalise publishes his memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe

Nonfiction alum Mike Scalise publishes his memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe

Publication date January 31, 2017. After a ruptured pituitary tumor leaves Mike Scalise with the hormone disorder acromegaly at age 24, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, serves as a complicated model. A moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

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Mason Creative Writing & More at AWP

Mason Creative Writing & More at AWP

AWP comes to D.C. for its 50th anniversary and its annual conference, and Mason is there as a major sponsor. Alums, faculty and students appear on conference panels and at off-site events, and the creative writing program and some of its community partners have three spaces in the Bookfair. Here’s where you’ll find us and when.

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Visiting Writer Peter Ho Davies, Thursday, February 2

Visiting Writer Peter Ho Davies, Thursday, February 2

Peter Ho Davies, author most recently of the novel The Fortunes, visits George Mason University on Thursday, February 2, for an afternoon workshop with MFA students and a public reading at 7:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

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PopMatters Internship Spring 2017

PopMatters Internship Spring 2017

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

In a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening, brothers Lance and Brandon Kramer shared with students the process of making their first feature film, “City of Trees.” They also discussed their most recent project, “The Messy Truth,” which focuses on starting healthy conversations in the aftermath of a hyper-political election season.

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Cheuse's legacy lives on in new center

Cheuse's legacy lives on in new center

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center will encourage Mason's graduate creative writing students to study abroad, offer a home for established writers with residencies at Mason, and provide a hub for diverse conversations about art, literature and international issues, said Matthew Davis, the center’s founding director.

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Mason Welcomes Matthew Davis

Mason Welcomes Matthew Davis

Welcome to Mason Matthew Davis, who has been named director of the new Alan Cheuse International Writers Center—building on his twin interests in creative writing and international relations.

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Mason Out Loud Episode Two

Mason Out Loud Episode Two

Episode two of Mason Out Loud is available for listen! Mason Out Loud features creative writing and scholarship from GMU's English department faculty, students and alumni.

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Mason Out Loud, Episode One

Mason Out Loud, Episode One

The first episode of Mason Out Loud, our new creative and scholarly podcast, is available! Click below to hear for English department Associate Professor Art Taylor read from and discuss his Agatha Award winning novel in stories.

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Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book brings writers, readers, and scholars together like no other event in the region. In its eighteenth year, Fall for the Book is a weeklong literary festival with events taking place on Mason's Fairfax campus and at other venues across the region between September 25 and September 30.

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." This film follows what happened next.

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George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

Mason's Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend our largest annual event for prospective graduate students. Learn about graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and professional degrees. Come see the excitement of our campus, meet our faculty, and speak with admissions representatives.

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act, brought on by overfishing.

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Dr. Brian Hsu joins Linguistics faculty for 2016-2017

Dr. Brian Hsu joins Linguistics faculty for 2016-2017

Brian Hsu received his Ph.D in Linguistics at the University of Southern California in the summer of 2016. His research focuses on the sources of word order variation and on the interfaces of syntax and phonology. His dissertation work in theoretical syntax investigates the pronunciation of head movement chains, second position effects, and cross-linguistic variation in the realization of functional projections. His research has also examined the relationship between the domains of phonological processes and morpho-syntactic structures. Before teaching linguistics at George Mason, he was a French language instructor during his graduate studies.

Philip Burnham on the August 23rd Edition of Your Call

Philip Burnham on the August 23rd Edition of Your Call

Yellowstone was the first national park, established in 1872. It was an era of westward expansion and Native American removal. Nearly every national park and monument was once inhabited by indigenous people. What is the full and honest history of our national parks? How can we address the wrongs of the past and protect wild places for the future?

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5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

In this issue of the Mason SPIRIT, the college's senior associate Dean, Robert Matz, takes a look at some misconceptions about getting a liberal arts degree and how the degree meets up with what employers are looking for in a challenging job market.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

Courses include Bollywood and Beyond, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror Film, History of World Cinema, International Mysteries, Intro Documentary, Intro Film, Japanese Cinema, Music Video Experimentation, and War and International Film.

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Mason Alumnus Makes Shakespeare Available to All

Mason Alumnus Makes Shakespeare Available to All

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in English—an educational background one might conclude is a direct and expected link to a library career. But as the Folger is no ordinary library, Johnson’s path to it was no conventional journey.

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Matz Emphasizes Data on English Majors' Careers

Matz Emphasizes Data on English Majors' Careers

In an opinion piece on the Inside Higher Ed website, the college's senior associate dean, Robert Matz, offers data on the post-graduate employment of English majors to refute the familiar image of the food service counter as their inevitable landing place.

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Charlie Jones In Memoriam 1952-2016

Charlie Jones In Memoriam 1952-2016

Professer Charlie Jones, our colleague, teacher, and friend, died suddenly on 5 April 2016. The Program in Linguistics and George Mason University is establishing a memorial fund for a Linguistic Graduate student Scholarship. Please contribute in memory of Charlie. See more for details:

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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Bill Miller honored with Jack Wood Award

Bill Miller honored with Jack Wood Award

Since 2014, the Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations has honored individuals, groups, businesses and nonprofits that demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the community.

