Past Events


On Racial Injustice and Restorative Action: A Conversation with Spencer Crew and Derrick Johnson moderated by Stefan Wheelock.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

On Racial Injustice and Restorative Action: A Conversation with Spencer Crew and Derrick Johnson moderated by Stefan Wheelock.” A virtual event sponsored by the GMU Center for Humanities Research, this discussion will celebrate the life and work of Mason’s preeminent public historian and former director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Spencer Crew. Dr. Crew and NAACP President Derrick Johnson will dialogue about the lessons we might learn from America’s racial past while offering strategies for restorative justice in an era of racial hostilities.

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Social Movements Workshop

An intercampus exchange of advanced social movement scholarship with Heather Hax and Abdallah Hendawy

Center for Social Science Research

Friday, March 12, 2021 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Join us as we hear about and discuss research carried out by advanced PhD students, faculty, postdocs, and movement based activist scholars. This workshop is a new collaborative exchange between academic institutions with specialties in disciplined social movement research. Presenters: Heather Hax (York) & Dr. Abdallah Hendawy (Mason)

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Sojourner Truth Lecture: Politics and Protest

Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

This panel discussion will examine the power of politics and protest as collaborative pathways in the pursuit of justice. This event features Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, consultant and former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and Aja Clark, activist and social justice educator. Discussion will be moderated by Yevette Richards Jordan, faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Department of History and Art History. Special meet and greet sessions will be available for students, staff, and faculty.  

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Ethical Storytelling: Justice Based Workshop

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Virtual through Zoom

Storytelling is a powerful tool in justice work. It can also be dangerous. For decades, volunteers have been traveling to communities that are not their own, working alongside organizations, and returning home with a story to tell. Because of the power differentials inherent in service work, the stories we tell, unless intentionally disrupted, can perpetuate harmful narratives about communities that welcome us in. In this workshop, we dive into the challenging concept of ethical storytelling in immersive service work, the dangers of perpetuating single-story narratives, and the power in sharing stories that ultimately contribute to dismantling systems of oppression.

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Fiction on the Fly

A creative event for alumni and friends of all ages!

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:00 PM
Zoom Event

Join CHSS alumni and explore the world of creative writing with assistant professor of English, and Mason alum Art Taylor, as he hosts an interactive and fun session for all ages. Featuring MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Matthew Norman and current third-year student Kyra Kondis. The audience will help select a sentence that will launch a story and a sentence that concludes it. Then these guest wordsmiths will be challenged to forge fiction on the fly. Audience members can also try their hand at the challenge. We'll hear some of your storytelling attempts, then listen to what our guest authors created. Non-writers are especially welcome. This event is part of the MFA in Creative Writing's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Mason Homecoming 2021.

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