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How Racism Spreads: Ibram Kendi Discusses His Book and Research

American University News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 00:00
Stamped from the Beginning won the National Book Award.
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CAS Alumnus Develops Music App

American University News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 00:00
College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Matt Fagan develops new music app, now for sale through Apple.
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Cholera fears rise following Atlantic hurricanes: Are we making any progress?

American University News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 00:00
Professor Lauren Carruth examines the risk of and response to cholera outbreaks associated with natural disasters.
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Do Something! September 2017 Edition

American University News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
The guide for students to find out what is happening at AU and across the D.C. Area.
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Susan Eisenhower kicks off SIS 60th anniversary

American University News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
The celebration of SIS’s 60th anniversary launched with a special conversation with Susan Eisenhower on September 7.
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Celebrating 60 years of international service

American University News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
This year, the School of International Service celebrates its 60th anniversary. Here’s a look at the history and growth of the school since its founding.
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Winning Awards, Giving Back

American University News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
Meet Winter Brooks, BSBA '18. She's driven and on-the-move--and it shows.
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Need a Job Right After College? One Student Says WSP was her Bridge to Professional Achievement

American University News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
Meg Cusik, a Washington Semester Program alumna, credits WSP for setting her up for success in her first full-time communications job.
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Join the Libraries Book Club!

George Mason University - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:10

Enjoy meeting new people? Like exchanging ideas and insights? Love reading books? Join the Mason Libraries Book Club!

Mason Libraries Book Club meets monthly to discuss the group’s selected book. An informal club, you don’t need a background in literary criticism to attend! The book club is open to the whole Mason community, everyone is welcome.

Our first meeting of the academic year will be Wednesday, September 13 at 2pm in Fenwick 1009. At this meeting, we’ll discuss our theme for our first read of the year (Banned Books), select a book, and set future meeting dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking for ideas on Banned Books? Banned Books Week takes place September 24-27 this year, and their website highlights banned books that shaped America. The American Library Association also tracks the most frequently challenged books from the past few decades. The World Library has a selected list of books banned by various governments around the world.

Questions? Contact one of the club’s organizers: Sarah Hudson at shudson7@gmu.edu or Anna Murphy-Lang at amurph2@gmu.edu. Information and announcements about the book club will be posted at library.gmu.edu/bookclub.

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AU Joins Open Textbook Network

American University News - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:00
Free, openly licensed course materials help students reduce textbook costs.
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Workshops Galore!

George Mason University - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:14

Mason Libraries are offering a plethora of workshops this semester. From research skills to productivity tools, we are covering the waterfront to help you succeed. Take a look at our whole schedule – and take a class. Bring a laptop – bring a friend!

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2017-18 Fenwick Fellows Announced!

George Mason University - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 09:51

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis announced that the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee recommended two recipients to receive the award for 2017-2018. Beginning this academic year, up to two fellowships may be awarded, one for a project proposal that aligns with the libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship.

The Fenwick Fellows for academic year 2017-18 are Dr. Jennifer Ashley, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Alok Yadav, Associate Professor of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Ashley’s research proposal, The Political Afterlife of Chile’s 1988 Plebiscite, is a retrospective analysis of the Chilean plebiscite and an exploration of the response of those who participated in the democracy campaigns to recent efforts by the post-transition generation to move the country towards the Chile promised in those campaigns. The research is part of a larger book project and accompanying digital humanities project. The book chapter (“Political Afterlife”) will form part of a monograph titled The Politics of Resolution: Television, Protest, and Democracy in Chile. The digital humanities project will focus on the plebiscite campaign, bringing together (for both display and analysis) oral histories, interviews with activists and political leaders, and video footage from the campaign.

With his project, Anthologies of African American Literature: An Online Bibliography, Professor Yadav envisions creating a fully searchable and comprehensive bibliographic database of African American Literature anthologies. Such anthologies have played a crucial role in the effort to claim and construct an African American literary tradition, serving as venues for critical discussion and scholarship on African American literature; yet despite recognition of their cultural significance, there is a dearth of adequate reference sources on these important vehicles for literary, cultural, and political movements. Professor Yadav’s project seeks to rectify this deficit.

Zenelis commented that both faculty members’ research projects “promise to make excellent and mutually beneficial use of the Libraries’ resources, especially, our newest program – the Digital Scholarship Center.”

Professors Ashley and Yadav will present the results of their work in spring 2019 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to up to two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 28, 2017 and will end on August 10, 2018.

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Estrogen May Stop Infection-Induced Brain Inflammation

American University News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:00
Songbird study reveals new clues about the interplay between the body's neuroendocrine and immune systems.
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Fortifying US Security

American University News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:00
Luke Heselden, SIS/MA ’13, works behind the scenes to keep citizens safe.
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Sowing Opportunity

American University News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:00
Dilanthi Ranaweera, MA ‘15, wants rural, low-income farmers to have more opportunities: access to health care; education; better technology; and the chance to simply take a vacation.
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Above and Beyond

American University News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:00
Blaise Fairfax, MSA ’16, shares what made Kogod the perfect fit.
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Intimate Interventions: Book Shows How Countries Were—and Weren’t—Ready for HIV

American University News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:00
SIS Prof. Rachel Robinson links family planning and HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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International WSP Student Recalls Covering the Election in DC

American University News - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 00:00
One student from Germany recalls his WSP semester as an experience that prepared him for success in his journalism career.
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Securities and Exchange Commission Names Jeffrey Harris as Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

American University News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
As Director, Dr. Harris will lead DERA’s team of experienced economists as they are involved across the entire range of SEC activities, including policy, rulemaking, enforcement, and examination.
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