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Honoring the Life of Marion Deshmukh

Honoring the Life of Marion Deshmukh

With regret and sadness, we note the passing of Marion Deshmukh on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Dr. Deshmukh was a giant at George Mason University whose broad impact on her field, her students, and campus was foundational.

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History major Catey Borden Wins Fulbright Award

History major Catey Borden Wins Fulbright Award

Catey Borden, a History major who graduated in May 2018, was recently named as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Award. The award gives recent undergraduates the opportunity to live abroad and engage in daily cultural exchange with people in their host country. This is among the most prestigious of national academic awards for undergraduate students in the U.S. We recently asked Catey some questions about her upcoming experience.

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Students Explore Civil War Site on Campus

Students Explore Civil War Site on Campus

On October 23, a group of George Mason University students in Dr. Christopher Hamner’s “History of the Civil War Era” course took a trip to an important historic site, right here on the Mason campus.

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Art History professor leads study trip to South Africa

Art History professor leads study trip to South Africa

In summer 2018, LaNitra Berger, an art historian who serves on the faculty and staff of the Honors College, orchestrated an unusual intense and varied trip for several Mason undergraduates to South Africa. The theme of the three-week program was Monuments, Museums and Memory in South Africa, and the organizing principle was exposure to a diversity of viewpoints on the nation’s past and future.

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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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Lincoln Mullen Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Lincoln Mullen Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Lincoln Mullen’s recent book, The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America (Harvard University Press, 2017), has just been awarded the “Best First Book in the History of Religions Award” by the American Academy of Religion.

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Another PhD Alum Lands Tenure-Track Position

Another PhD Alum Lands Tenure-Track Position

Dr. Jacqueline Beatty, who received her History PhD from Mason in 2016, has accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of History at York College of Pennsylvania. She will begin her position at York in fall 2018.

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Department Selects First Recipients of Deshmukh Award

Department Selects First Recipients of Deshmukh Award

Dr. Alison Landsberg and Dr. Yevette Jordan are the first two recipients of the newly established Dr. Marion Deshmukh Award. This award honors the distinguished accomplishments of Dr. Deshmukh and the inaugural awarding of funds will support research for two book projects.

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Michele Greet takes class to Mexico City to study murals

Michele Greet takes class to Mexico City to study murals

Over the spring break Dr. Michele Greet traveled with eleven students from her Mexican Muralism seminar to Mexico City. The trip was part of GMU’s new initiative to embed study abroad into regular semester classes, and received a competitive “global discovery” grant to cover half of the students’ travel costs. The seminar focuses on the study of the murals (wall paintings) executed in Mexico City during the years following the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) until the 1950s, with an emphasis on works by the so-called Big Three: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco.

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Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Historical Artifacts

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Historical Artifacts

Mason alum Lisa Struckmeyer (BA, History, 2012) is raising awareness of artifacts important to African American and women's history in Prince William County that have made the Virginia Association of Museum's list of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

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PhD Alum Rebecca Erbelding Publishes Book.

PhD Alum Rebecca Erbelding Publishes Book.

Rebecca Erbelding, a 2015 alum from our History PhD program, has published the book, “Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe.”  The book is published by Doubleday.

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An Interview With New Assistant Professor Vanessa Schulman

An Interview With New Assistant Professor Vanessa Schulman

Dr. Vanessa Schulman is a specialist in the art and visual culture of the United States. She received her PhD in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine, in 2010, and has published her research in the academic journals Invisible Culture, American Periodicals, and Early Popular Visual Culture. 

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Stearns: shame in American culture

Stearns: shame in American culture

In an op-ed in the New Haven Register, Peter Stearns, Provost Emeritus and University Professor of History and Art History, writes about America’s shifting attitudes towards shame.

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Sharon Deane Selected for Outstanding Alum Award

Sharon Deane Selected for Outstanding Alum Award

Each year the Department of History and Art History recognizes one of its alums with its Outstanding Alum Award. This year’s recipient was Sharon Deane, who works for the Department of Defense to promote public understanding of the Vietnam War.

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Professor Rob DeCaroli Curates Smithsonian Exhibit

Professor Rob DeCaroli Curates Smithsonian Exhibit

A New Exhibit of Buddhist Art Robert DeCaroli, Professor of Art History at Mason, is serving as one of three curators of a major new display of Buddhist art (“Encountering the Buddha”) that recently opened at the Smithsonian’s remodeled Sackler Gallery. The exhibit runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 29, 2020.

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Mason students research George Mason as slaveholder

Mason students research George Mason as slaveholder

Funded by Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), history department faculty members Benedict Carton and Wendi Manuel-Scott led a team of students in exploring the largely untold story of George Mason's enslaved people.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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The World Is Ending, Just As It's Always Been

The World Is Ending, Just As It's Always Been

Terri Pous of Buzzfeed has a discussion with Mason provost emeritus and professor of history Peter Stearns and others about the current climate of foreboding in American culture and places it in its context within our history and in doing so illustrates that things are not quite as dire as we may think.

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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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Students in "The Museum" Produce 3D Printing Projects

Students in "The Museum" Produce 3D Printing Projects

This semester students in "The Museum," an art history course taught by Jacquelyn Williamson, an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History, have an unusual assignment. For their final project, students are incorporating a semester-long 3D printing project.

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Overcoming obstacles

Overcoming obstacles

The George Mason University PhD student wanted to enroll in History 688: Digital Storytelling, but Salamone, who is visually impaired, wanted to make sure he would be able to do the course work and that the professor, Kelly Schrum, would be willing to make the curriculum more accessible to him.

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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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Ferreiro named 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history

Ferreiro named 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history

Larrie Ferreiro, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History and in the Volgenau School of Engineering, was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book, "Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It."

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Lebovic Wins Major Book Prize from the OAH

Lebovic Wins Major Book Prize from the OAH

Lebovic's book "Free Speech and Unfree News" won the 2017 OAH Ellis W. Hawley Prize, which is given annually for the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States.

