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American University News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 00:00
In the music library’s ongoing series, this week’s feature is from guest blogger Hannah Ruth Wellons, who reviews Company by Stephen Sondheim.
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Mason Libraries welcomes President Washington

George Mason University - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 00:18

The Libraries joins our Mason community in welcoming Dr. Washington!

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Dr. Gregory Washington begins his tenure as Mason’s 8th president. Throughout the day, he will host virtual meet and greets with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, which will be broadcast live on GMU-TV.

For more about President Washington:

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New Center for Mason Legacies

George Mason University - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:00
Undergraduate research guided by CHSS faculty and University Libraries librarian fueled the inspiration for the Memorial to the Enslaved People of George Mason.
Image: Rendering of the new memorial courtesy of Perkins & Will.

The University Libraries and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) are pleased to announce the newly established Center for Mason Legacies (CML) at George Mason University. CML will be led by George Oberle (History Librarian and faculty member in the Department of History and Art History), along with two associate directors, Wendi Manuel-Scott (professor of history, integrative studies, women and gender studies, and African and African-American Studies) and Benedict Carton (faculty member in the Department of History and Art History), and an advisory board of CHSS faculty.

This joint initiative unifies scholarly research, public history, teaching innovation, and community outreach by engaging student researchers in studying the past and present influences of the university’s namesake. Carton underscores the value of such exploration: “We are uncovering hidden histories of George Mason IV, the legal visionary, family man, and slaveowner. His life and example inform our nation’s founding concepts of liberty, justice, and property. What can we learn about his institution-building, opportunities and limitations, social and commercial networks, and what our Patriot intentionally and unintentionally imparted to America?”

CML is building and curating a significant archive of unique records generated by and about George Mason IV, his family, and their many associates. The historical coverage of this archive will span the period of the Virginia Colony through the Early Republic and Antebellum era to Jim Crow, civil rights, and the establishment of George Mason University. The pool of materials will include archaeological reports (e.g. plotting remnants of field dwellings, burial grounds, etc.); cultural artifacts; oral interviews with possible descendants of enslaved people from Gunston Hall and surrounding plantations in Virginia and Maryland; the collected testimonies of early African-American alumni remembering their experience at Mason and the meaning of their university namesake; and other sources. Building on these historical examinations, CML will look at the present and host events to facilitate critical conversations about freedom, slavery, and race in America and how we reckon with our past.

George Oberle, CML director, is enthusiastic about the prospects of engaging more university students in archival-based research and the center’s efforts in guiding and supporting historical and cultural documentation. He observes, “I love the work the center is exploring because it shows great potential to sustain years of student-driven research. Our initial experience with the Enslaved Children of George Mason (ECGM) pilot project led by Professor Manuel-Scott shows that undergraduates are excited to uncover and present histories with immediate meaning to wider audiences on campus and in communities beyond. We have not and are not defining topics. On the contrary, students are developing their interests and, in the process, broadening critical-thinking skills, for example, by conducting fieldwork in local archives. Their initiative promises to enhance the understanding of our university’s diverse, complicated, and still-unknown story.”

Wendi Manuel-Scott, who is also affiliated with the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, is deeply committed to scholar-community partnerships. She views the new center as a means of engaging student researchers in a critical dimension of university outreach, which seeks to connect and enrich the knowledge of wider worlds. “When pursuing public history such as the Enslaved Children of George Mason research,” she reminds us, “it becomes our institutional responsibility as a public university to engage with as many people as possible on and beyond the campus. Our student-faculty-administrative research has influenced not only Mason but also those around us. That is why we are committed to making our findings accessible – both in content and format – to our university and alumni as well as to scholars everywhere such as K-12 school teachers. The center should have lasting, meaningful impact that will embrace and inspire many others.” In this vein, CML will provide opportunities for research, teaching, and engagement with Northern Virginia communities around the history of slavery and its legacies in modern society.

John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, signals the vital importance of the shared goals animating the partnership of CHSS and the Libraries, “The center is a natural outcome of student success and scholarly research. I am pleased that the Libraries’ faculty and staff are both leading and supporting our university in a way that brings greater visibility to our institution’s premier academic contributions. The Libraries offer an ideal, curated repository for the center’s archive of collected materials, community records, and academic products, which will enhance administrative, faculty, and student commitments to diversifying and deepening collaborative learning at Mason.”

Ann Ardis, Dean of CHSS, notes that “this exciting new partnership between CHSS faculty and the University Libraries is bringing George Mason’s complicated legacies to digital life for a new generation of student-scholars and enabling important new dimensions of community engagement and K12 outreach. The work that Dr. Oberle, Professor Carton, and Professor Manuel-Scott and their teams of student researchers are undertaking is a great example of Mason’s trademark commitments to collaborative, project-based learning and research of consequence.”

