Mason Speakers

Speakers and Talks Report Page

NameImage URLBioTalks
Robert Bakerhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Baker-Robert.jpgRobert Baker has held an array of positions in the sport industry, including various administrative and coaching roles. His B. S. and M. S. are from Penn State, and his Ed. D. is from William and Mary. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Sport Management at George Mason University. Sports Management and Coaching Education
Description: Addressing the management of sport business enterprises; sport diplomacy and development; various segments of the sport industry including school-based and professional sport; coaching and/or sport management education; sport leadership; impacts of sport; and/or any issues of interest in sport management and coaching.
AV Requirements: None;
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Steven Barneshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Barnes-Steven-10.7.21-scaled.jpgSteven Barnes is Associate Professor of Russian History and Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Mason University. He teaches courses on Russian and Soviet history while engaged in research on the history of the Soviet forced labor camp system (the Gulag) and the global history of the concentration camp as a modern form of population control. He is the author of the multi-award winning Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society, and is currently completing a book on a Stalinist Gulag camp for women arrested merely for being the wives of men who were themselves unjustly repressed. Understanding the Soviet Gulag, Understanding Stalinism
Description: Professor Barnes offers an engaging reconsideration of the role of the Soviet Gulag in Stalin's Soviet Union based on over two decades of research in formerly highly classified Soviet archives. His discussion raises important questions about the place of the concentration camp and mass detention in the modern world and engages in systematic comparison of the Gulag with the Nazi and other modern concentration camp systems to provide a fuller understanding of what Stalinism was, and what it was not.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Cultural/Social/World Issues; History;

The Origins of Putinism in 1990s Russia
Description: Professor Barnes offers a deep dive into the consequences of the end of the Soviet Union in 1990s Russia and how the culture shock, chaos, economic pain, and violence of that era of "transition." from Communism to so-called freedom, capitalism, and democracy help explain the origins of Putinism and the popularity of Vladimir Putin in contemporary Russia.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Government/Politics; History;

Anthony Berardohttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Berardo-Anthony.jpgI have worked extensively in student housing. Over the past ten years, I have spent eight of them in on-campus student housing with the remaining two working with students to find off-campus housing. I worked for Housing and Residence Life at Wichita State University for four years as a Residence Life Coordinator (building manager) and an additional four years as a number of different building manager positions with George Mason University. Finally, I have transitioned to a role with Contemporary Student Services working with off-campus students and helping them with their housing needs/concerns.   Student Housing
Description: A discussion on contemporary students and their housing needs.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: George Mason University;

Johanna Bockmanhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Bockman-Johanna.jpgJohanna Bockman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs. Currently, she is teaching courses on Post-Soviet Life, research methods, and globalization. More locally, she is studying gentrification in Washington, DC. Socialism
Description: I would discuss socialism in Eastern Europe, as well as global socialist movements, such as that of Yugoslavia. I could also discuss postsocialism and current notions of socialism.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Economic Development;

Globalization
Description: An overview of the major global trends and debates in the areas of politics, economics, society and culture.
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
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Gentrification in Washington, DC
Description: Gentrification and its impact on inequalities and democratic participation in Washington, DC. From the 1940s to the present.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Government/Politics; History;

Don Boileauhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/boileau_don.jpgDon Boileau is a retired professor of communication at George Mason University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea in 1968-69. A former department chair of Communication for 13 years, he has served as Parliamentarian for such groups as the U.S. Association for the United Nations, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the international Kappa Delta Pi. He has won the Distinguished Service award for his state, regional, and national communication organizations. Don was President of the Eastern Communication Association and Chair of the GMU Faculty Senate. Lyme Disease
Description: Dr. Boileau who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors can talk about the presence, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease.
AV Requirements: PowerPoint;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Health/Wellness; Lyme Disease Awareness Month (May); Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Lyme Disease: Weaponized for Warfare? Truth or Science Fiction
Description: Dr. Boileau, who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors talks about the issue of biochemical warfare and was Lyme disease weaponized for this purpose.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Ethics; Health/Wellness; Lyme Disease Awareness Month (May);

Your Neighbor Next Door: How Intercultural Communication Helps One Understand Differences
Description: In most neighborhoods of Northern Virginia one finds residents of several cultures. This presentation presents several themes from intercultural communication to help people improved their understanding of how messages vary among cultures because of the ways we send and receive messages.
AV Requirements: PowerPoint;
Categories: Communication; Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Why College?
Description: Discusses how the total experience of college helps students learn how to learn, balance knowledge of the good life and good society, and develop a sense of right, wrong, truth, and beauty.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Education/Teaching;

Themes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Sermons
Description: Most of our knowledge about MLK, Jr. is through his political speeches. This presentation focus on spiritual themes found in 8 of his sermons. While one can see many links to his political life, Dr. King was an ordained minister who started his career as a person who gave sermons.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January); Religion;

Lisa Bregliahttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Lisa-Breglia.jpgLisa Breglia is Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Global Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University where she has worked since 2007. Her 2006 book, Monumental Ambivalence: the Politics of Heritage (University of Texas Press), examines the struggle over national patrimony between public interests and private sector development in Maya archaeological sites across the Yucatán Peninsula. Her second book, Living with Oil (2013, UT Press), is an ethnographic investigation of the effects of Mexico's intensive offshore oil industry on Gulf coast communities. Her current long-term research focuses on the relationship between resource security and citizen security in contemporary Mexico, and her most recent project focused on experiential dimensions of climate change among Maya farmers. Lives in Ruins: Life in the Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá
Description: While millions of international tourists a year visit the World Heritage site of Chichén Itzá in southern Mexico and eagerly bask in its ancient wonder, few people appreciate the contemporary significance of the archaeological site. Using archival and ethnographic research, I discuss 1) how modern science and modern Maya people came to view this "ancient Maya" site, 2) the role of the heritage site in contemporary community life, and 3) the heated debates over who has the rights to benefit from the enormous incomes that such "wonders of the world" generate from international tourism.
AV Requirements: Laptop, Screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Economic Development;

