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Jen Barnard is Mason's March Employee of the Month

Jen Barnard is Mason's March Employee of the Month

Jen Barnard, office manager in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, coordinates the department's 100+ faculty and staff members and over 1,000 students. Described as having a "Swiss Army knife" of skills, she was honored by Mason president Gregory Washington on March 1.

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University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

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Soviet and Russian Film: Innovation and Ideology

Soviet and Russian Film: Innovation and Ideology

This Fall 2020, Russian Program is offering a Soviet and Russian film course. This course investigates the development of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, from their origins to the present. Beginning with the experimental masterpieces of Eisenstein, Vertov and Dovzhenko, film shaped and responded to Soviet ideology, while Russian cinema continues to direct contemporary Russian culture, even as it reveals social contradictions. World renowned filmmakers including Eisenstein and Vertov, Tarkovsky, Zvyagintsev and Todorovsky engage in active dialogue with each other and world cinema to create a uniquely rich cinematic tradition. This course will consider major film movements, directors, trends, and genres of this tradition, with attention to their innovative techniques and ideological contexts.

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A message supporting our international students

A message supporting our international students

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F-1 visas who take all of their courses for the semester online. This decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens to interrupt the academic work of more than 3,000 students here at George Mason University.

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Virtual Student Awards Ceremony

Virtual Student Awards Ceremony

The Spanish Program at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages cordially invites you to join a virtual celebration of Mason students in the Spanish graduate and undergraduate programs.

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Bonilla publishes work on Portuguese acquisition

Bonilla publishes work on Portuguese acquisition

Prof. Carrie Bonilla is lead author on a book chapter published in April 2020 detailing a study of third language (L3) acquisition of Portuguese by second language (L2) Spanish speakers. She is also co-author of a study reporting on L3 Portuguese acquisition through an autonomous, online learning platform. Both chapters are in a volume dedicated to theoretical and practical accounts of the acquisition of Portuguese from a broad range of linguistic perspectives. This collection is particularly appealing in the broad academic sphere of language acquisition due to the fact that there has yet to be one entirely dedicated to Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL).

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MCL offers Online Film Courses

MCL offers Online Film Courses

This Summer 2020, the Department of Modern & Classical Languages is offering three international film courses to enhance students’ socio-cultural understanding of Japanese and Chinese cultures. During these courses, students will be able to enrich their critical, intellectual, and aesthetic values through a list of carefully selected films. Viewing and studying these films will give students an opportunity to grasp people’s perspective on self, society, and history.

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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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Hanna Poeschl, a Korean and Global Affairs major, was awarded the 2019 Korean Honor Scholarship from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

Hanna Poeschl, a Korean and Global Affairs major, was awarded the 2019 Korean Honor Scholarship from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

Hanna Poeschl, a Korean and Global Affairs major, was awarded the 2019 Korean Honor Scholarship from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Yoon-je Cho. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who have Korean heritage to aid them in achieving their highest academic potential and developing leadership skills for their future careers.

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Fires at Sea Italy and the Migration Crisis

Fires at Sea Italy and the Migration Crisis

We invite you to a film and lecture series on Italy and migration which the Italian Program has organized this semester. In addition to MCL, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Global Affairs Program, the Film and Media Studies Program and the Visiting Filmmakers Series are co-sponsors.

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Study Abroad during Winter Break in Ecuador

Study Abroad during Winter Break in Ecuador

Study Spanish abroad during Winter Break in beautiful Cumbayá, Ecuador, one of the most culturally fascinating cities in the world! Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on Incan city ruins. It is among the best-preserved historic centers in Latin America. The rich culture and history combined with rainforests, volcanoes, the Galapagos Archipelago, and the year-round spring-like climate makes Cumbayá the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish.

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Asha Athman receives MENAR Fellowship program

Asha Athman receives MENAR Fellowship program

Asha Athman was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University in 2018 with a dual BA in Global Affairs and Foreign Languages. Recently, She receives a prestigious fellowship, "MENAR Fellowship" to live and work in Jordan for one year.

