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New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

The news is filled with accounts of women and children from Central America arriving at the U.S. border and seeking asylum. While we are learning a great deal about their struggles once they arrive at the southern border, far less is known about their journey from Central America to the United States. Government statistics show that many women are migrating with their children, and the number of families apprehended at the border has increased in recent years. Many of these women rely on human smugglers to transport them and their children across Mexico to the U.S. border. This report reveals the reality of human smuggling from the perspective of migrant women from Central America. Their testimony and experiences can teach us about the trauma they face during migration and how it continues to impact them when they arrive in the United States.

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Two WGST Program Faculty Members win the Inaugural Sustaining Mentor Awards

Two WGST Program Faculty Members win the Inaugural Sustaining Mentor Awards

Women and Gender Studies Program Faculty win first ever “Sustaining Mentor Award” from the Office of Undergraduate Research (OSCAR).Professors Shannon Davis (Sociology and Women & Gender Studies) and Danielle Rudes (Criminology, Law and Society and Women & Gender Studies) were honored at the Celebration of Student Scholarship and Impact event on May 7, 2019.

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Meet our Newest Faculty Member, David Powers Corwin

Meet our Newest Faculty Member, David Powers Corwin

David Powers Corwin has joined our faculty and we are thrilled to have added one more core faculty member to our team. In this role, David will teach courses in LGBTQ Studies, feminist theory, and media studies. They will also serve as the undergrad advisor and the associate director for academic affairs. Please see their interview below.

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WGST Director and Professor, Dr. Hattery and Sociologist Dr. Smith will deliver the plenary session at the 2019 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Conference

WGST Director and Professor, Dr. Hattery and Sociologist Dr. Smith will deliver the plenary session at the 2019 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Conference

Women and Gender Studies Director and Professor, Dr. Angela J. Hattery and Sociologist Dr. Earl Smith – set to deliver the plenary session at the 2019 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference. The title of their talk, “I Was Attacked by My Classmate, But it was My College that did the Most Harm: The Role of Institutions in Perpetuating Gender Based Violence” is based on the research they conducted and compiled for the newest book, Gender, Power and Violence: Responding to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence in Society Today.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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WGST Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Amal Amireh will be a featured guest panelist in DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

WGST Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Amal Amireh will be a featured guest panelist in DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

Meet a WGST Minor Student: Natalie Wolf

Meet a WGST Minor Student: Natalie Wolf

"I felt that each class had important discussions and I loved evaluating what can be done for problems faced today in regards to gender and sexuality. At the time it was one of my more challenging classes as I wrote a small paper almost every class, but it was the easiest work to get done. I realized that I loved this subject and work and I enjoyed putting hard work into my research. After this class I kept taking WMST courses, declared the minor, and never looked back!"

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Meet a WGST Minor Student: Horizon Miguel

Meet a WGST Minor Student: Horizon Miguel

"The courses in Women and Gender Studies I have taken helped me understand how to incorporate and elevate the voices of historically marginalized identities in art. I have learned how to acknowledge my own intersectional identities while respecting and honoring people who possess other identities. All of the Women and Gender Studies professors I have learned from have been excellent examples of how to teach effectively too. I plan to take all of these experiences with me when I graduate."

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WGST Major Student, Bennett Shoop Receives Dean’s Challenge Award

WGST Major Student, Bennett Shoop Receives Dean’s Challenge Award

Women and Gender Studies major student, Bennett Shoop has been chosen as a recipient of the Dean’s Challenge Award for the 2018/2019 academic year. The Dean’s Challenge Award is given to select undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Those who are chosen for the award are also given a stipend to support them in covering academic expenses.

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Meet a WMST Minor Student: Catey Borden

Meet a WMST Minor Student: Catey Borden

"I think that as a white, cis-gender, able-bodied woman being exposed to any other perspective beyond my privilege has been invaluable to my growth as a human being. I think the biggest transformation was when I took WMST 330 with Rachel Lewis and was exposed to disability theory, which I was never exposed to before. That was definitely a moment I was challenged to re-evaluate how I considered certain spaces and rampant ableist discourse in our society. "

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Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Kristian Spencer

Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Kristian Spencer

"Women and Gender Studies' courses have given me the tools and vocabulary that I need in order to be a feminist scholar. Feminist Theory with Dr. Rachel Lewis helped expose me to the foundational tools of feminist scholarship and Feminist Research Methods with Dr. Angela Hattery has allowed me to learn how to apply theory into practice."

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Meet a WGST Affiliated Faculty and Former Director, Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine

Meet a WGST Affiliated Faculty and Former Director, Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine

Meet one of our affiliated faculty member and former director, Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine. She is a Term Professor at George Mason University in the School of Integrative Studies. She's also an artist where she uses a variety of contemporary art forms as well as popular culture to explore injustices related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and the planet. She is currently teaching a course on representations of race. 

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Community Member Spotlight: Jessica Smith

Community Member Spotlight: Jessica Smith

We would like you to meet Jessica Smith of the Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia where she connects women, minorities and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with the resources they need to build sustainable businesses. She has also presented her work at the Women and Gender Studies Annual Gender Research Conference in the past.

