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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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Latest University Information on COVID-19

Latest University Information on COVID-19

George Mason University is committed to protecting the health of its community. Its resources include up-to-date plans and procedures, identification of student health services clinics, and attention to its study-abroad programs.

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The Amazon Symposium

The Amazon Symposium

In celebration of its 25th year, the Cultural Studies PhD Program at George Mason University will be presenting a symposium examining the cultural, political, and economic impact of Amazon.

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US Climate Impacts and Response

US Climate Impacts and Response

Watch Andrew Light, University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences, field a live call in show on CSPAN on the impacts of climate change on the US and what is or is not being done to address it.

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Climate Change and National Security

Climate Change and National Security

University Professor and Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy Director Andrew Light interviewed Dr. Rod Schoonover at the World Resources Institute on July 30, 2019 on climate, science, and national security.

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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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Meet our new Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Dr. Shannon Fyfe

Meet our new Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Dr. Shannon Fyfe

The Department of Philosophy is proud to announce that Dr. Shannon Fyfe is joining us as a new Assistant Professor this Fall. Dr. Fyfe is also a new Fellow of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (IPPP), with expertise in philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and ethics.

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Dr. Andrew Peterson receives prestigious Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars award

Dr. Andrew Peterson receives prestigious Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars award

Dr. Andrew Peterson (Assistant Professor, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and Department of Philosophy) has been awarded a major career-development grant from the Greenwall Foundation. In Fall 2018, Dr. Peterson will become a Greenwall Faculty Scholar. The award was made to support Dr. Peterson's ground-breaking work on the ethical and policy issues arising from the diagnosis of severe brain injury.

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Graduating Philosophy Senior wins CHSS UG Research Symposium Award

Graduating Philosophy Senior wins CHSS UG Research Symposium Award

Graduating Philosophy Senior and Global Health Fellow Summer Claveau has added another feather to her cap: on Monday April 30th, she won the award for Best Overall Research & Scholarship Oral Presentation at the 10th annual College of Humanities and Social Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Community Member Spotlight: Jessica Smith

Community Member Spotlight: Jessica Smith

We would like you to meet Jessica Smith of the Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia where she connects women, minorities and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with the resources they need to build sustainable businesses. She has also presented her work at the Women and Gender Studies Annual Gender Research Conference in the past.

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Providing Care in Humanitarian Crises

Providing Care in Humanitarian Crises

On November 14, at Mason's Arlington campus, philosophy professor Lisa Eckenwiler and the Global Health Fellows will host a panel on the ethical issues facing health workers and policy makers in the field of humanitarian health ethics.

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Resisting Borders

Resisting Borders

On October 9th - 11th 2017, GMU Philosophy professor Lisa Eckenwiler will be co-hosting a no-travel virtual conference to explore the ethical, legal, philosophical, and social issues associated with refugee and migrant health in a world of economic, geopolitical, and psychological borders.

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International Neuroethics Society

International Neuroethics Society

The Department of Philosophy and Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy are pleased to announce that six student-faculty collaborative projects have been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society.

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Andrew Light Defends the Paris Agreement

Andrew Light Defends the Paris Agreement

Andrew Light, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and one of the lead US negotiators for the Paris Agreement, has been working hard for the last several months to defend it and rally other countries to recommit themselves to combating climate change.

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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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DEAR WORLD: Stories from Women and Gender Studies

DEAR WORLD: Stories from Women and Gender Studies

Some of the students, staff, faculty, and affiliated faculty of Mason's Women and Gender Studies program -- including philosophy Professor Rose Cherubin -- shared their stories with the Dear World project when it was on campus during International Week.

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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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The History of the Election of 2016

The History of the Election of 2016

This semester, classes in the Department of History and Art History have examined issues raised in the presidential election from a variety of contexts. Prior Election Day, the public was invited to join in!