Deanna Busteedhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Deanna-Busteed-Reformat.jpgDeanna Busteed is a registered dietitian with a board certification in Sports Nutrition. She brings more than 16 years of experience developing health and wellness programs as well as providing cutting-edge nutrition, fitness and wellness services to a wide variety of individuals and groups. Her specialties include health promotion, disease prevention, weight management, sports nutrition, wellness, and fitness. Deanna also has extensive experience working with vegetarian diets, celiac disease and eating disorders. Deanna graduated from University of Rhode Island and obtained her Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Framingham State College. As a dietitian she has worked in Boston-area hospitals, outpatient counseling centers, fitness centers, and in college health. Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, Deanna was formerly the Nutrition Director at Bosse Sports and was a dietitian for Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women and The Sports Club LA/Boston. Deanna has been quoted in Natural Health Magazine, Redbook, Boston Magazine, The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe. Deanna is the co-author of “A Guy’s Gotta Eat: The Regular Guy’s Guide to Eating Smart.” In 2012, Deanna created and launched the Nutrition and Wellness Program at Arthritis & Sports. This unique program provides orthopaedic patients with comprehensive nutrition and wellness plans designed to improve surgical outcomes and optimize the overall health of their patients. Deanna is presently the Sports Dietitian for George Mason’s Center for Sports Performance, servicing over 500 Division I athletes. Deanna is a member of the adjunct faculty teaching Sport and Exercise Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Development. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center at George Mason University dedicated to catalyzing human well-being.   Hot Topics in Nutrition
Description: Join health, fitness, nutrition and well-being expert for a lively and interactive discussion on the latest nutrition topics on the minds of savvy consumers. Come prepared to gain some knowledge…have some fun…and learn some easy and practical ways to a lead a healthier lifestyle today!
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Health/Wellness; Nutrition;

Harry A. Butowsky (cannot accept evening engagements)https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Butowsky-Harry.jpgDr. Harry A. Butowsky retired in 2012 from the National Park Service in Washington D.C. where he worked as an historian and manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web site. He is the author of World War II in the Pacific National Historic Landmark Study, six other Landmark Studies as well as sixty articles on military, labor, science and constitutional history. Dr. Butowsky teaches History of World War I and World War II at George Mason University. His Ph.D. is from Univ. of Illinois. Dr. Butowsky is the manager of two web based history sites, npshistory.com and parkscanadahistory.com. He is also writes Op Ed articles for National Parks Traveler Magazine. Surviving World War II
Description: Harry Butowsky speaks about his book:  I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak. This is a history of a man who served in both the Russian and Polish Armies during World War II. "Americans don't really understand the war. Here you go to war and read about it in the newspapers. You eat well and sleep well, and no one bombs you. Over there it was different." Yitzkhak (Isadore) Neiman When the Second World War began in 1939, more than 3.5 million Jews lived in Poland. By 1945, 90 percent of them would be dead. I Survived: My Name Is Yitzkhak presents the remarkable story of one man who made it out alive. Born in 1912, Yitzkhak (Isadore) Neiman began life as a handyman's son in the rural village of Czuczewicze, on the eastern border of Poland. The town's Jewish community and gentile farmers lived together in relative harmony until the war came to them in 1941. One year later, almost every member of the Neiman family would be dead, and only Yitzkhak's conscription into the Russian Army would save his life. Interviewed by Dr. Harry Butowsky in the 1970s, Mr. Neiman narrates his service in two armies, imprisonment in a Soviet work camp, and escape to the United States in stunning, heartbreaking detail. At every turn Mr. Neiman's memories reveal the struggles, ingenuities, and small kindnesses of everyday life under total war as he crisscrosses borders, battles hunger, and escapes violence. I Survived represents a unique and invaluable addition to the oral history of World War II and to the great wealth of stories that let us know and honor the grit, determination, and intelligence of regular people in extraordinary circumstances.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, Screen, TV and VCR;
Categories: History; Jewish American Heritage Month (May);

Jeremy Campbellhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Campbell-2021-Headshot-002-scaled.jpgDr. Jeremy M. Campbell is a cultural anthropologist who studies land conflicts and environmental change in the Brazilian Amazon. His research explores how Indigenous practices of ownership and belonging are mobilized to counter socio-ecological devastation in the region. Campbell is the author of the award-winning book Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in Amazonia (Univ. of Washington Press, 2015), and since 2014 has collaborated on land-demarcation efforts with the Munduruku people and other traditional communities in Brazil. His academic work has been published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Boletín de Antropología, The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, among other places. His research has been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Fulbright-Hays Program, and has also been featured in international press outlets such as the Guardian, BBC-Brasil, and Mongabay. Through his work at Mason's Institute for a Sustainable Earth, Dr. Campbell facilitates research partnerships between Mason faculty and communities in pursuit of sustainability and environmental justice locally and globally. Land Back: The Movement for Indigenous Rights and Decolonization throughout the Americas
Description:
Indigenous Peoples throughout North and South America find themselves on the front lines of struggles over natural resources--land, forests, rivers, and subsoil minerals--and they are not shying away from the fight. From Chile to the Arctic Circle, native communities have been organizing for recognition and partnering with allies to protect sacred places. Beyond the ethical and political dimensions of this renaissance, there are implications for the environmental and climate health of the entire planet. Studies have shown that where Indigenous land management techniques are followed, biomes are more resilient, biodiverse, and net carbon sinks. In this talk, Dr. Campbell speaks from personal experience collaborating with Indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon and in New England as they organize for recognition, restoration, and decolonization of their homelands.

AV Requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Native American Heritage Month (November); Public Policy/Law;

Amazon Rainforest: Social and Environmental Dimensions of a Crucial World Region
Description:
The world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, Amazonia has come under increasing threat in recent years. Understanding what’s at stake for the global climate requires an appreciation for the complex entanglements of landscape, culture, and politics in the region. Solutions to the environmental crises of deforestation, land degradation, fire, and climate change lie in multilateral cooperation which privileges the perspectives and practices of Amazonia’s Indigenous peoples.

