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CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its graduates in the Class of 2020 with a message from Dean Ann Ardis, a musical tribute from the Green Machine, and more.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Meet our new Writing Tutor in Spanish!

Meet our new Writing Tutor in Spanish!

Luz will help students enrolled in 300- and 400-level courses with composing and editing academic essays in Spanish while encouraging them in the writing process. Professor Lisa Rabin will be providing Luz with mentoring. Please stay tuned for more details for the fall semester!

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Reflections on the United States  and the Middle East

Reflections on the United States and the Middle East

Robert Malley was appointed Vice President for Policy at the International Crisis Group in March 2017. He had been Special Assistant to the President, Senior Advisor to the President for the Counter-ISIL campaign, and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Region in 2015-2016; prior to that he was Senior Director for the Gulf Region and Syria.

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Greet named president of the Association for Latin American Art

Greet named president of the Association for Latin American Art

An associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, Greet specializes in twentieth century Andean art, as well as Latin American artists in Europe. Greet was previously serving as ALAA’s vice president and began her three year term as president at the organization’s annual conference in February 2017.

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THEEB: Film Screening and Discussion, April 20

THEEB: Film Screening and Discussion, April 20

1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca.

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Apply to become a Writing Tutor in Spanish!

Apply to become a Writing Tutor in Spanish!

The Spanish program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages invites all Spanish majors and Spanish Master’s students to apply for the opportunity to work as a Writing Tutor for Spanish undergraduate students in the fall semester of 2017.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Visitor's Day with Nicole Opper

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Visitor's Day with Nicole Opper

Sixteen-year-old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before finding his way to IPODERAC, a unique group home and social enterprise located in Puebla, MX. IPODERAC is defined by a strong sense of brotherhood and sustained by the sale of artisanal goat cheese.

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Martha Paley Francescato Scholarship

Martha Paley Francescato Scholarship

To apply, email your essay (as an attachment) to language@gmu.edu by Thursday February 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Include your full name, class (i.e., junior, senior, etc), degrees being pursued (majors and minors), the study abroad program you plan to attend, and your current GPA.

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Conference On Security in The Maghreb-Sahel

Conference On Security in The Maghreb-Sahel

The Maghreb-Sahel region sits at the center of some of the most significant challenges facing the world today, ranging from terrorism to refugees, from poverty to weak institutions. Please join experts from the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, RAND Corporation, the Embassies of Mali and Niger, the World Bank, and more, in a discussion of these challenges.

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Conference on Governance in the Global Narcotics Trade

Conference on Governance in the Global Narcotics Trade

The Center for Global Studies and TraCCC are pleased to convene a conference on the governance of the narcotics trade. We will discuss the patterns and processes through which the narcotics trade is governed in different locales and the implications this has for social and political systems. Discussions will focus on this process from a global and local perspective including analysis of case studies in Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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Xenophobia and Islamophobia in the Modern Era

Xenophobia and Islamophobia in the Modern Era

In recent years, the United States has witnessed an increase in xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric. The prevalence of inaccurate information about immigrants and Muslims has resulted in significant fear and mistrust in many communities. This panel discussion will present facts about these two specific groups in order to promote greater understanding and empower audience members to engage in informed activism.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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TeleSur: Burt Explains Appeal of New Guatemalan President In The Media

TeleSur: Burt Explains Appeal of New Guatemalan President

In late January, Guatemala inaugurated President Jimmy Morales, who successfully ran as an anti-corruption political outsider. On the TeleSur website, Jo-Marie Burt, director of Mason's Latin American studies program, commented on the import of the election.

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Announcing: LAS 300 002 and Summer/Fall 2015 Courses

Announcing: LAS 300 002 and Summer/Fall 2015 Courses

We are pleased to present LAS 300 002 - Latin American Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, a 3 credit course taught by Dr. Jo-Marie Burt. See article for details on the course as well as a link to the list of LAS courses for the next semesters!

