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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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VACAS Conference

VACAS Conference

VACAS 2020 represents a great opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and communication faculty—especially those based in Virginia—to share their latest work in the field of communication. We encourage submissions across the whole range of the communication field, including, but not limited to: media studies, journalism, political communication and campaigns, film studies, communication and advocacy, public relations, communication theory and rhetorical criticism, critical/cultural studies, science and environmental communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal/small group communication, health and risk communication, and communication education/pedagogy. We welcome submissions from undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Panels, papers, and posters can present completed work or work-in-progress.

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FAMS Courses Spring 2020

FAMS Courses Spring 2020

FAMS courses in Spring 2020 include Cyberpunk, Introduction to Film, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror, War and Film, History of World Cinema, International Mysteries, Watching the Middle East, and Music in Motion Pictures.

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Fires at Sea Italy and the Migration Crisis

Fires at Sea Italy and the Migration Crisis

We invite you to a film and lecture series on Italy and migration which the Italian Program has organized this semester. In addition to MCL, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Global Affairs Program, the Film and Media Studies Program and the Visiting Filmmakers Series are co-sponsors.

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Sept 28: Arts By George, with performance by Audra McDonald

Sept 28: Arts By George, with performance by Audra McDonald

For this fundraiser, Film at Mason students and faculty collaborate with other CVPA students and faculty in performances and exhibits in open studios and rehearsal halls of the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The evening culminates with a performance by Audra McDonald.

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FAMS Courses Fall 2019

FAMS Courses Fall 2019

FAMS courses in Fall 2019 include Business of Film and Video, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror, History of World Cinema, Indian Cinema , Introduction to Anime and Manga, International Mysteries, Introduction to Documentary, Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Silent Cinema and the Archive, and Spanish Language Film and Television.

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FAMS Courses Summer 2019

FAMS Courses Summer 2019

Registration begins March 25. Check out FAMS courses for Summer 2019. Online: Film and Video Forms, Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, Business of Film, Global Horror Film. Classroom courses: Japanese Cinema, Gender, Race & Class in Media, Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2019

FAMS Courses for Spring 2019

FAMS courses offered in Spring 2019 include Global Horror Film, TV and Twitter, Introduction to Spanish-Language Cinema, Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Film & Video Forms, and Cyberpunk.

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Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily, the popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997 at www.poems.com, has begun the process of moving to George Mason University where it will be published in partnership with the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries. Founders Don Selby and Diane Boller, who are retiring at the end of the year after steering, editing, and growing the web-based journal for more than twenty-one years, will remain on the board of directors of Daily Poetry Association, the nonprofit organization that publishes Poetry Daily. Editors, students, and staff at Mason take on daily production as of January 1, 2019.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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FAMS Courses Fall 2018

FAMS Courses Fall 2018

Our courses for Fall 2018 include Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Intro Film, Intro Documentary, Film and Video Forms, Television Studies, Global Voices: Film and Media of the Middle East, Media Criticism, History of World Cinema, Film and Colonialism, and Global Horror Film.

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FAMS Courses Summer 2018

FAMS Courses Summer 2018

Our courses for Summer 2018 include Gender, Race & Class in Media, Intro Film (DL), Film and Video Forms (DL), Media Criticism (DL), History of World Cinema (DL), Global Horror Film, Business of Film, and The Films of Akira Kurosawa.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2018

FAMS Courses for Spring 2018

A wide range of courses are available in Spring 2018: Cyberpunk, Sports TV, Cinemas of Resistance, Curating & Programming for the Moving Image, Latin American Film, Japanese Cinema, Soviet Film in the Times of Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, Global Horror Film, and more.

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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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PopMatters Internship Spring 2017

PopMatters Internship Spring 2017

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

Courses include Bollywood and Beyond, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror Film, History of World Cinema, International Mysteries, Intro Documentary, Intro Film, Japanese Cinema, Music Video Experimentation, and War and International Film.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

Find new ways to see your world with FAMS Summer courses. Titles include Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights; Film and Video Forms; Film and Video Screenwriting; Intro to Film; Samurai On Screen; Women in Media.

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Alumni Spotlight: Fan Yang's Book Is Here

Alumni Spotlight: Fan Yang's Book Is Here

The program extends its congratulations to alumna Fan Yang whose book Faked in China has been published. The book assesses the challenges faced by China following its accession to the World Trade Organization.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2016

FAMS Courses for Spring 2016

New courses this semester include Television Studies, The Middle East and North Africa Through Film: The City and the Subject, and Latin American Film and TV Studies.

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Hisham Aidi discusses "Rebel Music" at Fall for the Book

Hisham Aidi discusses "Rebel Music" at Fall for the Book

On Oct. 1, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Hisham Aidi for a discussion of his latest book, "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture", shedding light on the intersection of Islam with African-American musical traditions and using hiphop in cultural diplomacy.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alison Landsberg's New Book

Faculty Spotlight: Alison Landsberg's New Book

Dr. Alison Landsberg explains her new book, Engaging the Past, and how affective engagement is characteristic of popular historical texts. Learn more about history, visual culture, mass culture, and viewership by reading her full interview.

