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Second Nature 10: Spring 2022 Colloquium Series w/ Dr. Amaka Okechukwu

Second Nature 10: Spring 2022 Colloquium Series w/ Dr. Amaka Okechukwu

As part of GMU's Cultural Studies colloquium series in Spring 2022, second-year PhD student Carl Leak interviews Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University, Dr. Amaka Okechukwu. Dr. Okechukwu’s research agenda concerns the intersection of collective action and racial justice, as well as urban spatial politics. In this interview, Dr. Okechukwu talks about her work surrounding the historiography of Freddy "Fab Five Freddy" Brathwaite, an American visual artist, filmmaker, and hip hop pioneer, and what tracing his genealogy reveals about Black urban life in the twentieth century.

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The 2022 Next System Speakers Series

The 2022 Next System Speakers Series

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of "Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice," headlines a series also featuring Jeremy Brecher (author of "Common Preservation"), Joe Guinan (co-author of "The Case for Community Wealth Building"), Yvonne Yen Liu (Solidarity Research Center), and Melissa Scanlan (author of "Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy").

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Second Nature 09: Faculty Spotlight w/ Dr. Hatim El-Hibri

Second Nature 09: Faculty Spotlight w/ Dr. Hatim El-Hibri

In another Faculty Spotlight on Second Nature, we speak with Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Hatim El-Hibri, about his 2021 book, Visions of Beirut: The Urban Life of Media Infrastructure. In this interview, Dr. El-Hibri discusses the themes of his book, his research process, the idea of concealment and how it relates to visual culture and politics, and what he hopes his book inspires other scholars to investigate within their own fields.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alexander Monea publishes book The Digital Closet

Faculty Spotlight: Alexander Monea publishes book The Digital Closet

Drawing extensively from articles written by members of online queer communities attempting to bring attention to this issue, The Digital Closet examines, in the words of publisher MIT Press, "how heteronormative bias is deeply embedded in the internet, hidden in algorithms, keywords, content moderation, and more."

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Sephardic Music Concert April 3

Sephardic Music Concert April 3

The Judaic Studies program at George Mason University invites you to a very special evening of music and history. Trio Sefardi performs traditional songs of the Sephardim. They will bring their music to our campus on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema (park in Mason Pond Parking deck or Shenandoah Parking Deck). Tickets are free but required. Register here: Trio Sefardi Concert Tickets, Sun, Apr 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite Trio Sefardi's repertoire draws on the song traditions of Sephardic communities from the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and North Africa, with a special emphasis on traditional and original songs they learned from their mentor, Bosnian-born singer/composer and 2002 National Heritage awardee Flory Jagoda. The trio has performed extensively at prestigious East Coast concert venues, festivals, synagogues, and Jewish community centers. Members of the trio are Susan Gaeta, lead vocals, guitar; Tina Chancey, back-up vocals, viola da gamba, Renaissance violin, Pontic lyra, rebec; and Howard Bass, lute, guitar. The members combine Susan’s extensive experience with jazz and folk music, Tina and Howard’s early music background, and the influence and inspiration that Susan and Howard derived from fifteen years of working and touring extensively with Flory Jagoda. Trio Sefardi programs provide audiences with an opportunity to hear songs sung in Judeo-Espanyol (commonly known as Ladino) that have been passed down through the generations as well as newer songs composed by Flory that celebrate the memory of now-lost communities of the Balkans. These songs and this heritage survived despite the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and despite the Nazi-era persecution that forced Flory and many others to flee their homelands. I hope you can join us for a celebration of this remarkable music and its miraculous preservation. And please help us publicize this great event by passing this invitation along to anyone in your circles. Best wishes, John Turner Chair, Religious Studies Department Please note: Registration for this event implies agreement to follow all University COVID-19 related guidelines. As of March 8, all individuals must complete Mason COVID Health✓™ (https://www.gmu.edu/mason-covid-health-check) and receive a “green light” status on the day of the event. Individuals registered for this event will receive an update on COVID-19 protocols prior to the event.

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