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University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

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George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Creates New Center Devoted to Literary Presentation and Innovation

George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Creates New Center Devoted to Literary Presentation and Innovation

Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice brings under one umbrella the robust and diverse initiatives that have sprouted from the Creative Writing Program since its launch in 1980. The center, which provides an efficient and effective way to articulate the community that these initiatives help cultivate, includes Fall for the Book, Stillhouse Press, the Cheuse Center for International Writers, Poetry Daily, and the Northern Virginia Writing Project, as well as literary journals phoebe and So to Speak. Each entity maintains its own focused mission, governance structure, and budget, but will benefit individually and collectively through more strategic collaboration. Watershed Lit will also foster research by faculty and professional development of students, serving as a catalyst of transformational experiences.

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Trading Spaces

Trading Spaces

Spring 2020 sent Mason students and professors into the world of online teaching, many for the first time, with steep learning curves on an accelerated schedule. Four English Department professors explained how they succeeded—against the odds.

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Finalists Announced for the New American Voices Award

Finalists Announced for the New American Voices Award

The three finalists for the 2020 Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award are novelists Ishmael Beah, author of Little Family; Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and Lysley Tenorio, author of The Son of Good Fortune.

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CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its graduates in the Class of 2020 with a message from Dean Ann Ardis, a musical tribute from the Green Machine, and more.

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Prof. Gilman Publishes New Book

Prof. Gilman Publishes New Book

Dr. Lisa Gilman, Professor in Folklore Studies, English, Public Humanities, has published a new book with John Fenn, Handbook for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Fieldwork (Indiana University Press, 2019).

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Folklore Student Travels to India with Smithsonian

Folklore Student Travels to India with Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution has selected Violeta Palchik, a graduate student in the Folklore Program, as one of three participants in the United States for their Communities Connecting Heritage program. This program was designed in partnership with the Department of State to create an exchange between cultural heritage students in the United States and India. 

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Volunteer at the Richmond Folk Festival!

Volunteer at the Richmond Folk Festival!

Jon Lohman, our Virginia State Folklorist, curates an impressive selection of music and craft demos in the folklife area each year. The theme of this year’s event is “Feed Your Soul” and will be featuring both food and music from around Virginia that literally and figuratively feed your soul. Presenters will include Southern Soul legend Big G, the Old Regular Baptist hymns of Frank Newsome, tortilla-making workshops with Luz Lopez, a soul food feast and singing with the Ingramettes, an oyster-shucking contest between sisters Clementine and Deborah and much much more.

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Folklore offers Digital Storytelling Course

Folklore offers Digital Storytelling Course

Continuing the tradition of innovation, the Folklore Studies program will offer a new course in Digital Storytelling for fall 2017. The course will combine the techniques of effective oral storytelling with open source technology to create compelling digital stories.

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Folklore Summer Field School participates in National Park Service Program

Folklore Summer Field School participates in National Park Service Program

Within the backdrop and context of the racial tension and rioting that enveloped Washington, D.C., in 1968, the National Park Service (NPS) launched an innovative, community-based recreational and enrichment program called Summer in the Parks (SITP). Mason’s summer 2017 Field School for Cultural Documentation, a partnership between the Folklore Studies Program and the Library of Congress-American Folklife Center, offered a SITP option to graduate students seeking hands-on learning, rigorous training in oral history collection, and instruction on archiving in Library of Congress methods.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Mason Out Loud Episode Two

Mason Out Loud Episode Two

Episode two of Mason Out Loud is available for listen! Mason Out Loud features creative writing and scholarship from GMU's English department faculty, students and alumni.

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The Role of the Poet in Our Times

The Role of the Poet in Our Times

Please join us for a reading and lecture by the Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winning poet Jorie Graham. She will read her own and others’ work and speak about the importance of poetry and the humanities in today’s world at the 2016 Vernon and Margarette Gras Lecture in the Humanities.

