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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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College Faculty Speak to Prospective Students

College Faculty Speak to Prospective Students

At the Mason Fall Premier on Nov. 14, 2009, three members of the college faculty spoke to prospective students and parents about their fields of interest and the empowerment that comes with being a college student. Students and their families had an opportunity to hear from Wendi Manuel-Scott of African and African American Studies, Todd Kashdan of Psychology, and Debra Shutika of Folklore Programs and English.

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Mantz Pursuing Field Studies in Congo

Mantz Pursuing Field Studies in Congo

Jeff Mantz from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is back in the Congo, where he is pursuing field studies about coltan. He recently wrote "Blood Diamonds of the Digital Age: Coltan and the Eastern Congo."

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Mazrui Visits Mason

Mazrui Visits Mason

The African and African American studies program at George Mason offers students several community outreach opportunities as well as opportunities to meet with distinguished scholars. On April 9, 2009, Dr. Ali Mazrui visited George Mason as the highlight of the program’s 2009 “African Initiative.” An author of more than 20 books about Islam, globalization, the Diaspora, politics and more, Mazrui is also the director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He created a television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by BBC, PBS and the Nigerian Television Authority.

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2009 Text and Community Program Enhances Department’s Year of the African Novel

2009 Text and Community Program Enhances Department’s Year of the African Novel

The English Department has selected Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga’s debut novel, Nervous Conditions, for the 2009 Text and Community Program. Each spring, Text and Community fosters a collaboration between the English Department and other Mason departments and organizations, with professors encouraged to adopt the chosen title in their course work and students encouraged to read the book on their own, all with the goal of approaching a single text from diverse viewpoints and across a variety of disciplines.

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