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Teaching Korean Headlines

Teaching Korean

As a long-time instructor in the Korean language Dae Yong Kim has faced his share of teaching challenges – early in his career at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center in Monterrey, Calif. and later, at a New York City high school. So, when he arrived on the Mason campus two years ago, he quickly settled into a more predictable routine. That, he thought, would change when he was asked to teach Korean not only to his students on the Mason campus, but also to students on the campus at James Madison University, a 4-VA partner school 116 miles to the southwest, via the 4-VA Telepresence Room.

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CHSS Faculty Receive Curriculum Impact Grant Awards

CHSS Faculty Receive Curriculum Impact Grant Awards

Each year, the university awards several Curriculum Impact Grants through the Office of the Provost to help teams of faculty revise and design innovative multidisciplinary curriculum. Six of the 2019 grants went to teams that included College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members.

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Confronting National Trauma

Confronting National Trauma

On Friday, April 5, Spanish Master's student Luz Mueller presented the paper “Confronting National Trauma: The Combination of Discourses in The Sound Of Things Falling," at the 2019 Graduate Colloquium hosted by the University of Maryland's School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

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12th Annual Polyglot Performances!

12th Annual Polyglot Performances!

The 2019 Polyglot Performances, an International Week [https://iweek.gmu.edu/] event, is a showcase of student performances celebrating linguistic diversity and multicultural understanding with performances in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

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Revolution in Sudan?

Revolution in Sudan?

"On Tuesday, March 19, the Arabic and Sudanese Student Associations along with the ARABIC program at GMU are hosting an afternoon panel on the protests in Sudan. The panel features on-the-ground activists and journalists who are following the events closely. Come join us!"

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Is Spanish Gender Fair?

Is Spanish Gender Fair?

Professors Domínguez García (Universidad de Salamanca), Gregori-Signes (Universitat de València), and Román-Mendoza (George Mason University) will discuss the use of inclusive language in Spanish (lenguaje inclusivo) from three perspectives and their implications for the teaching of Spanish as a second language in the 21st century. (Colloquium will be conducted in Spanish on March 19, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 in Merten 1202).

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Becoming Hispanic: The negotiation of ethnoracial identity in US census interviews Publications

Becoming Hispanic: The negotiation of ethnoracial identity in US census interviews

In a new article published in the journal Latino Studies, Prof. Jennifer Leeman builds on her previous critical analyses of the ethnicity and race categories in the US census. In addition to demonstrating how sociolinguistic theory and methods can shed new light on census classification, her study of 117 Spanish-language interviews from the 2010 census shows that census-taking is not a simple recording of preexisting identities, nor is it a one-way dissemination of official discourses from interviewers to respondents. Instead, census ethnoracial classification involves the intersubjective construction and production of identities, as interviewers and respondents negotiate the meaning of the categories provided and their places within them.

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ART & POLITICS DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

ART & POLITICS DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Dr. Valerie Mainz is a a world-renowned specialist of the art and culture of the French Revolution. She curated two major exhibitions: L’Image du Travail et la Révolution française at the Museum of the French Revolution, Vizille, France in 1999 and, with Dr Richard Williams, Paper, Stone, Flesh and Blood: Transforming Views of Sculpture in French Revolutionary Prints, at the Henry Moore Institute Leeds in 2006. Her research also focuses in on the interfaces between history and history painting, the guises of prints and caricatures, academic art theory, the representation of Jews in the Early Modern period, and issues of reception and dissemination. She is developing the Pencheon Collection of French Revolutionary material located in Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

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Language, Identity and Education in Québec and Puerto Rico

Language, Identity and Education in Québec and Puerto Rico

Dr. Patrick-André Mather, a full professor at the University of Puerto Rico. He will be presenting his current research comparing language policies in Québec and Puerto Rico, especially as it pertains to bilingualism. The title of the talk is: “Language, Identity and Education in Québec and Puerto Rico” The presentation will take place in AQ 346, 1:30 – 2:45 pm, on Thursday, October 25.

