Please see below for a message from the HGSO board. Time to get connected by joining the Slack group!


Cynthia A. Kierner

Professor of History

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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Hi Everyone,


Greetings to all new students, and welcome back to those who are returning! The History Graduate Student Organization (HGSO) Board would like to share a few things.


Who we are:

We are a student-run organization for History grad students. We facilitate social activities, host workshops and write-ins, and send representatives to the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). We will tell you more at the Colloquium on September 13.


We communicate primarily through Slack. To participate in our many exciting channels, and to stay updated about events, please join the HGSO Slack:

To join the HGSO, all you need to do is: join the Slack channel, and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Slack is a new way to communicate with your team. Itís faster, better organized, and more secure than email.


This year's officers:

Co-presidents: Anne Dobberteen and Dan Howlett

Treasurer: Laura Brannan

Secretary: Greta Swain


Events and Meet-ups (more details available on Slack):

Saturday, September 4: Dog Park meet-up, 12:30 pm at Glencarlyn Dog Park in Arlington, VA (in-person)

Monday, September 13: HGSO presentation/"take-over" of Colloquium (zoom)

Monday, September 20: Dr. Megan Breuning, from the Office of Fellowships, on external funding opportunities for graduate students. 5:30 pm. (zoom)

Saturday, October 2: Hiking meet-up, location TBD. Details forthcoming. (in-person)

Wednesday, October 20: HGSO general meeting, time TBD (zoom)

Monday Nov. 8th - Zoom - 6-7pm - Tales from the Archives Social Hour (zoom)

Monday December 6th - Study/writing day - On campus, in-person with possibility of hybrid/zoom option


We are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable semester with you all! Please feel free to reach out to any of the officers with any questions, concerns, or suggestions for events or workshops.



The HGSO Board