CHSS Digest

October 18, 2022

CHSS Digest October 18, 2022

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Announcements & Resources
Academic unit townhall with President Gregory Washington

Academic unit townhall with President Gregory Washington

On Tuesday, October 25, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, President Washington will hold an academic unit townhall with faculty and staff from across the university. In-person attendance in the HUB Ballroom is encouraged.

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Mason’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter offers a fresh perspective on genealogy study with Harvard professor and author Maya Jasanoff

Mason’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter offers a fresh perspective on genealogy study with Harvard professor and author Maya Jasanoff

Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff and Mason assistant professor Rick W.A. Smith will discuss the implications of our society's fascination with ancestral research, in a conversation presented by Mason's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, the Center for Humanities Research, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Mental health resources for students, faculty, staff, and contractors

Mental health resources for students, faculty, staff, and contractors

October is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as the semester picks up steam, we are reminded to watch for signs of stress in our students and in ourselves. George Mason University offers several resources for supporting the well-being of the university community.

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Creative writing MFA student pens YA bestseller

Creative writing MFA student pens YA bestseller

Andrew Joseph White, BFA '21, MFA '22, published his first young adult (YA) book, Hell Followed with Us, an LGBTQ post-apocalyptic horror story, less than a month after his graduation. It is now a New York Times bestseller. White appeared at the Fall for the Book Festival on October 15.

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Shout-Outs, October 18

Shout-Outs, October 18

The CHSS Digest is including Shout-Outs to faculty and staff. Have news to share? Send it our way so we can spread the word! (Photo by Santiago Lacara on Unsplash.)

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Instructional Guidelines & Support
Workshops and professional development from the Stearns Center

Workshops and professional development from the Stearns Center

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning offers a continuing series of workshops and professional development opportunities to build on the energy of its Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (photo by Seema Miah on Unsplash).

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Research News
Need help?

Need help?

George Mason University Libraries have trained staff and resources to help applicants craft Data Management and Data Sharing Plans needed for NIH and NSF proposals.

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New NEH grant program from the Office of Digital Humanities

New NEH grant program from the Office of Digital Humanities

The Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities (DOT) program supports humanistic research that examines the relationship between technology and society. NEH is particularly interested in projects that examine current social and cultural issues that are significantly shaped by technology.

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Fall 2022 VIVA Open Adopt Grants

Fall 2022 VIVA Open Adopt Grants

VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

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Why export control training is needed

Why export control training is needed

The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) has created two brief online training modules in Mason Leaps covering our university community's responsibilities related to export controls. As an internationally focused university, it's important to be aware of these regulations and possible sanctions, and understand when they apply.

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HR News
Performance evaluation process is underway

Performance evaluation process is underway

Make sure that you're aware of the deadlines for this year's performance evaluation process (photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash).

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Register for Annual Veterans Day Luncheon on November 11

Register for Annual Veterans Day Luncheon on November 11

Please join the Office of the President, George Mason ROTC, and the Office of Military Services to celebrate and honor veterans during the Annual Veterans Day Luncheon on Friday, November 11 (photo by benjamin lehman on Unsplash).

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Reminder:  IT Security Awareness Training is due Wednesday, November 16 

Reminder:  IT Security Awareness Training is due Wednesday, November 16 

You may access your IT Security Awareness Training through MasonLeaps. Employees who do not complete this annual training will have their accounts disabled (photo by Philipp Katzenberger).

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Celebrate Exercise is Medicine Month this October

Celebrate Exercise is Medicine Month this October

Join a Student Health Services provider and enjoy the beautiful October weather with a walk every Thursday around Mason's Fairfax Campus (photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash).

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Crucial Conversations fall skillshop series

Personal and organizational success are largely determined by how quickly, directly, and effectively we speak up when it matters most. This interactive virtual series encourages participants to engage in discussion, real-time practice, reflection, and group support (image by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay).

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CHSS in the Media

In Bloomberg and the Washington Post, Tyler Cowen warns of energy-related crises in Europe

In an opinion article in Bloomberg and the Washington Post, economics professor Tyler Cowen considers the impact of energy price shocks on European economies.