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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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Creating Inclusive Spaces for Mason Students

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Mason Students

What does it mean to create inclusive spaces for Mason students in 2018? As a public institution serving the most diverse student population in the Commonwealth, this is one of the most critical questions that we face as pedagogues and learners.

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Aurelio Martinez and the Garífuna Story

Aurelio Martinez and the Garífuna Story

Honduran musician Aurelio Martínez joins Mason’s Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Rei Berroa for a moderated conversation about Garífuna. Together, they will explore history, music, politics, diversity and the undeniable commitment of art and the artist to tell the truth to uplift and celebrate the human condition.

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New MCL Spanish curriculum publication at U of Texas COERLL Publications

New MCL Spanish curriculum publication at U of Texas COERLL

The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at the University of Texas has published a Spanish curriculum developed by a team of Spanish profs in GMU and Eastern Mennonite University. Lisa Rabin and Colleen Sweet from MCL are main authors of the publication and the project was funded by a 4-VA grant.

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Nominated for the Kenshur Prize

Nominated for the Kenshur Prize

Professor Christy L Pichichero's book "The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon" has been nominated for the Kenshur Prize for best book in eighteenth-century studies.

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Transforming Monkey

Transforming Monkey

Able to shape-shift and ride the clouds, wielding a magic cudgel and playing tricks, Sun Wukong (aka Monkey or the Monkey King) first attained superstar status as the protagonist of the sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West (Xiyou ji) and lives on in literature and popular culture internationally.

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The Military Enlightenment

The Military Enlightenment

The Military Enlightenment brings to light a radically new narrative both on the Enlightenment and the French armed forces from Louis XIV to Napoleon. Christy Pichichero makes a striking discovery:

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Aprender a aprender en la era digital by Esperanza Román-Mendoza

Aprender a aprender en la era digital by Esperanza Román-Mendoza

Aprender a aprender en la era digital provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art account that empowers readers to leverage learning technologies to promote second language learner autonomy. Written entirely in Spanish, the book covers a breadth of innovative topics in the teaching of Spanish via and with technology, such as emerging pedagogies, autonomous and participatory learning, learner agency and identity, teacher development, and post-communicative curriculum design.

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“WHY GREEK TRAGEDY IS FUNNY”

“WHY GREEK TRAGEDY IS FUNNY”

Frederick Ahl is Professor of Classics and Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He is a specialist in epic poetry, tragic theater, wordplay in classical and later literature, and translation theory.

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Life without Writing

Life without Writing

What role does writing play in our lives? Professionals from three different fields (history, journalism, law) discuss the importance of writing in the 21st century. In Spanish and English. Thursday, March 29, from 12:00-1:15 PM

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Polyglot Performance

Polyglot Performance

German Integrating Immigrants

German Integrating Immigrants

Immigration has shaped Germany since World War II. In the wake of the refugee crisis, the number of mi-grants in Germany and Europe increased significantly. By the end of 2016, Germany was home to 10 million people with non-German citizenship. Migrants now make up a slightly bigger share of the population in Germany than in the United States.

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Professor Román-Mendoza, speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Román-Mendoza, speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

How can you harness the power of instructional technologies for social change? Professor Román-Mendoza describes the use of instructional technologies in second language teaching and learning from a new perspective incorporating the principles of critical pedagogy.

"18 IUS SOLI" : Film Screening

"18 IUS SOLI" : Film Screening

The Italian-Ghanian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu will be presenting his documentary, about the denial of citizenship rights to children born of immigrants in Italy.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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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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Fenwick Fellow Lecture: Skirting the Issue by Dr. Kristina Olson

Fenwick Fellow Lecture: Skirting the Issue by Dr. Kristina Olson

Join the University Libraries on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, for Dr. Kristina Olson‘s lecture, “Skirting the Issue: Clothing and Politics in 14th Century Italy,” where she will discuss her research findings from her 2015-2016 Fenwick fellowship.

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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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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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In Memoriam: Walter J. Mircea-Pines

In Memoriam: Walter J. Mircea-Pines

It is with sadness that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences informs the George Mason University community of the death of Dr. Walter Mircea-Pines, a faculty member and colleague within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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Xuman and Keyti: An Unforgettable Event!

