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Maria Dakake awarded Templeton Grant

Maria Dakake awarded Templeton Grant

Maria Dakake, associate professor in religious studies, and co-investigator Martin Nguyen of Fairfield University, in partnership with Mason's Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, have been awarded a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation for their project, “Islamic Moral Theology in Conversation with the Future” (IMTF).

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"Tolle lege..." next meeting Oct. 29

"Tolle lege..." next meeting Oct. 29

Consisting of George Mason faculty and students from various disciplines and fields of study, this Center for Humanities Research reading group focuses on recent but also classic works on the critical study of religion. Every semester it will read and discuss a particular book. For fall 2021 this group will be meeting via Zoom every-other Friday (beginning Sept. 17) at 11am to discuss Dangerous Religious Ideas by Rabbi Rachel Mikva. Prof. Mikva is currently scheduled to come to campus on November 10 to discuss her book both in a public lecture and privately with the Religious Studies Reading Group. For more information about the group, including being added to its listserv, please contact either Maria Dakake (mdakakem@gmu.edu) or Garry Sparks (gsparks@gmu.edu).

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Linda Seligmann Named to the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors

Linda Seligmann Named to the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors

Dr. Linda Seligmann, Professor Emerita in Anthropology, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to a three-year term to the Virginia Humanities Foundation Board. The Virginia Humanities Board of Directors, made up of individuals who are passionate about the humanities, oversees organizational policy and programming. The board members are broadly representative of the citizens of the Commonwealth and its various civic, ethnic, and minority group interests.

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Lebovic wins NEH Fellowship

Lebovic wins NEH Fellowship

Associate history professor Sam Lebovic has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Public Scholars Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award will enable him to complete work on a new book on the history of the Espionage Act. 

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Second Nature 03: The Center for Humanities Research at GMU

Second Nature 03: The Center for Humanities Research at GMU

In this episode of Second Nature, we profile the newly founded Center for Humanities Research at George Mason University. We hear about the Center's conception and goals from the planning committee themselves, as well as provide information on their current theme, upcoming talks, funding opportunities, and preview their new theme for the upcoming year.

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Talking about racial injustice and restorative action with Black leaders

Talking about racial injustice and restorative action with Black leaders

Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, and Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of U.S. History and former director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, met in a virtual discussion hosted by the Center for Humanities Research. Stefan Wheelock, associate professor in the Department of English, moderated.

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