American Culture

The Threat to American Democracy and Civil Society: Understanding Influence Operations, Violent Extremism, and the Fractures Spawned by Political Partisanship

Posted: January 15, 2021 at 2:58 pm, Last Updated: January 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by a violent mob in an attempt to disrupt an electoral-vote count by a joint session of congress.  The Capitol almost fell under the weight of this insurrection.  Americans – stunned and frozen in front of their televisions and mobile devices – witnessed a failed […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers

John Villanueva

Current Events

Posted: December 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm, Last Updated: December 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Immigration, Demographic Change, Populism, Nativism, Backlash, Minority Politics, Islam, Identity Politics, Brexit, White Working Class Voters, United States, Europe, Middle East, Policy Communication

A/V requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Justin Gest

Is That Really in the Bible?

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:55 pm

Nearly everybody has a favorite event or story from the Bible. Ruth has collected dozens of them for the class, each with a very different spin than may be customary. The lecture will address love stories in Genesis, and great curses in Deuteronomy, the stories of Deborah and Hannah—two great heroines—will be covered. Several stories […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

History, Lessons and Legacies of the Vietnam War

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

The history and lessons learned from the Vietnam war including a look at veteran’s issues in American Life. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair

War Memorials on the National Mall

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

I can do this as a talk or a walking tour. I provide historical background about the development of various war memorials on the National Mall, as well as interpretation of their design and meaning in American culture. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair

Meredith Lair

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Available to present remotely/virtually. Professor Lair’s work examines warfare and its relationship to American society and culture, with particular emphasis on how knowledge and memories of the past are constructed and disseminated over time. She is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of […]

Tyler Cowen

Posted: March 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He is also the Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Utopian Communities

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm, Last Updated: March 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

We all dream of living in the perfect society. What is the history of utopianism and what kinds of experiments have there been in the U.S.? Why do a few succeed but most fail? What social conditions make people want to escape into a utopia?

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Mary McCutcheon

Transnational and Transracial Adoption and the Changing Faces of American Families

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Speaker has completed major project on changing faces of American family. Will discuss multiple impacts of transnational and transracial adoption on family-making in the U.S. Seligmann’s book, Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation (Stanford University Press, 2013) examines the experiences of families who have adopted from China, Russia, and those […]

A/V requirements: Flip Chart, Laptop, LCD, Screen

Linda Seligmann


Posted: September 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

A history of the intriguing counterfeit $100 notes now circulating in Europe and Asia and sometimes in America, with amusing speculations by others about their source.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Roger Lathbury

Sports Industry, Sport Management and Coaching

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Willing to talk about the sports industry, sports management program at GMU, college athletics, professional sports, youth sports, the coaching profession, basketball and basketball coaching. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: None

Craig Esherick

Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:25 pm

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind,” wrote Nelson Mandela in his autobiography. In the United States, leadership is closely connected to charisma and visibility. If you are not […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers

Tojo Thatchenkery


Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Introduction to one of the greatest American and world novels. What is it really about?

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Roger Lathbury

Instruments in the Attic, Mason Music Ambassadors, Mason Teaching Scholars

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Instruments in the attic, a program of George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy, is designed to collect, repair and distribute musical instruments to the community. IIA has three missions 1. Academic- to collect and use instruments for Mason School of Music Instrumental Methods classes 2. Community – to send out students, with IIA donated instruments, […]

A/V requirements: None

John Kilkenny

Hiawatha in History, Legend and Poetry

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Most of us know about Hiawatha from Longfellow’s long poem. But there was a historic Hiawatha as well as Iroquois legends embellishing this person’s career. How did Longfellow come to pick Hiawatha for his poem?

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Mary McCutcheon

Gentrification in Washington, DC

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm, Last Updated: March 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Gentrification and its impact on inequalities and democratic participation in Washington, DC. From the 1940s to the present.

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Johanna Bockman