Xuman and Keyti: An Unforgettable Event!

The Senegalese Hip Hop artists and democratic political activists are best known for their Youtube show "Journal Rappé". The event took place in the Johnson Center on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

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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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Román-Mendoza, keynote speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

Román-Mendoza, keynote speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Román-Mendoza, visiting scholar at Cátedra de Altos Estudios del Español at Universidad de Salamanca during the fall semester of 2016, will deliver the opening year address to faculty and students in the M.A. Program "Enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera" in Salamanca (Spain).

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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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Busy Summer

Busy Summer

As in summers past, our students are honing their language and culture skills through various study abroad programs.

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Román-Mendoza, Invited Speaker at the Juan Sebastián de Elcano

Román-Mendoza, Invited Speaker at the Juan Sebastián de Elcano

Román-Mendoza will deliver a talk titled "Tecnología y comunicación a través de la distancia" on May 31 to the crew of the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, the most emblematic training vessel for Spain's navy. The Juan Sebastián de Elcano ranks among the most impressive tall ships in the world and will be docked at the Baltimore Harbor from May 31 to June 5.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

Find new ways to see your world with FAMS Summer courses. Titles include Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights; Film and Video Forms; Film and Video Screenwriting; Intro to Film; Samurai On Screen; Women in Media.

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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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Lecture Event by Dr. Nathaniel Greenberg: New Narrative Dimensions of Arab Uprisings

Lecture Event by Dr. Nathaniel Greenberg: New Narrative Dimensions of Arab Uprisings

As revolutionary tumult unraveled decades of dictatorship, writers, artists, activists and politicians began framing events within preexisting narratives conducive to distinct ideological platforms. This event explores how the structural requisites of narration have configured the otherwise disparate events of the Arab uprisings.

Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in Quito, Ecuador

Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in Quito, Ecuador

Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in beautiful Quito, Ecuador, one of the most culturally fascinating cities in the world! Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on Inca city ruins. It is among the best-preserved historic centers in Latin America. The rich culture and history combined with rainforests, volcanoes, the Galapagos Archipelago, and the year-round spring-like climate makes Quito the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish! Program Director: Professor Román-Mendoza

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Happiness, The Delight-Tree honors the International Day of Peace

Happiness, The Delight-Tree honors the International Day of Peace

Poets Meena Alexander, Dara Barnat, Rei Berroa, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sharon Dolin, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, Nilpushpi White join musician Premik Russell Tubbs, singers and friends from the United Nations community with international poems and song on happiness and peace in honour of 21 September, The International Day of Peace.

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Leeman, Keynote Speaker at ASU Havasu

Leeman, Keynote Speaker at ASU Havasu

Leeman presented "Questioning the questions: The interplay of policy, ideology and measurement in the US Census Bureau’s language statistics" at the ASU Havasu Conference on The Shifting Language Borders: Migration, Immigration and Social Demographics.

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Olson Named 2015-16 Fenwick Fellow

Olson Named 2015-16 Fenwick Fellow

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced the 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow is Dr. Kristina M. Olson, Assistant Professor of Italian and the Coordinator of the Italian Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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Welcome to the Fall Semester!

Welcome to the Fall Semester!

All new and continuing Language program students are invited to come and enjoy refreshments while (re)connecting with faculty, staff, and fellow classmates.

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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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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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Mason Students Meet Royalty in Jordan

Mason Students Meet Royalty in Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan and George Mason University students pose for a group photo inside a mall in Amman, Jordan

Modern and Classical Languages Launches Job Page

Modern and Classical Languages Launches Job Page

Professors at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are often contacted by schools, companies, and organizations who need language professionals. We are pleased to announce that we have set up a page in which we will publish all these requests.

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Celebrating and Learning About Arabic Language and Culture

Celebrating and Learning About Arabic Language and Culture

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the global affairs program, and the Middle East and Islamic studies program worked together to host the university's first Arab Culture Day on October 30, bringing the sounds and color of Arab nations to the North Plaza of the Fairfax Campus.

