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A message supporting our international students

A message supporting our international students

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F-1 visas who take all of their courses for the semester online. This decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens to interrupt the academic work of more than 3,000 students here at George Mason University.

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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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Latest University Information on COVID-19

Latest University Information on COVID-19

George Mason University is committed to protecting the health of its community. Its resources include up-to-date plans and procedures, identification of student health services clinics, and attention to its study-abroad programs.

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Sojourner Truth Lecture marks 20 years

Sojourner Truth Lecture marks 20 years

As Mason's Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies programs prepare to present the university's 20th Sojourner Truth Lecture, it welcomes back Marilyn Mobley, one of the founding mothers of both programs.

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On CGTN, Kevin Matthews discusses Brexit and its impact Headlines

On CGTN, Kevin Matthews discusses Brexit and its impact

In a video on the China Global Television Network, Kevin Matthews, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, discusses Brexit and the impact that it will have on the United Kingdom's relationship with Europe and the United States.

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Kathryn Yeargin: Pursuing a Future in Law and Justice

Kathryn Yeargin: Pursuing a Future in Law and Justice

Legal studies has been an objective for Kathryn from the time she applied to Mason, and it led to her interest in criminology. She was motivated to learn as much as she could about the criminal justice system before considering it as a future vocation.

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Kierner examines ‘culture of disaster’ in new book

Kierner examines ‘culture of disaster’ in new book

History professor Cynthia Kierner discusses Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood, which explores how early American responses to natural and man-made calamities shape our societal reactions today.

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Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

The Immigrant Stories Project includes information about immigrants from Pakistan living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. In addition to a fact sheet and analysis, there is also a new inspirational interview with a Pakistani immigrant.

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Dr. Keith Renshaw wins the David W. Rossell Quill Award

Dr. Keith Renshaw wins the David W. Rossell Quill Award

This award recognizes individuals whose efforts exemplify the leadership and dedication of David W. Rossell, who retired from George Mason University in 2007 with over 20 years of loyal service. His devotion to the Mason community focused on leadership, teaching and fulfilling Mason’s mission.

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HFAC Alum's Ted Talk: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More

HFAC Alum's Ted Talk: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More

Dr. Daniel Gartenberg, HFAC alum is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep -- and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.

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Celebrating the College's Graduates

Celebrating the College's Graduates

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences held two degree celebration events: an afternoon ceremony recognizing its graduates in the humanities and interdisciplinary programs, and in the evening, an event to recognize its graduates in the social sciences.

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Visiting Poet Ilya Kaminsky—Thursday, March 21

Visiting Poet Ilya Kaminsky—Thursday, March 21

Award-winning poet Ilya Kaminsky, celebrating his new book Deaf Republic, visits George Mason University on Thursday, March 21, at part of the Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Visiting Writer Series, hosted for the first time this semester by George Mason University Libraries.

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Celebrating Undergraduate Research

Celebrating Undergraduate Research

For the tenth year, the college presented its Undergraduate Research Symposium, the longest-running on Mason's campus. Featuring returning alumni and myriad research topics, the event capped off the hard work of the participating students.

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Oct 3rd-Nov 3rd

Oct 3rd-Nov 3rd

Donate a new pair of socks throughout the month of October! Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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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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Comoros Bound: Zoe Siepert

Comoros Bound: Zoe Siepert

Siepert, a global affairs major with a concentration in Middle East and North Africa and a minor in international security, worked with Mason's Peace Corp prep program to successfully apply for Peace Corps Service.

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The fall Career Fair is here. Get ready.

The fall Career Fair is here. Get ready.

The entire University Career Services staff is preparing for their fall signature event, the Career Fair. Over 200 employers will be on campus during the week of the fair and will be actively recruiting students at every level and in every course of study.

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Social Sciences ranked 51st in the world in the 2016 Shanghai Rankings

Social Sciences ranked 51st in the world in the 2016 Shanghai Rankings

Once again, George Mason University has been recognized by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its 2016 Academic Rankings of World Universities, also known as the “Shanghai Rankings." Most impressive, Mason is ranked 51st in the field of social sciences out of the 200 universities listed. In these field and subject rankings, Mason was awarded more points than any other institution in Virginia or Washington D.C.

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Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

In this issue of the Mason SPIRIT, the college's senior associate Dean, Robert Matz, takes a look at some misconceptions about getting a liberal arts degree and how the degree meets up with what employers are looking for in a challenging job market.

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A Culture of Discovery

A Culture of Discovery

This year has seen Mason triumph in the world of research. It was named as an R-1 Doctoral University (Highest Research Activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education. This is the highest research status available.