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Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Molly Hoke

Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Molly Hoke

One of my first graduate level women’s studies courses was Gender and Racial Ideologies of Early Jim Crow America. It was exactly as mind-blowing and unfortunately depressing as the title suggests. In that course, taught by the genius Dr. Yevette Richards Jordan, I learned about the truly systemic nature of racism in America post-Reconstruction era and the role, to my privileged surprise, white women played in the disenfranchisement of black men to amplify their own marginalized voices. It was a bit of another wake up call for me.

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WGST Gender Research Conference Call for Proposals

WGST Gender Research Conference Call for Proposals

This one-day conference, hosted by Women and Gender Studies 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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Meet a WGST Faculty: Professor Leah Adams

Meet a WGST Faculty: Professor Leah Adams

Meet one of our teaching faculty, Professor Leah Adams who is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in the departments of Psychology and Women & Gender Studies. Professor Adams is also a licensed clinical psychologist.

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Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Elizabeth Gibson

Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Elizabeth Gibson

I had left my previous career. While it was certainly a valuable experience for me, it no longer supported my interests or ethical perspectives. I’d thought I’d re-tool my skill set and was taking courses for a very different profession. I took one course in Women and Gender Studies (my first) as I needed 3 elective credits to meet the full-time requirements for my GI Bill, and I’ve always been interested (albeit a bit ignorant) in Women and Gender Studies. By the third week of the course, I fell in love with the discipline and knew in my heart that I had found a home and a discipline that I wanted to devote my life to studying.

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Book Talk: Race and Policing in the United States

Book Talk: Race and Policing in the United States

Devon Johnson, Angela Hattery and Earl Smith will speak about their books: Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race and the Criminal Justice System (Johnson) and Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change (Hattery and Smith).

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2018 Sojourner Truth Lecture with Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin

2018 Sojourner Truth Lecture with Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin

George Mason University's Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies programs proudly presented the 2018 Sojourner Truth Lecture featuring Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, on Monday, February 19. The event, held during Black History Month, drew attention to racial justice as Ms. Fulton discussed key themes from her book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

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Annual Women and Gender Studies Scholar's Lecture

Annual Women and Gender Studies Scholar's Lecture

This year’s annual Scholar’s Lecture took place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The event gives the Mason community a chance to see some of the amazing work that is being done here on campus by Women and Gender Studies faculty. 

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Truth Speakers Advocate for Torture Abolition at Mason

Truth Speakers Advocate for Torture Abolition at Mason

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, survivors from the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International came to Mason to share their stories and to advocate for worldwide abolition of torture. The event was co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the Counseling and Development honor society Gamma Mu Upsilon of Chi Sigma Iota.

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GMU Women’s Leadership Conference

GMU Women’s Leadership Conference

On Friday, November 3rd, the George Mason University Honors College, Women and Gender Studies, the LEAD Office, and Roosevelt at Mason hosted the GMU Women’s Leadership Conference at the MIX at Fenwick. The conference went from 10-2:30 and included speakers, activities, and small group discussions.

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Janet Mock on Intersectionality, Black Women Artistry and Self-Love

Janet Mock on Intersectionality, Black Women Artistry and Self-Love

On October 12, 2017, Fall for the Book, Women and Gender Studies, African/African American Studies, and LGBTQ Resources joined hands together in bringing Janet Mock, a trans activist and New York Times best-selling author of Redefining Realness, to speak about her newly published memoir, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. The interview took place at the Harris Teeter as interviewer Dr. Wendi N. Manuel-Scott conversed with Mock on stage. The nature of the event was extremely intimate and friendly.

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Shatter the Silence and Take Back the Night!

Shatter the Silence and Take Back the Night!

Take Back the Night is an international event aimed at raising awareness around sexual assault, domestic violence, and IPV. It is an event that began in 1976 and is held in 30 different countries. This year Mason’s Take Back the Night event included bringing awareness to police brutality, deportation, other forms of state violence, and the violence of racism and oppression.

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4th Annual Fear to Freedom: Creating a Safer Campus for Mason

4th Annual Fear to Freedom: Creating a Safer Campus for Mason

Fear 2 Freedom is an annual event that has become a catalyst for social change within the Mason community. In partnering with hospitals and community organizations, there is a sense of family, and everyone present truly takes the time to care with an open heart and open mind.

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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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DEAR WORLD: Stories from Women and Gender Studies

DEAR WORLD: Stories from Women and Gender Studies

Some of the students, staff, faculty, and affiliated faculty of Mason's Women and Gender Studies program -- including philosophy Professor Rose Cherubin -- shared their stories with the Dear World project when it was on campus during International Week.

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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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Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it:  A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it: A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Dr. O’Neill, a Senior Scientist for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) and Assistant Professor of Management in the George Mason University School of Business, along with faculty in the Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology program - ranked 10th in North America - contribute to this unique body of knowledge. Dr. O’Neill’s work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous prestigious academic journals.

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Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book brings writers, readers, and scholars together like no other event in the region. In its eighteenth year, Fall for the Book is a weeklong literary festival with events taking place on Mason's Fairfax campus and at other venues across the region between September 25 and September 30.

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George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

Mason's Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend our largest annual event for prospective graduate students. Learn about graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and professional degrees. Come see the excitement of our campus, meet our faculty, and speak with admissions representatives.

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act, brought on by overfishing.

