Past Events

May2

CSC: Student Organizing Committee (SOC) Presentations Panel

Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Assembly Room F

We are pleased to invite you the last CSC event of the semester, Student Presentations Panel, hosted by Student Organizing Committee. Cultural Studies students will present their papers in this panel program. Please join us for this special colloquium event.

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Apr18

CSC: "Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights, and Leadership in the 21st Century"

w/ Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Environmental, Cultural, & Human Rights Advocate

Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Center for the Arts, Grand Tier Ballroom

You are cordially invited to the Gras Lecture, Cultural Studies Colloquium on Capitalism & Climate Change: "Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights, and Leadership in the 21st Century" by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Environmental, Cultural, and Human Rights Advocate.

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Mar26

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland with Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Film and Media Studies

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Say Her Name explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. The film team followed the two-year case beginning shortly after Bland's death, investigating what really happened to her and what we may learn from her tragedy.

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Feb28

CSC: "Just Urban Futures"

w/ Ashley Dawson, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Assembly Room A

You are invited to Ashley Dawson's talk "Just Urban Futures" as part of Spring 2019 Cultural Studies Colloquium Series. Do not miss this engaging talk.

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Nov8

CSC: "Greenwashing Culture"

w/ Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside

Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

This week in Cultural Studies: 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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Oct18

CSC Special Colloquium Event: Student Presentations (SOC)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

We are pleased to announce this week's CSC event, SOC Student Research Panel. Cultural Studies students will present their papers in this week's panel program. Please join us for this special colloquium event.

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Oct11

CSC: "Toxic Risk, Corporate Negligence, Public Reckoning"

w/Merlin Chowkwanyun, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

Please join us for this week's CSC talk. Professor Merlin Chowkwanyun presents his talk titled "Toxic Risk, Corporate Negligence, Public Reckoning."

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Sep27

CSC: "Petrocultures"

Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

w/ Imre Szeman, University Research Chair and Professor of Communication Arts, University of Waterloo.

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Sep13

CSC: "Fake News, Educational Opportunities"

w/ John Cook, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), #1204

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Nov1

Media and the Afterlife of the Arab Uprisings

Film and Media Studies

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Research Hall, 163

This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the afterlife of media and the Arab Uprisings. It interrogates the images, political dynamics, and cultural forms that have emerged in the years since Bouazizi, Tahrir, and Asad became familiar names beyond the Middle East.

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Oct16

"An Afternoon of Calligraphy" : Presentation and Demonstration by Calligrapher Khalid Casado of Spain

Monday, October 16, 2017 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Johnson Center, F

This event will feature an introduction from Dr. Larry Butler, Islamic Art historian, and include a presentation and demonstration of Arabic Thuluth script by calligrapher Khalid Casado. Co-sponsored with the Department of History & Art History and with Scripts N' Scribes; a local arts organization dedicated to the promotion of Arabic calligraphy and ornamentation.

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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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Oct7

11th Annual Critiquing Culture Conference

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

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. Check out to see the schedule and other details.

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Sep20

Discussing Catalan Independence with Toni Sala

Alan Cheuse International Writers Center

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Hub (SUB II), Front Ballroom

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center is pleased to present an evening with our first international writer-in-resident, Catalan writer and journalist Toni Sala. Toni will join writer, translator and teacher Roser Caminals-Heath, recently of Hood College, and Head of the Catalan Delegation to the United States, Andrew Davis, to discuss the October referendum on Catalan independence from Spain.

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Apr20

CSC: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party

w/ Donna Much, Assoc. Prof. of History at Rutgers Univ.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room D

As part of our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series, GMU Cultural Studies is proud to present a presentation by Donna Murch, Associate Professor in History at Rutgers University. Her research interests include historical studies of mass incarceration/war on drugs, Black Power and Civil Rights, California, social movements, and postwar U.S. cities. Her recent monograph, Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, won the Phillis Wheatley Prize in December 2011.

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Apr13

CSC: "Complicit: On Being a WGS Program Director in the Neoliberal University."

w/ Katie Hogan, Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at UNC-Charlotte

Thursday, April 13, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room D

As part of our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series, GMU Cultural Studies is proud to present a presentation by Katie Hogan, Professor and Director of the Women Studies Dept at UNC-Charlotte. She will be presenting on gendered labor in academia. Hogan recently edited Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces, published by State University of New York Press in 2010.