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Olson Publishes Book

Olson Publishes Book

Join us for the presentation of "Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio, and the Literature of History" in the Sally and Alan Merten Hall #1202 on November 19 at 5PM.

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El Cuarteto del Amor: Event this THURSDAY!!

El Cuarteto del Amor: Event this THURSDAY!!

George Mason University, The Department of Modern & Classical Languages, University Life, New Century College, and Latin American Studies invite you to enjoy and join in a conversation with El Cuarteto del Amor, a group of street musicians directly from Montevideo (also active in Buenos Aires) in a journey through the music of the Americas. Come and enjoy their music and joie de vivre, their commitment to share their talent in the streets, hospitals, hospices, markets, and nursing homes of the continent.

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Study Abroad in Jordan!

Study Abroad in Jordan!

The distinct advantage to studying Arabic in Jordan on this program as opposed to a campus in the States is the language socialization component, where students will have an opportunity to put directly into practice in Amman what they have learned in the classroom. This could include visiting a local cafe, negotiating (in Arabic) for a thoub (traditional dress) at a local market, or hanging out with Jordanian students.

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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College Prepares for 2014 Convocation Ceremonies

College Prepares for 2014 Convocation Ceremonies

With great anticipation, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is preparing to celebrate the graduating class of 2014. Its two convocation ceremonies, one for its graduates from humanities and interdisciplinary programs, and one for its graduates from the social sciences, will be held on May 14 and 15, 2014.

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Honor Society Recognizes International Ties

Honor Society Recognizes International Ties

International honor society Phi Beta Delta will be welcoming 90 new inductees this month, including faculty inductees Ann Ludwick, of the Department of Public and International Affairs, and Walter Mircea-Pines, of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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Winter Break Study Abroad

Winter Break Study Abroad

Do not miss these fabulous opportunities to hone your language skills. Read about the different possibilities offered during the 2014 Winter Break.

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College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

College Prepares for May 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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Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Rescheduled: The Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series is bringing the film Reportero and director Bernardo Ruiz to George Mason University on 10 April 2013, 6pm: Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall (MH D023)

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The 6th Annual Polyglot Performances

The 6th Annual Polyglot Performances

The 2013 Polyglot Performances celebrate linguistic diversity and multicultural understanding. Performances in numerous languages are rendered by language students, under the direction of faculty members in our department.

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Minor in Italian Studies Headlines

Minor in Italian Studies

The Minor in Italian Studies is the perfect minor to complement a wide variety of major programs, from Global Affairs to Art History. It enables students to become linguistically and culturally proficient in the language, cultures, and artistic productions from the Italian peninsula as well as throughout the Italian-speaking world. With courses in Italian language at the advanced level and others in English from within the department and across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, students refine their ability to speak Italian at a high level of ability while developing the knowledge and critical analysis necessary to discuss the ways in which Italian language and culture manifests itself in Europe and around the world. Contact Professor Kristina Olson at kolson4@gmu.edu for more information.

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Husseinali Named Fenwick Fellow

Husseinali Named Fenwick Fellow

Ghassan Husseinali, faculty member in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, has been named the George Mason University Libraries 2012-2013 Fenwick Fellow.

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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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Olson Publishes Article Publications

Olson Publishes Article

Literary interlocutors of posterity, chief among them Dante, serve as much as an inspiration to compose both verse and prose. In revisiting the phrase “le Muse son donne,” it is then, perhaps, those men who come closer to resembling “donne” rather than so many “papere.”

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Chamberlain Memorial Lecture

Chamberlain Memorial Lecture

“Giants, Snakes and Seductresses: Unexpected, Unexplained, and Ugly Females in the Guillaume d’Orange Epic” Leslie Zarker Morgan, Loyola University Maryland. More info: Events Section.

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Husseinali Publishes On-Line Article Publications

Husseinali Publishes On-Line Article

"From my perspective as Academic Director, I wanted to provide as much opportunity as possible to maximize learning of the Arabic language (standard and dialect) and to provide activities to ensure student interaction with local communities to gain insight into local perspectives."