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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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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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“Stage Four” director discusses inspiration, filmmaking

“Stage Four” director discusses inspiration, filmmaking

“I don’t know I would say there’s one particular message the film has,” Steger said. “I think when you make a film it should be something that people in the audience … reflect and connect to it in different levels … and all pull something different from it.”

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

Last Monday, photojournalist Louie Palu screened his film “Kandahar Journals” in the Johnson Center Cinema as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series sponsored by GMU's Film and Media Studies. The film focuses on Palu’s experiences as an embedded photojournalist in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010.

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CHSS Scholars REDEFINE Security

CHSS Scholars REDEFINE Security

CHSS scholars Lisa Breglia (Global Affairs), Shannon Davis (Sociology) and Angie Hattery (Women and Gender Studies) presented their posters at the Provost’s annual multidisciplinary research symposium on Friday, February 12th.

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The Matrix 2014-2015

The Matrix 2014-2015

It is with GREAT pleasure that I invite you to view the 2014-2015 Matrix. We had a terrific year in Women and Gender Studies largely because of all of the handwork and dedication you all shared with us.

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First Virginia Girls Summit Comes to Mason

First Virginia Girls Summit Comes to Mason

Citing a lack of positive role models for young girls, George Mason University students and alumni stepped up to inspire hundreds of middle and high school students in the first Virginia Girls Summit on Nov. 15.

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Suzanne Scott Constantine and Lynne Scott Constantine will Present their work at the Annual Scholar's Lecture

Suzanne Scott Constantine and Lynne Scott Constantine will Present their work at the Annual Scholar's Lecture

On November 11, New Century College Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine will co-present “Epistemologies of the Studio: Artists Re-Imagining the World,” with Lynne Scott Constantine as part of the 2014 Scholar’s Lecture Series coordinated by the Women and Gender Studies program. The lecture will include a small display of both artists’ visual art to demonstrate their research. The talk will begin at noon in George’s -- room 321 of the Johnson Center.

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Turn off the Violence Week Puts Focus on Campus Sex Assault, Safety

Turn off the Violence Week Puts Focus on Campus Sex Assault, Safety

Turn off the Violence Week is October 6-10, 2014. George Mason University will present programs to step up its ongoing initiatives to address the serious and violent crimes of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Dean Deborah Boehm-Davis and the Women and Gender Studies program will play a role in the week's events.

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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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College Prepares for 2014 College Convocations

College Prepares for 2014 College Convocations

http://chss.gmu.edu/articles/6861

Congratulations to Karen Wolf

Congratulations to Karen Wolf

Since 2010, the LGBTQ Lambda Alumni Chapter of Mason has recognized an alumnus at the Celebration of Distinction from the Mason LGBTQ community for their achievements and service to the LGBTQ community. This year, the Lambda Alumni Chapter is recognizing Karen Wolf.

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Can You Handle It? Part 1

Can You Handle It? Part 1

On Wednesday, March 19th, Women and Gender Studies, Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services, NHPC Sororities, and Pan Hellenic members held the first part of a dialogue series centered on sex.

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"After Tiller" FSO Film Screening

"After Tiller" FSO Film Screening

On Thursday, March 20th, the Feminist Student Organization screened “After Tiller”: a documentary which discusses reproductive rights and ideologies behind abortion providers.

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Sojourner Truth Lecture

Sojourner Truth Lecture

On March 5th, 2014, African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies held the annual Sojourner Truth Lecture in the Meese Room. The Sojourner Truth Lecture is held every year to bridge Black Heritage Month and Women’s History Month. This year’s lecturer was Dr. Crystal Leigh Endsley, Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Along with being an educator, Endsley is an internationally recognized spoken word artist, activist, and actress.

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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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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which went into effect on January 1, 2014, will be very beneficial to women. Women will no longer be charged a higher premium just for being a woman.

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AAUW donates to Toiletry Drive

AAUW donates to Toiletry Drive

The Women and Gender Studies staff send our thanks to Sandy Lawrence and other members of AAUW-Virginia for donating to our ongoing toiletry drive this week. All donations go to help families at a local women’s shelter. If you have any unused toiletries of your own, please bring them by our office!

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You Asked. We Heard: Spring 2014 Changes in WGST Center

You Asked. We Heard: Spring 2014 Changes in WGST Center

As the fall semester comes to an end, the staff of the Women and Gender Studies Center is proud of the progress that has been made throughout the semester. We would like to take the opportunity to share the exciting changes that will take place in our office in the Spring.

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Dr. Jane Censer Speaks at 2013 Scholar’s Lecture

Dr. Jane Censer Speaks at 2013 Scholar’s Lecture

The annual Scholar’s Lecture was held by Women and Gender Studies on November 11th, 2013. Thirty faculty members and students joined together to listen to a lecture by PhD. Jane Censer from the History Department. Censer has written on topics such as white Southern womanhood, Southern women novelists, and Southern families throughout various periods of war. The lecture was titled “Caught Between Two Centuries: Virginia Female Authors”.

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Feminist Theory Workshop with Prof. Johanna Oksala

Feminist Theory Workshop with Prof. Johanna Oksala

The Departments of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies are pleased to announce that Professor Johanna Oksala (University of Helsinki & New School for Social Research, NY) will be leading a Workshop: 'The Uses of Experience in Feminist Theory', Wednesday 20th November, 4.30-6.00pm, Sub I Meeting Room 3A.