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Nuestras Raíces Indígenas (Our Indigenous Roots)

Nuestras Raíces Indígenas (Our Indigenous Roots)

The event, featuring Daniel Cerqueira (Senior Program Officer Due Process of Law Foundation), Andrew Miller (Advocacy Director, Amazon Watch), as well as music and performances, will take place this Thursday, February 26, from 7-9 PM in the Johnson Center Bistro.

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Nuestras Raíces Indígenas (Our Indigenous Roots)

Nuestras Raíces Indígenas (Our Indigenous Roots)

The event, featuring Daniel Cequiera (Senior Program Officer Due Process of Law Foundation), Andrew Miller (Advocacy Director, Amazon Watch), as well as music and performances, will take place this Thursday, February 26, from 7-9 PM in the Johnson Center Bistro.

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First Hispanic Culture Review Award Competition

First Hispanic Culture Review Award Competition

The Hispanic Culture Review is happy to announce their First Hispanic Culture Review Award Competition for the 2015 issue. Writers and graphic artists are welcomed to submit their work. Deadline to submit work is February 15, 2015.

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LAS Faculty Spotlight: Matt Karush

LAS Faculty Spotlight: Matt Karush

Professor Matt Karush was recently awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support work on his new book project, Sonic Travelers: The Transnational History of Argentine Popular Music in the Twentieth Century.

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Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

This Spanish and Latin American film festival features films organized around two related questions: first, how do these Spanish language films reveal new knowledge concerning the lived social and cultural histories of multilingual groups within larger national and transnational contexts; and second, how does the art of these films provide viewers with a critical eye on the connections between language and power, such as the relationship between “national” languages and hegemonic culture and the link of linguistic difference with popular culture “from below.”

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Broad Media Coverage for Burt's Analysis of Human Rights and CIA Torture

Broad Media Coverage for Burt's Analysis of Human Rights and CIA Torture

Jo-Marie Burt, faculty member in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, co-director of the Center for Global Studies, and the director of the Latin American Studies program, has lent her expertise in human rights and transitional societies to the question of torture described in the Senate Select Intelligence Committee report.

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Learning About Immigration Reform

Learning About Immigration Reform

LAS gets involved with the community as we prepare for an event to talk about the immigration reform to see who will benefit from the President's executive actions.

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Event This Friday on Genocide in Guatemala

Event This Friday on Genocide in Guatemala

Speaking at this event are members of Guatemalan civil society and former Attorney General of Guatemala Claudia Paz y Paz, who created space in the Public Prosecutor’s Office for victims of Guatemala’s armed conflict to access truth and justice after more than three decades.

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Event October 21st

Event October 21st

Come out to this exciting event featuring Louie Palu, Joy Olsen, and Wells Dixon. See event for more information.

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El Cuarteto del Amor: Event this THURSDAY!!

El Cuarteto del Amor: Event this THURSDAY!!

Come enjoy and join in a conversation with El Cuarteto del Amor, a group of street musicians directly from Montevideo as they visit multiple location on GMU's campus! See event description for more information.

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New York's Dominican Book Fair Celebrates Rei Berroa

New York's Dominican Book Fair Celebrates Rei Berroa

Rei Berroa, faculty member in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Latin American studies program, has been honored by the Eighth Annual Dominican Book Festival in New York City. This year's festival is dedicated to Berroa and his work, and will feature readings by and conversations with the essayist and poet.

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Margaret Randall Book Signing & Reception

Margaret Randall Book Signing & Reception

Poet, essayist, photographer, feminist, and social activist will be on campus October 21st and 22nd to share her life story and recent works of poetry and non-fiction with Mason students and faculty. These events are open to the public.

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LAS observes trial in Guatemala

LAS observes trial in Guatemala

Latin American Studies director Jo-Marie Burt and program assistant Casey Cagley observed the final week, including sentencing, of the trial of former de facto president of Guatemala Efrain Rios Montt for crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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The Rios Montt Genocide Trial

The Rios Montt Genocide Trial

Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz will discuss the recently concluded trial of Rios Montt, which represents the first time a national court has tried and convicted a former head of state for genocide and war crimes.

