Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Call for Proposals from Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers: Spring 2013

2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Forum on Human Rights
“Human Rights Locally and Globally”
March 1 2013
Virginia Tech

Through the institutionalization of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the discourse of human rights has had some six decades to spread throughout the globe, largely through a system of state actors. Meanwhile, human beings have wrestled with ideas and practices of human rights for millennia within their respective communities as well as between distinct communities. While some issues focus on international law, state violations, and processes of globalization, others look at individuals, families, and communities that are working to create structures of human rights on the ground. It is clear in the 21st century that human rights are both local and global, are here at home and abroad – each affecting each other. People and communities at home and abroad are inventing their futures in dignity and self-determination. We can learn from them and they can learn from our research. Bringing the best undergraduate and graduate research in the region together for a one-day conference, “Human Rights Locally and Globally” will serve as a space where we can investigate these issues across multiple disciplines.

Possible topics include, but certainly are not limited to:

    • Human Rights in Our Own Backyard
    • The Social Psychology of Dignity
    • The Role of Human Rights in Peace and Violence Prevention
    • Human Rights Cities
    • Participatory Action Research and Community Empowerment
    • Date Rape and Silence Regime
    • Societal Perceptions of human rights
    • New Media and Political Mobilization
    • Race and Human Rights
    • Ethics and Cognition
    • Spaces of Human Rights
    • Writing as Resistance
    • Human Rights in the U.S, Election Cycles
    • Constructing Human Rights Identities
    • New Social Movements
    • Agriculture, Human Rights and Resistance
    • Human Rights and Methodology
Submission Guidelines

Interested undergraduate or graduate student researchers should submit a proposal to Professor David Brunsma (<>) by December 5, 2012. Proposals should include name, email, university, degree program, year of completion, faculty mentor’s name, and a 250-500-word proposal. The proposal should include purpose statement, research questions, methods, and conclusions, etc., in order that the committee might get a good sense of the research. Proposals will be vetted by the Working Group for the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Virginia Tech. Participants will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 15, 2012. If you are unsure whether your research fits the conference theme, please do not hesitate to contact the organizer, Professor David Brunsma.
The Conference
The 2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Research Forum on Human Rights, “Human Rights Locally and Globally,” will take place on the campus of Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg, Virginia. All the papers and creative works will be presented on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pending funding, lodging may be provided for presenters travelling from other universities. The most promising papers and creative works will be considered for possible publication in Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences and/or Philologia, the journal of undergraduate research published by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

A website with more information will be provided soon.

Contact Info:
Dr. David L. Brunsma
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Virginia Tech
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
Blacksburg, VA 24061<>

Monday, October 29, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 10/29

This week at Mason:

Due to Hurricane Sandy, many of this weeks events were cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. We will re-post events once they have been rescheduled. Check out what it still happening this week:

Celebration of Achievements
Wednesday, October 31
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Center for the Arts, Lobby
This annual event honors the research, scholarly, and creative accomplishments of our faculty and students! Five URSP students from Summer 2012 will be presenting their research posters.  

HireMason Workshops:
Thursday, November 16:00 pm - 7:00 pmInnovation Hall, Rm. 333
In collaboration with Career Services, OSCAR will host a HireMason workshop for faculty. Come learn how to successfully post an undergraduate research project.    

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Us in Real Life"


Watch as Kevin Loker, a Mason alum, talks about his undergraduate research project entitled "Us IRL: A status update on romantic relationships and the technology that connects them." Kevin participated in the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (UAP) which has since transformed into the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP).

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

OSCAR Open House

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), is the home of the Students as Scholars initiative... 

You're Invited:

OSCAR Open House
October 30th 2012 
11am - 1pm
Johnson Center Room 246
Fairfax Campus VA 22030

We'll provide snacks, and an opportunity to chat with other students about their projects, meet supportive faculty and get more information about OSCAR's programs. We will have drawings for prizes throughout the event. Please RSVP at OSCAR Open House

Monday, October 22, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 10/22

  This week at Mason:

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP)
Apply now!
The URSP is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor. Students may receive financial support and/or academic credit for their projects in addition to developing relevant academic and professional skills. Application deadline for Spring 2013: November 30, 2012. To learn more about the program and application process, click here.

S-CAR Dialogue and Difference Event:
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Research 1, Rm. 163
Join the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the Dialogue and Difference Project, the Honors College, Mason Votes, and The Civility Project for a dialogue discussion on this year's election.

Physics and Astronomy Colloquia: Crystal Bailey
Thursday, October 25
3:00 pm
Research Hall, Rm. 163
Crystal Bailey presents Breaking the Myth of the Non-Traditional Physicist.   Physics PhDs are among the most employable in the world, often doing everything from managing a research lab at a multi-million dollar corporation, to developing solutions to global problems in their own small start-ups.