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Affiliate Faculty Paul Gorski in the News!

Affiliate Faculty Paul Gorski in the News!

Women and Gender Studies Affiliate Paul Gorski was featured recently in the Washington Post as part of a discussion about stereotype of poverty. The piece featured excerpts from his book Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap.

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The New Black: FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series at George Mason University 11/7 JCC 4:30pm

The New Black: FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series at George Mason University 11/7 JCC 4:30pm

Margaret Randall to Visit George Mason University

Margaret Randall to Visit George Mason University

October 21 - 22, 2013 Noted author, poet, photographer and activist, Margaret Randall, will visit George Mason University this fall to deliver several free public lecture and share her most recent works of poetry and non-fiction.

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Teaching

Teaching

We take the voices of the students and create classes that not only solidify a stable foundation to grow from, how the students grow and express things they want to learn, the staff creates classes revolving around their academic disciplines that are in tune with the student’s wants and needs as growing academics

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Women and Gender Studies Faculty Affliate, Marion Deshmukh, was given the Alumni Faculty of the Year Award in April!

Women and Gender Studies Faculty Affliate, Marion Deshmukh, was given the Alumni Faculty of the Year Award in April!

WGST 2013 Graduation!

WGST 2013 Graduation!

Several Students were honored at the WGST Graduation Reception for their Academic Dedication, Activism, and Achievement

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Invisible War Film Screening and Panel Discussion a Success!

Invisible War Film Screening and Panel Discussion a Success!

March 28, 2013 Women and Gender Studies, in collaboration with WAVES and several local chapters as well as the national office of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosted a screening of the Oscar Nominated documentary The Invisible War followed by a panel discussion.

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WGST's New Year's Resolution - Social Media

WGST's New Year's Resolution - Social Media

In an effort to hit the ground running this semester, we have reenergized and added to our web presence not only through our College of Humanities and Social Science Department (CHSS) website, but also through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr in order to increase visibility on as well as off campus.

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Women and Gender Studies Annual Scholar's Lecture

Women and Gender Studies Annual Scholar's Lecture

On November 13, 2012 more than 30 people filled the Meese Conference Room in Mason Hall for the Women and Gender Studies’ Annual Scholar’s Lecture with featured guest speaker Ricardo Vivancos-Perez, PhD, from Modern and Classical Languages.

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New App Assesses Domestic Violence Danger in Memory of Yeardley Love

New App Assesses Domestic Violence Danger in Memory of Yeardley Love

"Nearly two and a half years after University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love was murdered in her off-campus apartment by her former boyfriend, her mother and sister are speaking out in support of efforts to raise young women’s awareness of relationship violence." A new smart-phone app targeting women 16-26 has been designed to help assess the risk of relationship violence

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Wish Tree Comes to Mason

Wish Tree Comes to Mason

Two Mason faculty members from different Mason colleges have developed an innovative collaborative project for their students. Suzanne Scott, Director of Women and Gender Studies, and Lynne Constantine, School of Art, decided to replicate Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree Project on the Mason campus and to involve the students from their two classes.

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WMST Features Jen Stevens, Librarian for Office Hours

WMST Features Jen Stevens, Librarian for Office Hours

WMST Features Jen Stevens, Librarian for Office Hours The Women and Gender Studies Center is proud to feature the Humanities Liaison Librarian for George Mason, Jen Stevens. She is currently holding office hours in the center twice a week to assist students working on papers or projects involving women or gender issues, or on anything else you might bring her way.

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Fall for the Book 2012

Fall for the Book 2012

George Mason University's annual Fall for the Book Festival was in full swimg, bringing many acclaimed authors to the campus and surrounding area. In case you were busy studying, in class, or just missed the event, here are some of the highlights from the festival from Connect2Mason's page!

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Register To Vote!

Register To Vote!

With the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote march in DC as well as the presidential election coming up, we are encouraging you to register to vote! There are many hot topics on the table for this election concerning women and women’s rights, so make sure you make your voice heard.

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Angie Hattery Speaks about Family Violence on Fox News

Angie Hattery Speaks about Family Violence on Fox News

GMU's own Angela Hattery, Associate Director of Women and Gender Studies, interviewed on FOX News last week. The interview, which tied to the current conviction of George Huguely, the former UVA student sentenced in the beating death of his girlfriend, discusses a few early warning signs of possible dangerous relationships. Her new book "Social Dynamics of Family Violence" illustrates these early warning signs and explores more in-depth about intimate violence.

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WMST Announces Hattery Family Foundation—Franki Rutherford Memorial Scholarship

WMST Announces Hattery Family Foundation—Franki Rutherford Memorial Scholarship

The Hattery Family Foundation—Franki Rutherford Memorial Scholarship is to recognize a student who has a demonstrated interest in the study of inequalities, especially gender, race, class and sexuality. It will be available for the Spring 2013 semester. It may be awarded as a full scholarship (covering tuition, room and board) or it may be awarded in partial scholarships to more than one student.

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Title IX at 40 Needs More Work

Title IX at 40 Needs More Work

Angela Hattery, Associate Director of WGST, publishes an op-ed in USA Today. In this piece she argues that though Title IX has helped give women equal opportunity in education, including sports, the law has "no requirement to address other forms of inequality." Though we should celebrate what Title IX has done, we should remember the work that still needs to be accomplished.

