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Podcast: "Everything is Connected" with Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Podcast: "Everything is Connected" with Sheila Watt-Cloutier

The ninth episode of the Cultural Studies Podcast features an interview with Sheila Watt-Cloutier conducted by Christine Rosenfeld. They discuss discuss some ways to highlight the cultural and human dimensions of climate change, the value of understanding climate change as an issue of collective human rights, and what will be lost if decisive action is not taken immediately.

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Podcast: "Just Urban Futures" with Ashley Dawson

Podcast: "Just Urban Futures" with Ashley Dawson

The eigth episode of the Cultural Studies Podcast features an interview with Ashley Dawson by Eric Ross. They discuss urban climate adaptation, loss, and damage; the role of the state in addressing climate change; and the politics of the Green New Deal and other significant political moments focused on mitigation and adaptation.

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Student Spotlight: Shauna Rigaud Receives Dr. Julie Owen Award

Student Spotlight: Shauna Rigaud Receives Dr. Julie Owen Award

Congratulations to CS student Shauna Rigaud on receiving the Dr. Julie Owen Award at the 2019 Seeds for Change Recognition Event hosted by the School of Integrative Studies' SAIL (Social Action & Integrative Learning). Read this article to learn more about her work and her research.

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Podcast: "Planning the Good Anthropocene" with Leigh Phillips

Podcast: "Planning the Good Anthropocene" with Leigh Phillips

The sixth episode of the Cultural Studies Podcast features an interview with Leigh Phillips by Todd Stafford. They discuss Phillips's argument for a more democratic approach to planning and the control of social institutions in order to generate efficacious solutions to the climate crisis.

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Podcast: "Greenwashing Culture" with Toby Miller

Podcast: "Greenwashing Culture" with Toby Miller

In the fifth episode of the "Capitalism, Climate, and Culture" podcast series from GMU Cultural Studies, Pavithra Suresh talks with Toby Miller about the relationship between corporate and culture industries and the environment.

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The Immigrant Stories Project

The Immigrant Stories Project

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is proud to announce our latest achievement – the Immigrant Stories Project. This web publication aims to provide essential information regarding immigrant populations in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland metro areas by combining data and personal stories. Currently, the page includes stories and data on immigrants from Korea, India, and Bolivia. Additional countries of origin will be included in the future.

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CSC: "Just Urban Futures"

CSC: "Just Urban Futures"

Spring 2019 Cultural Studies Colloquium Series on capitalism, climate, and culture will continue with Ashley Dawson's talk "Just Urban Futures." Don't forget to mark your calendars.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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CSC: "Greenwashing Culture"

CSC: "Greenwashing Culture"

You are invited to Toby Miller's talk "Greenwashing Culture" as part of Fall 2018 Cultural Studies Colloquium Series. Do not miss this engaging talk on the relationship between culture industries and environment.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

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

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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CSC: Christopher Newfield on Higher Education

CSC: Christopher Newfield on Higher Education

The Cultural Studies Program’s colloquium (CSC) series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Doctoral student Richard Todd Stafford interviewed Christopher Newfield about his book The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them.

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CSC: Interview with Andrew Ross

CSC: Interview with Andrew Ross

Cultural Studies PhD candidate Christina Riley interviewed Andrew Ross of New York University prior to his presentation at our Cultural Studies Colloquium. Click through to read the full interview.

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Alumni Spotlight: Adila Laïdi-Hanieh's New Book

Alumni Spotlight: Adila Laïdi-Hanieh's New Book

The program congratulates CS alumna Adila Laïdi-Hanieh whose first book "Fahrelnissa Zeid: Painter of Inner Worlds" has been published by Art/Books. In this book, Laïdi-Hanieh introduces one of the most important figures of modernist art to the contemporary reader. Read the article to find out more.

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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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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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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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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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Alumni Spotlight: Interview with Leah Perry

Alumni Spotlight: Interview with Leah Perry

CS alumna Leah Perry was the guest speaker in the annual program recruitment event as a part of Spring 2017 colloquium series. She presented a talk titled "They Are Bringing Drugs, Crime and Rape: Gender, Race, and the Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration". Read more here.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Benjamin Ginsberg

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Benjamin Ginsberg

The Cultural Studies Program’s colloquium (CSC) series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate students David Zeglen and Zachary Marschall interviewed Benjamin Ginsbergm, who studies the rise of administrative staff and the concurrent fall in full-time, tenured faculty positions in Universities.

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Alumni Spotlight: Martha Louise Deutscher's new book

Alumni Spotlight: Martha Louise Deutscher's new book

Congratulations to Martha Louise Deutscher for her new book "Screening the System: Exposing Security Clearance Dangers". Read the article to find out more about Deutscher's examination of the U.S. screening system and how security practices transform individuals.

