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George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

Mason's Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend our largest annual event for prospective graduate students. Learn about graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and professional degrees. Come see the excitement of our campus, meet our faculty, and speak with admissions representatives.

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STATUS/الوضع Issue 3.1 is Out!

STATUS/الوضع Issue 3.1 is Out!

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse issue yet, with something for every taste, whether it is current events, history, culture, poetry, music, or otherwise. Lots of gratitude to our guests, hosts, and team for delivering this colossal installment. With Status turning one, and just prior to a major overhaul of our online platform, we are proud to present our latest installment of interviews in our most stellar issue yet! This issue will be remembered for being the one with the most Arabic language interviews to date. This is not an arbitrary coincidence, but rather a testament to our commitment to ground the topics we discuss in regional dynamics and local intricacies. Along with partner organizations, we are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 3.1 [See Arabic here], our most ambitious issue yet

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The New Realities in the Middle East with David Imad Ramadan

The New Realities in the Middle East with David Imad Ramadan

The complexities of the region make the course a perfect fit for the Global Affairs program’s interdisciplinary approach. The goal of the course is to provide students with rich knowledge of the Middle East that is not just history and not just politics, that allows students to really work through the context and complexities of current events.

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Debating Modern Revolution; Jack Censer Launches Latest Book

Debating Modern Revolution; Jack Censer Launches Latest Book

The book is a consideration of "modern" revolutions, those that seek to bring about changes to society that implement a new ideal, as opposed to a reversion to any system in place before. “The idea of revolution is only going to run out of steam when people stop believing in positive changes that can be made here on Earth,” Censer explains.

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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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“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

Last Monday, photojournalist Louie Palu screened his film “Kandahar Journals” in the Johnson Center Cinema as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series sponsored by GMU's Film and Media Studies. The film focuses on Palu’s experiences as an embedded photojournalist in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010.

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