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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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Keith Honored with Guggenheim Fellowship

Keith Honored with Guggenheim Fellowship

Sally Keith, poet and faculty member in the Departments of English and Creative Writing, has received a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The author of four collections of poetry, Keith teaches graduate and undergraduate students.

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Douglas Wulf wins "Teacher of Distinction" award Accolades

Douglas Wulf wins "Teacher of Distinction" award

Congratulations to Doug on being awarded one of the "Teachers of Distinction " at George Mason. This recognizes his commitment to teaching and mentoring our linguistics students. He will be recognized and celebrated at the 2016 Celebration of Teaching Excellence on Monday, April 11, from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the main lobby of the Center for the Arts

The Role of the Poet in Our Times Featuring Jorie Graham

The Role of the Poet in Our Times Featuring Jorie Graham

The Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winning poet will read her own and others' work and speak about the importance of poetry and the humanities in today's world at The Vernon and Margarette Gras Lecture in the Humanities. It takes place on Thursday, April 21st, at 7:30 in the Center For The Arts, Grand Tier III.

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“Stage Four” director discusses inspiration, filmmaking

“Stage Four” director discusses inspiration, filmmaking

“I don’t know I would say there’s one particular message the film has,” Steger said. “I think when you make a film it should be something that people in the audience … reflect and connect to it in different levels … and all pull something different from it.”

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New Leaves Conference Continues Through Thursday, March 24th

New Leaves Conference Continues Through Thursday, March 24th

The conference began Monday night with a reading from Porochista Khakpour, author of two novels, Sons And Other Flammable Objects, a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” book, and The Last Illusion, which was named by NPR as one of the “Best Books of 2014.” Readings and celebrations continue through Thursday.

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Visiting Filmmaker Looks at Harlem through a Different Lens

Visiting Filmmaker Looks at Harlem through a Different Lens

Photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah brings his award-winning film, Field Niggas, to Mason on April 5. The film visits a street corner in Harlem, presenting the people there with dignity, respect, and unblinking attention to the brutal honesty of their circumstances.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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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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Art Taylor Reviews "Supernotes" in The Washington Post

Art Taylor Reviews "Supernotes" in The Washington Post

Supernotes are counterfeit $100 bills, primarily in circulation in Asia and produced so superbly that they thwart even the most advanced detection methods. But the new book “Supernotes” takes that description even further: “Authentic banknotes, but printed in a place that’s not the U.S. Mint. And therefore false? No. Different. But real.”

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FAVS Fall Showcase: December 11

FAVS Fall Showcase: December 11

The Fall Showcase Day One features a presentation by Norman Steinberg, founder of the TV Writers' Studio at LIU Brooklyn, and films by documentary students, video production for film students, and fiction film students.

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(T)Error: Free screening and filmmaker Q&A Nov 11 at 4:30pm JCC

(T)Error: Free screening and filmmaker Q&A Nov 11 at 4:30pm JCC

(T)Error is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. It won International Documentary Association's Emerging Filmmakers Award and is nominated for the ABC News VideoSource Award, which recognizes compelling use of news footage in documentary filmmaking.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2016

FAMS Courses for Spring 2016

New courses this semester include Television Studies, The Middle East and North Africa Through Film: The City and the Subject, and Latin American Film and TV Studies.

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The South Does Rise Again

The South Does Rise Again

In a release well-timed for Halloween, Eric Gary Anderson, faculty member, Department of English, has published a new book, Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture (LSU Press, 2015). The book explores “undeadness” from the perspectives of the many sides of southern culture.

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Aseel Alammar wins award for best abstract Accolades

Aseel Alammar wins award for best abstract

Linguistics PhD student Aseel Alammar was recently awarded the Best Abstract Award from the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference in Linguistics at the University of Georgia. She presented her paper : Second Language Perception of Word Segmentation, in October 2015.

Fritjof Capra to Present the 2015 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture

Fritjof Capra to Present the 2015 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture

Physicist, author, educator, and activist Fritjof Capra will present the 2015 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture on September 23, 2015. Dr. Capra is the founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and has spent his career exploring the power of science to explain the systems of the universe.

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Mason's "First Couple" Weathers Life's Adventures with Grace

Mason's "First Couple" Weathers Life's Adventures with Grace

Each alumnus of George Mason University takes from the university a collection of experiences and memories that shapes who they will be in the future. Two alumni in particular walked forth from the very early days of George Mason with a foundation that has allowed them to continue to flourish.

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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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Submissions Sought for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review

Submissions Sought for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review

Mason alumni Nicole Idar and Elizabeth Gutting have established the Alan Cheuse Literary Review, and ask the Mason community of writers, faculty and students alike, to submit written work to share their thoughts with Professor Cheuse as he recovers from a serious automobile accident.