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EDGES BLOG: 10th Annual Critiquing Culture Conference was held at George Mason University

EDGES BLOG: 10th Annual Critiquing Culture Conference was held at George Mason University

On October 1, the Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee hosted the 10th annual Critiquing Culture Conference. It featured six paper panels with contributors from around the U.S. and Canada and a photographic exhibition on “Oppression and Structural Violence” by students and alumni of the American University graduate photography program. Read the article to find more about the conference.

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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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Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Scott's New Book

Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Scott's New Book

Congratulations to Kristin Scott for her new book "The Digital City and Mediated Urban Ecologies". In her book, Scott examines the use of digital technologies and how they function in the urban ecosystem.

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Alumni Spotlight: GyuTag Lee's Books Published

Alumni Spotlight: GyuTag Lee's Books Published

The program extends its congratulations to Gyu Tag Lee whose books "The K-Pop Age"and "Globalization and Digitalization of Popular Music" published in South Korea. Read the article to find out more about Gyu Tag Lee and his recently published books.

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M. Liz Andrews' New Position at LACMA

M. Liz Andrews' New Position at LACMA

CS student M. Liz Andrews has started a new position as the Executive Administrator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Read more about her new position and how she will apply her Cultural Studies lens to her new position.

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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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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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CFP: Critiquing Culture Conference 2016

CFP: Critiquing Culture Conference 2016

The CFP for the 10th annual Critiquing Culture Conference hosted by the Cultural Studies Program is out! Proposals are due July 15 for the October 1 conference. Please consider submitting.

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Imagining the Socialist Bathroom

Imagining the Socialist Bathroom

Roger Lancaster situates the current controversy over transgender rights and bathrooms within a broader history of bathroom segregation. He proposes the unisex bathroom as a solution to current popular dilemmas. Read more here.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Ben Brewer

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Ben Brewer

Graduate student Lindsey Macdonald interviewed Ben Brewer about his work that examines bikes as a way to understand craft economies and global commodity chains. If you missed Dr. Brewer's CSC talk, or want a refresher, check out this article.

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Alumni Spotlight: Fan Yang's Book Is Here

Alumni Spotlight: Fan Yang's Book Is Here

The program extends its congratulations to alumna Fan Yang whose book Faked in China has been published. The book assesses the challenges faced by China following its accession to the World Trade Organization.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Libby Anker

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Libby Anker

The Cultural Studies Program’s colloquium (CSC) series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student Caroline Guthrie interviewed Libby Anker about her book Orgies of Feeling, which explores how the genre of melodrama is present in modern politics.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Daniel Zamora

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Daniel Zamora

The Cultural Studies Program’s colloquium (CSC) series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student Dave Zeglen interviewed Daniel Zamora, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Click here to read more.

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Dina Copelman was on Mason News!

Dina Copelman was on Mason News!

Professor Dina Copelman was on Mason News discussing the popular PBS show "Downton Abbey." Check out this article to learn more about her analysis of the relationship between media & history and how she connects her work with Cultural Studies.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Jordan Camp

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Jordan Camp

The Cultural Studies Program’s colloquium (CSC) series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student Austin Gallas interviewed Jordan Camp, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. See below for the transcript.

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Student Spotlight: Ashley Gaddy's New Position at VCU

Student Spotlight: Ashley Gaddy's New Position at VCU

Third year PhD student Ashley Gaddy is starting a new full time position as the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Read more about how she will apply her Cultural Studies lens to her new position.

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Faculty Spotlight: Craig Willse's New Book

Faculty Spotlight: Craig Willse's New Book

Dr. Craig Willse explains his new book, The Value of Homelessness, and how the category of the chronically homeless was created. Learn more about chronic homelessness, possible solutions, and Craig's research methodology by reading his full interview.

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Critiquing Culture Conference

Critiquing Culture Conference

The 9th Annual Student Organizing Committee's Critiquing Culture Conference is just around the corner. Read this article to see the schedule, which features a plenary panel on methodology, paper presentations, and a photography exhibit.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alison Landsberg's New Book

Faculty Spotlight: Alison Landsberg's New Book

Dr. Alison Landsberg explains her new book, Engaging the Past, and how affective engagement is characteristic of popular historical texts. Learn more about history, visual culture, mass culture, and viewership by reading her full interview.

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Alumni Spotlight: Robert Gehl Gets Tenure

Alumni Spotlight: Robert Gehl Gets Tenure

A big congratulations goes out to Robert Gehl who recently got tenure at the University of Utah. Check out this article to learn about his research and get some advice about how to balance publishing, presenting, and service, as well as how to make CS work to your advantage when you're on the job hunt.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Ella Shohat

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Ella Shohat

The CSC series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student Basak Durgun interviewed Ella Shohat, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Click to read the interview.