Visual Voices: Richard Franklin
Thursday, October 25
7:00 pm
Harris Theatre
The School of Art is sponsoring a new series: Visual Voices, hosting eight nationally recognized visiting artists and designers who will speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits. See Richard Franklin present You Have Everything You Need.

Into the Woods:
Friday, October 26
8:00 pm
Center for the Arts
Into the Woods draws together the stories and characters of Grimm's fairy tales to weave a tapestry of poignant lessons and beautiful melodies, bringing new meaning to the stories we tell our children. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Tickets required.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

URSP Applications Due 11/30

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) 

URSP student Kimberlee Velazquez and her mentor Dr. Emily Ihara

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor. Students may receive financial support and/or academic credit for their projects, in addition to developing relevant academic and professional skills. To learn more about the program and application process, please click here.

Proposal Writing Workshops:
For assistance on how to write a successful proposal for the URSP, attend one of these workshops:

Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, University Hall Room 3300
Friday November 16 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Mason Hall Room D003A 

URSP Deadline for Spring 2013:

Friday, November 30, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 10/15

This Week at Mason:

Vision Series: Audrey Kurth Cronin:
Monday, October 15
7:15 pm
Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium
Hear Professor Cronin, from the School of Public Policy speak on How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of of Terrorist Campaigns.

Moments of Truth Lecture with President Angel Cabrera:
Tuesday, October 16
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Hub, Ballroom
The annual Moments of Truth Lecture is an initiative of the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  A question and answer session and a reception will follow the lecture.

Astronomy Observing Session:
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Research Hall Observatory
Interested in night sky observing? There are multiple sessions scheduled throughout the semester!

Mason Wind Symphony & Fairfax Wind Symphony Fall Concert:
Tuesday, October 16
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The School of Music is hosting their annual Fall Concert! Tickets for students, faculty or staff are just $5!

Brown Bag: Engaging Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Wednesday, October 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Student Union Building I, Room 3332
Center of Consciousness and Transformation presents Linda Miller, M.F.A. who will discuss engaging students with autism spectrum disorder.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop

University Career Services and Women and Gender Studies are sponsoring a Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop today! All students are welcome!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Career Library, 3400 Sub 1

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

OSCAR's Top Picks of the Week 10/8

This weeks post is all about Family Weekend 2012! The Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services is offering a schedule packed full of events for students to show off Mason to their families! Feel free to visit their website:, and check out our top five picks!

Students (and Families!) as Scholars Scavenger Hunt:
Friday, October 12
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center, OSCAR Rm. 246
Come and discover your inner scholar! Get a behind the scenes look at how research and creative activities occur beyond the classroom at Mason.

University Career Services Open House:
Friday, October 12
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Student Union Building 1, Rm. 3400
No matter where your student is in the career planning process, University Career Services is here to help! Drop by and learn more about HireMason and some of the other career planning resources they have to offer.

Happy Hour with Dr. Todd Kashdan:
Friday, October 12
5:40 pm
Johnson Center, Bistro
Join Dr. Todd Kashdan, Mason Psychology professor, and hear about his cutting-edge research on developments relating to happiness, psychological strengths and healthy relationships. 

Mason Observatory:
Friday, October 12
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Research Building 1, Observatory
Join Dr. Harold Geller and tour the Mason Observatory which houses the largest on-campus computer controlled telescope in the area.

The Goddess Diaries:
Friday, October 12
Saturday, October 13
7:30 pm
The Goddess Diaries consists of eight short personal narratives about key milestones in the lives of girls and women, ages 11 to 65. All proceeds go to the George Mason Victims of Violence Fund.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Historic Costume Research Project

Professor Kurtz is offering a research opportunity on historic costumes! Check out the description below, and visit Hire Mason ( for more information.

Historic Costume Research Project
 Spring & Summer 2013
Costuming in the Federal Theatre: 1935-1939

The Federal Theatre Project (FTP) was established under the Works Progress Administration, during the first term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Radical in concept, the FTP was the only large-scale effort undertaken by the federal government of the United States to organize theatrical events.
National in scope but regional in emphasis, the FTP was composed of many different units, which employed more than 12,000 people and presented more than 6,000 stage presentations organized in specific geographic areas.  FTP productions teams; directors, performers, designers, were set up in cities and towns throughout the United States, with Washington, D.C. as the designated headquarter.  From these locations performances toured virtually every corner of the nation from coast to coast.
Many books have been written about the FTP administration, productions, directors, and performers, but few explore the designer’s contribution, the costume designer in particular. Published resources concerning the costume designer's role in the FTP provide little information about their creative contribution.  However, many original costume sketches and documentation exist today in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and George Mason University. Completion of the research project would result in the publications (in print and online), programs, and a proposed grant for a traveling exhibition.