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Mar23

CSC: "Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University: Myth, History, Sociopolitical Context"

w/ Daniel Phil Gonzales, Professor of Asian American Studies at SFSU

Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room D

As part of our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series, GMU Cultural Studies is proud to present a presentation by Daniel Phil Gonzales, Professor of Asian American Studies at San Fransisco State University. His research covers the ethnic, class and racialized experiences of Asian Americans, particularly those of Philipino-Americans.

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Mar9

CSC: "They Are Bringing Drugs, Crime and Rape": Gender, Race, and the Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration

With Leah Perry, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies SUNY Empire State College

Thursday, March 9, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room D

As part of our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series, GMU Cultural Studies is proud to present a talk on U.S. immigration and its gender and racial aspects by Leah Perry, assistant professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY Empire State College. Her research interests encompass gender and sexuality, American Studies, immigration, race and ethnicity, and media and popular culture. She is the author of "The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration: Gender, Race, and Media" (New York University Press, 2016).

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Mar2

CSC: "Theorizing Freedom, Radicalizing the Black Radical Tradition"

with Neil Roberts, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, political theory and the philosophy of religion at Williams College, and President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room D

GMU Cultural Studies presents, in conjunction with the English Department: Roberts' public lecture draws upon core claims advanced in the author’s award-winning book Freedom as Marronage and the contemporary implications of the argument for the meaning of freedom, the types of texts we consult to study ideas and phenomena, and the black radical tradition. It argues that marronage is a conception of freedom emanating from the latter whose heuristic value spans epochs and intellectual traditions. The talk discusses black politics, Afro-Caribbean thought, the meaning of radical, and the contours of the black radical tradition; posits marronage as a suggestive philosophy and political imaginary to radicalize this tradition in more useful ways than alternative contemporary discourses; and responds thematically to the most challenging critiques to its theorization.

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Sep29

CSC: The Student Debt Crisis and Racial and Economic Inequality: Where did we go wrong? What should be done?

Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room D

Please join us for the first colloquium of the semester "The Student Debt Crisis and Racial and Economic Inequality: Where did we go wrong? What should be done?" with our speaker Marshall Steinbaum. Marshall Steinbaum is an economist and Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he researches inequality, the (poor) functioning of the labor market as it relates to declining mobility and entrepreneurship, the erosion of the job ladder and increasing labor market credentialization, the student debt crisis, interfirm inequality, and market power.

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Sep7

The End of the Line, a film by Rupert Murray

Film screening and discussion

Film and Media Studies

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Imagine a world without fish. The End Of The Line looks at the devastating effect of overfishing, and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

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Jul15

Critiquing Culture Conference Proposals Due

Friday, July 15, 2016 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 10th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference.

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Apr5

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Field Niggas and Khalik Allah JCC 4/5 4:30pm

Film and Media Studies

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 4:30 PM to 7:10 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Filming in the summer of 2014 at and near the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, videotaping and interviewing people who hang out there—most of them black, many drug addicted, some homeless, some discussing their prison time—Allah... presents his subjects in a dreamlike slow motion that turns video into a fluid transfiguration of painted portraiture.

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Mar3

Sojourner Truth Lecture

Sponsors: African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies

Thursday, March 3, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Johnson Center, George's

Lecturer: Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, St. Thomas University School of Law and NAACP President of Minnesota

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Sep17

Cultures of Dispossession Lecture: Pregnant on Arrival: The Making of the Illegal Immigrant

Sponsors: Women and Gender Studies. Department of Philosophy, S-CAR, New Century College, African and African American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology Department

Women and Gender Studies

Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Johnson Center, E, #334 / Book Sales and Signing After Lecture –Room 240K Johnson Center

From 1997 to 2004, Ireland’s headlines recast pregnant immigrants as “illegals” entering the country to gain legal residency through childbirth. Eithne Luibhéid offers unvarnished insight into how categories of immigrant legal status emerge and change, how sexual regimes figure in these processes, and how efforts to prevent illegal immigration redefine nationalist sexual norms and associated racial, gender, economic, and geopolitical hierarchies.

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Mar29

"Last Days in Vietnam"

Special Screening of Rory Kennedy's Academy Award-Nominated Film

Interdisciplinary Studies

Sunday, March 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Celebrate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day and honor the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War with a special screening of Rory Kennedy's Academy Award-nominated documentary. The 6:30 screening will be preceded by a social hour and followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A.