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Greet named president of the Association for Latin American Art

Greet named president of the Association for Latin American Art

An associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, Greet specializes in twentieth century Andean art, as well as Latin American artists in Europe. Greet was previously serving as ALAA’s vice president and began her three year term as president at the organization’s annual conference in February 2017.

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US News Ranks Graduate History Program #44

US News Ranks Graduate History Program #44

GMU’s History and Art History Department placed 44th in the latest US News and World Reports ranking of the Best History Graduate programs in the country. This represents a jump of over twenty spots since the last ranking two years ago.

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Perspectives on the Immigration Ban

Perspectives on the Immigration Ban

On Thursday, February 9 The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, in conjunction with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, hosted a town hall titled “Perspectives on the Immigration Ban.”

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Civil War on Campus

Civil War on Campus

Mason students visited a Civil War redoubt (earthen fortification) located on the university's campus. Though covered with underbrush, the structure remains intact and is clearly visible—a valuable historic structure, right under our noses, tucked behind a parking lot on the Mason campus.

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Sharon Leon Wins Mellon/NEH Fellowship

Sharon Leon Wins Mellon/NEH Fellowship

Leon won the fellowship from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled "As Justice and Charity Demands: An Examination of the Enslaved Persons Owned (and Sold) by the Maryland Province Jesuits, 1717-1838."

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Russian/Soviet Perspectives on Islam Launches

Russian/Soviet Perspectives on Islam Launches

The project documents the encounter and evolving relationship between the secular/Orthodox state and the Islamic regions, groups, individuals, and ideologies on the territory of the former Soviet Union and neighboring countries.

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The History of the Election of 2016

The History of the Election of 2016

This semester, classes in the Department of History and Art History have examined issues raised in the presidential election from a variety of contexts. Prior Election Day, the public was invited to join in!

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Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Wendi Manuel-Scott will moderate a dialogue with thought leaders Laurie Robinson, Earl Smith, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Shirley Ginwright on policing and crimes against people of color, including current issues and the national climate, for this semester's President's Freedom and Learning Forum.

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Talk to Shed New Light on 1770's Boston Massacre

Talk to Shed New Light on 1770's Boston Massacre

On September 26, 2016, Professor Serena Zabin of Carleton College will present a talk, "The Boston Massacre: An Intimate History," which examines the social and familial circumstances surrounding the event, offering insight into of the direct causes of the Revolutionary War.

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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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Gulag Wives

Gulag Wives

"They arrested them not for themselves supposedly being criminals, but just for having been married to this person who was arrested and in almost in every case, someone who was arrested and executed."

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Hands on History Profile: Carrie Smith

Hands on History Profile: Carrie Smith

In this profile of a student in the Department of History and Art History, Professor Suzanne Smith interviews Carrie Smith about her internship at Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria.

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Cindy Kierner Will Be a Winter Fellow at Georgian Papers Project for "Inventing Disaster"

Cindy Kierner Will Be a Winter Fellow at Georgian Papers Project for "Inventing Disaster"

Cynthia A. Kierner is working on a book tentatively titled “Inventing Disaster: the Culture of Calamity from Jamestown to Johnstown.” The project traces the origins of how government, corporations, media, clergy, philanthropic groups and the general public imagine disaster and appropriate responses to it and looks closely at how these entities acted and interacted in an Atlantic and British imperial context over the course of the long eighteenth century.

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Jane Turner Censer Publishes "The Gift of Friendship"

Jane Turner Censer Publishes "The Gift of Friendship"

In this lead article, Jane Turner Censer explores the forty-year intimate friendship between two Virginia female novelists. In a relationship that changed over time, Rives and Glasgow shared intellectual and literary interests and insights into love, beauty, and religious experience as they each sought literary fame and personal fulfillment.

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Bringing Early Modern English Drama into Focus

Bringing Early Modern English Drama into Focus

The Folger Shakespeare Library recently began a massive undertaking. The new project hopes to create a digital platform that will allow users to browse, search, download, curate, and read first edition plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries in a variety of formats. This is just the sort of project that Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) does best.

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Hamner Discusses Hiroshima in Washington Post

Hamner Discusses Hiroshima in Washington Post

In a Washington Post article on President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Hiroshima, Christopher Hamner, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, describes how textbooks addressing the bombings have changed.

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Debating Modern Revolution; Jack Censer Launches Latest Book

Debating Modern Revolution; Jack Censer Launches Latest Book

The book is a consideration of "modern" revolutions, those that seek to bring about changes to society that implement a new ideal, as opposed to a reversion to any system in place before. “The idea of revolution is only going to run out of steam when people stop believing in positive changes that can be made here on Earth,” Censer explains.

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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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An Unprecedented Art History Exhibition

An Unprecedented Art History Exhibition

Professors Carol Mattusch, Chris Gregg, and Richard Mason have offered instrumental contributions to a cutting-edge traveling exhibition, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, currently on display at the National Gallery of Art.

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History Major Curates Exhibit in Mason Hall

History Major Curates Exhibit in Mason Hall

Heather Gonyeau (BA History 2016) has aspired to curate an exhibition since starting at Mason. With the support of the Department of History and Art History and the Office of Creative Research and Scholarship, she accomplished her goal with Voices of Resistance, on view at the Mason Hall atrium from September 10-28th. The exhibition brings together artwork from Brazil, Argentina and Chile as examples of protest and resistance to oppressive political regimes of the 1970s.

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GMU to Convene China Town Hall

GMU to Convene China Town Hall

George Mason University, together with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), will convene the 9th Annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections on the evening of Monday, October 5, 2015.

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History and New Media Center at 20

History and New Media Center at 20

This year, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) celebrated 20 years of focusing on the past in a radically new way. Through digital technology, the center has worked to bring the public into the experience of history, allowing people to not only learn, research, and organize the stories of the past, but to contribute their own voices to how those stories will be told into the future.