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Wine, Wilson, and Song Alumni News

Wine, Wilson, and Song

George H. Wilson, BA English ’69, was on Mason’s first basketball, rugby, and baseball teams. Patriot fans can see him walk across the basketball court during Homecoming games.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2015

FAMS Courses for Fall 2015

FAMS courses offered in Fall 2015 include Introduction to Documentary, Film & Video Forms, Global Film: Walls and Borders, International Mysteries, and Uncovering the US Past Through Film.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2015

PopMatters Internship Fall 2015

A great chance to gain experience in writing reviews of popular, current film, television, and internet programming for a well respected, daily cultural studies magazine.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2015

FAMS Courses for Summer 2015

FAMS courses offered in Summer 2015 include Introduction to Film, Film & Video Forms, Global Horror Film, Media Criticism (DE), and Samurai On Screen.

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Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 Award Winners

Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 Award Winners

Awards presented for Best of Fest, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, and Best Experimental, as well as for best achievements in technical categories and best pitches. The audience voted on three favorite films, one for each of the three screening blocks on Saturday.

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Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 May 7-8-9 in Johnson Center Cinema

Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 May 7-8-9 in Johnson Center Cinema

The Mason Film Festival is a three-day program in the Johnson Center Cinema, representing Beginning Video, Intermediate directing work in fiction, and Senior Films. Senior films are the culmination and capstone for Film and Video Studies majors in the BA for students with Video Production and Screenwriting Concentrations. Our Senior Program entries are awarded prizes in Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, Production Design, and Best of Fest.

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Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

The Department of History & Art History, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of Military Services, and some off-campus veterans organizations are sponsoring a free screening of Rory Kennedy's 2014 Academy Award-nominated film, "Last Days in Vietnam" on Sunday, March 29th, at 6:30 PM in the JC Cinema.

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Come To The English Department Open House on March 18!

Come To The English Department Open House on March 18!

Learn more about our programs in English from esteemed faculty, staff, and current students who will be joining you for the day’s event. Students will have the opportunity to sit in on classes while parents enjoy a Question & Answer session with the English Department chair, Debra Lattanzi Shutika.

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Spanish and Latin Film Festival in Fourth Estate

Spanish and Latin Film Festival in Fourth Estate

“I believe students learn more from a movie, rather than a lecture when it comes to exploring different cultures," says Professor Lisa Rabin of the Modern and Classical Languages Department. "There is a growing interest in multilingualism film.”

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GMU Linguistics Launches NEW ONLINE TESL Certificate Headlines

GMU Linguistics Launches NEW ONLINE TESL Certificate

Do you want to teach ESL to adults? If you are on a busy schedule, you can now earn a TESL Certificate at George Mason University completely online! Learn more about this fully-accredited graduate certificate program. Learn more here: http://masononline.gmu.edu/programs/teslgraduatecertificate/

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“Dear White People”: The Two Sided Debate

“Dear White People”: The Two Sided Debate

“There are different types of characters that represent different intersections of race and people. [Dear White People] showcases a more complex picture that a lot of other movies haven’t been able to do,” said Christina Lee, student liaison for African and African American Studies.

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Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

This Spanish and Latin American film festival features films organized around two related questions: first, how do these Spanish language films reveal new knowledge concerning the lived social and cultural histories of multilingual groups within larger national and transnational contexts; and second, how does the art of these films provide viewers with a critical eye on the connections between language and power, such as the relationship between “national” languages and hegemonic culture and the link of linguistic difference with popular culture “from below.”

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Out in the Night, Part of GMU's Visiting Filmmakers Series, Receives National Praise

Out in the Night, Part of GMU's Visiting Filmmakers Series, Receives National Praise

Out in the Night, an award winning documentary produced by Mason’s Director of Film and Video Studies, was screened at Mason as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series. It has been screened at several film festivals and won multiple awards, including Best Feature at the Queer People of Color Film Festival and the Jury Award for Excellence: Best Documentary at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

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Film and Video Students Ready for Fall Film Showcase

Film and Video Students Ready for Fall Film Showcase

The showcase, which is from 3 to 9:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus, will feature 11 final film projects by senior producing course students, 13 films by documentary directing course students and five films by graduate students of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

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"Robbed of the Good Years": Evolution of a Criminal at GMU

"Robbed of the Good Years": Evolution of a Criminal at GMU

Evolution of a Criminal challenges people to ask questions about society and about how far people are willing to go for their families. Monroe was an average, smart kid with a bright future and everything going for him. Seeing his parents struggle living paycheck to paycheck made him feel like he needed to help out.

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Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Taylor won Best Mystery Short Story for his story "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants," originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for their March/April 2013 issue.

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Out in the Night at GMU 141029

Out in the Night at GMU 141029

On 29 October 2014, GMU’s Film & Media Studies and Film & Video Studies programs hosted a screening of the documentary Out in the Night, followed by a discussion with filmmaker blair dorosh-walther, film producer and FAVS Director Giovanna Chesler, and film subject Renata Hill.

