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Opening in Fenwick Gallery: J Carrier’s Elementary Calculus

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:30

Elementary Calculus, through a series of portraits, landscapes and still life photographs, observes the publicly private moments of migrants and refugees in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as they attempt to connect back to their homes. In photographing these peregrine foreigners, the project explores the distance between reality and desire – the want for what was and the hope for what will be – and traces the manner in which we navigate this desolate geography. The photographs resonate with the sense that in a foreign landscape distance loses its physical measure and home feels like a hazy memory, a half-remembered dream.

Elementary Calculus was published by MACK in September, 2012, and selected for numerous year end “best of” lists and was also included in the 2013 International Center of Photography Triennial. Work from J Carrier’s recent projects, Mi´raj  and In Circles, will also be published by MACK in the coming year.

Elementary Calculus will be on display April 24 – May 24, 2019, in Fenwick Gallery. Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, from 11am to 12pm in Fenwick 2001 for an artist talk with J Carrier.

About the artist: J Carrier (b. Biloxi, Mississippi) spent a decade living and working in Africa and the Middle East, and after a five year stint in Brooklyn, returned home to Washington D.C where he lives with his wife and kids.  Carrier is an assistant professor at George Mason University. He formerly taught at Cornell University, the International Center of Photography (NYC), and Western Connecticut State. He has a BS in wildlife & fisheries science and forestry from the Pennsylvania State University (1996) and an MFA from the Hartford Art School (2012).  Carrier’s commissioned work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, National Geographic, Time, Fortune, CNN, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, XXL, Dazed and Confused, Le Monde, and The Financial Times and has won many awards. He was nominated for PDN30 (2016), the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship (2013 & 2012), and the Santa Fe Prize for Photography (2011).

About Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

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Beat of a Different Drummer

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:07

Join us for our last Music in the Lobby concert of the spring semester on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Lobby. “Beat of a Different Drummer” will feature string chamber music and solo drumming by Mason students! The full program is available at: Refreshments will be provided by Argo Tea.

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Mason Libraries Announces Artist-in-Residence Program Pilot

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 16:01

George Mason University Libraries is excited to announce a new venture: the Mason Libraries Artist-in-Residence Program. For our first (pilot) year, we’ve invited Adriana Monsalve, a photobook artist and publisher, to join us in a research and visual arts project.

Throughout April and May 2019, Monsalve will be dividing her residency between the Mason Libraries (particularly the Fenwick Gallery and the Special Collections Research Center in Fenwick Library) and the Mason School of Art to lead a series of in-class lectures and workshops, and to conduct research in the library’s photobook and artists’ book collections. The residency will conclude with an exhibition curated by Monsalve, a special artist’s talk, and the publication of a collaborative zine produced by Mason students and faculty.

“I am a storyteller and visual communicator that produces in-depth stories on identity through the nuances in between. As a daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean Republic of Colombia, I have struggled with the concept of ‘home.’ As immigrants, we are everywhere and we have to belong somewhere, so we’ve made habitats for ourselves in pocket towns of people like us. I’m documenting to show you something I’ve found and ultimately, something I am. I’m documenting so you know I was here. I am an artist, book maker, and educator… but I am still reclaiming space. I am growing into the many things that were made for me at the intersection of personal, political, and poetic.”

About Adriana Monsalve: Adriana Monsalve is an artist and collaborative publisher working in the photo book medium. Together with Caterina Ragg, they run Homie House Press from Beltsville, MD and Lambrate, Milano, Italy. HHP is a radical cooperative platform where they challenge the ever-changing forms of storytelling with image + text.

Monsalve earned a Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London in 2013. In 2018, she was awarded the Lucie Independent Photo Book Prize for her collaborative photo book, Femme Frontera, a project which was funded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and was part of the Master Artist Grant for 2017.

The works of Homie House Press have been collected in the Library of Congress, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Maryland Institute College of Art, among other private collections. At Mason, you can find Monsalve’s photobooks and HHP publications in the Mason Libraries Artists’ Book Collection, housed in the Special Collections Research Center.