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Farmer's Market on Wheels

Farmer's Market on Wheels

Mobile farmer’s markets have developed as an alternative, community-based intervention to improve access to healthy food in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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Stearns reviews David Brooks

Stearns reviews David Brooks

Peter Stearns, History professor and formerly GMU provost, offers a mostly favorable review id David Brooks' newest book in http://www.the-american-interest.com/2011/05/01/social-studies/

Landsberg Publishes New Book

Landsberg Publishes New Book

Alison Landsberg, Associate Professor of History and Art History, has just published her latest book, Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia University Press)

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Internships: Hands-On History

Internships: Hands-On History

We will be running a series on internships in history. Our first is on Georgia Brown, who interned at the Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center

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O'Malley in Newsweek: Proposed Currency Face-Lift

O'Malley in Newsweek: Proposed Currency Face-Lift

In a story on Newsweek's site, Michael O'Malley, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History and associate director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, discusses the relationship between "currency face-lifts" and public confidence, in reference to proposed Harriet Tubman twenty dollar bills.

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New GMU professor Rethinking Native American History

New GMU professor Rethinking Native American History

Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, an author and scholar of Native American studies, is a new history professor at George Mason. This fall, he will teach a section of HIST 389, Topics in U.S. History, on Native American history, and HIST 615, Problems in American History, on the topic of “Decolonizing Museums,” a graduate course on the representations of native peoples in museums.

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GMU Professor in PBS Documentary

GMU Professor in PBS Documentary

Professor Meredith Lair, who specializes in war and American Society on the late twentieth century, was interviewed for a documentary on the draft in the Vietnam War.

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Students Earn Department Awards

Students Earn Department Awards

At its annual student ceremony on April 20, the Department recognized the achievements of more than two dozen students and inducted thirty students into the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

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Marion Deshmukh to Address Alexandria Holocaust Remembrance

Marion Deshmukh to Address Alexandria Holocaust Remembrance

The City of Alexandria will observe the Days of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah, for the victims of the Holocaust at noon on Wednesday, April 15 in Market Square, 301 King St. This year’s theme is “Resistance through Art”. The Alexandria City Council hosts the annual ceremony as part of the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, April 12, through Sunday, April 19. This is the 28th consecutive year that the City has held the Days of Remembrance ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. The speaker this year will be Marion F. Deshmukh, Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History.

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Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

The Department of History & Art History, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of Military Services, and some off-campus veterans organizations are sponsoring a free screening of Rory Kennedy's 2014 Academy Award-nominated film, "Last Days in Vietnam" on Sunday, March 29th, at 6:30 PM in the JC Cinema.

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GMU history Ph.D. Kurt Knoerl describes working beneath the Niagara River

GMU history Ph.D. Kurt Knoerl describes working beneath the Niagara River

I had already been on the bottom of the Niagara River bed for over two hours, slowly excavating small test holes and looking for evidence of an 18th-century shoreline off Old Fort Niagara. Wine bottle bottoms, ceramics, trade beads, and numerous other artifacts dating from 1760 to 1780 had been deposited as trash throughout this small cove.

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Histories of the National Mall Outanding Public History Award

Histories of the National Mall Outanding Public History Award

The National Council on Public History selected Histories of the National Mall as the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Public History Award. The award is presented each year for work that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice. The selection committee commended Histories for its clean design, and concluded “the site stands as an excellent destination for anyone interested in our nation’s Front Yard and as an outstanding example of how public historians can harness mobile technology to forge place-based historical connections.”

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Professor Lincoln Mullen recognized by Slate Magazine

Professor Lincoln Mullen recognized by Slate Magazine

"The Spread of U.S. Slavery, 1790-1860, by historian Lincoln Mullen...shows the presence of slavery in American counties across the specified decades. The slider takes you forward and backward in time, and hovering the cursor reveals the data for each county, including the total number of people, the people per square mile, and the percentage of white, free black, and enslaved people present. Mullen’s discussions of the reliability and usefulness of his data are a model of transparency."

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History Major Downes Plays a Role in Virginia Girls Summit

History Major Downes Plays a Role in Virginia Girls Summit

Jasmaine Downes, a history major with a minor in women and gender studies, was one of four Mason students who presented a panel discussion on the importance of higher education at the first Virginia Girls Summit, held at Mason's Fairfax Campus. More than 200 7th - 12th grade girls participated in the event.

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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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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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Kelly to Help Steer University to Greater Student Success

Kelly to Help Steer University to Greater Student Success

Although Mason graduates nearly 70 percent of its students within six years, history professor T. Mills Kelly, newly named a Presidential Fellow by George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera, has been is tasked with finding ways to improve those statistics.

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Cynthia Powers Burgett Receives John Marshall Foundation Teacher Award

Cynthia Powers Burgett Receives John Marshall Foundation Teacher Award

Cynthia Powers Burgett (BA, history, 2006), a student in the history MA program, has received a John Marshall Foundation teacher award for excellence in teaching the United States Constitution.

Prof. Kierner Awarded 2013 Julia Spruill Prize

Prof. Kierner Awarded 2013 Julia Spruill Prize

The Southern Association for Women Historians has awarded its Julia Spruill Prize for the best book published in Southern women’s history to Professor Cynthia Kierner for Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello, Her Life and Times.

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Alumnus Townsend Wins NCPH Book Award

Alumnus Townsend Wins NCPH Book Award

Robert Townsend (PhD 2009) has won the book award from the National Council on Public History for History’s Babel: Scholarship, Professionalization, and the Historical Enterprise in the United States, 1880-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which is based on his George Mason University dissertation.

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Prof. Karush Wins NEH Fellowship

Prof. Karush Wins NEH Fellowship

Professor Matt Karush was recently awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support work on his new book project, Sonic Travelers: The Transnational History of Argentine Popular Music in the Twentieth Century.

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College Honors its 2013 Mary Roper Awardees

College Honors its 2013 Mary Roper Awardees

Each year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences honors selected classified staff members with the Mary Roper Award, to recognize exemplary service in support of the college's goals. This year's celebration was held on December 3, 2013.

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Mason to Host Civil War Conference in May 2014

Mason to Host Civil War Conference in May 2014

As part of the Signature Conference series sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Mason will host "The American Civil War in a Global Perspective" on May 31, 2014. The conference will explore the Civil War's impact on global trade, social issues, and international conflicts during the same period.