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Global Problem Solving Fellows

Global Problem Solving Fellows

You are inheriting a world characterized by pressing challenges. As a global citizen and scholar, you must be prepared to confront global problems ranging from human rights abuses, unequal access to resources and opportunities, health crises, to climate change and environmental degradation and many more.

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Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Registration is here! Click to see courses scheduled for summer and fall 2013 that are focused on Latin America. To determine whether any other course may count toward the major or minor, contact the director.

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Center for Global Studies Conference Features Cutting-edge Research in Conflict Studies

Center for Global Studies Conference Features Cutting-edge Research in Conflict Studies

Mason’s Center for Global Studies celebrated its 10th annual spring conference on March 28 and 29, welcoming students, faculty, academics, policy makers, and members of the public for two days of presentations of innovative research and discussion on the challenges of peacebuilding and included a panel on the tensions between peacebuilding and accountability in post-conflict Latin America.

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Twenty Years after the Salvadoran Truth Commission

Twenty Years after the Salvadoran Truth Commission

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Salvadoran Truth Commission by hearing from expert panelists about the history and future of amnesty in El Salvador and Latin America. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. United Methodist Building 100 Maryland Avenue NE Washington, DC. Featuring remarks by Congressman Jim McGovern (D – MA).

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Dr. Burt featured on Al Jazeera In The Media

Dr. Burt featured on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera published an article authored by Latin American Studies Director Dr. Jo-Marie Burt on human rights and the search for the disappeared in post-conflict Peru.

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Screening of Reportero

Screening of Reportero

Latin American Studies joins with the Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series to bring the film Reportero and director Bernardo Ruiz to George Mason University on April 10, 2013 at 6:00pm in Mason Hall, Meese Room.

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Information on 2013 Convocations In The Media

Information on 2013 Convocations

This May, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences plans to host three convocations - one each for its graduate students, undergraduate humanities and interdisciplinary programs students, and undergraduate social sciences students.

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15,000 and Counting

15,000 and Counting

Guest lecture with Jose Pablo Baraybar, head of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team, which advocates for the use of forensic science in the systematic search and identification of the missing from Peru's internal armed conflict (1980-2000).

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CHSS Welcomes Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis, New Dean of College In The Media

CHSS Welcomes Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis, New Dean of College

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Deborah Boehm-Davis, University Professor in the Department of Psychology and currently the associate dean, will be the new dean of the college. Her term begins on July 1, 2013.

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Culture Works

Culture Works

NYU Professor of Anthropology and American Studies Arlene Davila critiques positions held by enthusiasts of “creative economies”: the idea that culture contributes to the GDP, employment, social cohesion, and other forms of neoliberal development. Thursday, 7 February, 4:30 PM Mason Hall D005

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This Is Not a Museum

This Is Not a Museum

Saturday, January 26 1-5pm at the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The exhibition "This Is Not a Museum: Portable and Lurking" documents and explores the process of artists who develop devices intended to make art “portable.”

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Ni Un Muerto Mas! - No More Killings!

Ni Un Muerto Mas! - No More Killings!

In the 18 months since president Ollanta Humala took office in Peru, some 24 people have been killed by security forces in the context of social protests, mostly over mining concessions. For the innaugural event of the Latin American Studies Speaker Series, renowned Peruvian poet, literary critic and human rights activist Rocío Silva Santisteban will discuss why.

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Study Abroad in Cuba: January 2-18

Study Abroad in Cuba: January 2-18

Study abroad this Winter Break at the crossroads of the Caribbean in Cuba where lush mountains, verdant blue-green seas, and genuinely hospitable people offer a unique opportunity to immerse in the culture, climate, rhythm, and mystery that is Cuba!

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Soccer and Politics in Chile

Soccer and Politics in Chile

The Center for the Study of Sport and Society and Latin American Studies are pleased to sponsor this guest lecture by professor Brenda Elsey (Hofstra University) based on her new book, Citizens and Sportsmen: Futbol and Politics in 20th Century Chile.

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Spanish Language in Ecuador

Spanish Language in Ecuador

The rich culture and history combined with rain forests, volcanoes, the Galapagos Archipelago, and the year-round spring-like climate make Quito, Ecuador the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish! January 6-20, 2013.

