CHSS Digest

May 17, 2022

CHSS Digest May 17, 2022

This is a revised edition of the May 17, 2022, CHSS Digest, edited to include a write up of the May 5-6 Global South Graduate Student Conference.

A reminder that this is the final CHSS Digest of AY 2021-22. Have a restful, productive, and healthy summer and you'll be hearing from the Digest again in August!

Announcements & Resources

New telework policy: please contact supervisors before submitting new telework agreements

Per the Commonwealth of Virginia's new telework policy announced last week, Mason's classified employees must submit new telework agreement forms by May 20, 2022. CHSS leadership asks that you contact your unit leader prior to submitting your forms.

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Congratulations to CHSS employees graduating this week!

Congratulations to CHSS employees graduating this week!

A shout-out to our colleagues who will be crossing the stage on during Mason's Commencement activities May 14 through May 22, 2022.

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Take part in University Commencement

Take part in University Commencement

Were you wondering if the University Events team is still looking for volunteers to help with Mason's Commencement, May 20, 10:00 am? It's not too late!

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Faculty recognized for teaching excellence

Faculty recognized for teaching excellence

A number of College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty were among those honored at the May 2 Celebration of Teaching Excellence, presented by Mason's Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning.

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New exhibit in Horizon Hall shares Broadside memories

New exhibit in Horizon Hall shares Broadside memories

A new exhibit, Past, Present, Future: Mason's Core Remains Constant, showcases photos taken by student photographers working for the Broadside, Mason's student newspaper from 1969 to 2014. The exhibit is curated by Melissa Cannarozzi, who is working on her MA in history with a concentraiton in applied digital history.

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Fall for the Book celebrates a successful 2022 season

Fall for the Book celebrates a successful 2022 season

The Fall for the Book festival looks back over a successful 2022, with its podcast, a poster contest, and pop-up lit nights featuring Brendan Slocumb and Amor Towles.

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Inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference held May 5-6

Inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference held May 5-6

Mason's inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference, an international conference organized by the Global South Hub (housed in Mason's Center for Social Science Research), brought together participants from around the world for a conversation, research, and connection.

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Research News
CHR announces Summer Funding 2022 Awardees

CHR announces Summer Funding 2022 Awardees

Mason's Center for Humanities Research has announced that five faculty members have received Summer 2022 Research Grants to support ongoing projects related to the humanities.

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2022 Anti-Racism & Inclusive Excellence Seed Funding

2022 Anti-Racism & Inclusive Excellence Seed Funding

The 2022 Anti-Racism & Inclusive Excellence Seed Funding is seeking proposals. This funding will support research, scholarship, and creative activities addressing the myriad issues on the theme of anti-racism and inclusive excellence. Proposals are due at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2022. 

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Featured Funding Opportunities MAY 2022

Featured Funding Opportunities MAY 2022

Funding opportunities in this issue include several from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Fulbright Scholars Program, and a collaborative opportunity with UK colleagues for International Interdisciplinary Research 2023 from the British Academy. Check them out!

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Summer Plans

Summer Plans

Take a look at a few of these resources to learn more about external funding possibilities, grant proposal writing, and the federal funding landscape.

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HR News

Chart of Accounts redesign

Mason's update of its Chart of Accounts, the system by which it captures transactions and data, will require most of the university's financial processing systems to be unavailable in June. Employees are asked to coordinate with their office managers on upcoming travel or purchases.

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Deferred pay and health deduction changes for nine-month faculty

Mason's Human Resources and Payroll office have announced two changes specific to full time nine-month faculty.

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CHSS in the Media

In the Washington Post, Zachary Schrag comments on historic public transit ridership

In a Washington Post article on a 1978 wildcat strike on the Washington, DC, transit system, history professor Zachary Schrag remarks on the marked increase in transit users at that time.

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Akila-Ka Ma'at contributes to NBC 4 segment on abortion history

Akila-Ka Ma'at (who also publishes under the name Jennifer Warren), assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Communication, the Women and Gender Studies program, and the African and African American Studies program, adds historical context to an NBC 4 report.

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In Washington Post and Bloomberg, Tyler Cowen envisions Russian nuclear strike

In an opinion piece in Bloomberg and the Washington Post, economics professor Tyler Cowen considers the possible worldwide effects of a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine.

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On the Well Balanced podcast, Todd Kashdan considers friends' influence on mental health

As a guest on the Well Balanced podcast, psychology professor Todd Kashdan discusses how those with whom we surround ourselves impact on our mental health.

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On NPR, Matthew Karush discusses Latin rock

On a National Public Radio report on rock en español, Matthew Karush, professor and chair, Department of History and Art History, discusses the point where musicians and their fans turned to music for its expressive qualities more than for commercial appeal.

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Events & Deadlines

NEH Summer Stipends webinar; applications now available

Clock Icon for Wednesday, May 18, 2022  2:00 PM to  3:30 PM EDTWednesday, May 18, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

NEH staff will host a webinar describing the application and nomination processes for summer stipends, offering some tips for writing the application. Administrators and prospective applicants will find helpful information and are encouraged to attend.

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George Mason University Spring Commencement 2022

Clock Icon for Friday, May 20, 2022 10:00 AM EDTFriday, May 20, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

George Mason University will conduct Spring Commencement in-person in accordance with public health recommendations.

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CHSS Degree Celebration for the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs

Clock Icon for Friday, May 20, 2022  2:00 PM EDTFriday, May 20, 2022 2:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Eagle Bank ArenaEagle Bank Arena

Join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for its Degree Celebration for the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs, including the School of Integrative Studies, on May 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm, EagleBank Arena. No tickets are required.

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CHSS Degree Celebration for the Social Sciences

Clock Icon for Friday, May 20, 2022  6:00 PM EDTFriday, May 20, 2022 6:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Eagle Bank ArenaEagle Bank Arena

Join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for its Degree Celebration for the Social Sciences on May 20, 2022, at 6:00 pm, EagleBank Arena.

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Exhibit reception for We Are Mason: A Student History

Clock Icon for Wednesday, May 25, 2022  6:00 PM to  8:00 PM EDTWednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Fenwick Library, Special Collection Research Center, 2nd floorFenwick Library, Special Collection Research Center, 2nd floor

Come explore Fenwick Library's Special Collections Resource Center's exhibition of images and physical objects that reflect the experience of the students who drove the earliest days of Mason's history.

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