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Affiliates Shannon Portillo and Eden King Awarded the Track C. Collaborative Project

Affiliates Shannon Portillo and Eden King Awarded the Track C. Collaborative Project

Affiliates Shannon Portillo and Eden King Awarded The Track C Collaborative Project Affiliates of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Shannon Portillo and Eden King, along with Joya Crear and Jamie Lester, all members of the Diversity Research Group (DRG) were awarded a Track C Collaborative Project which will support interdisciplinary and co-curricular projects that have a substantial undergraduate student scholarship component.

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Paula Ruth Gilbert Delivers TEDx Talk

Paula Ruth Gilbert Delivers TEDx Talk

“Ideas Worth Spreading” is the stated mission of the nonprofit organization, TED, who sponsored the TEDx George Mason conference on May 6th 2012. One of the highlights of the conference came from the impassioned ideas spread by our very own Dr. Paula Ruth Gilbert on women’s narratives of human rights.

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Congratulations to affiliate Shannon Davis! Headlines

Congratulations to affiliate Shannon Davis!

Congratulations to our affiliate faculty, Shannon Davis, Department of Sociology, who received tenure during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Congratulations to our affiliate faculty Paul Gorksi Headlines

Congratulations to our affiliate faculty Paul Gorksi

Congratulations to our affiliate faculty, Paul Gorski, New Century College, who received tenure during the 2011-2012.

Christine Hernandez Named NASPA Region III Outstanding New Professional

Christine Hernandez Named NASPA Region III Outstanding New Professional

Christine Hernandez, program coordinator of women and gender studies, is the 2012 recipient of the William Leftwich Award for Outstanding New Professional in NASPA Region III. This award was named to honor William “Bill” Leftwich and his remarkable career in higher education and is given to one new professional each year in the southern region.

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Suzanne Scott Awarded the 2011-2012 Vision Award

Suzanne Scott Awarded the 2011-2012 Vision Award

The George Mason University Vision Awards, sponsored by University Life’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, is a celebration held annually for historically underrepresented Mason students, faculty and staff, and their allies, in higher education. The event recognizes and honors excellence in the following categories: academics, leadership, and social justice/community building. The Vision Award is the highest award of recognition given to a student for overall exceptional academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding contribution to social justice.

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Women and Gender Studies To Host Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration

Women and Gender Studies To Host Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration

Intercollegiate Athletics and Women and Gender Studies is hosting a 40th anniversary celebration of Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. A formal program will take place from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm in the Women and Gender Studies Center.

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Call for Nominations: Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Awards

Call for Nominations: Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Awards

The Women and Gender Studies Program is currently seeking nominations for two undergraduate awards. The Outstanding Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Award and the Tracy McLoone Feminist Leadership Award are open for nominations from the university community. The deadline to turn in a nominations packet is May 1, 2012.

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Mason Hosts Philosophy Conference This Saturday

Mason Hosts Philosophy Conference This Saturday

The Philosophy and the Science of Happiness Conference takes place Saturday, April 14, 2012 on the third floor of the Johnson Center at George Mason University. The day of expert presentations will be capped off by a keynote lecture delivered by Erik Angner, Department of Philosophy.

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Angela Hattery and Affiliate Courtney Hughes Deliver First "Flash Lectures"

Angela Hattery and Affiliate Courtney Hughes Deliver First "Flash Lectures"

“Let’s talk about domestic violence,” shouted Angie Hattery, Associate Director of the Women and Gender Studies, outside Fenwick library on the quad on March 28. For 15 minutes, Hattery spoke on the affects that domestic violence has on families. The talk was given as part of a Flash Lecture series organized by Student Government this semester. In the same spot, Dr. Cortney Hughes, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, gave her own flash lecture on Tuesday, April 3. Hughes discussed her field work in Morocco, looking at the relationship between Islam and its views on contraception and technology.

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Alumni Spotlight on Lauren Heath Alumni News

Alumni Spotlight on Lauren Heath

Lauren Heath first heard of Women and Gender studies while looking for a way to fulfill her Global Perspectives requirement. She said, “I had always felt very strongly about women’s rights but I didn’t really know much about it. After one class, I was hooked. I registered for more classes and applied to work at the Center, where I was happily employed for two years. Along with working at the Center, I was a Women and Gender Studies minor and spent as much time as possible at the Center and immersing myself in feminism."

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Alumni Spotlight on Lauren Heath

Alumni Spotlight on Lauren Heath

Lauren Heath first heard of Women and Gender studies while looking for a way to fulfill her Global Perspectives requirement. She said, “I had always felt very strongly about women’s rights but I didn’t really know much about it. After one class, I was hooked. I registered for more classes and applied to work at the Center, where I was happily employed for two years. Along with working at the Center, I was a Women and Gender Studies minor and spent as much time as possible at the Center and immersing myself in feminism."

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Women and Gender Studies Launches the "I'm a Feminist Project"

Women and Gender Studies Launches the "I'm a Feminist Project"

The "I'm a Feminist Project" was designed as an educational campaign initiative for women's history month and to demystify the image of feminism. The program invited campus administrators, faculty, and students to answer the prompt, "I'm a feminist because..." Through these responses, videos and posters have been generated to promote awareness of the feminist identity.