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Music and Dance in Cuba

Music and Dance in Cuba

Experience Afro-Caribbean music and dance in CUBA, its cultural epicenter. January 4-18, 2013. Coursework includes studio study of the vital West-African traditions of eastern Cuba and daily on-site emergence in the exciting social milieu (Salsa, Rumba, Santeria) that is uniquely Cuban.

Dr. Burt quoted in El País! In The Media

Dr. Burt quoted in El País!

Mason Professor Jo-Marie Burt (Associate Professor, PIA; Director, Latin American Studies; co-director, Center for Global Studies) was quoted extensively in an article published on October 5, 2012 by the Spanish newspaper, El País, on the question of whether former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori should be granted a presidential pardon. Fujimori was convicted in 2009 for crimes against humanity and is serving out a 25-year prison sentence. Professor Burt was an international observer of the trial for the nonprofit Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she is currently a Senior Fellow, and has written extensively on the Fujimori trial and conviction.

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Granito screening and discussion

Granito screening and discussion

Granito has won numerous awards, but perhaps the most important element of the film is that some of its footage is being used by state prosecutors in the trial against former guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Mason Hall Meese Room, 4:30-7:00PM. This film screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Pamela yates and producer Paco de Onis!

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Dr. Burt quoted in El País!

Dr. Burt quoted in El País!

Mason Professor Jo-Marie Burt (Associate Professor, PIA; Director, Latin American Studies; co-director, Center for Global Studies) was quoted extensively in an article published on October 5, 2012 by the Spanish newspaper, El País, on the question of whether former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori should be granted a presidential pardon. Fujimori was convicted in 2009 for crimes against humanity and is serving out a 25-year prison sentence. Professor Burt was an international observer of the trial for the nonprofit Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she is currently a Senior Fellow, and has written extensively on the Fujimori trial and conviction.

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Caravan for Peace Makes Stop at Mason In The Media

Caravan for Peace Makes Stop at Mason

On Tuesday, September 11, four members of the “Caravan for Peace," a traveling speaker series organized by the Mexican non-profit peace advocacy organization "Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity" (MPJD) gave a presentation at Mason.

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Truth Among the Bones: How Forensic Anthropology is Leading the Way for Justice in Guatemala

Truth Among the Bones: How Forensic Anthropology is Leading the Way for Justice in Guatemala

Latin American Studies is extremely excited to host a lecture by renowned Guatemalan forensic anthropologist Fredy Peccerelli, the executive director of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG). Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by Global Interdisciplinary Programs, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education.

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Globalization Dialogues

Globalization Dialogues

Latin American Studies is proud to co-sponsor this event, organized by the Center for Global Studies, featuring new Mason faculty members: Dr. Ben Cowan, History, Specialist on Brazil Dr. J.P. Singh, Global Affairs/Cultural Studies, Specialist on Globalization and Culture Dr. Rashmi Sandana, Sociology/Anthropology, Specialist on India. Reception to follow!

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Michele Greet at the Art Museum of the Americas In The Media

Michele Greet at the Art Museum of the Americas

Initiated in 2002, "Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art: A Digital Archive and Publications Project" is a multiyear initiative dedicated to the recovery and publication of primary-source materials related to Latin American and Latino art. This initiative addresses the endemic lag in the field of Latin American/Latino art history, research, and teaching by providing access to writings by artists, artistic movements, critics, and curators from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

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Caravan for Peace

Caravan for Peace

Caravan for peace with justice and dignity: a Bi-national initiative The War on Drugs has produced painful consequences in both Mexico and the United States, leaving a trail of death, pain and corruption in its path. Growing violence in Mexico - over 60,000 deaths. 10,000 disappearances since 2006 – and the mass incarceration of non-violent criminals in the US – with only 5% of the world’s population, the US has 25% of the world’s imprisoned population – are testament to the ways in which the War on Drugs is eating away at the social fabric of both the US and Mexico. Join Latin American Studies and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) on September 11, 2012 at 4:30pm in the Johnson Center's room D (third floor) as members of the Caravan discuss their experiences.