See more on Monsalve’s work and HHP at

This residency is sponsored by the George Mason University Libraries, the Mason School of Art, and the Mason University Life Programming Fund. For more details about the program and upcoming events, visit the Fenwick Gallery website,

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New release from GMU Press

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:17

The George Mason University Press has released The Unlikely Reformer: Carter Glass and Financial Regulation by Matthew P. Fink.

Recently described as “the single most important lawmaker in the history of American finance,” Carter Glass nonetheless remains a much misunderstood and overlooked figure in that history. Glass is most widely remembered as the sponsor (with Henry Steagall) of the Glass-Steagall provisions of the U.S.A. Banking Act of 1933, which legally separated commercial and investment banking. But the Banking Act was the culminating achievement of a monumental career as a congressman, secretary of the Treasury, and senator—a career marked by ferocity and paradox.

Glass was a small-government conservative and vocal racist who was, however, also responsible for some of the most important progressive pieces of financial legislation in U.S. history, including the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which created mechanisms for addressing financial panics and managing the nation’s currency, and provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which created the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the model New Deal agency. In The Unlikely Reformer, Matthew Fink explains how these apparent contradictions emerged together at a pivotal moment in the modern American era. As the first new study dedicated to Carter Glass published in over seventy-five years, it updates our perspective on the welter of assumptions, beliefs, and motivations underpinning a regulatory project that continues to be topical in the tumultuous contemporary moment.

About the Author: Matthew P. Fink is the author of The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider’s View. He is Director of the Retirement Income Industry Association and former President of the Investment Company Institute.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

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And the winner is…

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 16:30

Thank you to everyone who participated in our very own take on March Madness, as curated by our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) team! SCRC selected their staff favorites, and each week the voting commenced, bracket-style. The competition was fierce, but the people have chosen, and the winner is:

Professor Arthur M. Whitehall, Jr. of the University of North Carolina, January 1950, Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection, C0036, Box 15, Folder 11, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries

SCRC’s Staff Picks will remain on display through August 2019, so please come by and check them out in person. They are also available for viewing in SCRC’s Flickr album.

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Statement of Virginia Research Libraries on UC-System’s Elsevier Action

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:48

Statement from Deans and Directors of Virginia Research Libraries on the University of California System’s Termination of Contract with Elsevier

Dear Virginia research and learning community,

As Deans and Directors of Virginia research libraries, our core mission and our highest priority is to ensure that our research communities have access to a rich, diverse, and sustainable collection of information resources. Recently, our colleagues in the University of California system took an important stand in defense of that mission by refusing to renew their $50 million “Big Deal” contract with Elsevier, the world’s most profitable vendor of information products. We write to express our gratitude and our support for them and the brave step they have taken, the latest in a global trend of libraries rethinking their biggest expenditures.

Like our UC colleagues, we have serious concerns about continuing to support Big Deal journal bundles, whose initial value proposition has eroded steadily over time. After years of price inflation, these deals have become too costly, consuming more of our budgets each year, crowding out every other kind of information resource (including that most elemental library asset, books). Big Deals also seem to be more and more comprised of titles our campuses rarely or never use. In addition to cost, we are concerned that the subscription model locks away publicly-funded research, reducing the relative impact of scholars on our campuses at a time when other countries and research funders are increasingly requiring full and immediate public access. As the global research community reaches consensus that open access is the future, Big Deal vendors have worked to extract profits from fast-growing publishing fees, another unsustainable model. Firm, principled action is needed to steer our investments in these vendors in a responsible direction.

Like many of our colleagues who have already spoken publicly about this issue, we have begun conversations on our campuses about the costs of Big Deal journal packages and the concerns we have about their value. We, too, hope to find a way forward that will be transparent, affordable, and sustainable. The UC system’s stand and the growing chorus of support from other institutions strengthen our conviction that collectively, research institutions can find a new way forward, with or without the bundled journal deals that have seemed, in the past, too big to refuse.