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Light Op-Eds on Paris Climate Agreement In The Media

Light Op-Eds on Paris Climate Agreement

Andrew Light, University Professor and director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, co-authors (with Gwynne Taraska) an op-ed piece on ThinkProgress about America's participation in the Paris climate agreement.

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Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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Coming this fall!  The Global Health Fellows

Coming this fall! The Global Health Fellows

The Global Affairs program and the Department of Philosophy are teaming up to offer a unique opportunity for their undergraduate students. The inaugural cohort of the Global Health Fellows will spend its fall semester at the Arlington campus focusing on the realities of today’s global health challenges and the resources offered from a humanities and social sciences perspective.

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Jesse Kirkpatrick Featured in Slate Magazine

Jesse Kirkpatrick Featured in Slate Magazine

On the Slate website, Jesse Kirkpatrick, assistant director of Mason's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, considers the complex ethical issues surrounding self-driving cars and their crash optimization algorithms.

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Dr. Emmett Holman Announces Retirement

Dr. Emmett Holman Announces Retirement

After 45 years of service at George Mason University in the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Emmett Holman has announced that he will retire at the completion of the Spring 2016 semester.

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Behavioral Economics, Explained

Behavioral Economics, Explained

On the occasion of the second edition of his Course in Behavioral Economics textbook, Erik Angner, faculty member, Department of Philosophy, and director, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, explains behavioral economics and how the discipline refines standard economic thought.

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Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major

Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major

Survey of 225 employers finds high demand for liberal arts majors because of their skills in areas such as spoken and written communication, skills that play a key role in a liberal arts education.

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PPE Career Seminar: Working for the State Department

PPE Career Seminar: Working for the State Department

This PPE Career Seminar will discuss how to use your training in the PPE disciplines – Philosophy, Politics, and Economics – working for the U.S. Department of State. Guest speaker: Kimberly Everett, former PPE student and a member of the Foreign Service.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

George Mason University celebrated its annual Alumni Weekend on September 19-21 this year, and welcomed many Patriots from far and near back to Fairfax Campus. Among the host of activities planned for the weekend, the college was able to add to the festivities by entertaining its alumni at two distinct events.

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Taraska on Near-Term Arctic Warming and Methane Mitigation In The Media

Taraska on Near-Term Arctic Warming and Methane Mitigation

On the American Progress website, Gwynne Taraska, faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and research director for the Institute of Philosophy and Public Policy, addresses the United States's role as it assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, as well as the effects of methane on Arctic climate change.

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Workshop: Values in Science and Science Policy

Workshop: Values in Science and Science Policy

The workshop will focus on the role played by values — epistemic or otherwise — in scientific inquiry, and its implications for the manner in which science is used to inform policy and for the way in which science is funded and organized.

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PPE Information Session

PPE Information Session

Interested in going to grad school in any of the PPE disciplines? This information session will tell you how to get your ducks in a row before it's too late. The session will be led by Dr. Erik Angner (Philosophy, Economics) and Dr. Char Miller (Public and International Affairs) and is open to all Mason students.

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The Economic Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

The Economic Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

A new report, based on U.S. Census data, examines the value of a liberal arts degree in terms of lifetime earnings, and the results strongly support the worth of a humanities or social sciences degree.

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Angner Studies Impact of Illness on Happiness

Angner Studies Impact of Illness on Happiness

Erik Angner, associate professor of philosophy, economics, and public policy, is the lead author on a new study that looks at the degree to which disease is linked to measures of happiness. The study, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, has some surprising results.

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More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

A record number of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the stage in grand fashion during their convocations on May 17 and 18, 2012. More than 2,500 graduating students were recognized for their efforts in two distinguished ceremonies.

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Mason Philosophy Students Stimulate Minds at Conference

Mason Philosophy Students Stimulate Minds at Conference

On Saturday, April 14, undergraduates in the Department of Philosophy opened their minds and shared a wonderful experience with faculty, staff, students and guests from George Mason University and other colleges and universities across the United States.