For more about the CML’s ongoing projects and future plans, visit https://library.gmu.edu/legaciesofgeorgemason. The website showcases student analyses and projects, primary sources, and will be the home of an online academic journal promoting relevant scholarship.

Questions? Contact George Oberle, Director of the Center for Mason Legacies, at goberle@gmu.edu; or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, at jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Message from Pride Alumni Alliance Chair

American University News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 00:00
With all that’s going on around us from a pandemic to racial injustice, spirits are low and emotions are understandably high. I encourage you to stay hopeful.
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Seeking instructional faculty to serve on Fenwick Fellow review committee

George Mason University - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 09:49

The Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian is looking for three instructional faculty, including former Fenwick Fellows, to evaluate the 2020 Fenwick Fellowship proposals this summer. The exact time frame will be determined once the review committee is formed; however, the goal is that the Fellow selection process be completed by the first week in August. Ideally, we seek individuals from the university’s various schools and colleges (especially those that have been under-represented on the panel in the past), to work alongside three librarian evaluators.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his/her field. Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded for research materials and assistance; program guidelines include funding for a second fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Judging proposals will not take up much of your time. This year faculty members are requested to review the applications and then virtually attend or call into a meeting lasting no more than one hour to choose the winning proposal(s). Please contact your subject specialist librarian if you would like to be considered or if you have any questions. 

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New Report Shows Dramatic Impacts of COVID-19 on Latino-Owned Businesses in the Washington, D.C. Area

American University News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 00:00
New survey shows thirty percent of Latino business owners in D.C. metro area were forced to close or suspend operations due to COVID-19
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Meet the 2024 Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars

American University News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 00:00
Five student leaders, committed to multidimensional excellence and interested in pursuing social justice careers, have been named Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars.
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Hack-Back: Toward A Legal Framework For Cyber Self-Defense

American University News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 00:00
This article explores the controversial topic of using a hack-back, or counterhacking techniques to prevent cyber attacks.
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AU Public Health Scholars “Go Inside the Outbreak”

American University News - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:00
AU Public Health Scholars Director Melissa Hawkins designed this summer’s Emerging Issues in Public Health Seminar class to focus solely on the pandemic—even as events were unfolding in real time.
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AU Launches New Neuroscience Department

American University News - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:00
This summer, American University has launched a new Department of Neuroscience under the leadership of Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience Terry Davidson.
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AU Statement on Pending U.S. House Vote on D.C. Statehood

American University News - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:00
American University supports D.C. statehood.
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Investing in their Future

American University News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 00:00
Despite the most difficult market environment that many investors have ever seen, Kogod's Student Managed Investment Fund successfully beat the stock market by over 600 basis points.
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Experience AU Museum Summer Shows Online

American University News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 00:00
Summer exhibits and virtual events can be experienced online now.
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Capstone Projects Showcase Game Design Students’ Skills and Creativity

American University News - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 00:00
The 2020 capstone projects from AU's MA in Game Design, such as the video game Hollow, were as diverse and imaginative as the students who created them.
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Dow Jones CEO Almar Latour Sees Growing Demand for Quality Journalism

American University News - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 00:00
School of Communication alumnus Almar Latour, recently named CEO of Dow Jones and Publisher of the Wall Street Journal, shares his thoughts on quality journalism, guiding principles of his career, and memories from SOC.
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Winning MPA Capstone Poster Highlights Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

American University News - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 00:00
SPA students Nancy Erickson, Matthew Hufford, and Isabel Taylor have won this year’s Best MPA Capstone Poster Award with a research project entitled "Maternal Health Outcomes in D.C."
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Monica Jackson Named AU Deputy Provost and Dean of Faculty

American University News - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 00:00
Mathematics and Statistics Professor Monica Jackson has been named AU Interim Deputy Provost and Dean of Faculty. She has served as CAS Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and is the College’s very first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.
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Five Videos to Watch: Faculty Experts’ Corner

American University News - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 00:00
Faculty scholars from American University’s College of Arts and Sciences share their research and expertise on the pressing issues of the day in a new series of short videos.
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SOC's Borum Chattoo Launches New Book on Comedy and Social Justice

American University News - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 00:00
SOC Professor Caty Borum Chattoo and co-author Lauren Feldman launch their book "A Comedian and an Activist Walk into A Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice," with foreword by legendary TV producer Norman Lear.
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Feature Fridays

American University News - Fri, 06/19/2020 - 00:00
In the music library’s ongoing series, this week’s feature is from guest blogger Samuel Horsch, who reviews Most Sacred Body.
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