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Barnes Honored with Baxter Adams Prize

Barnes Honored with Baxter Adams Prize

The American Historical Association has named Steven A. Barnes, faculty member, Department of History and Art History and director of the Center for Eurasian Studies, the winner of the 2013 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for his book Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society (Princeton Univ. Press, 2011).

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Alumna Ellyn Van Evra Joins Deadwood History as Curator of Interpretation

Alumna Ellyn Van Evra Joins Deadwood History as Curator of Interpretation

Deadwood History, which manages museums and historic sites in Deadwood, SD, has hired Ellyn Van Evra (B.A. History '11) as curator of interpretation.

Prof. Kierner Wins 2012 Richard Slatten Award

Prof. Kierner Wins 2012 Richard Slatten Award

The Virginia Historical Society has honored Professor Cynthia Kierner with the 2012 Richard Slatten Award for distinguished contributions to Virginia biography. The award recognizes Kierner's book, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello.

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Alumnus Downer Earns Graduate Fellowship at GW

Alumnus Downer Earns Graduate Fellowship at GW

Joe Downer, who received his B.A. from the Department of History and Art History in 2012, has been awarded a Scottish Rite Endowment Graduate Fellowship by the George Washington University for the 2013-2014 academic year

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Barnes Nominated for Book Prize

Barnes Nominated for Book Prize

Professor Steven Barnes’ recent book, Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society (Princeton University Press), has been named as a finalist for the 2013 Central Eurasian Studies Society book award.

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Mason History Students and Alumni Study at Mount Vernon Field School

Mason History Students and Alumni Study at Mount Vernon Field School

History major Katie Harris and history alumnus Joe Downer are among nine students studying at this summer's field school at George Washington's Mount Vernon. At the school, they will study historic preservation, archeology, and public interpretation.

RRCHNM Announces Stephen Robertson As Its New Director

RRCHNM Announces Stephen Robertson As Its New Director

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University are delighted to announce that Stephen Robertson will become the new director of the center. Robertson joins RRCHNM and Mason from the History Department at the University of Sydney, where he has been since 2000.

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History Major Danett Crespo '13 Profiled

History Major Danett Crespo '13 Profiled

“Without the flexibility, knowledge, and experience I gained at Mason,” says Crespo, “I would not be finishing my bachelor’s degree—the first in my family—and moving on to my dream job at age 26. I’m so thankful to have spent my time here and extremely excited to be going in the direction I am.”

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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Prof. Yilmaz Wins a Mathy Junior Faculty Award

Prof. Yilmaz Wins a Mathy Junior Faculty Award

Huseyin Yilmaz, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a Mathy Junior Faculty Award for 2013-14, for his project, "Translation and Cultural Formation in the Early Ottoman Empire."

PhD Student Connor Curates "Time and Navigation"

PhD Student Connor Curates "Time and Navigation"

PhD Student Roger Connor is one of four Smithsonian curators behind the new exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum: "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting From Here to There." The exhibit, which opened this month, has received glowing reviews in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other national media.

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A Passion for History and Vinting Brings Mason Alumni Together at Bull Run

A Passion for History and Vinting Brings Mason Alumni Together at Bull Run

Kelly Schrum Receives Grant

Kelly Schrum Receives Grant

Associate Professor Kelly Schrum has received an America's Media Makers Production Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs.

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Prof. Carton Delivers Derrick Lecture at Holy Cross on "Apartheid & Its Legacies"

Prof. Carton Delivers Derrick Lecture at Holy Cross on "Apartheid & Its Legacies"

Kelly Schrum Receives Award

Kelly Schrum Receives Award

Associate Professor Kelly Schrum has received a Faculty Research and Professional Development Award in the amount of $4,990 to support her Child Custody Project.

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PhD Student Sharpe to Present “New England in Dixie: Photography in the South,  1839-1861”

PhD Student Sharpe to Present “New England in Dixie: Photography in the South, 1839-1861”

PhD Student McKenzie Discusses Jews' Role in American Civil War

PhD Student McKenzie Discusses Jews' Role in American Civil War

Prof. Smith Wins NEH Fellowship

Prof. Smith Wins NEH Fellowship

Professor Suzanne Smith was recently awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support work on her new book project, “The Happy Am I” Preacher: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux.

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Eight Honored at Mary Roper Award Reception

Eight Honored at Mary Roper Award Reception

On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences honored the winners of the 12th annual Mary Roper Award, given to outstanding staff members working in the college’s departments.

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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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Petrick to Discuss History of Lettuce at Vision Series

Petrick to Discuss History of Lettuce at Vision Series

Gabriella Petrick, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies in the College of Health and Human Services, will tie together food, history and technology in the semester’s final lecture of the Vision Series on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.

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Prof. Kierner to Speak at Wake Forest Phi Alpha Theta Induction

Prof. Kierner to Speak at Wake Forest Phi Alpha Theta Induction

Experts Take In-Depth Look at Cuban Missile Crisis

Experts Take In-Depth Look at Cuban Missile Crisis

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, The Cold War Museum, the Department of History and Art History, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognized the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis with a discussion unlike any other.

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Gary Powers, Jr. Talks Cold War History, Mason Event

Gary Powers, Jr. Talks Cold War History, Mason Event

The Cold War Museum, the Department of History and Art History, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a half-day conference, “The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Later,” on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Harris Theater on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The college recently interviewed The Cold War Museum’s founder and chairman emeritus, Gary Powers, Jr., MPA ’95.

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Prof. Landsberg to Deliver Keynote on Translating Atrocity

Prof. Landsberg to Deliver Keynote on Translating Atrocity

Center Announces Fall Program

Center Announces Fall Program

The Center is pleased to host an exhibit of artwork by Nikolai Getman a former Gulag prisoner. There are a number of related events including an opening reception with guest speakers, the film One Day in the Life ..., and several lectures.

