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CHSS Events

Oct7

Critiquing Culture Conference 2017

11th Annual Conference, Sponsored by GMU Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee

Cultural Studies

Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1203 & 1204

The 11th annual Critiquing Culture Conference is brought to you by the Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University. The theme of this year’s conference of “Social Movements and Resistance” reflects the particularly potent political moment in which we are currently situated. Papers and panels will address, critique, or otherwise analyze contemporary and historical developments of, and responses to, activism and political uncertainty. This year’s conference will feature a plenary panel addressing contemporary sites of social justice and activism, with details and a final list of speakers to be released closer to the event date.

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Oct11

The Mindful Classroom Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Northern Neck, Alumni Relations Conference Room, # 110

The Mindful Classroom, a new mindfulness community for Mason faculty co-sponsored by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, will meet on Wednesdays from noon to 1:15 pm on September 20, October 11, November 1, and November 29 during the fall 2017 semester, in the Alumni Relations Conference Room, room NN 110.

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Oct11

Fall for the Book: Susan Bordo

Women and Gender Studies

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Johnson Center, George's, 3rd Floor

Susan Bordo, professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Kentucky discusses her book The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, in which she outlines this destruction in three key areas: gendered stereotypes and double standards, political forces, and media influence. The Forward wrote that her book “offers a clear analysis of how a candidate who received the overwhelming majority of the popular vote, did not win the presidency.” Check out Fall for the Book Festival's website for more information: http://fallforthebook.org/ .

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Oct11

Visiting Writers Series Presents David Shields

Creative Writing

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 PM
Johnson Center, George's, 3rd Floor

David Shields is the author of  Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Black Planet, and Other People: Takes and Mistakes. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

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Oct12

Fall for The Book: Janet Mock

Women and Gender Studies

Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Harris Theater

Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness, TV host, speaker, and trans advocate will speak on navigating her twenties without a roadmap. Her newest memoir Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me traces her journey of becoming an adult: moving out, falling in and out of love, and working her way up in the magazine industry. Her work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, The New Yorker, and Allure.

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Oct12

Visiting Writers Series Presents Ellen Bryant Voigt

Creative Writing

Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:30 PM
Research Hall, 163

Ellen Bryant Voigt’s most recent poetry collections include Headwaters (2013), Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006, and Shadow of Heaven (2002). Her collection Kyrie (1995) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. She has also written a collection of essays, The Flexible Lyric (1999), and with Gregory Orr co-edited Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World (1996), a selection of essays on writing. She served as poet laureate of Vermont for four years.

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Oct13

Visiting Writers Series Presents Karan Mahajan

Creative Writing

Friday, October 13, 2017 6:00 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor

Karan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and his second novel, The Association of Small Bombs (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the “10 Best Books of 2016” by the New York Times. Karan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker online, The Believer, and NPR’s All Things Considered, among others.

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