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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:49

Mason Libraries will be closed Wednesday, November 27; Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. For the full schedule of Mason Libraries’ holiday and holiday weekend hours, please visit

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Music in the Lobby November 20

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:17

The last Music in the Lobby concert of the Fall semester is set for November 20. “Brought to You by The Letter H” features selections by Haydn and Handel – and includes a harp! Join us in Fenwick Lobby from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and support your local Mason Music students – refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.

Music in the Lobby is a partnership of Mason School of Music, Fenwick Library and Argo Tea Cafe. Coordinators are Professor June Huang, Director of Strings, Mason School of Music and Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, Mason Libraries. Music in the Lobby treats are provided by Argo Tea Cafe. Music in the Lobby concerts are approved for MUSI 300 credit.

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Doing Digital History: Text Mining Presentation

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:20

The next DiSC Research Connections presentation, “Text Mining the Indian Claims Commission: Doing Digital History” will be held Tuesday, November 19, in 2001 Fenwick Library. Peter Jones, a doctoral student in History at Mason is the featured speaker.

Jones’ research analyzed the decisions of the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial body that operated from 1946 through about 1978 and attempted to right legal wrongs perpetrated by the United States on indigenous tribes. Analysis of these thousands of complex legal decisions also provide a case study in using online archival sources. In addition to discussing the history of the Indian Claims Commission, Jones will provide lessons from his workflow that may apply in your own research.

For more information, contact Wendy Mann,

DiSC Research Connections are organized by Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

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Web Usability Study 11/13-11/25

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:51
help us help you!

Periodically, Mason Libraries conducts tests of our website to make sure it is working and helping you with your needs. All current Mason students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate.  Participants can enter the drawing for a private study room in Fenwick Library during Finals!

what you’ll do
You’ll simply be asked to browse the libraries’ website for 15-20 minutes and asked for your opinion of your experience on the site.

where and when
Testing will occur periodically throughout November 2019. Visit and schedule a time to participate or provide your contact information to be added our list of potential participants. We will contact you at the beginning of each week that testing is happening to inform you of the dates, locations and times – so you can participate if interested.

more information: contact Janna Mattson,, 703-993-5874 or visit

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Patriot Pantry Donation Drive 11/1 – 11/25

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 07:04

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Mason Libraries are collecting donations for the Patriot Pantry. Donation boxes are available at all four campus libraries: Gateway, Fenwick, Mercer, and Arlington. Donations will be collected from November 1 through November 25, 2019.

Patriot Pantry specifically requests the following items: granola bars; Pop Tarts; pasta; gluten free items and Kosher items. Please note: Patriot Pantry does NOT need canned vegetables, canned soups or feminine hygiene products.

Visit Patriot Pantry’s Amazon Wish List if you are interested in donating items online. Items purchased via this Wish List are shipped directly to the Student Support and Advocacy Center on the Fairfax campus.

For more information, please contact one of the following Library coordinators:

  • Gateway:  Anna Murphy-Lang ( or Sarah Burner (
  • Fenwick:  Kaitlyn Kinney (
  • Mercer: John Sherman (
  • Arlington Campus: Beth Roszkowski ( )
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Memories+Moments from the Vietnam War

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 16:35

Join the Libraries for “Memories + Moments from the Vietnam War,” presented by the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and sponsored by the Mason branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

A panel from OLLI – featuring John Ware, Charley Otstott, and Bob Shaffer – will share their individual experiences with the conflict in Vietnam. The panel will be moderated by Meredith Lair, Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History at Mason, and will include time for Q&A. The event will be recorded and added to SCRC’s Oral History Program collection.

Light refreshments will be provided, and all attendees are invited to visit SCRC’s current exhibition on Vietnam.

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GIS Day on November 13

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 15:42

GIS Day, an annual event hosted by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, will take place on Wednesday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library.

This year’s theme is “The Intersection of GIS and Drones,” and will feature student work and competitions, employer vendors, and guest speakers.

For a full schedule of events, visit

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Mason Author Series: Dark Commerce

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:36

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. We will be joined by Louise Shelley, Professor at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, who will discuss her recent book, Dark Commerce: How a New Illicity Economy is Threatening our Future. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments provided.