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Jungle Fever book launch with Charlotte Rogers

Jungle Fever book launch with Charlotte Rogers

Assistant Professor of Spanish Charlotte Rogers celebrates the release of her new book, "Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives" from Vanderbilt University Press. The department of Modern and Classical Languages and Latin American Studies will host a book launch on Thursday, October 4 at 3:00 pm in JC meeting room A. Light refreshments will be served while Professor Rogers presents her work. All members of the Mason community, and especially students, are welcome to attend.

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Latin American Studies student to present paper at Cultural Studies Graduate Students Conference In The Media

Latin American Studies student to present paper at Cultural Studies Graduate Students Conference

Mason student Eleana Velasco worked with LAS professor Lisa Rabin on a study of the socio-cultural effects of last year's groundbreaking documentary “Con mi corazón en Yambo.” This film, directed by Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi, which deals with the disappearance of the director’s brothers at the hands of Ecuadorian state police in 1988, has become the most viewed Ecuadorian film production in the country’s history. In order to explore this socio-cultural phenomenon,over 400 Ecuadorians who viewed the documentary were surveyed in seven different cities. Velasco's analysis of this ethnography and interview with Restrepo reveal the ways this documentary is working as a social intervention upon Ecuadorian audiences, as well as its affective and political importance.

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LAS 100

LAS 100

Announcing LAS 100 ~ Introduction to Latin American Studies! This is a pass/fail, one-credit class, which meets every other week during the fall semester, starting Aug. 30. Different faculty members of the Latin American Studies Program offer presentations and lectures about their research and important research questions in their fields of study, ranging from literature to politics to history to music, dance, and conservation issues.

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Biennials and Art Practices

Biennials and Art Practices

Recognizing the global nature of the Caribbean situation, Caribbean InTransit uses Keith Nurse's notion of brain circulation as a premise for approaching Caribbean development through the arts. In furthering this notion, Caribbean InTransit not only brings together persons from across the Caribbean and Diaspora but seeks to cross linguistic barriers as well as social and occupational divides functioning as a mediator or intermediary in bringing artists, policy makers, scholars, arts activists, arts administrators and curators together.

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Center for Global Studies Explores Arts After Atrocity

Center for Global Studies Explores Arts After Atrocity

The Center for Global Studies at George Mason University hosted it’s ninth annual conference, titled, “Arts after Atrocity: Global Human Rights and Local Representations of Violence and Resistance,” on April 17. Check out our detailed conference summary.

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Mike Gilmore

Mike Gilmore

The 400 members of an indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon pushed back against loggers, poachers and the government to reclaim their ancestral lands — with a little help from a Mason researcher.

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Summary of Arts after Atrocity conference

Summary of Arts after Atrocity conference

To better understand how art and artists interface with the processes of transition, the Center for Global Studies organized a day-long conference on “Arts after Atrocity: Global Human Rights and Local Representations of Violence and Resistance.” This international symposium brought together artists, filmmakers, scholars and those affected by violence to discuss how the arts are deployed to represent past violence and reinterpret fundamental understandings about power, truth, and justice.

Screening of Granito

Screening of Granito

This is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s violent past and the quest for memory and justice. Featuring discussion led by Latin American Studies Graduate Research Assistant Casey Cagley.

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Amy Lind - Guest Lecture

Amy Lind - Guest Lecture

University of Cincinnati professor Amy Lind discusses how various political actors have addressed the rights of women in the context of Ecuador’s shift to the Left (2007-present). March 29, 2012, Innovation Hall Room 132 12:00-1:15PM

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Beyond the Borderlands

Beyond the Borderlands

Mason professor Debra Lattanzi Shutika celebrates the launch of her new book, Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico. Join us Monday, March 26th, 2012 from 3:00-4:00PM in Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Room.

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Screening of the documentary La Sierra

Screening of the documentary La Sierra

This film follows the lives of three inhabitants of La Sierra, a Barrio in the Colombian city of Medellín—the cocaine capital of the world. Featuring a discussion led by Sebastian Delgado, 2010 Global Affairs graduate at GMU.