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Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections In The Media

Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections

In a piece in the Los Angeles Times regarding the “new generation” of late-night television hosts, Robert Lichter, faculty member, Department of Communication and director of Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, discusses the importance of late-night television to political campaigns.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2015

FAMS Courses for Fall 2015

FAMS courses offered in Fall 2015 include Introduction to Documentary, Film & Video Forms, Global Film: Walls and Borders, International Mysteries, and Uncovering the US Past Through Film.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2015

PopMatters Internship Fall 2015

A great chance to gain experience in writing reviews of popular, current film, television, and internet programming for a well respected, daily cultural studies magazine.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2015

FAMS Courses for Summer 2015

FAMS courses offered in Summer 2015 include Introduction to Film, Film & Video Forms, Global Horror Film, Media Criticism (DE), and Samurai On Screen.

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Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Taylor won Best Mystery Short Story for his story "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants," originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for their March/April 2013 issue.

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College’s Sports Courses Go for Gold

College’s Sports Courses Go for Gold

How would you like to spend a course period talking about sports and getting credit for it? Even better, you will learn more than you thought you could about something you already love.

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup

The challenge of writing about ISIS is multi-faceted, but rests mainly in the fact that we simply do not have enough corroborated information/knowledge about all aspects of the phenomenon. This collection of articles (in Arabic and English), videos, and events on ISIS is the beginning of an ongoing series of work on ISIS.

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Critiquing Culture Conference 2014

Critiquing Culture Conference 2014

It's time for the 8th Annual Critiquing Culture Conference and YOU ARE INVITED to attend!! There will be a total of 23 paper presentations and one keynote address given at 4:30 by our distinguished speaker, Professor Cindi Katz. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments served!

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Deshmukh Co-Curates WWI Watercolor Postal Card Exhibit

Deshmukh Co-Curates WWI Watercolor Postal Card Exhibit

Marion Deshmukh, Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History, is co-curator of “Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War.” The exhibit will feature about 50 hand-painted watercolor postcards crafted in the trenches by Otto Schubert, a German soldier who fought in World War I.

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"On My Way" review by FAMS minor and English major Gina Kim Publications

"On My Way" review by FAMS minor and English major Gina Kim

Despite our desire to invest in in Bette's story (she’s Catherine Deneuve, after all), she remains as undeveloped as the film around her. While the title On My Way implies the start of a journey that might be energetic and fresh, by the film’s end, Bettie doesn’t seem like she’s moved much at all.

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Laverne Cox at Mason!

Laverne Cox at Mason!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, students packed the Hub ballroom to hear Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox deliver her speech, "Ain't I A Woman?"

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Covering Global Conflict

Covering Global Conflict

This interdisciplinary panel brings together scholars and multimedia journalists to examine the issue of reporting, documenting, interpreting, and analyzing some of the most complex and controversial issues of contemporary times.

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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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Summary of Arts after Atrocity conference

Summary of Arts after Atrocity conference

To better understand how art and artists interface with the processes of transition, the Center for Global Studies organized a day-long conference on “Arts after Atrocity: Global Human Rights and Local Representations of Violence and Resistance.” This international symposium brought together artists, filmmakers, scholars and those affected by violence to discuss how the arts are deployed to represent past violence and reinterpret fundamental understandings about power, truth, and justice.

Spring 2012: New Course: Film and Poetry

Spring 2012: New Course: Film and Poetry

Team taught by Professor Carla Marcantonio (Film & Media studies) and Sally Keith (English/Poetry), the course "Film and Poetry" will juxtapose contemporary projects in poetry and film, examining questions of form and content to enlarge our sense of a particular theme or narrative by considering it in a new context.

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Occupy Archive Featured in Economist

Occupy Archive Featured in Economist

The Economist recently published a feature story about the Center for History and New Media's Occupy Archive, a collection of stories, photos, and other digital materials related to the current Occupy Movement. The archive welcomes public submissions.

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Carla Marcantonio: New Angles on Film

Carla Marcantonio: New Angles on Film

Mason professor Carla Marcantonio, whose dissertation studied acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s work, says his film Broken Embraces is "Very self-reflexive about the process of making movies. The main character is a stand-in for Almodóvar himself, and the film is partly a meditation on what it would be like for the director who depends on the visual to lose his eyesight.”

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Cambridge Press Publishes Winkler’s Latest Book

Cambridge Press Publishes Winkler’s Latest Book

Martin Winkler adds to his impressive list of publications on Classics and cinema with a new study published by Cambridge University Press. Cinema and Classical Texts interprets films as visual texts and provides the first systematic demonstration of the affinities between Greco-Roman literature and the cinema. It examines major themes from classical myth and history such as the question of heroism and patriotism in war and the representation of women like Helen of Troy and Cleopatra as products of male desire and fantasy.

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Your Homework Tonight is to IM and YouTube

Your Homework Tonight is to IM and YouTube

In today's age where even presidential campaigns fall flat without a nifty video on YouTube, students taking Char Miller's section of Government 490 have a leg up, gaining hands-on experience linking government studies with the mastery of new media.

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Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

The Text and Community Program is an annual semester-long project co-sponsored by George Mason’s English Department and the Mason Project on Immigration. While English courses will examine The Devil’s Highway as an exemplary work of nonfiction, the book also offers a powerful examination of U.S. and Mexican border activities and immigration policies.

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Center for History and New Media Receives $7M Award

Center for History and New Media Receives $7M Award

Mason has been awarded a contract — valued at $7 million if fully funded over five years — by the U.S. Department of Education to create an online National History Education Clearinghouse. The online project, which will be housed in Mason's Center for History and New Media (CHNM), will focus on historical thinking and learning. It will also help K-12 history teachers become more effective educators and show their students why history is relevant to their daily lives.

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