Events & Activities

Upcoming events are added to our calendar regularly– click here for more information. And read on to discover some of our other programming initiatives.

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Faculty Fellowship Program


Semester-long residential fellowships provide two course releases and require residency at the Center. Fellows are required to give a talk at the Center. We aim to accept faculty from as wide a range of disciplines, departments and programs as possible, so that all disciplines feel that they have a stake in the Center, and in its work and activities.

Graduate Student Fellowship Program

Semester-long residential fellowships allow doctoral students nearing completion of their programs the time necessary to focus on dissertation writing, and the opportunity to present and discuss their research with faculty outside of their own thesis committees and departments. Graduate fellows are required to give a talk (formal or informal) at the Center.

Annual Symposium  

Our annual symposium takes place in the spring of each year and is organized around the Center’s theme. The event features a keynote address, and draws scholars--both presenters and attendees--from both Mason and beyond. Our first symposium was held in April 2022 and was fully virtual. Towards our goal of engaging the public in the intellectual and cultural activity of the humanities, our 2023 Symposoim will also feature outward facing programming.

Symposium Seminar 

The Center runs a “symposium seminar” for advanced undergraduates. Students apply to participate in a brief seminar leading up to the symposium, focused on its theme and on the research work of the keynote speaker. In preparation for the symposium, the seminar convenes to discuss the scholar’s work and related texts, and at the symposium, the group has its own private session with speaker.  

Small Research Grants 

The Center awards small grants for GMU faculty conducting research in the humanities (small research trips, book publishing costs, image permissions, etc). All who receive funding are required to give a talk (formal or informal) or workshop at the Center.

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Evening Talks, Panel Discussions, and Book Launches

The Center hosts regular talks by both fellowship and research grant recipients, and other interested faculty. If you are interested in giving a talk, please email a proposal to

Informal Lunch Talks

The Center hosts a robust schedule of informal lunch talks/discussions. While some will be research talks, other will be on the topic of research itself. If you have ideas for topics or would like given an informal lunch talk, please email a proposal to 


The Center convenes regular workshops for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. 

Reading Groups and Working Groups 

The Center fosters, supports, and provides space for topical and thematic Working Groups and Reading Groups for faculty, graduate students and staff. Most groups are regularly welcoming new members. If you'd like to propose a group of your own, please email