Inside Look: Learning Chinese at Mason

Inside Look: Learning Chinese at Mason

El Salvador Today: 20 Years After the Peace

El Salvador Today: 20 Years After the Peace

In February 2012, the Latin American Studies Program at George Mason University organized the event series EL SALVADOR TODAY: 20 YEARS AFTER THE PEACE. 20 years ago, the government of El Salvador signed a peace agreement with leftist rebels, bringing an end to a 12-year civil war that resulted in the loss of over 70,000 lives. The event series commemorated the Peace Accords and reflected on the challenges facing El Salvador today.

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Berroa to Discuss Work of Poet Elytis at Library of Congress

Berroa to Discuss Work of Poet Elytis at Library of Congress

Pedro Serrano, a Mexican poet, and Rei Berroa, a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University, will host a discussion covering the Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet Odysseas Elytis, who passed away in 1996. The discussion takes place at the Library of Congress.

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Working in France

Working in France

Erin Rondeau, 2011 French major Mason graduate, shares her experiences as a teaching assistant in Brittany.

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Faculty, Staff Look Back on Chamberlain Lecture

Faculty, Staff Look Back on Chamberlain Lecture

Students, faculty, and staff from all around George Mason University packed the Grand Tier of the Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 24, to hear Frederick Ahl, professor of classics at Cornell University, deliver the first Jeffrey T. Chamberlain Memorial Lecture, named after the late beloved faculty member.

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Department Honors Chamberlain with New Lecture Series

Department Honors Chamberlain with New Lecture Series

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages honors the memory of Jeffrey T. Chamberlain with a new lecture series this spring. Before his untimely death in 2009, Jeff Chamberlain taught French language, literature, and linguistics at Mason for well over twenty years and served two terms as chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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So wins Teaching Award

So wins Teaching Award

Sufumi So has won the 2010 National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) Teacher Award for the College Level. NCJLT Teacher Awards are the only national awards for Japanese language teachers in the U.S., and recognize outstanding teachers of Japanese at the national level.

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Film Courses Aim to Educate On-Screen

Film Courses Aim to Educate On-Screen

Several college departments are offering classes focusing on film and media in which students will examine niche on-screen topics and engage in analysis with highly decorated film experts.

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Courses Feature Mix of Past and Present

Courses Feature Mix of Past and Present

The fall 2010 semester may have started this week, but students have until Sept. 14 to add classes. College of Humanities and Social Sciences students have a variety of relevant and interesting options to choose from if they are looking for a last-minute course to plug into their fall schedule.

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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.

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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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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College Students Win Global Education Awards

College Students Win Global Education Awards

While many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' students will travel abroad this winter, 20 of them are headed to places likes Israel, Palestine, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey thanks to awards from Mason's Center for Global Education.

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Cambridge Press Publishes Winkler’s Latest Book

Cambridge Press Publishes Winkler’s Latest Book

Martin Winkler adds to his impressive list of publications on Classics and cinema with a new study published by Cambridge University Press. Cinema and Classical Texts interprets films as visual texts and provides the first systematic demonstration of the affinities between Greco-Roman literature and the cinema. It examines major themes from classical myth and history such as the question of heroism and patriotism in war and the representation of women like Helen of Troy and Cleopatra as products of male desire and fantasy.

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Colleagues, Students, Alumni Remember Jeff Chamberlain

Colleagues, Students, Alumni Remember Jeff Chamberlain

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences announces a memorial service for Jeffrey Chamberlain, professor and chair of Modern and Classical Languages, who died in September. The memorial will take place on Wednesday, Feb.3, 2010, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Chamberlain served on the Mason faculty for 26 years.

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Commemorative Berlin Wall Torn Down on Campus

Commemorative Berlin Wall Torn Down on Campus

On Monday Nov. 9, 2009, students at George Mason University celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by tearing down a replica that was built on campus. The wall, complete with graffiti, was built by students as part of Freedom Without Walls – a series of events organized by Mason's faculty and students.