Carrie Cooper, Dean of University Libraries, William and Mary
George Fowler, University Librarian, Old Dominion University
John Ulmschneider, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
John Unsworth, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Virginia
K.T. Vaughan, Associate Dean, and Bethany Nowviskie, incoming Dean of Libraries, James Madison University
Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech
John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, George Mason University

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Visiting Writers Events – this week at Fenwick Library

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:29

Monday, April 8, 7:30-9pm: Ed Roberson – Ed Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World, which was a runner up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; The New Wing of the LabyrinthCity EclogueAtmosphere Conditions, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work; and Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His most recent publication is the chapbook Closest Pronunciation. His earlier collections include Etai-Eken and When Thy King is a Boy. Roberson’s honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2016, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, and the 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. His work has been included in Best American Poetry. Roberson has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9pm: Special Event with Susan Richards Shreve and Susan Tichy – On the eve of her retirement, Mason’s Creative Writing Program celebrates one of its longest-serving and most celebrated professors, Susan TichyTichy’s most recent collection, The Avalanche Path in Summer, takes her “life-long experience of walking in mountains and stirs into it a mix of ideas about mountains from the European and Chinese traditions.” She is also the author of five additional collections of poetry, including A Smell of Burning Starts the DayThe Hands in Exile, which was selected for the National Poetry Series; Bone PagodaGallowglass; and Trafficke. Tichy will be joined by J.K. Daniels, whose book Wedding Pulls was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and published by Hub City Press. A Mason MA and MFA graduate, she serves as the College Dean of Languages and the Annandale Campus Dean of Languages, Arts, & Social Sciences for Northern Virginia Community College.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30-9pm: Jane Brox – Jane Brox’s fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019. Her book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American FarmFive Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American EssaysThe Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program.

Friday, April 12, 5-6:30pm: Jamel Brinkley – Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other placesA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

The Creative Writing Program offers the Visiting Writers Series each semester. Mason Libraries is the new host this spring. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.

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New Tutorials from the Libraries

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:31

Looking for more info about research concepts or the research process? Or have questions about finding materials or using the Libraries’ tools and services? Check out our updated Tutorials page at and explore topics from Grey Literature to Hosting a Film Night to using Zotero!

Do you have other questions? Come visit one of our campus locations. Our hours are posted and updated regularly. Make an appointment with one of our subject librarians who can provide personalized research assistance. Or, if you have questions but are unable to stop by, use our virtual reference hours.

We also offer 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore the 775+ databases we subscribe to, start with the A-Z database list.

Don’t forget – we’re here to help!

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International Week at the Libraries: Monster Hunt

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:53

Mason is excited to celebrate its thirty-eighth International Week, Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14. This week-long celebration is an opportunity for our students from over 118 countries to come together to showcase their different cultures through various programs and activities.

Many campus units sponsor several events including a parade, culture nights, and the highly anticipated dance competition. Students, families, and community members are welcome to enjoy the international cuisine, music, lectures, resource fairs, and other events throughout the week.

As a part of International Week, the Confucius Institute at Mason and Mason Libraries are hosting a Chinese Film Night on Tuesday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m in Fenwick Library, Room 1014. All are welcome to join us for a screening of the Chinese fantasy-action blockbuster Monster Hunt and a discussion afterwards – with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. Chinese food will also be served.

To learn more about International Week and other events, visit

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University Service Awards 2019

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:14

Congratulations to the following library faculty/staff for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will be recognized at the 2019 University Day Service Awards celebrations on April 2 (5-15 years of service) and April 4 (20+ years of service).

5 Years
  • Jane Atwell, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management
  • Erika Coronado, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management
  • Cutrice Harris, Virtual Library of Virginia
  • Renee Prokop, Administrative Services, Office of the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
  • Stephanie Westcott, Virtual Library of Virginia
10 Years
  • Ian Fairclough, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Mark Hoban, Access Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Elena Landry, Arts and Humanities Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
  • Taneisha Mazyck, Teaching and Learning Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
15 Years
  • Debra Hogan, Office of the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
  • Christopher Magee, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library, Learning, Research and Engagement
20 Years
  • Teresa Kan, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library, Learning, Research and Engagement
  • Heather Leadingham, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • George Oberle, Arts and Humanities Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
25 Years
  • Edgar (Danny) Gomez, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Robert Vay, Special Collections Research Center, Learning, Research and Engagement
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April 4 is Giving Day!