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The Folkways of Scotland Visit GMU

The Folkways of Scotland Visit GMU

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante headline Hylton in the Highlands, plus a performance of "The Adventures of John Paul Jones" at George Mason's Fairfax Campus; Dr. Joy Fraser presents "Haggis-Fed Rustics?: Images of Scottishness and the Story of Scotland’s National Dish," based on research from her current book project on the cultural history of haggis.

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Mason Folklore at AFS 2014, Santa Fe

Mason Folklore at AFS 2014, Santa Fe

Every fall, the American Folklore Society (AFS) holds its annual conference in a different city, attracting Folklore scholars and enthusiasts the world over. This year, November 5-8, the conference was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the George Mason Folklore program, represented by students, faculty, and alumni, made a brilliant showing.

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American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Santa Fe

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Santa Fe

We would like to celebrate the success of Kim Stryker from MAIS! Kim's concentration is in Folklore Studies. Kim was awarded travel funds by the Graduate Student Travel Fund to present her thesis work with Fauquier County small family farms on November 5-9, 2014 in Santa Fe, NM. Follow the link to learn more about the American Folklore Society.

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Spooky Stories! Open Mic on October 28

Spooky Stories! Open Mic on October 28

As the seasons wane, and the veils between this world and the other begin to lift, there is no spookier a time for telling spooky stories than October. We all have them, at least one or two, secondhand or even third... Some have grown up listening to spooky stories passed down for many generations, and some have spent sleepless nights concocting spooky stories of their own, stories that none have heard before.

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Visiting Folklorist Series

Visiting Folklorist Series

On Tuesday March 26 Maryland Traditions Program Director Cliff Murphy will discuss the role of folklorists in preserving Maryland's cultural traditions.

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Shutika Wins Chicago Folklore Prize

Shutika Wins Chicago Folklore Prize

Faculty member Debra Lattanzi Shutika has been recognized by the American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago with the Chicago Folklore Prize, given each year to the author of the best book-length work of folklore scholarship.

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Folklore Student Completes Film on Puerto Rican Festival

Folklore Student Completes Film on Puerto Rican Festival

In July 2009, folklore graduate student Paulina Guerrero met a group of Puerto Rican musicians as part of her internship with the Festival of American Folklife. Intrigued by their music and stories, Guerrero decided she would make the group and their performances the focus of the project for her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS).

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Folklorist Timothy Tangherlini Discusses Current Project on Folklore and Geographic Information Systems

Folklorist Timothy Tangherlini Discusses Current Project on Folklore and Geographic Information Systems

Professor Timothy Tangherlini will present and discuss his current project on folklore and geographic information systems. This innovative work brings together the fields and practices of folklore, cultural geography, ethnography, and the digital humanities. Professor Tangherlini was awarded a 2009 American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship for this project. The presentation is scheduled for Monday, May 3, 7:20 - 10:00 pm in the Johnson Center, Third Floor, Room F.

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UCLA Professors Come to Mason to Talk Immigration

UCLA Professors Come to Mason to Talk Immigration

As part of its ongoing series of forums, Migration Projects @ Mason is pleased to announce a book talk and DVD presentation of Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrants Speak Out. The Nov. 12 event will feature Kent Wong, Director of UCLA’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and Mantias Ramos, UCLA graduate and immigration rights activist will discuss the DREAM Act, an important piece of legislation designed to ensure that all students have access to higher education.

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English Students to Help Plan Smithsonian Folklife Festival

English Students to Help Plan Smithsonian Folklife Festival

As part of their course work, Professor Yoonmee Chang’s spring 2010 Honors seminar students will help plan and prepare the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Students from ENGL 414 (American Chinatowns) will have an opportunity not only to study ethnography but also to practice it.

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Folklore to Host Bottigheimer

Folklore to Host Bottigheimer

Acclaimed author Ruth B. Bottigheimer will speak at George Mason University on Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. in Research 1, room 163. Bottigheimer is the author of Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion, and Paradigm and Grimm’s Bad Girls and Bold Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales. In her visit to George Mason University, Bottigheimer will share insights from her latest study, "Fairy Tales: A New History."

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