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Sent: Monday, February 15, 2021 10:24 AM

Subject: CHR news and opportunities
Dear Colleagues, Students, and Friends,

Thanks to Sam Lebovic for leading us in a thought-provoking discussion of the implications of the Espionage Act, and to so many of you for attending!

Please plan to attend our upcoming events! Also: we will be announcing funding opportunities later this semester (see below):

Faculty Book Talk: Tuesday, February 16th, 4:30-5:30pm
LaNitra Berger (Art History and Office of Undergraduate Education) on her recent book Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art: Audacities of Colo
Her book considers one of South Africa’s most enigmatic modern figures. Stern held conservative political positions on race even as her subjects openly challenged racism and later the apartheid regime. Using paintings, archival research, and new interviews, Berger's book explores how Stern became South Africa's most prolific painter of Black, Jewish, and Colored (mixed-race) life while maintaining controversial positions on race.

Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 961 0055 6986 Passcode: 456816

Panel DiscussionFriday, February 26th, 1:30-3pm "Chronic Crisis: The Humanities Contextualize 2020” featuring Andrew Peterson (Philosophy) on COVID19; Tehama M Lopez Bunyasi (Carter School) on Black Lives Matter; Jessica Mack (RRCHNM) on the Pandemic Religion project; and Meredith Lair (History/Art History) on the teaching the election of 2020 in real time. Flyer below!

Join Zoom Meeting

Faculty Fellow Research Presentation: Wednesday, March 3rd, 12-1pm
Niklas Hultin (Global Affairs) on " ‘Who killed Deyda Hydara:?’ The politics of human rights and ambiguities of dissent in Yahya Jammeh’s The Gambia.” In this informal presentation, Hultin will discuss his project and welcome feedback, questions, etc from the group.

Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 995 9131 6364 Passcode: 268673

Description:‘ ‘Who killed Deyda Hydara:?’ The politics of human rights and ambiguities of dissent in Yahya Jammeh’s The Gambia’

An External Opportunity:
Call for Proposals: Roundtable on Humanities Education, Integration and Engagement for the Virginia Humanities Conference
 Faculty at Virginia colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals for a roundtable on Humanities Education, Integration and Engagement for the Virginia Humanities Conference (held virtually, March 24-25 and March 31-April1). This roundtable will explore ways that Virginia humanities faculty address key themes and recommendations in two recent reports: Branches from the Same Tree, from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and The Humanities in American Life, from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring faculty into conversation with each other and representatives of the organizations that published these reports, with the goal of advancing humanities education, integration, and engagement. Proposals are welcome that address one or more of these themes:
·  Connecting classroom teaching with public humanities activities
·  Integrating humanities with arts, science, engineering, and medicine
·  Preparing humanities majors for occupations beyond graduation
·  Training non-humanities majors to acquire and value critical skills 
·  Balancing new technologies and traditional approaches in humanities education
To submit a proposal for inclusion in the roundtable, please complete the survey linked here and below. Submissions will be reviewed as they are completed prior to February 22, 2021. Questions may be directed to Tom Ewing ([log in to unmask]).

CHECK OUT READING GROUPS—it’s never too late to join!

Our first undergraduate workshop will run this spring — it’s called “What is Humanities Research?” Over the course of four Friday afternoons, students will learn about the value of humanities research, the kinds of questions it addresses, the forms its analyses take, and the kinds of knowledges it produces; they will meet more than 12 faculty members, many of whom will speak about their own research projects; they will be introduced to OSCAR; they will learn about fellowship opportunities and also about the value of the humanities and humanities research skills to a broad range of professions. I’m thrilled that we have so many students signed up already.

If you have any ideas for workshops that we might run for graduate students or undergraduates, please let me know.


Stay tuned for funding opportunities — calls for funding will appear in late February/early March:
Small Research Grants: The Center will award small grants for GMU faculty (tenure-line and term) conducting research in the humanities. Funds might be used to support small research trips,  book publishing costs, image permissions, etc. All who receive funding will be required to give a talk (formal or informal) at the Center. 

CHR Residential Fellowships for Faculty and Graduate Students: These semester-long fellowships provide two course-releases (for faculty) and tuition and stipend (for grad students) and require residency at the Center. We will accept fellows from as wide a range of disciplines, departments and programs as possible who are working on projects related to our theme (TBA). Call for applications for Fall 2021 will appear later this month.


I hope to see you all at our events this semester!

Take care,

Alison Landsberg
Director, Center for Humanities Research (CHR)
Professor of History and Cultural Studies
George Mason University
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Alison Landsberg
Director, Center for Humanities Research (CHR)
Professor of History and Cultural Studies
George Mason University
Email: [log in to unmask]

Alison Landsberg
Director, Center for Humanities Research (CHR)
Professor of History and Cultural Studies
George Mason University
Email: [log in to unmask]