About the Author: Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University, where she teaches for the Schar School of Policy and Government and directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. Dr. Shelley received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Cornell University in Penology and Russian literature. She holds an M.A. in Criminology and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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George Washington & Medicine Exhibit Presentation 11/5

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 15:27

On display in Fenwick Library Atrium October 22 – November 30, the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of his family, staff, slaves, and troops. Washington’s story also illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

Join us on Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library, for a special presentation by two speakers. George Oberle, PhD, History Librarian, will discuss relevant primary sources from the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ digital collections. Sara Collini, PhD candidate in History at Mason and author of “George Washington’s Midwives: The Economics of Childbirth Under Slavery” (Lapham’s Quarterly, June 19, 2019), will discuss medical practices of enslaved women at Mount Vernon. Refreshments courtesy of Gale. 

Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens.

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Roll Over Beethoven!

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 15:15

Join us on Wednesday, October 30 for our next Music in the Lobby concert, from 12:30-1:30pm in the Fenwick Library Lobby. Wednesday’s concert will feature:

Sonata for Two Violins op. 2 TWV 40:103 by Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767); I. Dolce and II. Allegro with Jenn Di Nino and Victoria Behrens, violins.

“Quinten” (“Fifths”) Quartet, op. 76, no. 2 in D Minor by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809); I. Allegro with Joy Lee and Devon Guice, violins; Jaclyn Kitcoff, viola; and Andrew Ryan, cello.

Canción para Carla by Alfonso Montes (b. 1955) with Calvin Zubaly and Nick Vellanikaran, guitars.

Trio for Clarinets, op. 7, no. 1 in B-flat Major by Jacques Bouffil (1783-1868); I. Allegro moderato with Maya Fisher, Teresa Jenkins, and Erie Liang, clarinets.

Quartet op. 59, no. 1 in F Major, by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827); I. Allegro with Elizabeth Leung and Victoria Behrens, violins; Nicholas McKee, viola; and Eddie Adams, cello.

Terzetto: Hen, Cuckoo, and Donkey by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812); arr. Carolyn White; with Nathan Graham, Brian Bera, and John Wehmeyer, double basses.          

Music in the Lobby Coordinators: Professor June Huang, Director of Strings, Mason School of Music; Professor Kathleen Mulcahy, Director of Woodwinds, Mason School of Music; Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, Mason Libraries.

Music in the Lobby concerts are approved for MUSI 300 credit. Refreshments courtesy of Argo Tea Café. Learn more! Visit

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Changes to Kanopy

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:20

As of 10/11/2019, George Mason University Libraries has limited access to Kanopy’s video collection, and some videos must now be individually requested to access. This decision was made after careful determination that the Libraries is unable to sustain full access to Kanopy’s video collection.

Note to faculty members: Please lookup any Kanopy films you are using in the Kanopy database to ensure you can view them. If a message appears on the video player that says “This film is not available at your library yet,” please fill out the form below it and state that you are a faculty member and the reason you need the video. The Library is typically able to gain access to requested films in 2 business days and will send you an email confirming your request.

Please address any questions or concerns to Heather Darnell, Librarian for Dance, Film, and Multimedia Literacy:

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For Mason Graduate Students: GRADReCon 2019

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:25

Graduate Student Life and Mason Libraries have partnered with other departments on campus to once again offer the annual Graduate Research Connections (GRADReCon) workshops on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 in Fenwick Library.

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills with a smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your graduate study success at Mason. Topics include funding, writing literature reviews, publishing, grant writing, data management, and more. Learn, share, and meet old and new colleagues. Bring a laptop – bring a friend!

Attendance also provides opportunities to win a drawing for a Spring 2020 reserved graduate study carrel. For more details and the full two-day schedule, visit

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DiSC Research Connections: Text Mining

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:41

Join us for a DiSC Research Connections presentation on “Text Mining Digital Humanities Blogs with APIs, OpenRefine, and R” on Tuesday, October 29, 3-4 p.m., in Fenwick 2001. This session will be led by Laura Crossley, PhD student, Department of History and Art History.

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Libraries celebrates annual Fall for the Book festival

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:15

The Libraries is once again collaborating with the annual Fall for the Book Festival on a number of activities and events. In particular, the Libraries is pleased to be a sponsor of Fall for the Book headliner and 2019 Mason Reads author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who will discuss Why We Should All Be Feminists on Friday, October 11 at 12:30pm in the Center for the Arts. Fall for the Book will take place this week, October 10-12, 2019.

In conjunction with the festival, the Libraries’ Fenwick Gallery will present Call & Response: Transmogrify, an exhibition running through November 9, with a special artists talk on Thursday, October 10 at 1:30pm in Fenwick 2001 and a reception following at 3pm in Fenwick Gallery. Call & Response (an ongoing partnership between the School of Art, the Creative Writing program, and the Libraries) is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues.