AV Requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Earth Day (April); Environmental Awareness Month (September); Public Policy/Law;

Ethan Carterhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Ethan-Carter-Reformat.jpgEthan Carter is the Associate Director of Programs, Well-Being & Assessment for Mason Recreation and has been a campus recreation professional since 2007. He has a Dual Degree in Athletic Training and Fitness Development, as well as a Masters in Exercise Science.  He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Mr. Carter enjoys speaking about leadership and a healthy lifestyle for lifelong health.   Fitness/Health/Leadership
Description: As a growing professional I like to discuss the ups and downs of living from a personal level. Each person chooses their own path and “exercises” decision making along the way. Each decision has consequences (good/bad) and that is just part of life. When most think of me, they think of the physical aspects of exercise, but exercise begins in the mind. One must make a choice to participate and then physically go out and participate. From there, one must develop discipline in doing the appropriate things to meet their health related objectives/goals. Life is the same way. One must develop discipline, make decisions, set objectives/goals, and then move forward. Just like in exercise, our bodies will respond differently based on who you are as an individual. Not everyone is the same. Thus one must be comfortable with themselves, their limits, and decisions. In all, life truly is an exercise of the mind, body, and soul for as long as we live. How will you run that race of life?
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Exercise/Sports; Health/Wellness;

Rose Cherubinhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Rose-Cherubin.jpgRose Cherubin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University, and is also a member of the faculty in African and African American Studies and in Women and Gender Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the City University of New York in 1996, with a dissertation on the philosopher Parmenides (c.515 – c.450 BCE). The Beautiful and the Just: Inquiry, Justice, and Value in Alain Locke and Aristotle
Description: Alain Locke was a 20th-century African American philosopher, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and a guiding force behind the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. His work in philosophy, politics, education, and arts criticism was guided by the notion of culture as a goal. To see this we must look to his roots in classical Greek philosophy. “Culture,” in Locke’s sense, is an engagement of self-expression and intellect, valuable for its own sake and for the sake of understanding. This recalls Aristotle’s account of theoria (contemplation) and its objects, the kala (beautiful or noble things). Culture for Locke can transform both lives and social orders. It is not aimed solely at gains within the status quo, and is always self-critical and investigative. Self-expression for Locke requires an interrogation of presuppositions about the world, one’s place in it, and what should be. This reintroduces the question of what a life and a society should be for. Locke’s conception of culture thus addresses deficiencies in current discussions of the relationships between education, democracy, and social justice.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.;
Categories: Arts; Black History Month (February); Philosophy;

Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece: Philosophy, Poetry, Drama
Description: What if the leaders in politics, business, science, and the military had spent their youth as “eye candy,” escorts, and “sugar babies” (young people admired and sexualized for their looks, and often rewarded for sexual favors or dates)? What if the second most powerful person in the country, the top advisor and speechwriter to the President, could not vote and had no right to own property or bring a legal case? This was the situation in ancient Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, and we can trace aspects of this back to Homer three centuries earlier. Today we might find some features of this picture paradoxical: the fact that a person was expected to be cute and dumb at first and then was supposed to become an intelligent and responsible leader; the fact that a community would think it acceptable for another person to be a top political advisor yet prohibit this person from voting and bringing a legal case. Indeed, even at the time some people found these inconsistencies troubling, and suggested alternatives – some of which influenced modern political and social thought. By reflecting on the peculiarities of the ancient Greeks’ ideas about sex and gender, we can gain some perspective on our own.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.;
Categories: Arts; History; National Poetry Month (April); Philosophy;

Origins of Philosophy in Ancient Greece
Description: In seventh century B.C.E. Greece, an investigation arose that was so unusual that a new word, philosophic, was invented. This talk focuses on how philosophia differed from other ways of thinking, how it was similar, and the importance of its influence. The influences of neighboring civilizations such as Egypt, Persia, and Babylon are explored.
AV Requirements: : LCD, Screen ns of Philosophy in Ancient Greece (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.;
Categories: History; Philosophy; Religion;

Ancient Greek Philosophy
Description: A general introduction to Greek philosophy, discussing major figures and their ideas, questions, concerns, and writings. Specific philosophers and issues could be presented, including Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras. Areas of discussion include foundations of science, ethics, political theory, cosmology, justice.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.;
Categories: Ethics; Philosophy;

Lawrence J. Cheskin, MDhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Lawrence-Cheskin.jpgDr. Lawrence J. Cheskin is Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. He is a practicing physician who founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in Baltimore. He has written several books on weight control, and performs research on effective means of dieting. Diet and Obesity
Description: Dr. Cheskin will talk about how diet and nutrition affect obesity.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Health/Wellness; Nutrition;

Sara Cobbhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Sara-Cobb.jpgSara Cobb, Director, Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution @ School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She conducts research on conflict narratives in the context of studies of ethnic conflict, counterterrorism, and democratization. She has conducted conflict assessments in Guatemala, Somalia, and Israel; and at present, she is currently studying the climate science conflict in the US. As a faculty member, she teaches courses in narrative research methods and systemic intervention design. Through her research she has specialized in the analysis of conflict narrative and has contributed to the critique of "neutrality" in conflict resolution processes. Dr. Cobb has also consulted to a variety of organizations, within the United States, as well as in Europe and Latin America. Her consulting practice includes work on organizational change processes in family businesses; she also provides training for corporations in negotiation and conflict resolution processes. She has published widely in a number of journals on topics related to the transformation of meaning in conflict processes. Turning Points in Negotiation and Conflict Process
Description: All negotiations have critical moments, or episodes, when the potential exists for increased understanding or its opposite: blaming, stereotyping, withdrawal, and even violence. How can we recognize turning points in negotiation and conflict processes? How can we create turning points that lead to collaborative and sustainable agreements? This presentation will enable participants to learn to identify a turning point in a negotiation process, and respond so as to increase options.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Communication; Law Enforcement;

Master and Counternarrative Dynamics
Description: Master and Counternarrative Dynamics Conflicts everywhere involve a struggle over meaning, a struggle by a master narrative to maintain its primacy, as counternarratives work to unseat or destabilize them. This dynamic takes place in the context of the fight against extremism, as well as the struggle over policies, such as gun control. Understanding these dynamics is the first step in the design and development of effective counternarratives which could actually function to thicken or alter master narratives.
AV Requirements: LCD;
Categories: Communication;

