Past Events


Politics of Gender & Justice: The Intersection of Identity & Discipline

Women and Gender Studies

Friday, November 16, 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), #1201

This one-day conference, hosted by the Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University, brings together scholars, students (both graduate and undergraduate), policymakers, artists, and activists to wrestle with ideas and strategies to move forward toward a just world in theory and practice.

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Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month 2018: More Than a Word

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Free screening and discussion of More Than A Word, which considers the Washington football team's use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, the documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.

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Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age - A Talk by Tarek El-Ariss

Middle East and Islamic Studies

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1203

Exploring hacking, leaking, and scene-making as writing and political practices, as well as conceptual tools for understanding Arab culture in the digital age, this talk examines affective forms of protest, incivility, digital consciousness, fiction, and knowledge production. Focusing on a new generation of activists and authors, and leakers and hackers from the region and beyond, El-Ariss connects Wikileaks to The Arabian Nights, Twitter to mystical revelation, cyberattacks to pre-Islamic tribal raids, and digital activism to the affective scene-making of Arab popular culture.

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Fall for the Book - Angie Hattery and Earl Smith

Book: Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change

Women and Gender Studies

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:00 PM
Johnson Center, George's 3rd Floor

In Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change, Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith make a compelling case that the issue goes far beyond the brutal headline stories of Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. Hattery and Smith connect the regulation of African American people in many settings--including the public education system and the criminal justice system--into a powerful narrative about the ways African Americans are policed. The book discusses the school-to-prison pipeline; mass incarceration and the prison boom; unique ways black women and trans people are treated; wrongful convictions and the challenges of exoneration, and more. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies. For more information of Fall for the Book, visit:

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