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:57

Mason’s third annual Giving Day is Thursday, April 4! Giving Day is a 24-hour, university-wide campaign inviting our community to come together to support Mason. For a full array of philanthropic projects at the university, check out

The University Libraries is excited to once again be part of this campaign and to raise support for our Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment – a fund created to recognize student assistants who demonstrate outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason.

We hope you will join us by making a gift, between midnight and 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 4. While the Libraries’ focus on Giving Day is scholarships for our students, you can choose another program at the Libraries or Mason that you would like to support – every gift counts!

You are also invited to join the Mason community at a variety of events. Throughout the day on April 4, there will activity on the Quad Lawn (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), including Giving Day swag, special guests, and more. In the evening, join your fellow Patriots in Clarendon for happy hour at Spider Kelly’s and enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, Mason swag, music, games, and live updates on Giving Day outcomes.

Thank you to everyone who has already pledged their support for this year’s Giving Day! You can track our progress throughout the day at

Together, we are Mason!

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Fenwick Fellows Lecture, April 17: Jennifer Ashley and Alok Yadav

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:21

All are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in Fenwick 2001 for our annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture. This year’s lecture features our 2017-18 fellows: Jennifer Ashley, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Alok Yadav, Associate Professor of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Professors Ashley and Yadav will discuss their research and updates on the projects they undertook over the course of their fellowship year, as well as their thoughts on the digital tools used in their explorations and research. A summary of each of their lecture topics follows.

“The Chilean Plebiscite and the Power to be Affected” by Jennifer Ashley: Plebiscites and referendums have played central roles in the political life of Latin America and Europe during the last few years. As I watch these political scenarios unfold around the world, I ask: What makes a campaign successful? How do media representations frame our understanding of these political processes in the moment in which they are happening, and how do they help shape our memory of these events years later? I explore these questions in a digital humanities project that takes as a case study the 1988 Chilean plebiscite. In this plebiscite, a “YES” vote meant eight more years of Pinochet in power, and a “NO” vote expressed a desire for the return to democratic elections the following year. On October 5, 1988, following an intensification of protests, a long process of political coalition building, and a well-executed television campaign, 54.71% of the Chilean population voted to end the dictatorship. With a slogan of “joy is on its way”, one of the most significant characteristics of Chile’s “NO” campaign was its promise of the good life to come. Drawing on fifty interviews with Chileans of different ages and political perspectives, I focus on this plebiscite campaign as a means of reflecting on the importance of affect and, in particular, the power to be affected in shaping political life.

“Anthologies of African American Writing: Literary History and Digital Scholarship: A Modest Proposal” by Alok Yadav: There’s been much interest in recent years about the new kinds of scholarship in literary studies made possible by digital resources and digital tools. There are also, however, possibilities for the renovation of older kinds of scholarship through the use of digital media. In this talk, I’ll present work I’ve been doing on a digital project that seeks to compile a comprehensive bibliography, index, and reception history of anthologies of African American writing in order to provide the basis for a range of literary historical investigations of African American culture. Questions about the circulation and status of particular authors and works, about the framing and interpretation of African American literature, about canons and canon-formation, and about anthologies themselves as a particular kind of text can all be pursued more effectively if adequate scholarly reference works exist to facilitate such inquiries. This project seeks to develop one such essential resource, using a digital platform to make the project possible and more useful for users. My talk will provide a progress report on the project and a discussion of how digital tools can help advance literary historical scholarship, not by seeking out brave new worlds of inquiry, but by helping us to address existing topics and terrains more effectively.