Dynamical Systems Change Processes
Description: Dynamical Systems Change Processes If indeed conflicts are themselves dynamical systems with a narrative ecology that maintains dominant/marginal relations and in this way damages identity, how can the narratives in a conflict system evolve such that new relationships, new meanings, and new solutions to wicked problems could appear? Narrative theory and practice provide the foundation for a theory of change that expands not only our understanding of complexity, but also provides new tools for intervention /evolution in conflict systems.
AV Requirements: LCD;
Categories: Communication;

Conflict and Climate Change Policy
Description: Conflict over climate change is generated by the interaction of the storylines that people use to describe their positions and advocate polices. Understanding these storyline dynamics is the first step toward the design and implementation of forums where they can be explored and addressed in ways that support learning, as well as the resolution of this conflict. From this perspective, good policy is as much about the quality of the dialogue and exchange between groups as it is about the substantive issues that need to be addressed.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Communication; Earth Day (April); Environmental Awareness Month (September);

Christan Cooglehttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/CK8A7657-003-scaled.jpgDr. Christan Coogle is an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program. Prior to obtaining her doctorate she worked as an early intervention provider, preschool inclusion teacher, and K-5th grade special education teacher. Dr. Coogle also worked at the Florida Center for Reading Research where she supported educators and developed early literacy interventions. She completed her Doctoral Degree at Florida State University as a Fellow in the Leadership in Family Centered Early Intervention Fellowship Program. Her area of expertise is early childhood special education. Dr. Coogle teaches courses in early childhood special education, and her research is focused on bridging the research to practice gap through the use of embedded interventions particularly for children identified with autism spectrum disorder. Prevent, Reinforce, and Teach
Description: Dr. Coogle will provide a seminar to support educators and parents who have the goal of decreasing challenging behaviors and increasing more desirable behaviors. Dr. Coogle will focus on how to prevent challenging behavior, identify the function of challenging behaviors, and how to teach more appropriate or desired behaviors. Opportunities will be provided for discussion and questions.
AV Requirements: Flip Chart, Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Education/Teaching;

Supporting Educator’s Use of Best Practice
Description: Dr. Coogle will provide a step by step process which can be embedded within teacher's everyday activities and routines to support the attainment of individualized education program goals. Dr. Coogle will share step by step information and provide opportunities for questions and discussion.
AV Requirements: Flip Char, Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Education/Teaching;

Supporting Parents to Enhance Their Child’s Development
Description: Dr. Coogle will provide a step by step process which can be embedded within everyday activities and routines to support their child's development. This is particularly useful for families who have a child with a developmental delay or disability; however, is best practice for all children. Dr. Coogle will share step by step information and provide opportunities for questions and discussion.
AV Requirements: Flip Chart, Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Education/Teaching;

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrerahttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Correa-Cabrera-Guadalupe-scaled.jpgGuadalupe 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-U.S. relations, organized crime, immigration, border security, social movements and human trafficking. She was the Principal Investigator of a research grant to study organized crime and trafficking in persons in Central America and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes, supported by the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Professor Correa-Cabrera is author of Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2017; Spanish version: Planeta, 2018). She is co-editor (with Victor Konrad) of the volume titled North American Borders in Comparative Perspective (University of Arizona Press, 2020). Her two new books (co-authored with Dr. Tony Payan) are entitled Las Cinco Vidas de Genaro García Luna (The Five Lives of Genaro García Luna; El Colegio de México, 2021) and La Guerra Improvisada: Los Años de Calderón y sus Consecuencias (The Improvised War: Calderón’s Years and Consequences; Editorial Océano, 2021). Guadalupe is Past President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS). She is Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Non-resident Scholar at the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico (Rice University) and Fellow at Small Wars Journal - El Centro. She is also co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives journal (ISP, Oxford University Press). Human Trafficking
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AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Law Enforcement; Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January);

Drug Trafficking
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AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence;

Border Security
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AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Government/Politics; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Immigration
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AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Government/Politics; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Organized Crime
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AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Tyler Cowenhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Tyler-Cowen-Reformat.jpgTyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He is also the Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Economics of the Arts
Description: A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Economic Development; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Alison Cuellarhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Alison-Cuellar-Reformat-4.jpgDr. Cuellar, Professor of Health Administration and Policy, has extensive experience collaborating with insurers, physician practices and health systems as well as studying Medicaid, mental health, and justice involved populations. She studies the impact of health care price transparency tools and employer wellness programs. Her contributions also include work on identifying and evaluating health system integration, such as hospital systems and physician alliances, and their effects on quality, efficiency, costs, prices, and technology adoption. In other work she has examined the intersection of behavioral health and the juvenile justice systems and related Medicaid policies. Dr. Cuellar recently served on the National Academy of Medicine study panel on “Culture of Health: Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the US.” She also was a member of a national collaborative Mental Health Policy network supported by the MacArthur Foundation and spent the 2005-06 academic year as a visiting economist to the U.S. Department of Justice Health Policy
Description: Health Care Reform. Professor Alison Cuellar can address the following topics regarding health care reform: private health insurance, employer provided health insurance, medicare, medicaid, mental health and substance abuse treatment., telehealth
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Mental Health Awareness Month (May); Public Policy/Law;

Rick Davishttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/davis_rick.jpgRick Davis is Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and Professor of Theater. From 1991 until the company’s closure in 2012, he was artistic director of Mason’s professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment (TFA). Under his leadership, TFA became one of the Washington area’s most respected theaters, winning twelve Helen Hayes Awards and producing more than twenty world premieres. Before coming to Mason, Rick was Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage, and has directed both theater and opera across the country. His books include Calderon de la Barca: Four Great Plays of the Golden Age, as well as two volumes co-authored with Brian Johnston (Ibsen: Four Major Plays and Ibsen In an Hour), and Writing About Theatre with Christopher Thaiss. His translations have been produced in regional theaters and universities from coast to coast. He is the librettist for Stations of Mychal, a song cycle premiering in New York City on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, with music by Kevin Salfen, and Love’s Comedy, an opera with music by Kim D. Sherman, with whom he also wrote a critically acclaimed oratorio, The Songbird and the Eagle, premiered by the San José Chamber Orchestra.  He has contributed entries to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World and the Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, as well as writing essays and reviews for a variety of journals and magazines. He has received the Mason Teaching Excellence Award and was named Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year. He holds a B.A. from Lawrence University and an M.F.A. and D.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. The American Theater at a Crossroads: Which Way to Turn?
Description: A look at the American professional theater in its various expressions, from Broadway to the nonprofit regional theater, as it copes with unprecedented challenges from the pandemic to Black Lives Matter to economic uncertainty.  A glance at history (how we got here) will be followed by an exploration of the changing environment for theater and all the arts as we look ahead, focusing on opportunities as well as obstacles.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