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Kelly's "Hoax" Class Discussed

Kelly's "Hoax" Class Discussed

Mills Kelly, Director, Global Affairs, discusses the larger lessons to be learned from his Lying About the Past class in an interview with The Morning News online magazine.

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Alumnus Shupe Wins Dissertation Award

Alumnus Shupe Wins Dissertation Award

Kevin Shupe (Ph.D. 2011) has won the Westerners International Scholarship Award, a $1000 cash award given to a graduate student member of Phi Alpha Theta for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Western History.

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Ali Vural Ak Center welcomes its new Co-Director

Ali Vural Ak Center welcomes its new Co-Director

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is pleased to welcome its new Co-Director, Dr. Huseyin Yilmaz, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History, who joins George Mason University after teaching at the University of South Florida for the past three years.

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Chronicle of Higher Education Reports on Crowdsourced Transcription at Rosenzweig CHNM

Chronicle of Higher Education Reports on Crowdsourced Transcription at Rosenzweig CHNM

Professor Mattusch Authors "Greece, Etruria and Rome" Essay for Bronze Exhibition Catalog

Professor Mattusch Authors "Greece, Etruria and Rome" Essay for Bronze Exhibition Catalog

Prof. Kelly Listed Among 10 Most Creative College Teachers

Prof. Kelly Listed Among 10 Most Creative College Teachers

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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Cohen to Deliver Keynote to Society for Scholarly Publishing

Cohen to Deliver Keynote to Society for Scholarly Publishing

Professor Ho Wins Mathy Award

Professor Ho Wins Mathy Award

Angela Ho, assistant professor of art history, has won a Mathy Junior Faculty Award in the Arts and Humanities, given jointly by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Finnefrock Awarded Roy Rosenzweig Outstanding Alumnus Award

Finnefrock Awarded Roy Rosenzweig Outstanding Alumnus Award

The recipient of this year’s Roy Rosenzweig Outstanding Alumnus Award is Jessica Finnefrock. Finnefrock received her M.A. in History at Mason in 2002. She is Senior Vice President for Product Development at Blackboard, leading Blackboard’s development efforts and serves as a member of Blackboard’s corporate executive team.

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Grainger, Hamner, Landsberg, Stearns to Appear at Society for Military History Conference

Grainger, Hamner, Landsberg, Stearns to Appear at Society for Military History Conference

Burgett Awarded Prestigious James Madison Fellowship

Burgett Awarded Prestigious James Madison Fellowship

Cynthia Burgett, a student in the History master's program, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship. James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and "Madisonian" principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution, its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.

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Campbell Wins Dean's Challenge Award

Campbell Wins Dean's Challenge Award

History major Jessica Campbell has won a Dean’s Challenge Award, given by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to celebrate exceptional undergraduate students who have excelled academically while challenging themselves outside of the classroom. Jessica has done a wonderful job balancing academic work and service work. She in the Honors Program and is minoring in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology. She also works as a researcher and writer at the Mason History Project and in the Admissions office as a tour guide. Jessica is active in Honors College Connects and serves as the secretary in the Mason chapter of Students Helping Honduras. We are very proud to have her represent the major and the department!

Hidden Histories of America's Front Lawn

Hidden Histories of America's Front Lawn

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Programs over three years to create a mobile-optimized website that provides visitors to the National Mall with access to a rigorous interpretation of the history and culture of the space as a place where national identity is built, negotiated, celebrated, protested, and remembered.

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Grabo Wins Award for Academic Advising

Grabo Wins Award for Academic Advising

This year all History and Art History faculty and staff who are in advising roles--Professors Joan Bristol, Jane Censer, Meredith Lair, Randy Lytton, and Ellen Todd and undergraduate coordinator Carrie Grabo--were among the 60 advisors university-wide who were nominated for the 2012 Academic Advisor of the Year Award.

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Bergeson-Lockwood to Present at Georgetown U. 19th-Century U.S. History Workshop

Bergeson-Lockwood to Present at Georgetown U. 19th-Century U.S. History Workshop

Mattusch to Participate in Ancient Bronzes Workshop at Harvard

Mattusch to Participate in Ancient Bronzes Workshop at Harvard

Mattusch to Deliver M. Victor Leventritt Lecture at Harvard

Mattusch to Deliver M. Victor Leventritt Lecture at Harvard

Zagarri to Speak at University of Oklahoma Teach-In on America's Founding

Zagarri to Speak at University of Oklahoma Teach-In on America's Founding

Kelly Brings International Service Experience to Classroom

Kelly Brings International Service Experience to Classroom

Mills Kelly, director of the Global Affairs Program at George Mason University, teaches students who want to make a difference in the world through international service and volunteerism. This past semester, he set an example for his students by volunteering his time with an international foundation.

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Schrag to Speak at U of Michigan on IRBs

Schrag to Speak at U of Michigan on IRBs

Suzanne Smith to Lecture at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Suzanne Smith to Lecture at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Schrag Critiques "Moral Science" Bioethics Report

Schrag Critiques "Moral Science" Bioethics Report

AP Quotes Brennan on OccupyArchive.Org

AP Quotes Brennan on OccupyArchive.Org

Sports History Offerings Expanded

Sports History Offerings Expanded

The Department of History and Art History has expanded its course offerings in the history of sports and welcomed two professors in the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism as affiliated faculty.

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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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Greet to Lecture on Roberto Matta at Art Museum of the Americas

Greet to Lecture on Roberto Matta at Art Museum of the Americas

Barnes on Why Russian Historians Should Blog

Barnes on Why Russian Historians Should Blog

Steve Barnes, director of the Center for Eurasian Studies at George Mason University, recently authored a blog post, titled: "Why Russian Historians Should Blog." Russian and Soviet history fall in Barnes' area of research expertise.

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De Nys, Zagarri Honored for Academic Contributions

De Nys, Zagarri Honored for Academic Contributions

Martin De Nys, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Rosemarie Zagarri, a professor in the Department of History and Art History, both received the Award for Scholarship, presented each year by the college to faculty members who make sustained, consistent contributions to their fields of study.