On Friday, October 11, the Libraries will celebrate with a special Fall for the Book edition of the Edible Book Festival. Stop by Fenwick 1014 to vote for your favorite edible creations (11am-12:30pm) and be sure to come back for the award announcements and tasting (12:30-2pm)!

The Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, hosted by the Libraries, also continues this week, with three authors as part of the festival:

  • Bella Pollen at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in Fenwick 2001 – Journalist, novelist, and memoirist Bella Pollen will discuss her recent Meet Me in the In-Between, an illustrated memoir.
  • Cole Swensen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in Fenwick 2001 – Poet Cole Swensen, author of 17 collections of poetry, will discuss her recent On Walking On.
  • R.O. Kwon at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in Fenwick 2001 – Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, named a best book of the year by over forty publications will discuss “Cult, Faith, and Complicated Love.”

On Saturday, October 12 at 12pm in Harris Theater, the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), in partnership with the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will host a concert and celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kid Pan Alley and honor the donation of the Kid Pan Alley and Paul Reisler archives of thousands of songs and instrumental compositions to the Mason Libraries.

About the 2019 Fall for the Book Festival: This year Fall for the Book will welcome an esteemed lineup of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors, YA writers and more at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia. Headliners include essayist and novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, novelist and YA author Rainbow Rowell, novelist Delia Owens, and true crime writer, David Grann. Other featured writers are David Wallace-Wells presenting the Beck Environmental Lecture, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Senator Janet Howell, novelist R.O. Kwon, true crime writer Sarah Weinman, and poets, Cole Swensen, Yona Harvey, Amaud Jamaul Johnson and Brian Teare. Fall for the Book festival, which runs from October 10-12, 2019, is partnering with the City of Fairfax’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12 to bring a day of literary and artistic events to audiences of all ages. Literary Death Match, a fun, fast-paced literary game show will close the festival on Saturday evening. Fall for the Book is also proud to host the second annual award ceremony for its post-publication book prize for immigrant writers: The Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award, judged by Reyna Grande, Alia Malek, and E.C. Osondu. The three finalists, who will appear at the festival, will be announced this summer.

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Opening Reception for “A War of Contradictions: The Vietnam Conflict, 1945-1975”

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 17:56

Join the Libraries for a reception and discussion of “A War of Contradictions: The Vietnam Conflict, 1945-1975,” our Special Collection Research Center’s current exhibit. The discussion, led by Dr. Meredith Lair, Associate Professor, History and Art History, will take place on Tuesday, October 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the SCRC Seminar Room (Fenwick Library Room 2400). Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lair’s work examines warfare and its relationship to American society and culture, with particular emphasis on how knowledge and memories of the past are constructed and disseminated over time. She is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. She finds that the US military relied heavily on consumerism and material abundance to maintain soldier morale, a phenomenon that continues to the present day. Her research on this topic continues, especially the role that culture can play as an instrument of war. Her current projects examine Vietnam War soldier photography and legacies of the Vietnam War, in particular how ideas about veteranhood have been constructed and changed over time. Professor Lair also developed content and wrote the exhibit script for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation’s Vietnam Era Educational Center, the first permanent museum about the Vietnam War in the United States.

Professor Lair’s teaching interests include war and American society, post-1945 US social and cultural history, the Vietnam War, and historical methods. She also serves as director of Mason’s Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Master’s program.

About the Exhibit: “It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it.” This quote, attributed to a U.S. Army officer in February 1968, illustrates the contradictions inherent in the Vietnam Conflict. Seen by some as a noble fight to stop Communism and help a developing country establish democracy, and others as interference in a war of national liberation and a destructive waste of money and human life, Vietnam remains one of the more polarizing topics of the twentieth century. This was evident in the words, actions and writings of politicians, journalists, authors, clergy, and others. The conflict, which spanned 30 years, from September 1945 to May 1975, was responsible for 1.5 million to 3.5 million civilian and military deaths. One of the major flash points of the Cold War, Vietnam was, and still is, a subject about which many have differing opinions.

This exhibit, curated by Bob Vay, SCRC’s Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, features items from Special Collections Research Center’s Rare Books, University Archives, and manuscript collections.  