The Spanish Golden Age–a Dramatic Legacy
Description: Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and many more great writers define the “Siglo de Oro” or Golden Age in Spanish literature, a period spanning portions of the 16th and 17th centuries that coincides with Spain’s decline as a world power. This talk addresses Spanish views of love, honor, power, religion, and other lively issues as reflected in the dramas of the time, some of which are considered among the world’s masterpieces.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts;

Ibsen and the Birth of Modern Drama
Description: A look at the revolution in drama launched by Henrik Ibsen, one of the giant figures of European letters in the late 19th century.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Molly Davishttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Molly-Davis-Reformat-scaled.jpgDr. Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work is an experienced speaker and trainer on a number of topics. She has been involved in training professional in the area of culture and diversity, intergenerational issues and child welfare issues, such as how children of color are impacted by the child welfare system. She is an experienced community organizer and does staff training and research in aging. She also trains on trauma and life course issues. Her years of training and speaking at professional conferences is a highlight of her background and experience. She is the author of a manual on Personal Safety Risk Management. She has trained staff on keeping safe in the workplace. Additional areas for presentations are related to trauma and preventing harmful reactions to disasters. Disaster Behavioral Health
Description: The increasing number of disasters are related to a variety of different behavioral issues.  Workshops help prepare for and prevent negative reactions to the experience of disasters.  Psychological first aid and training of volunteers for disasters can help in preparation for events.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Health/Wellness; Psychology; Safety;

Trauma Across the Life Course
Description: There is more discussion about the impact of trauma on children and families as well as trauma in older adults and long-term care settings.  Dr. Davis is an expert in trauma and helping address strategies to manage the impact of lifetime trauma.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Health/Wellness; Psychology; Safety;

Understanding Culture and Difference: A New Approach
Description: It is important to understand models that allow us to understand and be comfortable with difference. This speech will provide new strategies to understand differences and reduce our anxiety about being culturally competent.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories:

Personal Safety Risk Management
Description: The workplace is an increasingly risky place. While it is impossible to eliminate the risk, it is possible to manage the risk. This workshop provides information to human service professionals and health care personnel on specific strategies who work with the public or specialized populations with greater risk for violence.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence;

Robert L. Deitzhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Deitz-Robert.jpgLawyer in private practice; general counsel NSA; senior counselor to the direct CIA; professor of public policy. Foreign Intelligence
Description: How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Ethics; Government/Politics;

Betsy DeMulderhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Demulder-Betsy.pngDr. Betsy DeMulder is a tenured Professor and Academic Program Coordinator of Transformative Teaching, a master’s degree program for practicing PreK-12 teachers, in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Dr. DeMulder earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from St. John’s College, Cambridge University, England. She was a Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and joined George Mason University in 1994 under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Visiting Professorships for Women program. Dr. DeMulder’s research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts, risk and protective conditions in children’s development and early education, and teacher professional development. Dr. DeMulder has published her research in a variety of professional journals. Teacher Professional Development
Description: A discussion of ways teachers can develop the skills to enhance their relationships with students, become more effective reflective practitioners, and create vibrant professional learning communities in their schools.
AV Requirements: Screen;
Categories: Education/Teaching; Teacher Appreciation Week (May);

Brad Edwardshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Edwards_Brad02.jpgBRAD EDWARDS, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS Brad Edwards became the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history on July 1, 2014. Prior to Mason, he served as athletic director at Jacksonville University and at Newberry College. He began his work in intercollegiate athletics in 1999 after a successful nine-year career in the NFL, joining his alma mater, the University of South Carolina. Under his direction at George Mason, Mr. Edwards has led a departmental effort that secured more than $25 million in revenue contracts and commitments, highlighted by a naming rights deal for EagleBank Arena, a multi-year partnership with adidas and a long-term corporate sponsorships agreement with Learfield. In addition, the department has secured a multi-year sports performance partnership with Vivature and has benefited from nearly $8 million in generous gifts from Patriot Club supporters. Providing outstanding athletics facilities is a priority for Mr. Edwards. He has delivered on a multi-million-dollar renovation of the men’s and women’s dedicated basketball practice facility as well as state-of-the-art locker rooms at EagleBank Arena. The renovation projects transformed Mason basketball facilities into holistic spaces on par with the top programs in the nation. At Jacksonville, Mr. Edwards raised a department record of approximately $3 million in new capital gifts for athletic facilities. At South Carolina, Mr. Edwards played a primary role in the development of more than $170 million in revenue, construction projects and project financing. Mr. Edwards also played a critical part in new facility design, development and construction; most notably assistance with day-to-day oversight of design and construction of the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena, and primary oversight of the 34,000-square-foot Charles Crews Football Facility. Mr. Edwards was responsible for all venue concessions and food service, department advertising and multimedia rights, executive suites and assisting in securing major financial gifts. Mr. Edwards earned second-team All-American honors after the 1987 season for the Gamecocks. He went on to play free safety in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP with the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team. Mr. Edwards is a member of South Carolina (statewide) athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Carolina. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute. He is currently pursuing a master of arts in education from Michigan State University.   Leadership
Description:
AV Requirements: White Board and Markers;
Categories: Business/Finance; Human Resource Management/Personnel; Leadership/Career Development;

Robert Ehrlichhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ehrich_robert.jpgRobert 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 at New Paltz, where he chaired the physics department for five years. Dr. Ehrlich has authored or edited twenty books, two of his recent efforts being "Nine Crazy Ideas in Science," and "Eight Preposterous Propositions," both by Princeton University Press. He has also authored around 100 articles on subjects such as particle physics, science education, and nuclear arms control. He is currently doing research on tachyons -- hypothetical particles that travel faster than light. More information can be found at http://mason.gmu.edu/~rehrlich The World’s Oldest Game
Description: Go, also known as Wei Qi, is an abstract strategy board game for two players in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. This talk will explain and demonstrate the basic game rules and strategies, and the useful lessons for everyday life.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Internet Access;
Categories: Games;