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Amy Lind - Guest Lecture

Amy Lind - Guest Lecture

University of Cincinnati professor Amy Lind discusses how various political actors have addressed the rights of women in the context of Ecuador’s shift to the Left (2007-present). March 29, 2012, Innovation Hall Room 132 12:00-1:15PM

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Angela Hattery Invited Speaker at University of Mary Washington

Angela Hattery Invited Speaker at University of Mary Washington

Angela Hattery, Associate Director of Women and Gender Studies, was invited to speak at the University of Mary Washington as part of the university's Women's History Month programming. Hosted by the university's Women's and Gender Studies program and delivered on March 21, Hattery's lecture focused on the social dynamics of family violence.

Angela Hattery Co-Authors Text on Family Violence

Angela Hattery Co-Authors Text on Family Violence

Angela Hattery, Associate Director of Women and Gender Studies, is the co-author of the recently published text The Social Dynamics of Family Violence. A major text, Angela was finishing up after she joined the Women and Gender Studies program in her current position last year. The book is co-written with her long-time collaborator Earl Smith, Professor of Sociology and Director of American Ethnic Studies at Wakeforest University.

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Clark Gives Vision Series Lecture

Clark Gives Vision Series Lecture

Professor Keith Clark of the Mason English Department will be giving one of this year's George Mason Vision Series Lectures, entitled "Before Toni Morrison and Alice Walker: The Forgotten Fiction of Ann Petry." The lecture is Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.

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Work of Alumna Willis Featured in February Mason Exhibit Alumni News

Work of Alumna Willis Featured in February Mason Exhibit

Scholar, artist and photographer Deborah Willis, who earned a PhD in cultural studies at George Mason University in 2002, will have her work on display at a Mason exhibit throughout February. The showcase, called "Progeny," features the work of Willis and her son, Hank Willis Thomas.

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Harvey Edits Special Edition

Harvey Edits Special Edition

Mason English Professor Tamara Harvey is the guest editor of the most recent issue of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (Vol. 28, No. 2 (2011)), a special issue, “Women and Early America.”

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New for Spring 2012: Gender, Power, Violence

New for Spring 2012: Gender, Power, Violence

The Gender, Power, and Violence course will focus on gender based violence in several institutions in the United States. Specifically, the course will explore the military, fraternities, sports, the Catholic church, and prisons- highly masculinized and sex segregated institutions. The class explores the ways in which structures create an environment that ripe for gender violence.

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Christine Hernandez Honored with College Web Support Award

Christine Hernandez Honored with College Web Support Award

Danny Collier, director of IT and web development in the college, nominated Hernandez for the outstanding web support award. The two work together to discuss the program's web site. "The staff person to whom we are giving this award to has done a wonderful job not only of keeping her site accurate and up-to-date," Collier said. "She has worked to make the site truly convey the energy of her very active program."

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New for Spring 2012: WMST 600-Narratives of Human Rights

New for Spring 2012: WMST 600-Narratives of Human Rights

The course will focus on a redefinition and an expansion of the traditional view of human rights which has long focused on public actions (state-sponsored terrorism, for example) so that women's rights in both the public and private spheres can be included--rights that protect the female body from being an object of punishment and violation; universal, fundamental, and inalienable rights that go beyond cultural and religious traditions.

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Student Leads Community Service Projects and Collaborations

Student Leads Community Service Projects and Collaborations

Flyers on the Women and Gender Studies Center door are nothing out of the ordinary. However, over the past several months, visitors may have noticed a number of service projects and donation drives advertised. The collaboration between the Muslim Student Association and Women and Gender Studies has helped to raise awareness and service the local community. One noted leader in these service projects is student leader Sidra Kalsoom.

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Christine Hernandez Speaks on Identity Panel

Christine Hernandez Speaks on Identity Panel

Christine Hernandez was an invited panelist at the "Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Identity" panel discussion event. The event, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, was inspired by the multi-racial and multi-ethnic identities of the members of the Native American & Indigenous Nations Alliance.

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Lisa Lindley Directs PhotoVOICE Project

Lisa Lindley Directs PhotoVOICE Project

Faculty Affiliate Lisa Lindley directs the PhotoVOICE Project with LGBTQ students at George Mason University. The PhotoVOICE project will involve students taking photographs of their experiences and a discussion of both large and small groups.

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Devon Hodges Delivers 2011-2012 Scholar's Lecture

Devon Hodges Delivers 2011-2012 Scholar's Lecture

Faculty, students, and staff associated with the program came together on the evening of November 8, 2011 to hear the 2011-2012 Scholar's Lecture. Devon Hodges, Professor of English and faculty affiliate, delivered the lecture entitled, "Sharing and Owning: Getrude Stein's Collaborative Writing." The program also included dinner, a presentation of the Rising Scholar Award, and a celebration of scholarship completed by faculty.

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Three Rising Scholar Award Nominees Announced

Three Rising Scholar Award Nominees Announced

The Scholars Lecture is an annual tradition that celebrates the achievements and innovative scholarship of core and affiliate faculty in women and gender studies. This year's event seeks to further highlight the scholarship, teaching, and service completed by graduate students through the newly established Rising Scholars Award. Learn more about the three final nominees.

