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Building a Broader Perspective

American University News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 00:00
Find out how Sonya Grier is using experiential learning to help her Marketing for Social Change students find broader connections in their work.
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Mason Author Series: General Michael V. Hayden

George Mason University - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:00

Join the University Libraries for a discussion with General Michael V. Hayden about his book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, on Thursday, May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. “Play to the edge” was Hayden’s guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the CIA.  In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider’s look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.

How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years?  What was the NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath?  Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?

For 10 years, General Michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security. General Hayden’s goals in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. As he writes, “There is a story here that deserves to be told, without varnish and without spin. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times. I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics.”

General and Distinguished Visiting Professor Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency — the only person to helm both agencies— during a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. In addition to leading CIA and NSA, General Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country.  He also served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at US European Command, at the National Security Council, and the US Embassy in Bulgaria. He was also the deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and US Forces in South Korea. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

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Using Failure as Fuel

American University News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:00
David Trone, co-founder of Total Wine & More, speaks to the Kogod community about his rise to success
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Will Trump’s global family planning cuts cause side effects?

American University News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:00
Professor Rachel Sullivan Robinson writes about what to expect once US funding for global health and family planning is cut.
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Celebrate Jazz History Month at AU’s Jazz Concert Featuring Local Legends

American University News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:00
On Saturday, April 22, the College of Arts and Sciences hosts its annual spring concert featuring the American University Jazz Orchestra and special guest band, The Sax Summit, with Peter Fraize, Antonio Parker, and Elijah Jamal Balbed.
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How High?

American University News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:00
AU men's basketball player Warren Flood continues his success at AU in the Master of Science in Accounting program -- Go Eagles!
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Turkish referendum grants more power to Erdogan: Democracy no more?

American University News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:00
Professor Doga Ulas Eralp reflects on Turkey's democracy after historic referendum grants President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power.
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Celebrate Jazz History Month at AU’s Jazz Concert Featuring Local Legends

American University News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:00
On Saturday, April 22, the College of Arts and Sciences hosts its annual spring concert featuring the American University Jazz Orchestra and special guest band, The Sax Summit, with Peter Fraize, Antonio Parker, and Elijah Jamal Balbed.
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The Age of Consequences: Eye-Opening Documentary Screened at AU

American University News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:00
The College of Arts and Sciences brought together the fields of environmentalism, international relations, and security studies with a screening of the groundbreaking new documentary The Age of Consequences on April 5.
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Exploratory Analysis of Historic Document Collections

George Mason University - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:12

Dr. Dieter Pfoser of George Mason’s Geography and GeoInformation department will present on his latest project with the National Archives’ Founders Online database and describe his process for creating interactive maps and visualizations from correspondence collections. The lecture will be held on Monday, April 24, 3:30 p.m, Main Reading Room, Fenwick Library.

The presentation is sponsored by University Libraries’ Digital Humanities Working Group. For more information, please contact George Oberle, History Librarian, goberle at gmu.edu

 

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US Premiere of the The Spacewalker

American University News - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:00
AU's Carmel Institute co-hosts screening of new Russian film to mark International Day of Cosmonautics.
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American University Celebrating National Volunteer Month

American University News - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:00
Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Find out more about National Volunteer Month and how AU is celebrating
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Service with Compassion: Two AU Students Named Truman Scholars

American University News - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:00
Lexi Ivers and Shyheim Snead will get scholarship money for graduate education.
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Students Head to Vegas for Hands-on Experience with Sony

American University News - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:00
Two SOC students are heading to Vegas to get some hands-on experience with Sony at the annual National Association of Broadcasters conference.
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American University Announces Online Launch of Three Innovative Graduate Education Degree Programs

American University News - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:00
With teacher shortage looming, AU’s School of Education online programs will help to prepare the next generation of effective teachers and education policy leaders.
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Photography Students Receive National Recognition

American University News - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 00:00
American University students studying photography at the School of Communication, were featured among Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s "Best of High School and College Photography" winners.
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Taxation: Learning Skills for Life

American University News - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 00:00
Kogod’s Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program gives students skills to distinguish themselves in the workforce. It opens career paths that support flexible and lucrative careers.
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SIS remembers Professor Gary Weaver

American University News - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 00:00
The School of International Service will honor the life and work of Professor Gary Weaver, who was a member of the American University community for more than 50 years, at a memorial service on April 29.
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Professor Robin Broad wins Guggenheim Fellowship

American University News - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 00:00
The School of International Service congratulates Professor Robin Broad on her Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the first SIS faculty member to win the prestigious award.
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School of Education Welcomes New Advisory Board

American University News - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 00:00
Sixteen-member board will help guide the School of Education.
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