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Creating a Voice for Those Who Aren’t Heard

Creating a Voice for Those Who Aren’t Heard

Last year, the George Mason University communication major created the first weekly Spanish-language news show — Telenoticias Mason — on the university’s student-run Mason Cable Network. The newscast now counts a staff of 10 students and plans to expand in the fall by adding a weather anchor.

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Coming this fall!  The Global Health Fellows

Coming this fall! The Global Health Fellows

The Global Affairs program and the Department of Philosophy are teaming up to offer a unique opportunity for their undergraduate students. The inaugural cohort of the Global Health Fellows will spend its fall semester at the Arlington campus focusing on the realities of today’s global health challenges and the resources offered from a humanities and social sciences perspective.

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She Volunteered for a Cause and Found a Career

She Volunteered for a Cause and Found a Career

Katherine Quigley said that when she came to George Mason University as a freshman, she had no concrete plan for her life. But during a year in which she volunteered with the university’s Office of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), Quigley found her calling.

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Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

History, business, psychology, sociology, and conflict analysis all contribute to an understanding of cultural shifts: their meaning and significance, how they happen, and how people can affect change in their own lives.

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Mason Students Share Election Opinions with Chronicle In The Media

Mason Students Share Election Opinions with Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education spoke with a number of Mason students, including Kate Barton, a global affairs major, and Diamond Lanehart, a communication major, about their opinions on the Democrat candidates in the presidential race.

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Students Help Save Ancient Nicaraguan Site

Students Help Save Ancient Nicaraguan Site

Soon after Bryan Dalton stepped off the plane from the United States for field school in Nicaragua, the junior archaeology major was picked up from the airport and whisked away to save an archaeological site on the brink of destruction.

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Smithsonian Fellowship and Internship Workshop Sponsored by OSCAR

Smithsonian Fellowship and Internship Workshop Sponsored by OSCAR

Learn about opportunities to intern with the Smithsonian Institution. Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is hosting a workshop to learn about how to take advantage of the opportunities that the Smithsonian offers. To participate, you must register by November 9.

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COMM Students Seize Presidential Opportunity

COMM Students Seize Presidential Opportunity

Students in Professor Beth Jannery's summer term section of COMM 303: Writing Across the Media have the chance to cover history in the making, thanks to Mason's Issues Forum 2016, which aims to bring 2016 presidential candidates to Mason's Arlington Campus.

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Raquel Friedmann, Senior of the Year

Raquel Friedmann, Senior of the Year

Raquel Friedmann, 2015 Senior of the Year, credits her parents with teaching her that every action has an impact. Part of that credo included being good environmental stewards in their home in southern California. Composting, recycling, and gardening were part of the family’s routine.

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CHSS Students Take the Stage in TEDx Salon

CHSS Students Take the Stage in TEDx Salon

Three students, two with majors in global affairs and one with a minor in Russian, will be honing their presentation skills at the upcoming TEDx Salon event at George Mason University. As part of the TED movement of sharing "ideas worth spreading," TEDx Salons feature student speakers and take place between TEDx conferences.

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Mason's Family of the Year is Part of the College Family

Mason's Family of the Year is Part of the College Family

Ray Niederhausen is a history major working on a minor in sport and American culture. He's got a great family, and they have been selected to receive the Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award. The Niederhausens will be honored as part of Mason's Family Weekend 2014.

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College's Students Showcase Remarkable Research

College's Students Showcase Remarkable Research

The spring saw a record number of College of Humanities and Social Sciences students participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, the college's annual showcase of student research, and in Mason's Celebration of Student Scholarship.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences rolled out a red carpet for its alumni over the course of two evenings during the university's Alumni Weekend. The Distinguished Alumni Reception recognized some of the contributions made by college alumni, and a social event, open to all college alumni, combined scholarship and relaxing fun.

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David Gibson Named Mason's Employee of the Month

David Gibson Named Mason's Employee of the Month

Congratulations to William David Gibson, case management specialist in the college's Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs! He has been named George Mason University's Employee of the Month for September, 2014. University president Ángel Cabrera presented the award in a ceremony attended by David's family and colleagues.

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Reaching the STARS: Mason Achieves National Gold Sustainability Rating

Reaching the STARS: Mason Achieves National Gold Sustainability Rating

Strengthening President Ángel Cabrera’s declaration that George Mason University’s pursuit of sustainability goals is a central feature of its commitment to being a university for the world, George Mason has become the first university in Virginia to achieve a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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Active Minds and Mason Organizations Present Powerful Message

Active Minds and Mason Organizations Present Powerful Message

On Wednesday, September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, the university teamed with the national awareness campaign Active Minds to deliver an eloquent message about the impact of campus suicide. The Send Silence Packing exhibit on the Fairfax Campus's North Plaza offered an opportunity to learn about suicide prevention resources.