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Grace Hong

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Grace Hong

The CSC series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student Tauheeda Yasin interviewed Grace Hong, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at University of California Los Angeles. Click to read the interview.

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Student Spotlight: Dissertation Proposal Presentations

Student Spotlight: Dissertation Proposal Presentations

A big congratulations goes out to the program’s four people who presented their dissertation proposals at the end of the Spring 2015 semester: Savannah Fetterolf, Lewis Levenberg, Sara Marie Massee, and Mika’il Petin. Check out their abstracts here.

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CFP: Critiquing Culture Conference 2015

CFP: Critiquing Culture Conference 2015

The CFP for the 9th annual Critiquing Culture Conference hosted by the Cultural Studies Program is out! Proposals are due August 15 for the September 26 conference. Please consider submitting.

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CSC: Experiencing Evidence

CSC: Experiencing Evidence

Do you know what it means to experience evidence? What is at stake in the process? Learn more by attending this talk by Carlos Decena from Rutgers University.

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CSC: The Post-Racial Mystique

CSC: The Post-Racial Mystique

Join us for the last CSC talk of the Fall 2014 semester with Catherine Squires, from the University of Minnesota, who will present a talk called "The Post-Racial Mystique."

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Critiquing Culture Conference 2014

Critiquing Culture Conference 2014

It's time for the 8th Annual Critiquing Culture Conference and YOU ARE INVITED to attend!! There will be a total of 23 paper presentations and one keynote address given at 4:30 by our distinguished speaker, Professor Cindi Katz. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments served!

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Fall 2014 Colloquium

Fall 2014 Colloquium

The Fall 2014 Cultural Studies Colloquium (CSC) schedule has been set. The first speaker is on Thursday, September 18 at 4:30. Don't forget to show up early to get some coffee and refreshments!

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EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Roderick Ferguson

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Roderick Ferguson

The CSC series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student M. Liz Andrews interviewed Roderick Ferguson, Professor of American Studies, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and African and African American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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Critiquing Culture Undergraduate Essay Contest

Critiquing Culture Undergraduate Essay Contest

Papers should be seven to nine pages long double-spaced and should be submitted to critiquing.culture@gmail.com with the subject line “Undergraduate Essay Contest” by 15 June 2013 along with the author’s current CV.

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Ozden Ocak - Fellowship Award

Ozden Ocak - Fellowship Award

Cultural studies student Ozden Ocak was selected as the 2012-2013 fellow of the Ali Vural Ak Global Islamic Studies Center at George Mason University.

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Molly Dragiewicz – New Book

Molly Dragiewicz – New Book

Cultural Studies graduate Molly Dragiewicz has just published a new book: “Equality with a Vengeance: Men’s Rights Groups, Battered Women, and Antifeminist Backlash”

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Roger Lancaster - Book Chapters

Roger Lancaster - Book Chapters

Cultural Studies Director Roger Lancaster wrote the preface for and contributed an essay to New Landscapes of Inequality, a volume that grew out of a School for Advanced Research seminar. Contributors to this volume map the connections among neoliberalism, social inequality, and punitive governance.

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Vicki Watts and Robert Gehl – New Book

Vicki Watts and Robert Gehl – New Book

Cultural Studies student Vicki Watts and Cultural Studies alumni Robert Gehl have edited a book, The Politics of Cultural Programming in Public Spaces, which interrogates cultural programs in public spaces in order to discover – and recover – the ways in which they affect subjectivity.

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Mike Goebel - Book Chapter

Mike Goebel - Book Chapter

Student Mike Goebel has published a chapter entitled “‘Embraced’ by Consumption: Twilight and the Modern Construction of Gender” in Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon

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Pia Moller - Book Chapter

Pia Moller - Book Chapter

Student Pia Moller has published a chapter in The Politics, Economics and Culture of Mexican-U.S. Migration: Both Sides of the Border.

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David Arditi - New Book

David Arditi - New Book

Student David Arditi’s new book, Criminalizing Independent Music- The Recording Industry Association of America’s Advancement of Dominant Ideology, is now available.

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Adila Laidi-Hanieh – New Book

Adila Laidi-Hanieh – New Book

Cultural studies student Adila Laidi-Haneih’s book Palestine, Rien ne nous manque ici will appear soon in France and Belgium. It gathers commissioned texts and images (essays, memoirs, diaries, interviews, poems, photographs, installations, etc.) from both confirmed as well as emerging artists, critics, philosophers, poets and visual artists from Palestine and elsewhere.

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Work of Alumna Willis Featured in February Mason Exhibit

Work of Alumna Willis Featured in February Mason Exhibit

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

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