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Nov4

Outstanding Achievement Awards

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Please join the dean's office at the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony. This event is a university-wide recognition of the hard work, dedication, and achievements of Mason's faculty and staff. Come cheer on your friends and colleagues!

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Oct18

(RE)VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice, & the Crisis of Climate Change, 4th Annual Public Sociology Conference

Sociology and Anthropology

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The graduate students of the Public Sociology Program at George Mason University organize an annual conference that critically engages contemporary social problems with diverse publics. This year’s conference engages the robust field of environmental justice and the contemporary crisis of climate change. We invite papers and session proposals—from students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, alike—that focus on the social impacts of environmental changes and the ongoing and emerging efforts to shape and reshape our future.

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Oct17

Beethoven's Pianos

Putting an Iconic Musical Instrument in its Historical Context

Friday, October 17, 2014 12:30 PM
de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3001

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May1

Advisory Session

Thursday, May 1, 2014 4:30 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

Director Roger Lancaster will hold an advisory session in lieu of colloquium, for students who are beginning to work on their fields or their dissertation proposals. First and second year students may also obtain general advising about coursework.

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Apr10

The Stuart Hall Project - Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:30 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

Join the Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee at George Mason University for a screening and discussion of The Stuart Hall Project on APRIL 10 in Mason Hall, D005 at 4:30 pm at GMU Fairfax Campus. Light Refreshments will be served. Open discussion to follow film. Event is free and open to the public.

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Mar20

Job Preparation Workshop

Cultural Studies SOC Event

Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:30 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

Faculty will be participating in an SOC sponsored event focusing on Job Talks and preparations for students to go on the market.

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Feb27

Roderick Ferguson

Cultural Studies Colloquium

Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

Socialism in Black Queer Time: The 1970s and the Erotic Potentials of Radical Politics

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Feb13

Kelly Happe

Cultural Studies Colloquium

Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

The Material Gene: Gender, Race, and Heredity After the Human Genome Project

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Jan30

Walter Benn Michaels

Cultural Studies Colloquium

Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

Formal Feelings: Political Economy and Aesthetic Autonomy

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Jan23

So What Do I Do Now?

Cultural Studies Colloquium

Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

Advising session with the director. Required of first and second year students, plus anyone contemplating fields and/or dissertation proposals.

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Apr18

Communicative Capitalism: This is What Democracy Looks Like

Jodi Dean

Thursday, April 18, 2013 4:30 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), # D005

Jodi Dean is a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her talk will touch on work she has done in new media and politics over the past fifteen years, looking at the limits on which participatory media can enhance freedom in a society where "democracy's horizons have merged so completely with those of capitalism."

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Mar7

An Evening with Barbara Ehrenreich

Special Event

Thursday, March 7, 2013 4:30 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Prolific author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich will visit Mason and discuss new social movements and prospects for a politics of social equality in the age of "sped-up capitalism" and social media.

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Feb21

New Faculty Research

Cultural Studies Program

Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:30 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D005

New faculty members from History, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies preview recent research of interest to the Cultural Studies community. * Ben Cowan (HIST), “Policing Porn, and the Pill: Complicating Moralism in Military Brazil.” * Rashmi Sadana (ANTH), “The Gender Line on the Delhi Metro.” * Craig Willse (CULT), "Life, Race, and Housing Insecurity."

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Feb7

New Faculty Research

Benjamin Cowan, Rashmi Sadana, and Craig Willse

February 7, 2013, 4:30 PM to February 21, 2013, 4:30 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), # D005

New faculty members from the Departments of History and Art History, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies preview recent research of interest to the Cultural Studies community.

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Sep15

Showcase of Graduate Studies

Criminology, Law and Society

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center (ground level)

All students interested are invited to the annual Showcase of Graduate Studies on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. Find out more about graduate study at Mason and the amazing opportunities that await you. Representatives from many of Mason’s graduate programs will be present to talk with you.

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Sep20

2009 Fall for the Book

Writers, Poets, Novelists, Authors

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

September 20, 2009, 8:00 PM to September 25, 2009, 8:00 PM
Northern Virginia - DC - Maryland

Fall for the Book is a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests. All events are free and open to the public. If you would like to reserve seats for any of the events please call 703-993-3986 or email fftb@gmu.edu.

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