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On C-SPAN, Kevin Matthews teaches a class on America's involvement in World War I

C-SPAN recorded a class meeting of HIST 309: Europe in Crisis 1914 - 1948, taught by Kevin Matthews, assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History.

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In the Washington Post, Jennifer Leeman discusses the use of non-gendered descriptors for the Hispanic and Latino communities

Jennifer Leeman, Spanish professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, contributes to a Washington Post article that discusses the origins of terms such as "Latinx" and "Latine."

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In Bloomberg and the Washington Post, Tyler Cowen resists linking current inflation to former Federal Reserve chair

In an opinion piece in Bloomberg and the Washington Post, economics professor Tyler Cowen counters claims that former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke is to blame for today's high rates of inflation.

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In The Week, John Farina comments on Italy's far right movement

John Farina, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, contributes to an article in The Week magazine that discusses Italian politician Giorgia Meloni.

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Events & Deadlines

LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance Queer Parents Social

Clock Icon for Thursday, October 20, 2022  2:00 PM to  3:00 PM EDTThursday, October 20, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Faculty, staff, and GTA/GRAs who are LGBTQ+ parents and/or queer individuals in the process of building a family are welcomed to a virtual coffee hour to meet and connect with others.

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CSSR Urban Research Hub Presents a Book Talk with Tarini Bedi, PhD

Mumbai Taximen: Autobiographies and Automobilities in India

Clock Icon for Thursday, October 20, 2022  5:00 PM to  6:00 PM EDTThursday, October 20, 2022 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

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Join the CSSR Urban Research Hub for a book talk with Tarini Bedi as she discusses her book, Mumbai Taximen. In this first book-length study of Mumbai’s taxi industry and of the livelihoods that surround it, Tarini Bedi draws from the lives and voices of chillia taxi drivers who have sustained a hereditary trade for more than a century. While most understandings of automobility remain tied to Western assumptions, patterns of driving, (sub)urbanization, and engagements with the road, realities in the Global South differ. Mumbai Taximen provides a correction to this imbalance from Mumbai through a timely exploration of South Asian social, material, political, labor, and technological histories and practices of motoring and automobility.

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CHSS/CHR/Phi Beta Kappa at Mason Present: Maya Jasanoff in conversation with Rick Smith, “Ancestors: Where do we come from and why do we care?”

in conjunction with the Center for Humanities Research Annual Theme, "Connecting/Not Connecting"

Clock Icon for Friday, October 21, 2022  1:30 PM to  3:00 PM EDTFriday, October 21, 2022 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Human Rights Education: A Cross-Cultural Conversation

Clock Icon for Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM KSTSaturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM KST

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Join us for a Human Rights conversation with international experts.

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Charity and Community Engagement in Contemporary Muslim Contexts: Putting Islamic Ethics into Practice

Public Session | Islamic Moral Theology and the Future (IMTF) Conference

Clock Icon for Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDTSaturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

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The Ukrainian War-Time Discourse: Self-Image, Enemy Alien, and Cultural Mobilization

Northwestern University Historian Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Clock Icon for Monday, October 24, 2022  3:00 PM to  4:15 PM EDTMonday, October 24, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT

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The Tree of Life Synagogue Shootings, Four Years Later

An Evening with Mark Oppenheimer

Clock Icon for Thursday, October 27, 2022  7:00 PM EDTThursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Merten Hall, 1201Merten Hall, 1201

On the fourth anniversary of the massacre that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, acclaimed journalist, author, speaker, and podcaster Mark Oppenheimer will discuss how a historical Jewish community overcame antisemitism, hatred, and grief.

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Madan Sara Film Viewing

Clock Icon for Thursday, October 27, 2022  7:00 PM to  9:00 PM EDTThursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

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Join us for a screening of Madan Sara, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Etant Dupain. Event will be in the JC Cinema October 27 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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CHSS Inclusive Excellence Plan Townhall

Clock Icon for Tuesday, November  1, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDTTuesday, November 1, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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Please join us for a progress update on the CHSS Inclusive Excellence (IE) plan. We will provide updates on the IE plan to date, share departments' progress on implementing Year 1 SMART Goals (wins and challenges), and discuss opportunities for the next phase of the IE plan. The CHSS IE plan serves as a blueprint for our communal work to make the college a more inclusive and equitable place.

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