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University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

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A message supporting our international students

A message supporting our international students

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F-1 visas who take all of their courses for the semester online. This decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens to interrupt the academic work of more than 3,000 students here at George Mason University.

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CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its graduates in the Class of 2020 with a message from Dean Ann Ardis, a musical tribute from the Green Machine, and more.

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Celebrating our AAAS Seniors

Celebrating our AAAS Seniors

Graduation season is upon us, and while this year's celebrations look different than we'd imagine, the brilliance and boldness of our graduates remain the same. Graduating seniors in the African and African American Studies (AAAS) program leave behind a powerful legacy, and are setting the stage for a remarkable future. Following is just a sampling of the the phenomenal students graduating as AAAS Minors.

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Sojourner Truth Lecture marks 20 years

Sojourner Truth Lecture marks 20 years

As Mason's Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies programs prepare to present the university's 20th Sojourner Truth Lecture, it welcomes back Marilyn Mobley, one of the founding mothers of both programs.

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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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Wendi Manuel-Scott discusses Mason's legacy on Richmond, VA radio Headlines

Wendi Manuel-Scott discusses Mason's legacy on Richmond, VA radio

Wendi Manuel-Scott, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, School of Integrative Studies, African and African and African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies, discussed the complicated legacy of George Mason IV with radio station WRVA.

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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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Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Wendi Manuel-Scott will moderate a dialogue with thought leaders Laurie Robinson, Earl Smith, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Shirley Ginwright on policing and crimes against people of color, including current issues and the national climate, for this semester's President's Freedom and Learning Forum.

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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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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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"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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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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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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Still Honoring the Difficult

Still Honoring the Difficult

As a vital architect of a matrilineal literary tradition, Alice Walker stands on the shoulders of artists/activists––from Frances E.W. Harper and Ida B. Wells-Barnett to Lorraine Hansberry and Audre Lorde.

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Abraham Lincoln Revisited

Abraham Lincoln Revisited

When Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and the quest for racial integration dominated the national narrative, the image of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator continued to prevail.

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Nearly 2,700 Students Graduate at 2013 Convocations

Nearly 2,700 Students Graduate at 2013 Convocations

The biggest cap-and-gown-clad graduating class in the history of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the Patriot Center stage last week, in three well-coordinated and enthusiastic convocation ceremonies.

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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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Work of Alumna Willis Featured in February Mason Exhibit Alumni News

Work of Alumna Willis Featured in February Mason Exhibit

Scholar, artist and photographer Deborah Willis, who earned a PhD in cultural studies at George Mason University in 2002, will have her work on display at a Mason exhibit throughout February. The showcase, called "Progeny," features the work of Willis and her son, Hank Willis Thomas.

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Second Annual Lost & Found Stories

Second Annual Lost & Found Stories

This year's symposium is guaranteed to be better than the previous year's day-long event featuring presentations on the numerous communities of African Americans around Northern Virginia over the past 100 years.

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Lost and Found Stories:  African American Life in Northern Virginia

Lost and Found Stories: African American Life in Northern Virginia

On Saturday November 13th, community elders, historians, students, and visitors from throughout Northern Virginia converge on Mason's Fairfax campus to discuss the history of black life in Northern Virginia.

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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Conference Views African American Identities in the Age of Obama

Conference Views African American Identities in the Age of Obama

In order to explore the complex ways in which African identities are constructed, expressed and represented, Mason’s African and African American studies program will host a multidisciplinary conference titled “African Identities in the Age of Obama” Oct. 8-10 at the Fairfax Campus.

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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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