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Film Studies Student Profile: Ashley Blue Headlines

Film Studies Student Profile: Ashley Blue

A recent Mason alum has entered the field with a current job position as an assistant editor for Ventana Productions in Washington, D.C., after graduating with a BA in Film and Video Studies from Mason this spring. Ashley Blue decided to pursue this career path during her senior year of high school after seeing “Slumdog Millionaire” at the theater.

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Professor Profile: Ben Steger Headlines

Professor Profile: Ben Steger

Ben Steger is a documentary filmmaker and a professor for the Film and Video Studies department and Film and Media Studies program here at Mason. His new documentary, “Stage Four: A Love Story,” premiered at the Washington West Film Festival on Oct. 25.

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Kyoko Mori Wins Phoenix Award For Her Book "One Bird"

Kyoko Mori Wins Phoenix Award For Her Book "One Bird"

The Phoenix Award is given to the author of a book for children published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award at the time of publication, but which, from the perspective of time, is deemed worthy of special recognition for its high literary quality.

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Films About Filmmaking

Films About Filmmaking

GMU’s Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, Film & Media Studies, and Film & Video Studies present a series of films about filmmaking. All screenings on Wednesdays at 4:30pm in Johnson Center Room A, each followed by a discussion with GMU faculty and Delta Kappa Alpha members.

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College’s Sports Courses Go for Gold

College’s Sports Courses Go for Gold

How would you like to spend a course period talking about sports and getting credit for it? Even better, you will learn more than you thought you could about something you already love.

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Film students expose the complexities of cinema

Film students expose the complexities of cinema

Mason film students are bringing together both film and non-film majors to learn about the production of movies.The Films about Filmmaking series gives students the chance to discuss their love of film with a community that shares their same passion.

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Three Mathew Brady Photographs by Eric Pankey

Three Mathew Brady Photographs by Eric Pankey

In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives has partnered with the Academy of American Poets to present original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives. Here, Eric Pankey reads his poems about three Civil War photos by Mathew Brady.

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Alum M. Mack Has Two Poetry Chapbooks Coming Out in 2015!

Alum M. Mack Has Two Poetry Chapbooks Coming Out in 2015!

"Traveling" will be put out by Hyacinth Girl Press and "Imaginary Kansas" from Dancing Girl Press.

Fall for the Book 2014

Fall for the Book 2014

The Fall for the Book festival opens this week. It features some of the best-known and best-loved writers on the planet as well as the rising literary stars of tomorrow.

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A Fragile Trust and Samantha Grant Q&A

A Fragile Trust and Samantha Grant Q&A

Filmmaker Samantha Grant said that a primary motivation for making A Fragile Trust was to “restore faith in journalism” by revealing how Jayson Blair’s case developed from a particular set of circumstances. She emphasized the importance of journalistic institutions even as advancing technologies change the field.

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Calling All Alumni: The English Alumni Society Wants You!

Calling All Alumni: The English Alumni Society Wants You!

Interested in joining the English Alumni Society? The English Department Outreach Committee needs your help! To create the best programs possible, alumni of any English department program are invited to complete a very brief outreach questionnaire. Your feedback will help us greatly!

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College Faculty Members Honored for Excellence in Teaching

College Faculty Members Honored for Excellence in Teaching

Four faculty members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were recognized this year by the university's Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. We congratulate Eric Anderson, Alan More, Amy Best, and Jeremy Hodgson for their contributions to the excellent instruction of our students.

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Art Taylor wins 2014 Agatha Award

Art Taylor wins 2014 Agatha Award

Professor Ar Taylor wins the Agatha Award for best short story for "The Care and Feeding of House Plants" which appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013.

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"On My Way" review by FAMS minor and English major Gina Kim Publications

"On My Way" review by FAMS minor and English major Gina Kim

Despite our desire to invest in in Bette's story (she’s Catherine Deneuve, after all), she remains as undeveloped as the film around her. While the title On My Way implies the start of a journey that might be energetic and fresh, by the film’s end, Bettie doesn’t seem like she’s moved much at all.

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Jason Osder and Let the Fire Burn at GMU

Jason Osder and Let the Fire Burn at GMU

On Wednesday, 19 March 2014, the Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series brought the award-winning Let the Fire Burn and director Jason Osder to the Johnson Center Cinema. The event brought together George Mason University faculty and students, as well as some community members who remembered the history recounted by the documentary.

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Why Fiction Matters In The Media

Why Fiction Matters

A special March Readers' Review: Diane Rehm and her guests discuss why fiction matters. A recent study indicates that fewer than half of all Americans are reading novels today. It suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.

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DKA and FAMS: Monday Movies 3/24 and 3/31

DKA and FAMS: Monday Movies 3/24 and 3/31

GMU’s Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, and Film & Media Studies are cosponsoring Monday Movies, two Classic Film Screenings and Discussions, on March 24 and March 31. Both events will be at 4:30pm in the Johnson Center Cinema.

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The New Black: FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series

The New Black: FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series

On 7 November 2013, George Mason University’s Film & Media Studies Program hosted a screening of the documentary The New Black, followed by a Q&A with director Yoruba Richen. The event was the latest in FAMS' Visiting Filmmakers Series, which brings a new film and artist to campus each semester.