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Pat Griffin: Sexuality, Trans Issues, and the NCAA

Pat Griffin: Sexuality, Trans Issues, and the NCAA

Pat Griffin, a National Collegiate Athletic Association recognized speaker and Professor Emerita in the Social Justice Education program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, met with faculty, staff, and students to discuss heterosexism and homophobia in sports.

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New Partnership Formed With Athletics

New Partnership Formed With Athletics

Women and Gender Studies and Athletics begins a new partnership on campus. A women's soccer pep rally kicked-off the partnership on October 28, 2011. Click to watch a video from the pep rally.

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Alumna Ana Kay Yaghoubian Hosts Career Development Series

Alumna Ana Kay Yaghoubian Hosts Career Development Series

Alumna Ana Kay Yaghoubian returns to campus this year to host a series of career workshops for undergraduate students in Women and Gender Studies. The workshops include how to translate classes into job skills, gender in the workplace, and internship opportunities.

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Faculty Affiliate Sandra Cheldelin to Discuss Women and Conflict

Faculty Affiliate Sandra Cheldelin to Discuss Women and Conflict

The George Mason University Vision Series lectures continue on Monday, Nov. 7, with a lecture by Mason professor Sandra Cheldelin titled “Women Waging War and Peace: A Gendered Challenge to Structural Violence.” Cheldelin, the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, will give her talk at 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium on the Arlington Campus. The event is free and does not require tickets.

Yevette Richards Jordan Presents in Belgium on Gender Politics Faculty Afoot

Yevette Richards Jordan Presents in Belgium on Gender Politics

Professor Yevette Richards Jordan presented "Gender Politics: The AFL-CIO’s Underhanded Practices against the ICFTU’s Women’s Committee" on October 7 at an international workshop hosted by the Amsab-Institute of Social History. The workshop entitled, "The AFL-CIO and the International Cold War: Problems, Paradigms, and Pragmatic Responses," explored the Cold War international history of US labor's relations with worldwide organized labor. The workshop aimed to offer a global approach to the phenomenon of an “activist” American trade union movement.

Yevette Richards Jordan Awarded Research Grant

Yevette Richards Jordan Awarded Research Grant

Yevette Richards Jordan, PhD,was recently  awarded a Mason Faculty Research Development Award to support her book project, "Kampala Labor College: A History of Conflict between Pan-Africanism and International Labor During the Cold War."

Program Celebrates Alumni Weekend With Career Panel And Reception

Program Celebrates Alumni Weekend With Career Panel And Reception

Women and Gender Studies hosted its first-ever Alumni Weekend reception on Thursday, September 29, in the Women and Gender Studies Center. Past and present students of the program were invited to attend, as well as faculty and staff associated with Women and Gender Studies. The reception was a chance for members of the community to connect and catch-up.

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Rising Scholar Award Nominations Now Open

Rising Scholar Award Nominations Now Open

Women and Gender Studies is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Rising Scholars Award. A new tradition, the program seeks to highlight rising scholars in Women and Gender Studies who have done exemplary research and/or teaching in their graduate study. University faculty and staff may nominate an individual student associated with the graduate programs.

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Women and Gender Studies Mourns the Death of Student Frances Rutherford

Women and Gender Studies Mourns the Death of Student Frances Rutherford

Frances (Franki) P. Rutherford, graduate student at Mason, died on September 7, 2011. Franki was studying in the master of arts in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) programs with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. Franki was beloved member of the Mason community. During her year the year at the university, Franki researched the experiences of women professors.

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2011 Matrix Report

2011 Matrix Report

Every year Women and Gender Studies produces the report, The Matrix, which highlights events and programs offered as well as the achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This year's report includes information about the upcoming Mason-hosted SEWSA conference, newest faculty publications, and alumni updates.

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Professor Hanrahan teaches as Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Hanrahan teaches as Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Nancy Hanrahan spent the spring semester, 2011, as a Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She taught a graduate seminar in feminist theory in the Department of Sociology and Politics of Pontificia Universidade Catolica, and worked with colleagues at the university to develop curriculum in Women and Gender Studies. She received many invitations to speak about her current research (on cultural criticism in the age of the Internet), and on the history and future prospects of women’s studies academic programs in the US.

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John Carlos and Dave Zirin

John Carlos and Dave Zirin

The documentary Not Just a Game and the book The John Carlos Story look at the relationship of sports and politics. The documentary traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, and showcases rebel athletes who fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The book tells the story of one of these athletes, John Carlos.

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WGST Affiliate Sandra Cheldelin Celebrates Co-Edited Book Publication

WGST Affiliate Sandra Cheldelin Celebrates Co-Edited Book Publication

Sandy Cheldelin, Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Women and Gender Studies faculty affiliate, celebrates the recent publication of "Women Waging War and Peace: International Perspectives on Women's Roles in Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction"

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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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Student Staff Member Sodeifi Speaks at Lavender Graduation

Student Staff Member Sodeifi Speaks at Lavender Graduation

Maryam Sodeifi, a sociology major and women and gender studies minor, delivered a speech at the Lavender Graduation on May 17 sponsored by LGBTQ Resources and the Lambda Alumni Association. Sodeifi is a student staff member in the Women and Gender Studies Center. Click to watch video of the speech.

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"Poster Girl" Documentary to Premiere at Mason on April 27

"Poster Girl" Documentary to Premiere at Mason on April 27

Poster Girl, a nominee for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject, premieres April 27 at George Mason University. The showing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, will be followed by a discussion with Sara Nesson, the film's director, and Robynn Murray, who is featured in the film.