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Mason Experts Take a Deep Look at Revolutionary Era

Mason Experts Take a Deep Look at Revolutionary Era

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a special two-day seminar, entitled “Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future.” This seminar will feature seven one-and-a-half-hour discussion panels, taking place in Mason Hall’s Edwin Meese III Conference Room.

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Grad Student Erin Hooper Bush to Speak to Sisters in Crime Chapter

Grad Student Erin Hooper Bush to Speak to Sisters in Crime Chapter

Yevette Richards Jordan Presents in Belgium on Gender Politics

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."

Henriques to Speak on Washington, Lafayette, and Gouverneur Morris

Henriques to Speak on Washington, Lafayette, and Gouverneur Morris

Cohen and Scheinfeldt Hack the Academy

Cohen and Scheinfeldt Hack the Academy

The MPublishing division of the University of Michigan Library has released the open-access version of Hacking the Academy, edited by Dan Cohen, Associate Professor of History and Tom Scheinfeldt, Research Assistant Professor of History.

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History Courses Bring the Past to Light

History Courses Bring the Past to Light

George Mason University's history courses study the past from all angles. Sign up to learn about the rich, detailed evolution of worldwide art and music. Study the history of the United States, North America, and the world through a variety of lenses and perspectives.

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Washington City Paper Quotes Schrag on Metro

Washington City Paper Quotes Schrag on Metro

Chang named fellow by National Committee on United States-China Relations

Chang named fellow by National Committee on United States-China Relations

Mattusch Publishes Edition of Winckelmann

Mattusch Publishes Edition of Winckelmann

Carol C. Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, has published a scholarly edition of Johann Joachim Winckelmann's Letter and Report on the Discoveries at Herculaneum, originally published in German in 1762 and 1764. Mattusch translated the documents and offers an introduction and commentary.

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Barnes on Russian History Blog (NewsNet)

Barnes on Russian History Blog (NewsNet)

City Paper Quotes Schrag

City Paper Quotes Schrag

The Washington City Paper quotes Professor Zachary Schrag, an expert in the history of the Washington Metro, in a story about debates over smart growth.

Kaplan Describes Rosenzweig Papers

Kaplan Describes Rosenzweig Papers

Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Deborah Kaplan describes her exploration of the papers left by her late husband, Roy Rosenzweig, a long time member of the Department of History and Art History.

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Deshmukh Coedits Book on Liebermann and International Modernism

Deshmukh Coedits Book on Liebermann and International Modernism

Max Liebermann and International Modernism: An Artist's Career from Empire to Third Reich, coedited by Marion Deshmukh, contributes to the recent wave of scholarly literature that works to recover artist Max Libermann's role and oeuvre in the narratives of modern art after the Nazi's attempt to obliterate his work. Deshmukh is the Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History at Mason. Her publications include works and exhibition catalog essays on Max Liebermann, German academies and art unions, Berlin’s National Gallery of Art since 1945 and on East German painters since 1990.

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Barnes Publishes Book on Gulag

Barnes Publishes Book on Gulag

Steven Barnes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Eurasian Studies, has published Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society.

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Deshmukh Wins 2011 David J. King Award

Deshmukh Wins 2011 David J. King Award

Marion Deshmukh, Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History, was one of eight faculty members at George Mason University to be honored at an April 11 reception for the 2011 Teaching Excellence awards, hosted by the Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching Excellence at Mason.

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Bristol in Global Studies Review

Bristol in Global Studies Review

In "You Are What you Drink? Tequila, Maguey, and Mexican Identity," Joan Bristol recounts the story of the origins of distilling local liquor to discuss identity and socio-cultural politics in Mexico and its relevance today.

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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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Cohen Wins Kilgour Award

Cohen Wins Kilgour Award

Dan Cohen, associate professor of history and art history at George Mason University and the director of the Center for History and New Media, has been awarded the 2011 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology by the Library & Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association.

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Center for History and New Media Project Featured in New York Times

Center for History and New Media Project Featured in New York Times

George Mason University's Center for History and New Media is in the midst of a research project which uses new digital tools to examine over 1.6 million British books. The project, "Reframing the Victorians," won a Google Digital Humanities award in July. The New York Times featured the center in a Dec. 3 story.

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Schrag, "Belmont's Ethical Malpractice"

Schrag, "Belmont's Ethical Malpractice"

Religious Scholar Aslan to Speak at Mason

Religious Scholar Aslan to Speak at Mason

Internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan will come to George Mason University on Tuesday, Nov. 16 to discuss whether America is “Islamophobic.” He will speak at the Johnson Center Cinema from 3-5 p.m. The lecture is open to the public.

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New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

Over the summer, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomed many new faculty and staff members, while some current college employees added other responsibilities to their slate. The Global Affairs and Biodefense programs have new directors and the Department of Public and International Affairs has a new chair.

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Kaplan Describes Rosenzweig Papers

Kaplan Describes Rosenzweig Papers

Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, English professor Deborah Kaplan describes exploring the papers left behind by her late husband, Professor Roy Rosenzweig of the Department of History and Art History.

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Washingtonian Cites Schrag

Washingtonian Cites Schrag

The Washingtonian Cites Zachary Schrag on the importance of Darwin Stolzenbach and Jackson Graham.

City Paper Quotes Schrag on Smart Growth

City Paper Quotes Schrag on Smart Growth

The Washington City Paper quotes Professor Zachary Schrag, an expert in the history of the Washington Metro, in a story about debates over smart growth.

O'Malley Appears in Episode of PBS Show

O'Malley Appears in Episode of PBS Show

Michael O'Malley, associate director of the Center for History and New Media and a faculty member in the history and art history department, recently appeared on an episode of PBS's "History Detectives." O'Malley is first mentioned at 8:30 and appears 10 seconds later.

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City of Fairfax Honors History Alumnus

City of Fairfax Honors History Alumnus

While Independence Day is considered the most patriotic day of the year, recent Mason graduate Joshua Lawton-Belous shows his support for the country and those who serve it every day. To recognize his efforts and the contributions he has made to the City of Fairfax, city officials chose Lawton-Belous as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2010 Independence Day Celebration.