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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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Where Soldiers Come From at GMU on 9/11

Where Soldiers Come From at GMU on 9/11

The screening of Where Soldiers Come From and dicussion following served as a fitting conclusion to honor not only those who lost their lives on 9/11, but also those who continue to give their lives in service of their country.

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PhD in Writing and Rhetoric Launches

PhD in Writing and Rhetoric Launches

The George Mason English Department is proud to announce that its new PhD in Writing and Rhetoric has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The program begins in Fall 2013.

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Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

On Wednesday, 10 April, students, faculty, and visitors to George Mason University attended a screening of the documentary Reportero and a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz. Sponsored by the Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series, the event showcased the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico, as they are targeted by drug cartels and corrupt government officials.

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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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Happy and Learning at Any Age

Happy and Learning at Any Age

Mason English professors Don Gallehr and Terry Zawacki joined a discussion on the PBS NewsHour about how academics keep working after the usual retirement age.

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Sally Keith Reads Her Poem "Providence"

Sally Keith Reads Her Poem "Providence"

The PBS NewsHour weekly arts blog picks "Providence," recently published in Sally Keith's new book of poetry, for its poem of the week. To watch a video of Keith reading the poem, click on the link below.

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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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Alan Cheuse will be reading at the Hill Center on December 2nd at 7pm Headlines

Alan Cheuse will be reading at the Hill Center on December 2nd at 7pm

Alan Cheuse will be reading with Alyson Foster at the Hill Center in SE DC to lead off a new PEN/Faulkner reading series on Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm.

The Waiting Room screening and Q&A 11/7

The Waiting Room screening and Q&A 11/7

The Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series is bringing the film The Waiting Room, director Peter Nicks, and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday to George Mason University's Johnson Center Cinema on November 7, 2012 at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Film Screening Johnson Center Cinema 11/14

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Film Screening Johnson Center Cinema 11/14

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at the Johnson Center Cinema at 6:30pm on 14 November 2012. Sponsored by the English Department and the Film & Media Studies Program at George Mason University, this event is free and open to the public. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hasan Elahi, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Maryland. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

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Test Faculty Afoot Faculty Afoot

Test Faculty Afoot

Fall 2012 English Courses

Fall 2012 English Courses

Looking for an English course in Fall 2012? We've got them here. Some sample topics: Cell Phone Culture, Folklore and Folklife, English Renaissance Drama, The Beginnings of African American Literature, Romantic Poetry, Modern Drama, English Grammar, Writing Nonfiction Genres, Political Film, Twentieth-Century Avante Garde Poetry, Rhetoric and Public Spectacles, and more.

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Clark Gives Vision Series Lecture

Clark Gives Vision Series Lecture

Professor Keith Clark of the Mason English Department will be giving one of this year's George Mason Vision Series Lectures, entitled "Before Toni Morrison and Alice Walker: The Forgotten Fiction of Ann Petry." The lecture is Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.

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English: Where Careers Begin

English: Where Careers Begin

Welcome back to Mason for the Spring 2012 semester! Be sure to check out the English Banner hanging in the Johnson Center and visit the careers page on the website.

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Harvey Edits Special Edition

Harvey Edits Special Edition

Mason English Professor Tamara Harvey is the guest editor of the most recent issue of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (Vol. 28, No. 2 (2011)), a special issue, “Women and Early America.”

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Better This World at Johnson Center Cinema, 3/20 at 6pm

Better This World at Johnson Center Cinema, 3/20 at 6pm

Better This World follows the dramatic journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23), of Midland Texas, George W. Bush’s hometown, as they are transformed from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists, arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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ENGH 202 Course Offerings

ENGH 202 Course Offerings

ENGH 202 courses offer special topics and fulfill the general education requirement for a 200-level literature class. Take one alone, or build on the reading and writing skills learned in ENGH 201.

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MFA Alum Ryan Call wins Whiting Prize for Fiction

MFA Alum Ryan Call wins Whiting Prize for Fiction

Ryan Call, author of the short story collection The Weather Stations (Caketrain, 2011) and MFA alum (2008) just received a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award in fiction. The Whiting foundation recognized his writing as “new…unlike anything else being published.”

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NaNoWriMo Returns to Mason in November

NaNoWriMo Returns to Mason in November

It's almost that time of year again when the English department invites any writers to join in a month-long marathon of churning out 50,000 words in the form of a novel. Join us in Robinson A 447 on Tuesday, October 25 from 7:30pm until 10:30pm for a kick-off party and writing workshop with author Colleen Kearney Rich. Check out the Facebook invitation to RSVP.

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Speech Accent Archive

Speech Accent Archive

Mason linguistics professor Steven Weinberger sits at a computer in a small room reading a 69-word paragraph from the computer’s large monitor. It’s a short paragraph that he and his research assistants devised using virtually every English sound. Weinberger is a linguistics czar.