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Agosin Headlines Symposium on Gender, Arts, Rights and Latin America

Agosin Headlines Symposium on Gender, Arts, Rights and Latin America

Human rights writer and activist Marjorie Agosín, professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, will headline a symposium on Monday, March 28. Agosin will talk about the role of art in human rights activism in Latin America. Panelists include: Michele Greet, Art History; Jo-Marie Burt, Public and International Affairs; Debra Shutika, English; and Margaret Yocom, English.

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Mason Welcomes Prospective Students to  Fall Premiere

Mason Welcomes Prospective Students to Fall Premiere

Professors Brian Platt of History and Art History and Jeffrey Mantz of Sociology and Anthropology address prospective students and families at the Mason Fall Premiere on Saturday, Nov. 13. The admissions open house features faculty mini-lectures as a way for prospective applicants to take a closer look at studying at Mason.

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Discussion with Chico Colvard Following Screening of Family Affair

Discussion with Chico Colvard Following Screening of Family Affair

Mason's Film and Media Studies Program will host film director Chico Colvard to meet and discuss his award-winning documentary Family Affair. The director's talk and question and answer session will follow a screening for the Mason Community in the Johnson Center Cinema.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation

Women and Gender Studies had a presence at the second annual Lavender Graduation sponsored by LGBTQ Resources on the Tuesday, May 11. The purpose of this graduation ceremony is to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating LGBTQ and Ally students and alumni.

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Goats at Mason

Goats at Mason

During Mason’s Earth Day celebration, Women and Gender Studies hosted four Nokesville goats from Arcadia Meadows Farm. The local farmer family -- Melanie Thatcher, Dave Keller and their daughter Marjorie – brought the goats to Mason’s North Plaza

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University to Remember Brown

University to Remember Brown

On May 5, 2010, George Mason University will remember Lorraine Brown, professor emeritus of English who passed away in February after 42 years of service to the university.

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Women and Gender Studies Student Wins Award

Women and Gender Studies Student Wins Award

Women and Gender Studies graduate student Karen Wolf has received the MAIS Outstanding Thesis Award for her work Our Bodies, Our (Virtual) Selves. Karen’s thesis, an ethnography of Second Life, asks what happens to gender, body, and identity.

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Professor Amal Amireh Gives Fenwick Fellows Lecture

Professor Amal Amireh Gives Fenwick Fellows Lecture

Professor Amal Amireh, the 2008-2009 Fenwick Fellow, will give the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on April 7, 2010 in the Johnson Center, Room A, at 2 - 4 pm. Her lecture is entitled "Between Nationalism and Globalization: Representations of Arab Masculinity in Arab Popular Culture."

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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Markopolos, Madoff Whistle-Blower, Speaks at Mason

Markopolos, Madoff Whistle-Blower, Speaks at Mason

Harry Markopolos is a former securities industry executive who rose to prominence as an early and unheeded whistle-blower of the securities fraud committed by Bernie Madoff. His lecture “Moments of Truth” at George Mason University on Oct. 15 is free and open to the public.

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From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

Eleven undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in WMST 411 or 611 Gender Research Project, chose their own research topics, and used various methodologies to answer their sociological queries. On May 7, those researchers presented their findings and received feedback from professors, students and community members at the Second Annual Gender Research Conference.

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Roundtable Podcast Explores "Women Issues"

Roundtable Podcast Explores "Women Issues"

Leading up to the 2008 presidential election, Mason students and professors mixed it up in a series of podcasts at Masonvotes.gmu.edu, including this one that asked the panel to examine several "women issues."

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Goat Project: Women and Gender Studies Connects Local and Global

Goat Project: Women and Gender Studies Connects Local and Global

Beginning in October 2008, the Women and Gender Studies Program partnered with the Women’s Center for Job Creation (WCFJC), an NGO based in Minnesota and Uganda, to empower low-income women in Uganda. WGS started collecting donations for the Bulondo Goat Project, a project that provides goats for women in Uganda so that they can have sustenance for their families as well as develop small businesses.

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Bergoffen Retires After 40 years of Impact at Mason

Bergoffen Retires After 40 years of Impact at Mason

During convocation ceremonies on May 14 and May 15, thousands of graduating students and onlookers applauded as Debra Bergoffen’s named was announced. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Assistant Dean of Research Matt Zingraff announced Bergoffen as the winner of this year’s David J. King Faculty Teaching Award. Bergoffen, who has received many awards in her 40 years of academic excellence at George Mason, retires as one of the university’s most decorated professors; one who saw the university change in many ways since arriving at Mason in 1971.

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Longtime Mason professor to retire, university honors her work and research with symposium

Longtime Mason professor to retire, university honors her work and research with symposium

The Department of Philosophy honors professor Debra Bergoffen with a symposium called “Vulnerable Bodies” – an April 16, 2009 event that examines the vulnerabilities of aging, disabled, intersexed, harmed and raped bodies. Dr. Bergoffen, who is retiring after nearly 40 years at Mason, has spent much of her career in academia exploring the concept of vulnerable bodies. Her research has focused on the dignity of the body and how it informs us and dictates the ways in which we formulate medical practice and social justice policies.

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