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Hip Hop and Urban Islam in Europe

Hip Hop and Urban Islam in Europe

In a recent article, Public and International Affairs professor Peter Mandaville illustrates the rise of Muslim hip hop as a new hybrid form of expression and social outlet of Muslim youth. Read the whole article in the Global Studies Review, published by Mason's Center for Global Studies.

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New Course in Arabic Media

New Course in Arabic Media

In fall 2009, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages will offer a new course in Arabic Media, FRLN 330. The course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and vocabulary required for understanding the language of newspapers, magazines, television and internet news.

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Alumni Letter from Dean Jack Censer

Alumni Letter from Dean Jack Censer

Dear Alumnus, You may not know this, but we at Mason spent our summer gearing up for the coming academic year. The campus may look empty, but in those air-conditioned offices, we are working to make 2009-2010 a year of connections for both students and alumni. As the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, I believe that it is critical that our alumni have many different ways to reconnect with former classmates and faculty. This summer, we are working with all of the different departments – from Psychology to English to History and Art History to Communication – to pull together a comprehensive list of upcoming events and social networking websites to link you in.

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 Alumni Letter from Dean Jack Censer

Alumni Letter from Dean Jack Censer

Dear Alumnus, You may not know this, but we at Mason spent our summer gearing up for the coming academic year. The campus may look empty, but in those air-conditioned offices, we are working to make 2009-2010 a year of connections for both students and alumni. As the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, I believe that it is critical that our alumni have many different ways to reconnect with former classmates and faculty. This summer, we are working with all of the different departments – from Psychology to English to History and Art History to Communication – to pull together a comprehensive list of upcoming events and social networking websites to link you in.

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President Barack Obama Kicks off Post-9/11 G.I. Bill at George Mason University

President Barack Obama Kicks off Post-9/11 G.I. Bill at George Mason University

President Barack Obama visited George Mason University on Monday Aug. 3 to kick off the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill -- an education benefit program for military veterans. Along with Vice President Joe Biden, Obama appeared at the Fairfax campus’s Harris Theater before a crowd of many distinguished guests and delivered a tribute to American troops who have fought for their country since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “It was a chance for those in attendance to see all of the great opportunities this university has to offer,” said College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Jack Censer.

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Weisburd Wins Criminology’s Top Prize for His Policing Research

Weisburd Wins Criminology’s Top Prize for His Policing Research

Distinguished Professor David Weisburd has been named the winner of the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his research and findings that police patrols at crime “hot spots” do not merely move crime around the corner. The Stockholm prize is widely considered the most prestigious in the field of criminology, and this is the first time the international committee has bestowed the award on a single individual. Winners receive 1 million Swedish kroner (about $130,000).

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Rashkover and Dakake Attend Scriptural Reasoning Symposium at Cambridge

Rashkover and Dakake Attend Scriptural Reasoning Symposium at Cambridge

George Mason University religious studies professors Randi Rashkover and Maria Dakake recently attended a scriptural reasoning symposium at Cambridge University in England. The June symposium “Scriptural Reasoning in the University” is one that grouped prestigious professors and others from around the world to investigate “the relevancy of ancient texts such as the Bible and the Qur’an for modern life and how to deal with those critically, intellectually, rationally, but not dismissively or disparagingly,” says John Burns, summer chair of Mason’s Religious Studies department.

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