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"Death Wishing" released in October from Ig Publishing

"Death Wishing" released in October from Ig Publishing

Laura Scott, MFA '93, serves the English department as the undergraduate advisor and guides our students to success at Mason by helping them find classes and concentrations to fit their interests and successfully complete their degrees. Additionally, she teaches undergraduate fiction workshops and helps lead extracurricular activities such as write-ins for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November). Now, with the publication of her first novel, "Death Wishing," we have a chance to return the favor and offer her our support.

John Carlos and Dave Zirin

John Carlos and Dave Zirin

The documentary Not Just a Game and the book The John Carlos Story look at the relationship of sports and politics. The documentary traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, and showcases rebel athletes who fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The book tells the story of one of these athletes, John Carlos.

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English Department Mourns the Death of Professor Stephen J. Brown

English Department Mourns the Death of Professor Stephen J. Brown

Stephen J. Brown, who taught in the Mason English Department from its early years until 1994, died in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2011. Brown was a scholar of the English Renaissance and the author of pioneering scholarship on gender and sexuality in Shakespeare, and on Shakespeare's role in American culture.

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Big Red Displays Student Work in English

Big Red Displays Student Work in English

The big red cabinet across from the English department's main office is difficult to miss, but the real spectacle is the student work displayed inside. Be sure to stop by and see what our students are doing.

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13th Annual Fall for the Book Festival

13th Annual Fall for the Book Festival

This year's festival features Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Claudia Rankine. Events take place at George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. All events are free and open to the public.

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College Honors Alumni of the Year at Celebration

College Honors Alumni of the Year at Celebration

Newly minted graduates were not the only ones celebrating on Friday, May 20. At 12:30 that day, alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences gathered in Mason Hall for the college’s annual Alumni of the Year Celebration.

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Tomb Readers

Tomb Readers

Night was coming on fast, so history professor T. Mills Kelly spoke quickly. His class needed to get some critical field work done in the fading midwinter light.

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"Poster Girl" Documentary to Premiere at Mason on April 27

"Poster Girl" Documentary to Premiere at Mason on April 27

Poster Girl, a nominee for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject, premieres April 27 at George Mason University. The showing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, will be followed by a discussion with Sara Nesson, the film's director, and Robynn Murray, who is featured in the film.

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Harvey Celebrates Book Publication with Co-editors in Women and Gender Studies

Harvey Celebrates Book Publication with Co-editors in Women and Gender Studies

Tamara Harvey, the Director of Graduate Programs in the English department, celebrates the recent publication of "Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women’s lives, human rights" along with the book's co-editors Debra Bergoffen (Philosophy), Paula Ruth Gilbert (French and Women & Gender Studies), and Connie McNeely (School of Public Policy) on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in the Women and Gender Studies Center (Johnson Center, rm. 240K) from 4PM until 6PM.

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English Department Professor Terry Zawacki Wins Teaching Excellence Award

English Department Professor Terry Zawacki Wins Teaching Excellence Award

The Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence have announced the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award winners. Included in this year's winners is English Department Professor Terry Zawacki. Zawacki's win continues a long and proud tradition of strong representation of English Department faculty among the annual Teaching Excellence Award winners. All are invited and welcomed to the 2011 Celebration of Teaching Excellence. The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 11, from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm in the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall Main Lobby.

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International Writing Conference Descends Upon Mason

International Writing Conference Descends Upon Mason

George Mason University will host the fourth Writing Research Across Borders II conference from Feb. 17-20 in various locations on the Fairfax campus. Experts will cover writing development, technology, writing research throughout various disciplines, writing in different social settings and many other topics.

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New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

Over the summer, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomed many new faculty and staff members, while some current college employees added other responsibilities to their slate. The Global Affairs and Biodefense programs have new directors and the Department of Public and International Affairs has a new chair.

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November is National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. Please join Mason's loose affiliation of novelists as we tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo is fun, nearly impossible, and definitely exciting.

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Professor Mark Sample Makes Your Life Easier At ProfHacker

Professor Mark Sample Makes Your Life Easier At ProfHacker

Want some advice on starting a graduate program as a part-time grad student? How about teaching with Twitter? Or a means of evaluating student blogs or the best note-taking software for your Android device? Professor Mark Sample dishes on these questions and more in his new role as a contributing editor to The Chronicle of Higher Education blog, ProfHacker.

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Fall for the Book 2010

Fall for the Book 2010

Six Days. 150 Authors. Events at George Mason, and around Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. September 19-24, 2010. Featured authors range from novelists Jane Smiley and Rick Moody to graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, to poet Charles Bernstein, to environmentalist Bill McKibben--and the list goes on and on. Participants from the Mason English Department faculty include Ben Doller, Roger Lathbury, and David Williams. A number of the Department's former MFA students are featured as well.

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Film Courses Aim to Educate On-Screen

Film Courses Aim to Educate On-Screen

Several college departments are offering classes focusing on film and media in which students will examine niche on-screen topics and engage in analysis with highly decorated film experts.