The Science of Climate Change
Description: A simple description of the basic science of climate change. What is known for sure, and what is uncertain.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Earth Day (April); Engineering; Environmental Awareness Month (September); Math; Science; Technology;

Where Are the Time Travelers?
Description: Einstein's theory of relativity suggests that time travel might be possible. We consider why this is true, and how one might build a time machine. We also consider the paradoxes involved with time travel and how they might be resolved.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Engineering; Math; Science; Technology;

Tachyons: Messengers from the Future?
Description: Einstein claimed that faster-than-light (FTL) speeds are impossible, but some physicists are no longer so sure about that notion. Hypothetical subatomic particles that travel at FTL speed are known as tachyons. In this talk we consider how tachyons might be used to send messages back to the past, and how the existence of tachyons can be settled in an experiment.
AV Requirements: LCD projector and screen;
Categories: Engineering; Math; Science; Technology;

Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change
Description: This talk considers the impetus to move away from fossil fuels and towards greater usage of renewable energy. It also considers the advantages and problems associated with renewable energy, a possible future for nuclear energy, and the best science-informed policy with regard to our energy future.
AV Requirements: LCD projector and screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Earth Day (April); Engineering; Environmental Awareness Month (September); Math; Science; Technology;

Heba F. El-Shazlihttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Heba-F.-El-Shazli.jpgHeba F. El-Shazli is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Mason University’s The Schar School of Policy and Government (formerly the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA) and an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy. She is also an affiliate faculty at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies (AVACGIS) at George Mason University. She teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations theory, Israeli-Palestinian politics, and role of civil society in democratization. Professor El-Shazli earned a Ph.D. in political science from Virginia Tech (VT) School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). She was the Regional Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the Solidarity Center (SC), AFL-CIO from September 2004 until June 2011. El-Shazli was also the Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. Before joining NDI, El-Shazli worked at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity working in Central and Eastern Europe from 1987 to 1994. Dr. El-Shazli has 28 years of experience in civic and union organizing, institution building, leadership skills training, labor education and training methodologies, political advocacy, and development, implementation and management of international programs. She is fluent in Arabic and English and speaks French very well. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask
Description: 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.
AV Requirements: Internet access, LCD Projector;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Government/Politics;

Craig Esherickhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/esherick_craig.jpgProfessor Craig Esherick came to Mason from NYU where he taught in their Master’s Sports Management program for two years.  Previously Professor Esherick served as the vice president for Athletic Relations for CBS College Sports TV Network and still serves as a color commentator for college basketball games. Professor Esherick was a basketball coach for 25 years after graduating from Georgetown University with a J.D. and undergraduate finance degree. Craig is married with two children and the author of five textbooks, numerous chapters, and articles on various topics in the sports industry.  Professor Esherick has eight years of experience as a sport diplomat for the US Department of State, including part of the management team of the Sport Visitors Program. Sports Industry, NCAA, Sport Governance, Olympics, Sport Management, Sport Diplomacy and Coaching
Description: Willing to talk about the sports industry, sports management program at Mason, college athletics, professional sports, youth sports, Sport Diplomacy, the coaching profession, the Olympics, basketball and basketball coaching.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: American Culture; Business/Finance; Exercise/Sports;

Anthony Falsettihttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Falsetti-Anthony.pngAnthony B. Falsetti, Ph.D., received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville and is a Board-Certified Forensic Anthropologist (#47) and Associate Professor in the College of Science, Forensic Science Program at George Mason University. Immediately after his Ph.D. was awarded, Dr. Falsetti received a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at the State University of New York under the supervision of Drs. Robert Sokal & James Rohlf. Dr. Falsetti is currently the Principal Investigator of George Mason’s Forensic Science Research and Training Laboratory, a 5-acre outdoor facility designed to study the complex biochemical properties of human decomposition. 2018-2019 was his first academic year at George Mason University and in 2019 was awarded the College of Science’s Dean’s Impact Award. Dr. Falsetti is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, former editorial board member of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and past Chair of the Physical Anthropology Section (now Anthropology Section) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is currently a member of the Academy Science Boards (ASB), Disaster Victim Identification Group, and most recently, Co-PI on the National Institutes of Justices, National Center for Forensics (NIJ award number 2020-MU-CX-0001). Mass Fatality Investigations and War Crimes
Description:

Dr. Falsetti has been deployed to many mass fatality situations including military mishaps, commercial airline mass disasters (American Eagle, TWA 800), domestic terrorism (Oklahoma City Bombing), foreign terrorism (World Trade Center), and natural disasters (GA Floods, Thai Tsunami and Haitian Earthquake). In Bosnia & Herzegovina, Anthony managed mortuaries and field teams whose mission was to excavate, recover and identify victims from the Bosnian Conflict 1992 – 1996. Recently (Spring 2019), he was part of a team of forensic anthropologists sent to Puerto Rico at the behest of the National Association of Attorney’s General and Bureau of Forensic Sciences, and the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety, to assist the medical examiner’s office recover from the impact of Hurricane Maria.


AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Public Policy/Law; Safety;

Forensic Anthropology and Death Investigation
Description: Forensic anthropology is the examination of human skeletal remains for law enforcement agencies to help with the recovery of human remains, to determine the identity of unidentified human remains, interpret trauma, and estimate time since death. Physical anthropologists develop methods to evaluate bones to understand people who lived in the past. Such questions might include: Was this individual male or female? How old were they when they died? How tall were they? Were the people in good or poor general health? Forensic anthropology involves the application of these same methods to modern cases of unidentified human remains. Through the established methods, a forensic anthropologist can aid law enforcement in establishing a profile of the unidentified remains. The profile includes sex, age, ancestry, height, length of time since death, and sometimes the evaluation of trauma observed on bones.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Public Policy/Law; Safety;

Lewis E. Forrest, IIhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Lewis-Forrest-II-Cropped-1.jpgLewis E. Forrest II, is currently an Associate Dean for University Life at George Mason University. The division of University Life cares for the whole student by promoting inclusive well-being and fostering lifelong learning to prepare ethical leaders for the world. Within University Life, Lewis supervises three units – Mason Recreation, The Early Identification Program (EIP), and The Office of International Programs and Services; along with awareness and education responsibilities specific to campus Well-Being and student engagement. He was previously served as the Executive Director of Mason’s Early Identification Program and has experience working with first-generation college students. He is an Alum of Mason (1996) receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies. In 2005 he received his Master’s degree in Counseling and Development and was recognized by the College of Education and Human Development for outstanding achievement and academic excellence. He also has several years of experience as a Professional School Counselor in Prince William County Public Schools. College Access
Description: Topics: Well-Being, student transition, retention, and engagement.
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Education/Teaching; Nonprofit Organizations/Charities;

Rebecca Fox, Ph.D.https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Rebecca-Fox-Reformat.pngRebecca K. Fox, Ph.D. is Professor of Education and Division Director of the Advanced Professional Teacher Development and International Education (APTDIE) in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She also serves as faculty in the Ph.D. in Education Specialization in Teaching and Teacher Education. Bilingual in French, she taught French in K-16 settings for many years prior to her career in teacher education. In her 22nd year at GMU, Dr. Fox teaches graduate and doctoral courses in second language acquisition research, teacher research, education and culture, and reflective practice, with a critical focus on global perspectives in teacher education. She mentors and works with doctoral students and is actively involved in ongoing research with educators in P-12 settings and university faculty both domestically and abroad. In addition to her teaching and administrative roles at the university, she is an active researcher with over 100 publications, a co-authored book and one in development, and over 200 scholarly presentations and teacher professional development workshops conducted in national and international contexts. Her areas of research focus on educator professional development and critical reflection, international-mindedness and intercultural competence, and second language acquisition research in global settings. She is the recipient of the 2010 Mason Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2010, she was also recognized by the French government and awarded Chevalier des Palmes Académiques for her service to education and France.  The two overarching areas of her research and scholarship are 1) advanced teacher professional learning and teacher research, particularly the role and development of critical reflection in teacher education; and 2) world language teaching and second language acquisition research in global settings, with a particular interest in the critical role that language and culture play in the development of teachers’ international mindedness and inter-cultural competence. Her work with international teachers and faculty, as well as her ongoing work with U.S. K-12 teachers, continue to provide a broadened context for the application of her research, publications, and scholarly presentations. Author of over 100 publications, including one co-authored book and a book in progress, and over 250 invited and keynote addresses, and peer-refereed presentations, in national and international locations. Dr. Fox currently serves as PI on a grant for Russian teachers,, Russian-US Teachers ((RUST) for STEM Education; she is also serving as faculty on a U.S Department of State grant in Uzbekistan (with J. Shin, PI, and TESOL International), English Speaking Nation. Dr. Fox has recently concluded her work as PI on a US Department of State University Partnerships grant  with  the University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan; she has also served as Co-PI , researcher, and faculty on over $2 million of grants and funded projects, among them, Pakistan,  Russia, Greece, Taiwan, China, Russia, Greece, France.  She has also worked with and K-12 and university educators in 21 countries.Dr. Fox has led several international grants and directed multiple international teacher education professional development programs. She served as PI of the recently completed GMU-UMT Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research, a three-year grant (2015-18) funded by the U.S.-Pakistan University Partnerships Program of the U.S.-Pakistan Academic Linkages Program of the U.S. Department of State Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad. She was Co-PI of the US State Department-funded program, US-Russia Teacher Professional Development (2009-2011), with W. Frazier, that involved secondary teachers of Language, Science, Technology, and Mathematics in Primorsky Krai, Far East Russia. She was Director of the Taiwan World Language Teacher Professional Development Program (Summers 2010, 2011, 2012), the Beijing Normal University Faculty Professional Development Program (2013), and recently also provided faculty professional development to Pakistani professors from the National University for Science and Technology (2013), Islamabad. She was faculty and researcher on the Greek Teacher Professional Development Program, a grant funded by the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.  She developed and directed the Madrid Bilingual Coordinators Program in summer 2015 and is past chair of the NorthEast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).  Selected recdent international grants and funded project involvement include:
  • Co-PI, Russian-US Teachers (RUST) for STEM Education, U.S. Russia Foundation (2019-2021)
  • PI, US Department of State, University Partnerships Program, Mason-University of Management and Technology, Lahore: Collaboration for Faculty Excellence inTeaching and Research (2015-2018)
  • Director, Madrid Bilingual Coordinators Professional Development Program (2015)
  • Director, Beijing Normal University World Language Faculty Professional Development Program (2013)
  • Researcher, Faculty, Pakistan Faculty Professional Development Program, National University of Science & Technology (NUST), Islamabad  (2013)
  • Director, Taiwan World Language Teacher Professional Development Program (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Co-PI, U.S. Department of State U.S. Russia Teacher Professional Development Grant (2010-2012)
  • Researcher and Faculty, U.S. Department of State U.S. Greek Teacher Grant, (2009-2011)
Dr. Fox is an active member and leader in the professional community where her outreach includes service to professional organizations. For the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), she has chaired numerous committees (Chair/ member of the Pimsleur Award Committee, (2012, 2013, 2016); Chair/ ACTFL/MLJ Birkmaier Award for the Outstanding Dissertation Committee; past Chair of the ACTFL SIG on Research).  She is currently (2019 --) an elected member of the ACTFL Board of Directors and serves as an appointed member of the national ACTFL NCATE Program Audit Board (2006-present). She serves as 2016 Conference Chair and Chair of the Board of the NorthEast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). She has has numerous roles in the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and currently is serving on the AATF Task Force Rewriting the K-16 Student Standards.
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in Our Schools: Toward a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Description: This talk will present an overview of our rapidly changing demographics and provide information about the salient research supporting second language acquisition, and the importance of the intersection of critical social justice with second language acquisition. By understanding some major points about second language acquisition, parents and policy makers will be equipped to make the informed decisions that promote a culturally and linguistically supportive pedagogy. This knowledge will also help to dispel some of the principle misconceptions about how students best acquire English for success in today’s schools.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Education/Teaching;