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Roman-Mendoza Receives Award

Roman-Mendoza Receives Award

Esperanza Roman-Mendoza, associate professor of Spanish, was awarded the 2009 Teaching with Technology Award. She was one of six Teaching Excellence Award winners that were selected by the university through a competitive process in which they documented their educational excellence. Award winners received a $2,000 stipend and $1,000 to support their teaching and learning activities.

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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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Professor Emeritus Aksyonov Dies

Professor Emeritus Aksyonov Dies

Vassily Aksyonov, Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature and Writing, died on Monday, July 6, in Moscow. He was 76. According to news reports, he had been in the hospital since January 2008 after suffering a stroke. In December 2004, Aksyonov received the Open Russia Booker Prize, which is awarded for the best Russian novel of the year. His award, presented in Moscow, was for “Voltairiens and Voltairiennes,” a historical narrative about 18th-century Russia laced with hints and prophecies about contemporary political issues.

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Join the French Club

Join the French Club

Mason's French Club offers students and exciting set of options, including meetings and parties with cultural food exploration, films and more.

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Iraqi the Focus of Arabic Dialects Class

Iraqi the Focus of Arabic Dialects Class

George Mason University offers ARAB 380, a class that explores the different dialects of the Arabic language. In fall 2009, the class will focus on Iraqi. “Iraqi is the dialect that concerns many Americans these days,” said Sana Hilmi, Arabic program coordinator. She adds that because Iraq is a hot spot, many students go there, and they would like to learn this dialect. It is a dialect that needs to be studied because of the many linguistic changes it represents.

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Confucius Institute To Send 28 Students to China

Confucius Institute To Send 28 Students to China

This summer, 28 local high school students will fly to China, one of the first major initiatives of George Mason’s new Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute, which was established on April 16, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a cooperation between George Mason University, the Beijing Language and Culture University and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing to promote Chinese language and culture in the metro area.

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2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

They lined up in the parking lot of Patriot Center, smiles on their faces and arms wrapped around their friends in celebratory hugs. George Mason University's class of 2009, grouped into the College of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, marched into the Patriot Center on May 15, 2009 for undergraduate convocation. "This celebration recognizes your efforts and dedication in fulfilling your degree requirements," Dean Jack Censer told the group of students. "Your passion and pursuit of excellence brought you to this culminating moment, where you are surrounded by the family and friends who have guided and supported you along the way."

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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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Ellis Speaks on Corrective Feedback

Ellis Speaks on Corrective Feedback

University of Auckland professor Rod Ellis delivered the fall lecture on Second Language Learning sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Ellis argued that the controversial role of corrective feedback needs to be examined from three different perspectives: cognitive, social, and psychology. Corrective feedback should be viewed as a collaborative endeavor that must be adapted to the individual learner and the social/situational context.

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Department Activity Chronicled in Newsletter

Department Activity Chronicled in Newsletter

The 2006-2007 department newsletter is dedicated to chair Jeff Chamberlain, whose leadership and wit were missed during his time away. It contains information about the new full-time faculty and updates from each of the language sections.

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Newsletter Tells Story of Active Department

Newsletter Tells Story of Active Department

Recent developments in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are described in the recently published newsletter for 2005-2006. This edition contains information on the new full-time faculty, a "what's new" section, updates from each of the language programs, and a list of the students recognized in the annual awards ceremony in May 2005.

Department Launches Newsletter

Department Launches Newsletter

Chair Jeff Chamberlain welcomes readers to the department newsletter for 2004-2005. The publication includes information on new full-time faculty, updates from the language sections, congratulations to the talented students who were recognized at the department's annual awards ceremony, and alumni news.

Wagner on Tony Schumacher Publications

Wagner on Tony Schumacher

Imgard Wagner, Modern and Classical Languages, published an essay "Tony Schumacher, Jugendschriftstellerin aus Ludwigsburg, Zeugin bewegter Zeiten," in a volume on 18th- to 20th-century women writers from the Ludwigsburg area. Irmgard's essay portrays the children's literature writer Tony Schumacher (1848-1931) as a witness of the eventful times in which she lived and wrote.