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Jennifer LaFleur Joins American University as Data Journalist-in-Residence

American University News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
Jennifer LaFleur joins the Investigative Reporting Workshop as its new data editor and the School of Communication at American University as a data journalist-in-residence today.
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Ask the Expert: Professor Ernesto Castañeda Discusses the Latest on DACA

American University News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
We asked Professor Castañeda to weigh in on DACA: what does it mean, what might happen next, and what he wishes would happen in terms of immigration reform.
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Humanities Lectures 2017

American University News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
Professor Arthur Shapiro kicks off the first in a series of Humanities Lab lectures this Wednesday, September 20, at 1 p.m. at 228 Battele-Tompkins. He will explore the difference between what we see and how we understand and interpret what we see.
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A Foundation for Success

American University News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
Matthews says the program is the reason why he finally started his own company, Beta Solutions CPA. “It wouldn’t have happened without Kogod’s help,” he says.
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American University Awarded Sexual Assault Prevention Award

American University News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
American University has been awarded the Prevention Excellence Award by EVERFI, Inc. for efforts to prevent sexual assault.
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New Book Highlights Stories Behind Most Significant Legal Rulings in Europe

American University News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:00
A new book written by SPA Professor Bill Davies and AU Law Professor Fernanda Nicola highlights some of the most significant EU rulings ever made.
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Partnering for Success

American University News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:00
American University opens The Market with the hopes of ending student hunger for AU students.
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Fast Facts on the Class of 2021

American University News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:00
Learn more about the newest American University students.
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American University Earns First ENERGY STAR Certification

American University News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:00
Battelle-Tompkins Building recognized by EPA for “Superior Energy Efficiency”
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Reception & Curator’s Talk Tonight!

George Mason University - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:32

Our Comics, Ourselves is officially underway! Join us as we host artists, writers, comics shop owners, and the exhibition’s curators throughout the month of September and early October. All are welcome to join us this evening for:

Curator’s Talk, Opening Reception, and Print Shop Jam
Friday, September 14, 6:00pm
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room / Mason School of Art

Jan Descartes (she/her) and Monica McKelvey Johnson (she/her) will give a curator’s talk on the latest iteration of the traveling exhibition, Our Comics, Ourselves, which originated at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, NY. Focusing on themes of authorship and identity, they will talk about the major works on view, and discuss the process of organizing Our Comics, Ourselves through their method of feminist curating. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

Event to be followed by an opening reception and comics and printmaking jam at the Mason School of Art, beginning at 7:30pm.

A sign language interpreter will be present at this event.

This presentation is part of Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art, on display now through October 6 at Fenwick Gallery. Visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/our-comics-ourselves/ for more details.

About the curators: Jan Descartes is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator and curator. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BA), Carnegie Melon University (MFA) and anticipated graduate of CUNY Graduate Center, with a degree focus on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (MLS). She currently co-curates the Our Comics, Ourselves exhibition with Monica McKelvey Johnson, which focuses on identity and representation. Through her artistic, academic and professional life, art and accessibility has been a major theme, culminating in her current thesis regarding trauma and memory in public aesthetic spaces. Jan is co-creator and artist for the webcomic Heartland Comic, where personal memoir and identity politics meet comix. She is currently involved with planning/organizing outreach projects in NYC, where she hopes to facilitate DIY comic-making as an accessible means to explore personal experience and resistance in the everyday. She also lives with a sweet dog and an angry cat.

Monica McKelvey Johnson is a comic artist, writer, and curator living in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University (BA), and CUNY Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program (MFA). She authored the web comic The Adventures of Dorrit Little, a story about the average student debtor in the United States today, and founded the student debtor support group, EDU Debtors Union. She writes about comics from an intersectional feminist perspective for The Rumpus and The Comics Journal, and has co-organized several exhibitions at Interference Archive—including Our Comics, Ourselves,Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, and an upcoming exhibition focusing on Deaf culture. She is a practitioner of “feminist curation,” a methodology she continues to develop with Jan Descartes.

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Alumni Board Seeks New Members

American University News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:00
Interested in helping make key decisions about programming and outreach to fellow Eagles? Apply for the Alumni Board!
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'A New Presidency and the Press' Gives Students Context

American University News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:00
SOC professor reintroduces "A New Presidency and the Press" course which examines how the White House and the news media, traditional and new, are not only interacting but also working on behalf of the American people.
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September is Hispanic Heritage Month

American University News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:00
September 15th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which first began as a week-long celebration in 1968. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out these titles from our collection!
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Kogod Welcomes Annie Yu

American University News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:00
Meet Annie Yu, one of Kogod's Center for Career Development's undergraduate career advisors!
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Alumni Board Seeks New Members

American University News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:00
Interested in helping make key decisions about programming and outreach to fellow Eagles? Apply for the Alumni Board!
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Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow

American University News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:00
Calling Future Alumni! Get involved with Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow!
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An AU Soaring Eagle: John Ampiah-Addison

American University News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:00
Alumnus John Ampiah-Addison is giving a voice to the voiceless by fighting stereotypes of communicative disorders in Ghana.
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Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow

American University News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:00
Calling Future Alumni! Get involved with Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow!
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Announcing the 2017 AU Alumni Award Winners

American University News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:00
Five honorees will be celebrated at a dinner on October 20.
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Mason Author Series: Free Speech and Unfree News

George Mason University - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:33

Join the University Libraries for our next Mason Author Series event, featuring a discussion with Sam Lebovic, Assistant Professor of History, about his recent book, Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America. The reading and discussion will take place at 3pm on Thursday, October 5 in the Fenwick Library’s Main Reading Room (Room 2001).

About Free Speech and Unfree News: Does America have a free press? Many who answer yes appeal to First Amendment protections that shield the press from government censorship. But in this comprehensive history of American press freedom as it has existed in theory, law, and practice, Sam Lebovic shows that, on its own, the right of free speech has been insufficient to guarantee a free press.

Lebovic recovers a vision of press freedom, prevalent in the mid-twentieth century, based on the idea of unfettered public access to accurate information. This “right to the news” responded to persistent worries about the quality and diversity of the information circulating in the nation’s news. Yet as the meaning of press freedom was contested in various arenas—Supreme Court cases on government censorship, efforts to regulate the corporate newspaper industry, the drafting of state secrecy and freedom of information laws, the unionization of journalists, and the rise of the New Journalism—Americans chose to define freedom of the press as nothing more than the right to publish without government censorship. The idea of a public right to all the news and information was abandoned, and is today largely forgotten.

Free Speech and Unfree News compels us to reexamine assumptions about what freedom of the press means in a democratic society—and helps us make better sense of the crises that beset the press in an age of aggressive corporate consolidation in media industries, an increasingly secretive national security state, and the daily newspaper’s continued decline.

About the Author: Sam Lebovic is Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University, where he directs the PhD program in History and serves as associate editor of the Journal of Social History. He is the author of Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Harvard, 2016), which was awarded the 2017 Ellis W. Hawley Prize by the Organization of American Historians, and was a finalist for the 2016 Frank Luther Mott award. His research focuses on the history of American politics, culture, and media, and has been supported by fellowships from the American Society for Legal History, the NYU Center for the Cold War and the US, the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers, the Truman Library Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Lebovic’s essays and articles have been published in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of American Studies, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Boston GlobePolitico, and other journals and edited volumes.  He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects in modern American and global history, and is currently researching the mid-century history of cultural globalization.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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