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Civil War Memorials in Washington, DC

Posted: March 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:55 pm

This talk will consider the design and origins of key Civil War memorials in the Washington, DC, metro area, as well as contemporary debates over their meaning and removal.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Not available until September, 2021)

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: March 29, 2021 at 7:53 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

The Great Facade: How surveillance capitalism almost toppled the world’s greatest democracy and the European Union

Posted: November 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm

A simplified explanation of how it happened, why it’s likely to happen again, and what we can do about it.

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

John Villanueva

Criminal Justice Reform: Understanding the root of the problem and the cost of the cure

Posted: November 30, 2020 at 8:35 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm

How did we get here? How did the police–sworn to protect and serve their communities–come to be seen as an occupying force by disadvantaged communities throughout America? Why have they lost the faith and confidence of the communities they serve? What needs to be done to turn the tide and restore the profession of policing […]

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

John Villanueva

How Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Really Improve Our Lives?

Posted: April 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:42 pm

We read about advances from artificial intelligence (AI) almost every day. Yet, the current pandemic seems to have brought into focus where our computational advancements are failing us. This talk will first provide an overview of AI accomplishment. Then, in the context of the current pandemic, it will focus on specific AI technologies that have […]

A/V requirements: None

Amarda Shehu

Speaking truth to power-the thunderous messages of the Hebrew prophets-what do they mean today?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:33 pm

In all of literature there are few parallels to the soaring rhetoric and poetry of the Hebrew prophets. They speak to us clearly today after almost three millennia: Amos in 800 BC crying seeking help for the poor and the disenfranchised (“let justice flow like a river”); Hosea comparing his country to a prostitute; Isaiah […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

Anthropology, Methods and Fieldwork

Posted: July 26, 2019 at 7:35 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:38 pm

How anthropologists do fieldwork and the methods they employ, including in zones of conflict.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Linda Seligmann

Computing in Science and Society

Posted: July 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:59 pm

Computing is now so ubiquitous that we tend to forget the profound consequences it is having in science and society. The talk explores the advent and evolution of computing in science and society, and attempts to predict future developments.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Rainald Lohner

Mexico-U.S. Relations; Organized Crime; Immigration; Border Security, and Human Trafficking

Posted: June 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:28 pm

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

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Posted: June 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:27 pm

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Ph.D. in Political Science, The New School for Social Research) is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her areas of expertise are Mexico-US relations, organized crime, immigration, border security, and human trafficking. Her newest book is titled Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War […]

Is That Really in the Bible?

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:34 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

Various Game Topics

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 1:35 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:41 pm

As an instructor in the game design program, I’ve traveled to a number of events related to gaming around the country, delivering talks on game topics ranging from color-blindness and accessibility to opera in games. With a couple weeks’ notice, I can prepare a talk on a variety of subjects, including audiovisual components, as part […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector

Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 1:32 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:41 pm

Daniel Greenberg teaches game design topics in the Computer Game Design program, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner in which they convey narrative, patterns for developing game literacy, codifying […]

The Public Health Impacts of Gender-based Violence against Women

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm, Last Updated: January 24, 2019 at 4:05 pm

What are the public health impacts of gender-based violence against women? How can we research gender-based violence against women? What are promising intervention approaches to both reduce gender-based violence against women?

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

Jhumka Gupta

Jhumka Gupta

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Jhumka Gupta, ScD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health within the College of Health and Human Services. Her research program applies a social epidemiology framework towards advancing the science of gender-based violence against women and girls (e.g. intimate partner violence, sex trafficking). Specifically, she investigates the mental and reproductive health […]

Foreign Intelligence

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm, Last Updated: December 18, 2018 at 8:59 pm

How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.

A/V requirements: None

Robert L. Deitz

Robert L. Deitz

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 8:43 pm, Last Updated: December 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Lawyer in private practice; general counsel NSA; senior councilor to the direct CIA; professor of public policy.

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Rodney M. Davis (USMC)

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm

My new book, “Sgt. Rodney M. Davis: The Making of a Hero,” is a factual account of the life, death and enduring legacy of Macon, Georgia’s lone Medal of Honor recipient following that fateful afternoon in Vietnam’s Que Son Valley in which his company of 200 Marines desperately tried to withstand an onslaught by an […]

A/V requirements: Internet, laptop

John Hollis

John Hollis

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 2:57 pm

John D. Hollis lists 17 years of daily newspaper experience, including nearly 10 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered college football and basketball, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Falcons, and high schools. He has authored two previous books, including the 2013 hit with former professional wrestler Lex Luger called “Wrestling with the Devil: […]

Climate Change in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:54 pm

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that everybody is inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that industrialization, urbanization and deforestation have caused most of the […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector and Screen

Jim Kinter

Jim Kinter

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm, Last Updated: March 30, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Dr. Kinter is Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), which conducts research on climate variability and predictability from days to decades, focusing on phenomena such as droughts and floods, monsoons, El Niño, and climate change. Dr. Kinter is also Professor and Chair in the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences of the […]

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Posted: April 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm, Last Updated: August 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Dr. El-Shazli can speak on the current state of affairs in MENA countries and their governments; international relations between MENA countries and the West; Arab literature and culture as a way to understand their politics; Islam and Politics; Labor Migration issues in MENA; and the Arab Uprisings – reasons and impact.

A/V requirements: Internet access, LCD Projector

Heba F. El-Shazli

Biblical Villains and Villainesses

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:34 pm

Biblical villains and villainesses:  This talk reviews some of the notable bad characters in the Old and New Testaments, including Cain, Jezebel, Athalea, Nebuchadnezzar, King Herod, and many others.

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth

Things That Keep Me Up at Night: Technology’s Severest Challenges

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:35 pm

If you are pretty much comfortable with today’s information technology world, this course is probably not for you. The instructor, who teaches technology policy at Mason, has collected several dozen of what he thinks are the scarier, more worrisome, and potentially game-changing topics in information technology that may be in our near-term and longterm future. […]

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth

Economics of the Arts

Posted: March 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.

A/V requirements: None

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen

Posted: March 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 5:58 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.

Nuclear Power — Is It green?

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:32 pm

A discussion of the past, present and future of nuclear power, and its contribution to our quest for clean energy.

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Robert Ehrlich

Robert Ehrlich

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Robert Ehrlich is a professor of physics at George Mason University, where he has chaired the department. He began his career after receiving a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 1964. Prior to joining George Mason, he held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and the State University of New York […]