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Screening of Voces Inocentes

Screening of Voces Inocentes

As in previous years, the Annual Global Justice Film Series offers a variety of cinematic representations of the ways in which societies and individuals respond to human rights violations and injustice. This event will feature discussion led by Mason faculty member Charlotte Rogers and the Salvadoran Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Hector Silva.

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El Salvador: 20 Years of Peace

El Salvador: 20 Years of Peace

A celebration and discussion of the legacy of the Salvadoran Peace accords. This event will feature a keynote address from the Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States as well as a discussion panel made up of experts from Mason and beyond.

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Mason Hall Lobby

Mason Hall Lobby

The event will feature remarks from His Excellency Harold Forsyth, Ambassador of Peru to the United States; as well as a presentation by George Mason University poet and scholar Rei Berroa who will read from his work on human rights. Against the backdrop of the powerful Yuyanapaq photography exhibit produced by the Peruvian truth commission, the reception will bring together members of the Latin American Studies and Center for Global Studies communities at Mason.

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Professor Rabin delivers four peer-reviewed presentations in 2010-2011 Faculty Afoot

Professor Rabin delivers four peer-reviewed presentations in 2010-2011

Lisa Rabin, Associate Professor of Spanish, delivered peer-reviewed presentations at the Modern Language Association's annual conference in Los Angeles in January 2010; the American Studies Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, October 2011; the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association's annual conference in Philadelphia, November 2011; and the New York Metro American Studies Association Annual Conference in New York, November 2011.

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The Art of Truth-Telling

The Art of Truth-Telling

The Latin American Studies Program presents a panel discussion on November 8 at 4:30 pm to discuss the Peruvian Truth Commission and the ongoing search for truth and justice in Peru. The Event will take place at Mason Hall (Meese Room) from 4:30 to 7:30 pm and features Special Guest Gisela Ortiz, Program Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team and spokesperson of the Relatives of the La Cantuta Massacre Association. Followed by a panel discussion on the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission with Jelke Boeston, Senior Scholar, United States Institute of Peace; Jo-Marie Burt, Director of Latin American Studies at Mason; Jemima García-Godo, Researcher at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, Oslo University. A reception will follow.

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Yuyanapaq

Yuyanapaq

The traveling Yuyanapaq Photography Exhibit, produced by the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chronicles the political violence that ravaged Peru between 1980 and 2000. Runs October 31st through December 4th

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Burt Article in Foreign Policy in Focus Publications

Burt Article in Foreign Policy in Focus

Professor Burt, who is closely following the presidential elections in Peru (the second-round vote is scheduled for June 5), published an article in Foreign Policy in Focus on the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former president Alberto Fujimori, who in 2009 was convicted of crimes against humanity and is serving a 25-year prison term in a Peruvian jail.

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New Quarters for Modern and Classical Languages

New Quarters for Modern and Classical Languages

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages has moved to the the Aquia Building located between Thompson Hall and Student Union Building I. The phone number remains the same - 703-993-1220.

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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Greet's Book Published

Greet's Book Published

On Thursday, December 10, 2009, Dr. Michele Greet’s latest book Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art will be launched at the Art Museum of the Americas. This book is being lauded as “an excellent contribution to the literature on Latin American art and culture."

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College Launches New Global MA

College Launches New Global MA

Fall 2009, students at George Mason University will have the opportunity to earn a master of arts in global affairs. Building on Mason’s commitment to global education, the MA in global affairs gives students an opportunity to further explore globalization and choose from courses from a variety of disciplines.

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New Course Encourages Students to Think Critically about Language

New Course Encourages Students to Think Critically about Language

Although English is the only language spoken in the majority of homes in the United States, almost 20 percent of the population five years and older speaks another language at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But what are these languages and who speaks them? Is this similar to or different from other countries and other historical periods? How do multilinguals use the different languages they know, and how is their language use related to their identities?

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Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

The Text and Community Program is an annual semester-long project co-sponsored by George Mason’s English Department and the Mason Project on Immigration. While English courses will examine The Devil’s Highway as an exemplary work of nonfiction, the book also offers a powerful examination of U.S. and Mexican border activities and immigration policies.

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