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Iraqi the Focus of Arabic Dialects Class

Iraqi the Focus of Arabic Dialects Class

George Mason University offers ARAB 380, a class that explores the different dialects of the Arabic language. In fall 2009, the class will focus on Iraqi. “Iraqi is the dialect that concerns many Americans these days,” said Sana Hilmi, Arabic program coordinator. She adds that because Iraq is a hot spot, many students go there, and they would like to learn this dialect. It is a dialect that needs to be studied because of the many linguistic changes it represents.

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Confucius Institute To Send 28 Students to China

Confucius Institute To Send 28 Students to China

This summer, 28 local high school students will fly to China, one of the first major initiatives of George Mason’s new Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute, which was established on April 16, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a cooperation between George Mason University, the Beijing Language and Culture University and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing to promote Chinese language and culture in the metro area.

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Morgan Wins IT Award

Morgan Wins IT Award

Glenda Morgan has won the 10th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Award for "Rising Star." Morgan, the Director of Technology and Learning Initiatives in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was presented with the award at a gala recently at the Hilton McLean in McLean, Va. “I am tremendously honored to be in such great company,” said Morgan. “The other nominees and winners in all categories were hugely impressive.”

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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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Mazrui Visits Mason

Mazrui Visits Mason

The African and African American studies program at George Mason offers students several community outreach opportunities as well as opportunities to meet with distinguished scholars. On April 9, 2009, Dr. Ali Mazrui visited George Mason as the highlight of the program’s 2009 “African Initiative.” An author of more than 20 books about Islam, globalization, the Diaspora, politics and more, Mazrui is also the director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He created a television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by BBC, PBS and the Nigerian Television Authority.

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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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Bergoffen Retires After 40 years of Impact at Mason

Bergoffen Retires After 40 years of Impact at Mason

During convocation ceremonies on May 14 and May 15, thousands of graduating students and onlookers applauded as Debra Bergoffen’s named was announced. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Assistant Dean of Research Matt Zingraff announced Bergoffen as the winner of this year’s David J. King Faculty Teaching Award. Bergoffen, who has received many awards in her 40 years of academic excellence at George Mason, retires as one of the university’s most decorated professors; one who saw the university change in many ways since arriving at Mason in 1971.

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