About the 2017-18 Fellows: Jennifer Ashley is a Term Assistant Professor of Global Affairs at George Mason University. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown University. Her work focuses on media and political subjectivity, and has been published in journals such as American EthnologistPopular Communication, and Television & New Media. Alok Yadav is an Associate Professor in the English department at George Mason University, where he teaches courses on eighteenth-century British literature and on various topics in literary research, literary analysis, and literary theory. His first book was titled Before the Empire of English: Literature, Provinciality, and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2004). He has been working, slowly, on a project on political criticism of literature focused on Rudyard Kipling’s Kim – a project that involves a bit of a stretch for a dix-huitiémiste, since Kim was published in 1901. His current project on Anthologies of African American Writing involves a further stretch, in at least a couple of directions.

About the Fenwick Fellows Program: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to Mason faculty member(s) to pursue research project(s) that use and enhance the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty members’ field. Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019.

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GMU Press Book Launch: George Washington and Native Americans

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:24

Join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the recent publication of George Washington and Native Americans, the latest from the George Mason University Press, on Thursday, April 4, at 3 p.m. in Fenwick 2001.

Richard Harless (author, George Washington and Native Americans), George Oberle (History Librarian, University Libraries and Affiliate Faculty, History and Art History, George Mason University), and Randolph Scully (Associate Professor, History and Art History, George Mason University) will discuss the complexities of this topic in American history and will include time for Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

About the book: George Washington had contact with Native Americans throughout most of his life. His first encounter as a teenager left him with the impression that they were nothing more than an “ignorant people.” As a young man he fought both alongside and against Native Americans during the French and Indian War and gained a grudging respect for their fighting abilities. During the American Revolution, Washington made it clear that he welcomed Indian allies as friends but would do his utmost to crush Indian enemies. As president, he sought to implement a program to “civilize” Native Americans by teaching them methods of agriculture and providing the implements of husbandry that would enable them to become proficient farmers—the only way, he believed, Native Americans would survive in a white-dominated society. Yet he discovered that his government could not protect Indian lands as guaranteed in countless treaties, and the hunger for Indian land by white settlers was so rapacious that it could not be controlled by an inadequate federal military establishment. While Washington appeared to admit the failure of the program, this book—a unique and necessary exploration of Washington’s experience with and thoughts on Native Americans—contends he deserves credit for his continued efforts to implement a policy based on the just treatment of America’s indigenous peoples.

About the author: Richard Harless has a Ph.D. in American History from George Mason University. He is a retired public school teacher, counselor, and coach. He worked as a research assistant at Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and was a fellow at the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He is currently teaching at various colleges including Saint Mary’s Honor College in Maryland. George Washington and Native Americans is his first book.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

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Henson to receive 2019 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:27

Jo Ann Henson, Business and Economics Librarian, has been selected for the 2019 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. With twenty years’ experience in the academic librarianship field, she is a highly skilled and dedicated professional. Henson will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence, organized by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Excellence. This year the event is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Center for Arts, Fairfax Campus.

Since 2012, Ms. Henson has been the Business and Economics Librarian at the George Mason University Libraries, and her tenure has been marked by her active involvement in forming key partnerships with the School of Business and the Department of Economics and providing support for their students’ and faculty’s research endeavors. In addition to research and reference support, she leads over 40 instructional sessions each semester as well as ensures the Libraries’ business and economics resources are current, up-to-date, and reflective of a broad array of disciplinary needs.

Prior to joining Mason, Henson was the Business Reference Librarian at Louisiana State University (LSU), where she was responsible for launching an annual “Meet Your Librarian” Day and for being the first librarian to schedule “embedded” office hours within the Business School. Prior to LSU, she worked as a librarian in both corporate and medical institution settings.

Read more about Henson’s accomplishments and nomination.

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What Sparks Poetry: New Exhibition in Fenwick Gallery

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:29

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “What Sparks Poetry,” an exhibition in celebration of Poetry Daily. The exhibition will be on view from March 20 through April 18, 2019, with a panel discussion presented by members of the Poetry Daily editorial and publication team on Thursday, March 21 at 6:45pm in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

Poetry Daily is a popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997. In 2018, it began the process of moving to George Mason University where it is now edited and produced through a partnership between the Department of English Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries, in collaboration with The Daily Poetry Association. “What Sparks Poetry” is a new, serialized feature on Poetry Daily in which poets were invited to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

The “What Sparks Poetry” exhibition comprises the handwritten pages and essays by a number of these notable poets—intimate homages to the relationship between poet as reader and poet as writer, and to what sparks poetry.