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Chang Named Fenwick Fellow for 2010-11

Chang Named Fenwick Fellow for 2010-11

Dr. Michael Chang, History and Art History, was named the Fenwick Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year. The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason tenured or tenure-track faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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CHNM Awarded Grant for THATCamps

CHNM Awarded Grant for THATCamps

The Center for History and New Media received a $264,000 grant to support its THATCamps (The Humanities and Technology Camp), which offer training in digital humanities. The award, provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow for new supports for training in digital methods and make it easier to establish and run regional THATCamps.

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History Announces Two Dean’s Challenge Recipients

History Announces Two Dean’s Challenge Recipients

The History Department is pleased to announce that two of its students have each been honored to receive a Dean’s Challenge award. Rebecca Erbelding, a doctoral student, and Megan Fowler (a double major in History and Theater) were noted at the college level for their efforts.

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Smith Interviewed by Kojo Nnamdi

Smith Interviewed by Kojo Nnamdi

Dr. Suzanne Smith was interviewed by Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU where they discussed her recent book, To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death. Listen to the interview here. Click on the “Listen” button to the right of the show’s title to access the audio file.

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Chang Noted for Conference Paper

Chang Noted for Conference Paper

The China Heritage Quarterly reported on the “Reign of the Kangxi Emperor” conference sponsored by the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. This one-day conference, held in Spring 2009, provided a further understanding of the life and times of the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1661-1722).

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Zagarri on Holten on <em> Abigail Adams</em>

Zagarri on Holten on Abigail Adams

The Washington Post carries History and Art History's Rosemarie Zagarri's review of a new biography of Abigail Adams. "In the best sections of the book, Holton provides a portrait of Abigail as something of an economic opportunist -- in the best sense of the term."

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College Students Win Global Education Awards

College Students Win Global Education Awards

While many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' students will travel abroad this winter, 20 of them are headed to places likes Israel, Palestine, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey thanks to awards from Mason's Center for Global Education.

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Students head to South Africa over Winter Break

Students head to South Africa over Winter Break

Professor Ben Carton will lead students on a winter break journey through the tropical South African province of KwaZulu-Natal on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Students will live with Zulu families in urban townships and rural villages, where they will observe infrastructure projects, cultural performances, and traditional rituals. Local historians and district chiefs will introduce students to the challenges of national development after “Mandela’s Miracle” and to legendary stories of Shaka Zulu and his kingdom in sacred Emakhosini, or “Valley of the Kings,” the burial place of Zulu founders.

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Greet's Book Published

Greet's Book Published

On Thursday, December 10, 2009, Dr. Michele Greet’s latest book Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art will be launched at the Art Museum of the Americas. This book is being lauded as “an excellent contribution to the literature on Latin American art and culture."

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Book Launch for Dr. Michele Greet’s Latest Book

Book Launch for Dr. Michele Greet’s Latest Book

On Thursday, December 10, 2009, Dr. Michele Greet’s latest book Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art will be launched at the Art Museum of the Americas. The event will start at 6:30 pm. Street parking is available beginning at 6:00 pm.

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Education and Military Service Define Alumnus

Education and Military Service Define Alumnus

Robert Knight, BA History ’85, logged more than 1,300 hours as a bombardier/navigator of an A-6E Intruder – a carrier-based attack aircraft – before leaving active duty and returning to Mason as a non-degree student in political science; a move that sparked his career in law.

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Commemorative Berlin Wall Torn Down on Campus

Commemorative Berlin Wall Torn Down on Campus

On Monday Nov. 9, 2009, students at George Mason University celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by tearing down a replica that was built on campus. The wall, complete with graffiti, was built by students as part of Freedom Without Walls – a series of events organized by Mason's faculty and students.

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Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

George Mason University welcomes Dr. Cemil Aydin as the new director of its Center for Global Islamic Studies. Aydin joined Mason’s History and Art History Department in the fall of 2009, holding the Endowed IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, bringing with him years of experience in the fields of history and Middle Eastern studies.

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Dean Jack Censer’s Collaboration Wins Award

Dean Jack Censer’s Collaboration Wins Award

The 2009 MERLOT History Classics Award was given to “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution” a multimedia collaboration, headed by Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt (UCLA).  This project was produced by Mason’s Center for History and New Media and the City University of New York’s American Social History Project.

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Mason Welcomes Sport and American Culture Minor

Mason Welcomes Sport and American Culture Minor

Sport and American culture is a new minor at George Mason University.  It provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how sport has influenced and been influenced by American culture. Minor director Jennifer Lansbury recently answered a few questions about the new minor. Here’s what she had to say.

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Carton Inspires Integrity

Carton Inspires Integrity

George Mason Professor Dr. Benedict Carton was recently selected as a national finalist by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for the Inspire Integrity Award. The only national student-nominated faculty awards program, these awards are presented to full-time university faculty who have, through their lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity.

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2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

They lined up in the parking lot of Patriot Center, smiles on their faces and arms wrapped around their friends in celebratory hugs. George Mason University's class of 2009, grouped into the College of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, marched into the Patriot Center on May 15, 2009 for undergraduate convocation. "This celebration recognizes your efforts and dedication in fulfilling your degree requirements," Dean Jack Censer told the group of students. "Your passion and pursuit of excellence brought you to this culminating moment, where you are surrounded by the family and friends who have guided and supported you along the way."

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Post-Socialist Film Series Brings Documentary Filmmakers to Campus

Post-Socialist Film Series Brings Documentary Filmmakers to Campus

During the spring 2009 semester, Mason professors Michael Chang and T. Mills Kelly from the Department of History and Art History created a Post-Socialist Film Series that focused on the end of the Cold War and what has come afterwards. The series featured prominent documentary filmmakers showing their films and then answering questions from students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

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Townsend Successful Dissertation Defense

Townsend Successful Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Rob Townsend for his successful defense of his dissertation on April 29. His dissertation, titled “Making History: Scholarship and Professionalization in the Discipline, 1880 – 1940,” was completed under the mentorship of Roy Rosenzweig and with Peter Stearns serving as advisor. Also serving on Rob’s dissertation committee were Rosemarie Zagarri and Rosemary Jann.

