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National Gallery of Art Partners with American University to Host International Cinema Series on AU Campus

American University News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:23
The National Gallery of Art partners with SOC for multiyear film series.
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#SPA80for80: Marguerite Jimenez, SPA/PhD ’13

American University News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:08
Marguerite Jimenez, recently named one of 15 White House Fellows for 2014-2015, says she chose SPA "because of the school's historic commitment to public scholarship."
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AU Hosts Night Of Impassioned Debate In The Race For DC Mayor

American University News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:28
American University hosted the first DC mayoral debate of the 2014 general election campaign season on September 18.
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Students Explore Water and Cooperation in the Middle East

American University News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:43
This summer, SIS offered a graduate practicum on “Water, Cooperation, and Peace in the Middle East.”
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One Button Studio Now Open!

George Mason University - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 06:46

Located in Room 134-I Gateway Library, Johnson Center, the One Button Studio is a simplified video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The design of the studio allows you to create high-quality and polished video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras. You only need to bring your flash drive with you and push a single button. Read more

For more information about One Button Studio, contact Jason Byrd, jbyrd10 at

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#SPA80for80: Vicky Wilkins, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

American University News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:02
When it comes to academic work, Vicky Wilkins covers all the bases.
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Community-Based Learning Builds Advocates, Activists

American University News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:57
Chante Harris continues three generations of advocacy through AU’s service-learning.
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Nifty Fifty at AU

American University News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:29
Professor Arthur Shapiro named Nifty Fifty speaker for promoting STEM activities.
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Jamming at the White House

American University News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:50
AU professors invited to first White House Educational Game Jam.
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How to Have a Magical Research Experience

The George Washington University - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 22:26
September 18, 2014

Did you read in the GW Hatchet about the Researching Potter workshop presented by librarian Tolonda Henderson and wish you had attended?  Read below for some information Tolonda has written about Harry Potter Studies and her tips for getting started researching popular culture.

One of the most basic ways we organize books is by fiction and non-fiction. My detective novels and sci-fi fantasy books live across my apartment from my textbooks from college and graduate school. The few pieces of fiction I have mixed in with the academic books are what most people would call Literature (with a capital L), and beloved books from childhood are kept in an entirely different room. The clarity of these distinctions, however, is slowly being turned on its head for me as I find myself wading deeper and deeper into the world of Harry Potter Studies.
I’ll take a moment to let that sink in.

Yes, I said Harry Potter Studies. On my desk here at work sit seven books for which the New York Times Book Review created a children’s best seller list. I keep the series within arm’s reach so I can refer to them as I research, for example, what the magical properties of photographs and portraits can tell us about our screen-oriented contemporary visual culture. This past February I gave a paper on the library at Hogwarts at a conference with a Harry Potter Studies Section. Next month, I will be giving a paper at the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia It is entirely likely that my first scholarly publication will be about the world inhabited by The Boy Who Lived.

Would you like to add some Hogwarts to your academic experience?  Here are some tips.

  • Use multiple keywords when searching the catalog. If you just search for Harry Potter, you will get screen after screen of the Consortium’s holdings of the actual books and movies. Searching for “harry potter AND international relations” or “harry potter AND psychology” will return a much more focused list of results.
  • When searching a specialized database such as MLA International Bibliography, DO NOT limit your results to full text. Doing so would prevent you from learning about chapters in edited volumes. There are many such edited volumes on Harry Potter, but there are also individual chapters in volumes on other topics.
  • Pay attention to the date of publication. Scholars started writing about Harry Potter before the series was complete; depending on your topic, this can make a big difference. Articles or book chapters about Hogwarts as a school will be very different if they were written before the introduction of Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix than if they were written afterwards.

Please feel free to contact me directly. I am considering branching out in Popular Culture Studies to projects on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Hunger Games, or the Divergent series. I would be happy to talk to you about any of my projects or, more importantly, about yours.

Tolonda Henderson
Instruction and Reference Librarian
Gelman Library

Welcome, Mason Alums!

George Mason University - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:12

University Libraries welcome back all Mason alums this weekend! Stop into Fenwick Library to view the new exhibit from Special Collections and Archives, “Fairfax Campus Turns Fifty“, and see the way we were when we moved from Bailey’s Crossroads to Fairfax. Take a stroll through the new Fenwick Gallery. Take a look at the New Fenwick Addition progress, too – in person and online! Walk through the Johnson Center and see what’s happening in the newly re-named Gateway Library.

University Libraries has other collections and items of interest for you:

Welcome back – and welcome to the Mason Libraries! We’ve changed, too!

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Marymount Hosting Dancing With Stars Event

Marymount University - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:03
Marymount Hosting Dancing With Stars Event
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AU Economics Professor Wins Two Prestigious Grants

American University News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:48
Professor Paul Winters will study efficacy of economic programs in Africa.
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#SPA80for80: Matthew Waskiewicz, SPA/BA, CAS/BS ’16

American University News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:09
A double-major between SPA and CAS, Waskiewicz hopes to translate his studies into policy change in his home state of Massachusetts.
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Focus on Military Families at VIP Screening

American University News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:42
'Fort Bliss' event drew star Michelle Monaghan and Colonel Parker of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.
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Marymount Hosting Webinar on Explaining Science

Marymount University - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:00
Marymount Hosting Webinar on Explaining Science
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Marymount Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement

Marymount University - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:00
Marymount Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement
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Building the Knowledge Network

American University News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:20
Meet American University’s new faculty members. 
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Reagle Named 2014-15 Fenwick Fellow

George Mason University - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:29

Colin James Reagle, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering, has been named the Fenwick Fellow for 2014-15.

Reagle’s research project, “The Role of Renewables in George Mason University’s Future Energy Portfolio”, sets out to examine the hurdles the university faces toward reaching the 2025 Virginia renewable energy mandate’s statewide goal of 15 percent and then exceeding the state’s minimum beyond 2025. Read more

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