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Danielle Duelen Wins Poetry Prize

Danielle Duelen Wins Poetry Prize

Former Mason MFA student Danielle Duelen has won the University of Arkansas Press’s 2011 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. The press will publish Duelen's prize-winning poetry collection, Lovely Asunder, in Spring 2011. During her time at Mason, Duelen also served as the English Department's coordinator of graduate programs.

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Special Alumni Writer's Workshop

Special Alumni Writer's Workshop

The English Department hosts its first annual writer's workshop specially offered to Mason English Department Alumni. Featured workshop leaders and readers are Laura Scott, Mel Nichols, Joe Hall and Kyle Semmel.

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Chang Featured at 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Chang Featured at 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

English Department Professor Yoonmee Chang will speak at the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the topic of Asian Pacific Americans. The event, "Margin to Mainstream: APAs in DC Metro Universities,” will be held at 1:15 pm and 2:00pm on July 2nd. Come down to the festival and say hello.

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Wiederhold Wins Essay Award

Wiederhold Wins Essay Award

English Department Professor Eve Wiederhold's article "Feminist Rhetoric and Representational Fatigue" has won the 2008 Elizabeth Flynn Award for the best feminist article published in the field of Rhetoric and Composition Studies. The article is published in JAC: Rhetoric, Writing, Culture, Politics 28.1 (2009).

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Speech Accent Archive Named Outstanding Reference Site

Speech Accent Archive Named Outstanding Reference Site

The Speech Accent Archive of George Mason University has been named one of 30 outstanding web sites for reference information. This recognition comes from MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Congratulations to the faculty, students, and native speakers who have contributed to the site.

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University to Remember Brown

University to Remember Brown

On May 5, 2010, George Mason University will remember Lorraine Brown, professor emeritus of English who passed away in February after 42 years of service to the university.

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The New English Department T-Shirts are Here Headlines

The New English Department T-Shirts are Here

The comfortable and stylish English Department T-shirt, with its distinctive Beowulf with Blackberry logo, is now available in the English Department Office, for the low, low price of $6.00 a shirt. See Cloud Spurlock to buy a shirt, and wear you English Department colors!

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Two English Students Win 2010 Dean's Challenge Awards

Two English Students Win 2010 Dean's Challenge Awards

English Master's degree student Malisah Small and English undergraduate student Nicole Wiesenhahn are 2010-2011 recipients of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Challenge Award. The award acknowledges exceptional undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled while making academically challenging choices.

Folklorist Timothy Tangherlini Discusses Current Project on Folklore and Geographic Information Systems

Folklorist Timothy Tangherlini Discusses Current Project on Folklore and Geographic Information Systems

Professor Timothy Tangherlini will present and discuss his current project on folklore and geographic information systems. This innovative work brings together the fields and practices of folklore, cultural geography, ethnography, and the digital humanities. Professor Tangherlini was awarded a 2009 American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship for this project. The presentation is scheduled for Monday, May 3, 7:20 - 10:00 pm in the Johnson Center, Third Floor, Room F.

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Department Chair's Challenge

Department Chair's Challenge

In an effort to raise funds to support current students through fellowships, internships and awards, George Mason University English Department Chair Robert Matz is challenging himself with a ride of 224 miles that must be completed in 24 hours. The action starts April 16.

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Professor Amal Amireh Gives Fenwick Fellows Lecture

Professor Amal Amireh Gives Fenwick Fellows Lecture

Professor Amal Amireh, the 2008-2009 Fenwick Fellow, will give the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on April 7, 2010 in the Johnson Center, Room A, at 2 - 4 pm. Her lecture is entitled "Between Nationalism and Globalization: Representations of Arab Masculinity in Arab Popular Culture."

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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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Baker’s Novel Selected for the 2010 Text and Community Program

Baker’s Novel Selected for the 2010 Text and Community Program

Entertainment Weekly called it “a hauntingly beautiful historical spotlight.” The Washington Post praised how the “intricately expressive faces and trenchant dramatic pacing evoke the diabolic slave trade’s real horrors.” And now students across the university will have the opportunity to discover for themselves Kyle Baker’s graphic novel “Nat Turner,” an account of the 1831 slave rebellion that has been chosen for the 2010 Text and Community Program.

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Emeritus Professor Brown Passes Away

Emeritus Professor Brown Passes Away

The university community mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus of English Lorraine A. Brown, who died on Feb. 27. Brown retired from Mason in February 2009 after 42 years of service. In 2007, she and Don Gallehr, English, were recognized as the first university employees to reach the 40-year milestone of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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MFA grad Graves featured in Hamiltonian exhibit

MFA grad Graves featured in Hamiltonian exhibit

Mason MFA graduate Eleanor Graves -- a recipient of the Mary Rinehart Award in poetry -- is one of 16 writers and 16 visual artists from Washington, D.C., and beyond that have paired to create artworks that resonate with each other for a new exhibition, Call + Response. The show, which includes the work of a Guggenheim fellowship recipient and seven Hamiltonian Fellows, will run from January 23 until February 13, 2010.