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Call & Response: Transmogrify

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 09:29

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host Call & Response: Transmogrify. The exhibition will run from October 3 through November 9, 2019. A panel discussion with the artists and writers will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001, with a reception following in Fenwick Gallery beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the eleventh annual Call & Response is Transmogrify. The term transmogrify means to change, but various dictionaries add “magically,” “utterly,” “surprisingly,” and even “in a grotesque manner.” This collaboration between writers and artists relies on a kind of metamorphosis, one in which a spark from the caller’s work is made apparent in a new form in the responder’s. How do we transform one another? How does one work surprisingly or even utterly, alter our view of another?

Call & Response is an ongoing partnership between the Mason School of Art, the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing and the University Libraries, and is presented in conjunction with the annual Fall for the Book festival. The exhibition is curated by Heather Green (Faculty, InterArts, School of Art), and Christopher Kardambikis (Faculty, Printmaking, School of Art), in collaboration with Stephanie Grimm (Art & Art History Librarian & Fenwick Gallery Manager) and Tanya Dieudonne (Fenwick Gallery Graduate Assistant).

For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, visit or contact Stephanie Grimm (Art and Art History Librarian) at For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark (Development and Communications Officer) at 

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Celebrate Archives Month

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 16:49

October is Archives Month, and our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has multiple opportunities for you to learn and celebrate with them.

Archives Month Information Session, Wednesday, October 2, 1-4pm, Johnson Center, Kiosk C: Stop by and chat with someone from the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center about archives and special collections. SCRC will be available to answer any questions you have about archives – or research – and how we can help. We will also have general information about our collections with particular research value.

Archives Fair, Wednesday, October 9, 2-4pm, Fenwick 2001: Come and speak to various local archival repositories about their collections, historical resources, and potential internships. Participating organizations, in addition to SCRC, include: Virginia Room (Fairfax County Public Library), Fairfax Circuit Court Historical Records Center, Thomas Balch Library, Local History and Special Collections (Alexandria Library), Truban Archives (Shenandoah County Library), Center for Local History (Arlington Public Library), Louise Archer Elementary School Archives and Historic Vienna, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (REMIX), Virginia Commonwealth University Special Collections and Archives. 

Archives Month Open House, Thursday, October 31, 12-3pm, Fenwick 2400 (SCRC Seminar Room): Join Special Collections Research Center for a fun-filled event to celebrate the end of Archives Month. We will be showing some of our coolest materials related to “Book Arts,” this years Archives Month theme. We will be dressing in costume – so feel free to dress up too! Light food and refreshments will be served (away from the materials, of course!).

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Mason Author Series: Helon Habila

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 13:31

The Libraries’ first Mason Author Series event of the fall will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 2001. Our guest will be Helon Hibala, professor of creative writing at Mason, who will join us for a discussion of his latest novel, Travelers.

Travelers has been hailed as a “sweeping novel that gives voice to members of the African diaspora dispersed across contemporary Europe” (Kirkus Reviews) and as a novel that “has it all – intelligence, tragedy, poetry, love, intimacy, compassion and a serious, soulful, arms-wide engagement with one of the most acute human concerns of our age: the refugee crisis” (The Guardian).

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Helon Habila is the author of the novels, Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, Oil on Water, and Travelers, and a nonfiction book, The Chibok Girls. His writing has won numerous awards including the Caine Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Emily Balch Prize, and the Windham-Campbell Prize. He is a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. His stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in various magazines and papers including Granta, AGNI, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and the London Guardian. His short story, The Hotel Malogo, was selected for the Best American Non-required Reading Anthology. Habila is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story, 2011.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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Edible Book Festival Returns

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:03

Due to the popularity of the Libraries’ contest earlier this year, and in celebration of Fall for the Book, the Edible Book Festival returns for a special fall edition!

Enjoy creating connections between the literary and culinary arts? Registrations to participate in the competition are due Tuesday, October 1. For more information, competition rules, and to register, visit

Even if you don’t enter the competition, we hope you’ll make plans to join us for the competition results – viewing and tasting! – on Friday, October 11, 11am to 2pm, in Fenwick Library, Room 1014.

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The View from New Orleans

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 16:20

Mason’s Department of History and Art History, with the generous support from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, invites you to attend a free lecture by Professor Kathleen DuVall of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on The View from New Orleans: Indians, Irish and Spaniards in the American Revolution. The lecture will take place on Monday, September 30, at 5 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

An expert in the field of Native American History, Professor DuVal is the author of The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists at the Heart of the Continent (2001) and Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (2015).

A reception follows. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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