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Mason Hosts Philosophy Conference This Saturday

Mason Hosts Philosophy Conference This Saturday

The Philosophy and the Science of Happiness Conference takes place Saturday, April 14, 2012 on the third floor of the Johnson Center at George Mason University. The day of expert presentations will be capped off by a keynote lecture delivered by Erik Angner, Department of Philosophy.

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IPPP Co-sponsors Advancing Publicly Engaged Philosophy Conference

IPPP Co-sponsors Advancing Publicly Engaged Philosophy Conference

On October 6 - 8, 2011 the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (IPPP) co-sponsored the Public Philosophy Network's "Advancing Publicly Engaged Philosophy" Conference. Mark Sagoff, Professor of Philosophy and IPPP Director served as a panelist for the Plenary Session: "Values and Public Life."

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De Nys, Zagarri Honored for Academic Contributions

De Nys, Zagarri Honored for Academic Contributions

Martin De Nys, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Rosemarie Zagarri, a professor in the Department of History and Art History, both received the Award for Scholarship, presented each year by the college to faculty members who make sustained, consistent contributions to their fields of study.

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College Honors Alumni of the Year at Celebration

College Honors Alumni of the Year at Celebration

Newly minted graduates were not the only ones celebrating on Friday, May 20. At 12:30 that day, alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences gathered in Mason Hall for the college’s annual Alumni of the Year Celebration.

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More Than 2,000 Graduates Honored at College Convocations

More Than 2,000 Graduates Honored at College Convocations

After years of hard work, more than 2,000 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students received their degrees Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20, 2011, at George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences graduate and undergraduate convocations.

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Holman Honored at University Appreciation Day

Holman Honored at University Appreciation Day

Emmett Holman, Philosophy, was one of three George Mason University faculty members honored for 40 years of service at the university. The university recently featured all three faculty members in a video interview, moderated by university press secretary Dan Walsch.

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New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

Over the summer, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomed many new faculty and staff members, while some current college employees added other responsibilities to their slate. The philosophy department welcomes Christopher DiTeresi as an assistant professor.

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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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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Visiting Professor Kashnikov Lectures on "Terrorism as an Ethical Problem"

Visiting Professor Kashnikov Lectures on "Terrorism as an Ethical Problem"

Boris Kashnikov, visiting professor of philosophy from the Moscow Higher School of Economics, will give a lecture titled,"Terrorism as an Ethical Problem." The lecture is part of the Philosophy Research Colloquium and takes place February 24 in Research I on the Fairfax Campus. Kashnikov is a noted advisor and has worked with international organizations.

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Philosophy Major Travels to China

Philosophy Major Travels to China

Clayton Richey, a philosophy student at George Mason University, traveled to China to satisfy a long-held curiosity about Asian culture. After living in South Korea for five years as a child, Richey immersed himself in the teachings of the Shaolin, philosophy and language. He was driven to travel to China because “mastering a language requires more than just classroom training,” he said. “You need first-hand experience with the culture.”

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Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

George Mason University welcomes Dr. Cemil Aydin as the new director of its Center for Global Islamic Studies. Aydin joined Mason’s History and Art History Department in the fall of 2009, holding the Endowed IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, bringing with him years of experience in the fields of history and Middle Eastern studies.

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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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Longtime Mason professor to retire, university honors her work and research with symposium

Longtime Mason professor to retire, university honors her work and research with symposium

The Department of Philosophy honors professor Debra Bergoffen with a symposium called “Vulnerable Bodies” – an April 16, 2009 event that examines the vulnerabilities of aging, disabled, intersexed, harmed and raped bodies. Dr. Bergoffen, who is retiring after nearly 40 years at Mason, has spent much of her career in academia exploring the concept of vulnerable bodies. Her research has focused on the dignity of the body and how it informs us and dictates the ways in which we formulate medical practice and social justice policies.

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