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Dr. Carton Investigates “Zulu-ness” in New Book

Dr. Carton Investigates “Zulu-ness” in New Book

What does it mean to be Zulu today? Is this different from what it has meant in the past? A new book of analysis and insight, Zulu Identities: Being Zulu Past and Present, edited by Dr. Benedict Carton, along with John Laband and Jabulani Sithole, wrestles with these and many other questions to show how the traditions of a pre-industrial people have evolved into different cultural expressions of “Zulu-ness” in modern South Africa.

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CHNM Receives Grant from NEH for Papers of the War Dept., 1783-1800

CHNM Receives Grant from NEH for Papers of the War Dept., 1783-1800

Dr. Christopher Hamner and the Center for History and New Media received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the ongoing documentary editing project Papers of the War Department, 1783-1800. The project, a digital archive that restores the collection lost in the November 1800 fire that destroyed the War Office, was also designated one of the NEH’s “We the People” programs, recognizing work with special significance to the study and teaching of American history.

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Post-doc Fellows Move On

Post-doc Fellows Move On

Congratulations to Matt Romaniello (Russian) and Mary Gayne (early modern Europe), both Western Civilizaton post-doctoral fellows, who will be taking up tenure-track positions for next year. Matt will join the History Department at the University of Hawaii and Mary Gayne will be down the road at James Madison University.

Ph.D. Student Profiled in New Yorker

Ph.D. Student Profiled in New Yorker

One of our doctoral students, Rebecca Erbelding, is profiled in an article in the March 17,2008 issue of the New Yorker concerning her work as an archivist at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the museum’s acquisition of a newly discovered album of photographs taken at Auschwitz in 1944. The article is titled “Picturing Auschwitz” and is written by Alec Wilkinson. Becky completed her MA with us last year and is now finishing up her first year as a part-time student in our PhD program.

Robert Hawkes

Robert Hawkes

On Tuesday, March 4, the department lost a beloved former colleague, Dr. Robert T. Hawkes. Bob taught U.S. history at Mason for 37 years, retiring in 2006. He was one of the most popular teachers on campus, resulting both from his skill as an instructor and his extraordinary efforts to reach out to individual students to encourage their intellectual development.

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College is Home to Two Truman Scholarship Finalists

College is Home to Two Truman Scholarship Finalists

The finalists for the 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship – a prestigious, competitive program that provides $30,000 for graduate study – were recently named. The selection committee endorsed two Mason candidates with majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who showed impressive academic achievements, leadership skills and community involvement.

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Roy Rosenzweig

Roy Rosenzweig

This year we are mourning the loss of one of our colleagues, Roy Rosenzweig. Roy was a longtime leader in our department and the founder of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He died on October 11, 2007, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

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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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