Poetry Daily’s editorial board includes seven poets from Mason: Aaron McCollough, director of George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing in the University Libraries; Mason Creative Writing program faculty Jennifer Atkinson, Heather Green, Eric Pankey, and Susan Tichy; and Vivek Narayanan of the Honors College. The board includes nine other notable poets from across the country: Kaveh Akbar, Jennifer Chang, Yona Harvey, Layli Long Soldier, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Ilya Kaminsky, Sandra Lim, J. Michael Martinez, and Brian Teare.

Find Poetry Daily online at For more details on this exhibition and related events, visit the Fenwick Gallery exhibitions page at

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2019-20 Fenwick Fellowship Competition Announced

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:44

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis announced that University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to eligible Mason faculty members to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. View list of past recipients and their research projects.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Application deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the  Fenwick Fellow(s) in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

Guidelines and information are available at


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GMU Press Book Launch: Peacebuilding through Dialogue

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:31

Join us for a conversation with Peter Stearns, University Professor and Provost Emeritus, and Susan Allen, Director of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, as they discuss Peacebuilding through Dialogue on Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Fenwick 2001. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

Peacebuilding through Dialogue examines the many dimensions of dialogue as a key driver of peaceful personal and social change. While most people agree on the value of dialogue, few delve into its meaning or consider its full range. The essays collected here consider dialogue in the context of teaching and learning, personal and interpersonal growth, and in conflict resolution and other situations of great change. Through these three themes, contributors from a wide variety of perspectives consider the different forms dialogue takes, the goals of the various forms, and which forms have been most successful or most challenging. With its expansive approach, the book makes an original contribution to peace studies, civic studies, education studies, organizational studies, conflict resolution studies, and dignity studies.

Contributors: Susan H. Allen, George Mason University * Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco * Andrea Bartoli, Seton Hall University * Meenakshi Chhabra, Lesley University * Steven D. Cohen, Tufts University * Charles Gardner, Community of Sant’Egidio * Mark Farr, The Sustained Dialogue Institute * William Gaudelli, Teachers College, Columbia University * Jason Goulah, DePaul University * Donna Hicks, Harvard University * Bernice Lerner, Hebrew College * Ceasar L. McDowell, MIT * Gonzalo Obelleiro, DePaul University * Bradley Siegel, Teachers College, Columbia University * Olivier Urbain, Min-On Music Research Institute * Ion Vlad, University of San Francisco.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

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Marchives Madness!

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:35

Visit. View. Vote.

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has opened their new exhibition featuring SCRC staff favorites, and they would like you to vote for the winner!

An online exhibition has been created that features all of the items physically on display in the SCRC Exhibition Gallery. Check them out in SCRC’s Flickr album and then vote for your favorite by taking the survey.

Voting will take place each week in March in the style of #MarchMadness. The first week 32 items will be chosen, the next week 16 items will be chosen, and so on. Prizes will be awarded each week to a random participant. Then, join SCRC in Fenwick 2306 for a March Madness watch party on March 21!

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Gateway Media Collection Move

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:30

The Gateway Library Media Collection will move to Fenwick Library the week of April 1-5, 2019. Please check out all media needed for that week by March 31, 2019.

For Faculty: If a film is needed for class, consider checking it out the week before, putting it on reserve, or placing a screening request in advance. Films already on reserve or scheduled for screenings will not be affected.

For additional information, contact Heather Darnell, Librarian for Multimedia Literacy,

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Edible Book Festival: April 1

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:41

Do you like books, the culinary arts, winning prizes? Enter the Libraries’ Edible Book Festival Competition! The Festival will take place Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 1014 (yes, we realize this is “April Fool’s Day” but this is no joke!).

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally.

For more details and to enter the competition, visit Entry forms are due by March 22. We can’t wait to see (and taste) what you create!

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