GMU Doctoral Student Attending Yale’s Western History Dissertation Workshop

GMU Doctoral Student Attending Yale’s Western History Dissertation Workshop

Congratulations to doctoral student Kevin Shupe, who has been selected to participate in the prestigious Western History Dissertation Workshop at Yale University. This workshop is organized by the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders. Shupe’s dissertation is entitled, “Geronimo Escapes: Envisioning Indianness in Modern America.”

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Recent PhD Graduate Mellen Receives Recognition

Recent PhD Graduate Mellen Receives Recognition

Dr. Roger Mellen, who received his PhD in History from GMU in August 2007, was awarded an honorable mention by the American Journalism Historians Association for his dissertation in the Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize for 2008.

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O’Malley Investigates Social History in Newly Published Book

O’Malley Investigates Social History in Newly Published Book

Dr. Mike O’Malley’s book, The Cultural Turn in U.S. History (co-edited with James Cook and Lawrence Glickman), has just been published by the University of Chicago Press. A definitive account of one of the most dominant trends in recent historical writing, the volume takes stock of the field at the same time as it showcases exemplars of its practice.

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Recent PhD Graduate Mellen Receives Recognition

Recent PhD Graduate Mellen Receives Recognition

Dr. Roger Mellen, assistant professor of journalism at New Mexico State University who received his PhD in history from Mason in August 2007, was awarded an honorable mention by the American Journalism Historians Association for his dissertation.

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Mattusch Curates Popular Pompeii Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Mattusch Curates Popular Pompeii Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

The popular exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples has hosted over 150,000 visitors to date. It features luxurious works of art excavated from opulent houses of the urban elite in Pompeii and from nearby imperial villas on the Bay of Naples, all illustrating the region’s importance as an artistic center.

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Center for History and New Media Wins Prestigious Awards

Center for History and New Media Wins Prestigious Awards

Mason's Center for History and New Media continues to excel in the world of digital history and online tools, recently winning two prestigious awards: the James Harvey Robinson Prize for an Outstanding Teaching Aid and Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration.

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Scully Awarded Brewer Prize

Scully Awarded Brewer Prize

Dr. Randolph Scully’s recent book, Religion and the Making of Nat Turner’s Virginia: Baptist Community and Conflict, 1740-1840, has been awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize for best first book in church history by the American Society of Church History.

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CHNM’s Latest Website

CHNM’s Latest Website

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) is pleased to announce the launch of its newest website: Making the History of 1989.

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Hudgins Awarded CTAC Grant

Hudgins Awarded CTAC Grant

One of our Western Civilization Postdoctoral Fellows, Dr. Nicole Hudgins, was recently awarded a CTAC grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence for her proposal, “Critical Thinking on the Web: Assessing the Value of the Internet to the Practice of History.”

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Swanson is New Finley Scholar

Swanson is New Finley Scholar

The department welcomes Ryan Swanson as our Finley postdoctoral fellow for 2008-09. Professor Swanson completed his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in June 2008. His dissertation, "Jim Crow on Deck: Baseball During America’s Reconstruction," explores how racial segregation was implemented following the Civil War. He is teaching U.S. sports history this fall.

Kierner Joins History Dept. Faculty

Kierner Joins History Dept. Faculty

This fall the Department of History is pleased to welcome senior faculty member Cynthia A. Kierner. Dr. Kierner received her BA from McGill University and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She comes to the department from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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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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New Book Authored by Dr. Zagarri

New Book Authored by Dr. Zagarri

Dr. Rosie Zagarri’s most recent book, Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic, has been published by University of Pennsylvania Press.

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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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Publication: Michael Chang

Publication: Michael Chang

The books just keep coming. Last week Michael Chang’s book, A Court on Horseback: Imperial Touring and the Construction of Qing Rule, 1680-1785 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007), was released by Harvard University Press.

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Publication: Zachary Schrag

Publication: Zachary Schrag

In the most recent issue of the AHA Perspectives, Zach Schrag takes a look at the training required by institutional review boards for his oral historians in “Ethical Training for Oral Historians” and argues that the training is not appropriate for historians on several counts.

Publication: Kelly Schrum, Eleanor Greene, & Sarah Whelan

Publication: Kelly Schrum, Eleanor Greene, & Sarah Whelan

Again, in the most recent issue of the AHA Perspectives, the Teaching American History team at the Center for History & New Media report on their problems and prospects of using primary sources in the secondary classroom.

Awards: Claudia Verhoeven

Awards: Claudia Verhoeven

Claudia Verhoeven received a Jean Monnet Fellowship for the academic year, 2007–2008. She will be in residence at the European University, Florence, Italy. A hat tip to Claudia.

Greet Award and Publications

Greet Award and Publications

Michele Greet has been awarded the Hazel Junior Faculty Award and the Allan and Gwen Nelson travel grant for work on her book manuscript “Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920-1960.”

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Presentation: Sheila ffolliott

Presentation: Sheila ffolliott

Sheila ffolliott presented a paper, “European Women Patrons of Art and Architecture, c. 1500-1650: Some Patterns,” as part of a seminar entitled “Renaissance Women as Collectors and Patrons of Art and Culture” that took place at the University of Copenhagen, 21 September 2006.

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Publication: Sumaiya Hamdani

Publication: Sumaiya Hamdani

In her first book, Sumaiya Hamdani, director of Islamic Studies and associate professor of history, analyzes the writings of the revolutionary 10th-century Muslim theologian and jurist Qadi al-Nu’man.

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Tidbits

Tidbits

The department welcomed several new faculty in Fall 2006. Professor Marty Sherwin came to Mason from Tufts University. Professor Sherwin recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of J. Robert Openheimer, American Prometheus: The Tiumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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Awards: Dan Cohen

Awards: Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen was one of five recipients of an American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship for 2006-7, the first year of the competition.

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