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Summer Days by the Vernal Pool

Summer Days by the Vernal Pool

Integrative Studies major Melissa (Mimi) Fuerst spent her summer working at the pool—a vernal pool near Warrenton, Va., that is. Thanks to a second grant from George Mason University’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), Fuerst has been able to continue her research on mole salamanders on the Piedmont.

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With One Shot, Tiger Reaches Green

With One Shot, Tiger Reaches Green

Criminology, Law and Society major Jimmy Green is the first Mason student to attend the university on an Earl Woods Scholarship, awarded by the Tiger Woods Foundation. Active in the social action and integrative learning program and a member of the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, Jimmy makes the most of his opportunities while he serves others.

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The Economic Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

The Economic Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

A new report, based on U.S. Census data, examines the value of a liberal arts degree in terms of lifetime earnings, and the results strongly support the worth of a humanities or social sciences degree.

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Business Plan Competition Open to All Students

Business Plan Competition Open to All Students

Mason's School of Management (SOM) is holding its annual Dean's Business Plan Competition, open to all Mason students regardless of major. Through the generosity of its donors, SOM's Mason Student Venture Fund awards $30,000 in cash and in-kind services to winners of the competition. Deadline for submitting an executive summary is October 27, 2013.

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Mason Commemorates Sept. 11 with Day of Service

Mason Commemorates Sept. 11 with Day of Service

In remembrance of the sacrifices on Sept. 11, 2001, George Mason University will host volunteer events on and off campus for faculty, staff and students to give back to their community and bond over civic responsibility and shared leadership. Designated a Day of Service by the federal government, Wednesday, Sept. 11, will be the first annual campuswide observance by the George Mason community on the Fairfax Campus.

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The Plants Are Digging This: A New Rooftop Greenhouse

The Plants Are Digging This: A New Rooftop Greenhouse

High on a rooftop near the center of the Fairfax Campus, an abundance of plants are housed in a new, permanent, light-filled oasis. This new George Mason University greenhouse has been a long time coming, but its caretakers agree it was worth the wait.

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College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

This May, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences plans to host three convocations: one each for its graduate students, undergraduate humanities and interdisciplinary programs students, and undergraduate social sciences students.

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Information on 2013 Convocations In The Media

Information on 2013 Convocations

This May, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences plans to host three convocations - one each for its graduate students, undergraduate humanities and interdisciplinary programs students, and undergraduate social sciences students.

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Kelly Explores "Flipping the Curriculum"

Kelly Explores "Flipping the Curriculum"

Mills Kelly, director of the global affairs program and associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, spoke with the Chronicle of Higher Education about universities "flipping the curriculum" and providing small-group, intense learning to freshmen.

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Study Abroad Savings

Study Abroad Savings

Many college students never seriously consider a study abroad experience because they believe the costs to be outside of their educational budget. Students should consider that a higher education in some countries is very inexpensive, and sometimes free for noncitizens.

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More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

A record number of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the stage in grand fashion during their convocations on May 17 and 18, 2012. More than 2,500 graduating students were recognized for their efforts in two distinguished ceremonies.

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Cheuse Reviews "That Deadman Dance" for NPR In The Media

Cheuse Reviews "That Deadman Dance" for NPR

Alan Cheuse, professor of English at George Mason University and National Public Radio's voice of books, recently reviewed "That Deadman Dance," a new novel from Kim Scott about the historic first meetings of the aboriginal peoples of Australia and European settlers in the early 19th century.

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Spring 2012 Courses to Deliver Content-Rich Experiences

Spring 2012 Courses to Deliver Content-Rich Experiences

With the spring 2012 semester now here, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers practical courses covering current issues such as reform in the Middle East and the Iraq War and classes rich in historical material, sure to give students an appreciation for intellectual and social pioneers of the past.

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13th Annual Fall for the Book Festival

13th Annual Fall for the Book Festival

This year's festival features Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Claudia Rankine. Events take place at George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. All events are free and open to the public.

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Psychology Student  Goes Above and Beyond

Psychology Student Goes Above and Beyond

Sabrina Speights is in the midst of her second research project. She, along with two coauthors, presented the first at an April conference in Chicago. She already knows that she wants to study industrial and organizational psychology in graduate school and complete both master’s and PhD programs.

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Kennedy-Orr Used BIS Program to Weave Military Experience into College Credit

Kennedy-Orr Used BIS Program to Weave Military Experience into College Credit

Susan Kennedy-Orr, a military police officer who became a bodyguard for Department of Defense officials, was able to apply her military experience as she pursued a bachelor's degree of individualized studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. The college recently caught up with Kennedy-Orr. Here’s what she had to say:

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