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Carla Marcantonio: New Angles on Film

Carla Marcantonio: New Angles on Film

Mason professor Carla Marcantonio, whose dissertation studied acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s work, says his film Broken Embraces is "Very self-reflexive about the process of making movies. The main character is a stand-in for Almodóvar himself, and the film is partly a meditation on what it would be like for the director who depends on the visual to lose his eyesight.”

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Eric Eisner on Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity

Eric Eisner on Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity

Eisner's Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity analyzes the ways poets and their readers adjusted to the new modes of fame and fandom that appeared along with the rise of mass media, a mass audience for literature, and new techniques of marketing and journalism in the nineteenth century.

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College Students Win Global Education Awards

College Students Win Global Education Awards

While many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' students will travel abroad this winter, 20 of them are headed to places likes Israel, Palestine, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey thanks to awards from Mason's Center for Global Education.

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Tuckey's Poetry is Socially Engaging

Tuckey's Poetry is Socially Engaging

Creative writing (MFA) graduate Melissa Tuckey, a poet, has appeared in several prominent publications and has a chapbook, “Rope as Witness.” She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Ohio Arts Council and the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, as well as a residency at Blue Mountain Center. She is also the co-founder of Split This Rock Poetry Festival where she freely exercises her political aspirations.

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Karlson and Walls Awards Headlines

Karlson and Walls Awards

The English Department announces two new student prizes, both made possible by the generous gift of an anonymous alumni donor. Each award is named for and honors a former member of the George Mason English Department. The Robert Karlson prize provides $500 to the year's outstanding graduate student in the English Department's MA programs. The Aileen Walls prize provides $500 to an outstanding graduating English major.

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Accent Archive Project: Steven Weinberger

Accent Archive Project: Steven Weinberger

What makes a Latvian speaker of English sound different from a Kiswahili speaker of English? And can we tell if a speaker is from New Zealand or from Australia? These are a few of the questions that the Speech Accent Archive can help to answer.

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Alumnus Recognized for Avalanche Rescue

Alumnus Recognized for Avalanche Rescue

Alumnus Matt Murphy, BA English '97, spends a good part of each year serving as a snow ranger and predicting avalanches at the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. He reaches thousands of users with his daily morning backcountry avalanche predictions as a lead forecaster for the Avalanche Information Center.

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2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

They lined up in the parking lot of Patriot Center, smiles on their faces and arms wrapped around their friends in celebratory hugs. George Mason University's class of 2009, grouped into the College of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, marched into the Patriot Center on May 15, 2009 for undergraduate convocation. "This celebration recognizes your efforts and dedication in fulfilling your degree requirements," Dean Jack Censer told the group of students. "Your passion and pursuit of excellence brought you to this culminating moment, where you are surrounded by the family and friends who have guided and supported you along the way."

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Mason Topics Brought Students and Professors Closer

Mason Topics Brought Students and Professors Closer

English Professor Teresa Michals has often told her students that real learning and real friendship go together. Through the development of the Mason Topics program, Michals was able to create an environment in which students and professors could build long-lasting relationships in the pursuit of their scholarly work.

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Fiction Writer Cheuse Shared Tips at Vision Series

Fiction Writer Cheuse Shared Tips at Vision Series

Alan Cheuse, an acclaimed novelist, critic and professor, appeared at George Mason’s Center for the Arts on April 20. National Public Radio's longtime “voice of books,” Cheuse was the eighth and final speaker in the university’s “Vision Series” – an eight month series of lectures that sheds light on the real world research and creativity that takes place every day on Mason’s campus.

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Shannon Pennell, English '11, wins a CHSS Dean's Challenge Award

Shannon Pennell, English '11, wins a CHSS Dean's Challenge Award

Shannon volunteers each week as a peer mentor assisting Mason students with learning disabilities and disorders in successfully completing their pursuit of a degree. Also during her time at Mason, Shannon has written for the campus literary magazine Vox Pop, been a part of the Program Board Film Committee, and completed the Honors Program in the English major as a junior (a program normally only pursued by seniors). Off-campus, she recently went door-to-door working for the Public Interest Research Group trying to foster grassroots support for legislation requiring greater use of alternative fuels.

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Mason professor will give insight on his writing process.

Mason professor will give insight on his writing process.

Alan Cheuse, an acclaimed novelist, critic and English professor, will be appearing at George Mason’s Center for the Arts on April 20 at 7 p.m. National Public Radio's longtime “voice of books,” Cheuse is the eighth and final speaker in the university’s “Vision Series” – an eight month series of lectures that sheds light on the creativity and real-world research that takes place every day on Mason’s campus.

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Social Entrepreneurship Comes to Mason

Social Entrepreneurship Comes to Mason

George Mason has been selected as one of four universities in the first year of the Ashoka Changemaker Campus program. (Others selected are Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland.) The program brings students and faculty together with practitioners, thought leaders, and philanthropists to create new and effective partnerships for sustainable social change.

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Northern Virginia Writing Project

Northern Virginia Writing Project

Housed in the George Mason University English Department, the Northern Virginia Writing Project is a cooperative effort of George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and the public and private schools of Northern Virginia.

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