Howard Vincent Kurtz
Associate Professor
Department of Theater

Monday, October 1, 2012

OSCAR's Top Picks for the week of 10/1

OSCAR's top picks for interesting, fun, and free  (unless otherwise noted) upcoming events. Students, faculty, and community members are invited to attend (don't be shy, you really are invited, even if you don't know anyone else there!).

Monday, October 1st
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Krasnow Institute Room 229
A talk, given by Alison Winter, Associate Professor of History at University of Chicago, that will examine the history of scientific representations of autobiographical memory – how we remember our own personal past.

Library Workshop: Statistical Resources. (Registration Required)
Monday, October 1st
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Fenwick Library Room C103 (Data Services Lab)
An overview of University Libraries' online statistical resources with an emphasis on demographics, census data, and other sources.

Documentary Screening: Half the Sky
Monday, October 1st
8:45pm – 10:00pm
Johnson Center Room 240K
"The documentary, based on the book written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, focuses on the issues facing women around the world today, like gender-based violence, forced prostitution, maternal mortality and sex trafficking."

Workshop: Write it Up! Tips on Publishing in Scholarly Journals
Tuesday, October 2nd
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Founders Hall Room 120 (Arlington)
Support Open Access Month by joining Claudia Holland of University Libraries to find out more about writing, not how but what and where; evaluating a journal; similarities and differences between traditional and open access journals; what to do once you receive a manuscript review; and author rights. Presentation sponsored by University Libraries and the School of Public Policy.

Seminar Series: Invisible and At-Risk: The Sexual Health Concerns of Sexual Minority Women in the US
Tuesday, October 2nd
3:15 – 4:15pm
Johnson Center Room G
Given by Lisa L. Lindley, Associate Professor, George Mason University, Department of Global and Community Health

A Developmental Perspective on Policy Issues in Early Childhood
Wednesday, October 3rd
East Building Room 122
A talk given by Dr. Louisa Tarullo, Senior Researcher and Associate Director at Mathematics Policy Research, as part of the Applied Developmental Psychology Fall Colloquia.

Anti-Corruption Technical Assistance: A Grown Industry for Better or Worse
Thursday, October 4th
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Founders Hall Room 113 (Arlington Campus)
Speakers: Jeanine Zeitvogel and Scott Carlson from Casals & Associates. This event is sponsored by the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center. Click for more information or to register.

Celebrating the Legacy and Creativity of Faculty Composer Dr. Glenn Smith
Friday, October 5th
Harris Theater
Faculty Artist Showcase  given by the School of Music. Join us for this annual free concert as we showcase our talented Mason Music faculty (plus one student this year!)

Upcoming Events:
Live Stream: The Creative Time Summit 2012: Confronting Inequity (Registration Required by October 5th)
Friday, October 12th
10:00am to 6:35pm
Art and Design Building Room 1005
"The only conference of its kind, devoted to exploring the intersection of art-making and social justice," sponsored by Mason's School of Art, NCC's Social Justice Concentration, and Women & Gender Studies. Keynote Speakers: Martha Rosler and Slovoj Žlžek. Free, with refreshments and a light lunch. RSVP required by October 5th, to Amanda Corrigan ( or 703.993.5501).

Friday October 12th and 13th
Harris Theatre
A play about eight key milestones in the lives of girls and women, called "an uproarious and moving journey through the milestones of womanhood." This is the final event of the fall Turn Off the Violence week, and proceeds help fund the Mason Victims of Violence Fund, sponsored by GMU Sexual Assault Services. Tickets start at $5 for students, $10 for Mason faculty and staff.
Mason Symphony Orchestra celebrates Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 14th
Harris Theatre
Musical selections: Beethoven, Strauss, and Hindemith. Includes poster displays by German Language Students, Refreshments (sorry, beer appears to NOT be included), and German Information Office giveaways.

Monday, October 15th
Founders Hall (Arlington Campus)
Lecture by Audrey Kurth Cronin, Professor of Public Policy. Drawing from research on hundreds of groups, Kurth Cronin will explain six classic patterns of endings that emerge throughout modern history, including the conditions under which they work, and why having laid out these patterns for all groups, she will then analyze which are relevant and irrelevant to al-Qaeda.

Workshop: Write it Up! Tips on Publishing in Scholarly Journals
Tuesday, October 16th
3:00 pm -4:00 pm
Bull Run Hall Room 131 (Prince William Campus)
Support Open Access Month by joining Claudia Holland of University Libraries to find out more about writing, not how but what and where; evaluating a journal; similarities and differences between traditional and open access journals; what to do once you receive a manuscript review; and author rights. Presentation sponsored by University Libraries and the School of Public Policy.

Reality Diplomacy: How Ambassadors Deal with Crime and Corruption Abroad
Thursday, October 18th
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Founders Hall Room 113 (Arlington Campus)
Ambassadors: Kenneth Yalowitz and Richard Kauzlarich. This event is sponsored by the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center. Click for more information or to register.
For more events, see Today@Mason