Don Gallehrhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/gallehr_don.jpgDon Gallehr retired in June 2021 after having taught at Mason since 1966. He directed the Northern Virginia Writing Project from 1978 to 2011. His scholarly interests include the use of secularized koans in the teaching of writing, strategies for using writing to grieve the loss of a loved one, and ways to help teachers become better teachers of writing. He is the recipient of the David J. King Award for 2008. Writing and Meditation
Description: Meditation has long been considered an allied activity with writing. Both include focusing of the mind and a watching of inner speech. This talk also includes the use of secularized koans or word puzzles to tap the writer’s intuition to solve the more perplexing problems facing the writer.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Education/Teaching;

Using Writing to Grieve the Loss of a Loved One
Description: I learned how to using writing to grieve after the loss of my late wife. I wrote about us for two years and afterward was able to move on with my life, which is exactly what she would have wanted. In 2014 I published a book about her last 17 months called Finished Business.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories:

Teaching Writing and Using Writing to Learn
Description: As director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project from 1978 to 2011, I’ve been involved with improving the teaching of writing in area schools, public and private K-University. This talk is intended for teachers, parents and educators interested in improving writing in their institutions.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Education/Teaching; Teacher Appreciation Week (May);

Harold Gellerhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Geller-Harold-6.21.21.jpgDr. Harold A. Geller is Associate Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University. He is an at-large Director on the Board of the GMU Alumni Association. He was the GMU Observatory Director from 2007 to 2020. He also served as co-Investigator for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), the largest educational grant ever awarded Mason, from 2011 through 2015. Since 2012 he has served as a Solar System Ambassador for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2009 and 2010 he shared in six Telly Awards for online educational videos in association with Astrocast.TV. In 2008 he received the Mason Faculty Member of the Year Award. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Other past achievements include President of the Potomac Geophysical Society; tour guide and lecturer with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; producer of educational multimedia CDROMs; faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC); doctoral fellow of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV); and, lecturer/operator at the Einstein Planetarium, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC. He has authored books, contributed to edited volumes, and has published over 100 papers in education, astrobiology, astrophysics, and biochemistry. Dr. Geller has been interviewed or quoted in the USA Today, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, Astrocast TV, WTOP News Radio, News Channel 8, and The Skeptic. UFOs: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Description: The concept of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), now called UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena), will be discussed in an historical context. UFO stories, will be presented from history. The current media hype about some recently released photographs will be reviewed within the context of historical examples, within a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes approach.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; History;

Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places – The Search for Life in the Universe
Description: In recent days there has been much talk about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe. However, where are we looking and why do we look where we look, is often overlooked in the media and on the internet. We will discuss the search for life in the universe and reveal the techniques and rationale of looking for life in all the right places; in our Solar System, in our Milky Way Galaxy, and in our universe. Carl Sagan once said that "somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." There are those who argue that the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe will be the greatest discovery of them all.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Engineering; Technology;

What is a Planet? Mars, Pluto and Exoplanets as Examples
Description: A major topic on the internet today is the question of the definition of a planet. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially changed the definition of a planet. No longer was Pluto to be called a planet, but a dwarf planet. We will examine examples of objects inside and outside our solar system; addressing the issue as to whether or not they should be considered an example of a planet. We will review the definition of planet as laid out by the IAU in 2006. We will also address a newly proposed definition of a planet. This definition not only includes Pluto, but adds dozens more to the party of planets.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Engineering; Technology;

Forty Years of Exploration of the Surface of Mars
Description: On the 20th day of August, 1975, the Viking 1 spacecraft was launched into space towards Mars. On the 19th day of June, 1976, the Viking 1 spacecraft reached the planet Mars. The Viking 1 Lander was to set down on the surface of Mars for the bicentennial celebration in the USA. Unfortunately, due to the ruggedness of the original chosen landing site, the Viking 1 Lander did not land on the surface of Mars until July 20th, which marked the 7th anniversary since the landing on the Moon. The robotic arm of the Viking 1 Lander malfunctioned, and, in spite of an onboard computer with only 64K of RAM, the computer was re-programmed to extend the robotic arm so that on the 28th of July, 1976, we reached out and touched the surface of Mars. We discuss the exploration of the surface of Mars from the Viking mission in 1976 to the current Curiosity rover on Mars; and, the part it all played in my own life on Earth.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Engineering; Technology;

Edward Gerohttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Edward-Gero.jpgEdward Gero is a 30 year veteran of Washington stages having appeared in over 100 productions, most recently seen as Justice Antonin Scalia in the world premiere of The Originalist at Arena Stage. Earlier he appeared as Mark Rothko in the Goodman Theater and Arena Stage production of RED, Scrooge in Ford’s Theater A Christmas Carol, Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, Donny in American Buffalo, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, and Gloucester in King Lear. He is a four time Helen Hayes Award winner and fourteen time nominee in both leading and supporting roles in the classics, contemporary plays and in musicals, and four time recipient for performances as Lead Actor for his work as Tom Sargaent in Skylight at the Studio Theater, and Supporting Actor for Bolingbroke in Richard II with Richard Thomas, Hotspur in Henry IV, and Macduff in Macbeth, all at Washington’s prestigious Shakespeare Theatre. His other nominated performances include Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon at Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda and Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera. Recipient of the 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. He has worked on film and television in New York and Los Angeles, and can be seen in House of Cards, TURN: Washington's Spies, Die Hard 2, Striking Distance, and heard narrating for Discovery Channel documentaries. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at George Mason University and guest lectures for The George Washington University’s Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre and the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland. He has done extensive work in public policy for the Arts, serving on the National Committee for Standards in the Arts, National Assessment for Educational Progress Planning Committee, consulted for the Getty Center for the Arts, The Edison Project and various panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. He was invited to speak at the National Book Fair on the Mall in the fall of 2003 and to perform at the White House in 2004, both at the invitation of First Lady Laura Bush. He has consulted for members of Congress, CEO’s, the National Teacher of the Year, and many others. He received his training at Montclair State University in Speech and Theatre and studied privately in New York with Ada Brown Mather, formerly of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He lives in Bethesda with Marijke. Their son, Christian, lives and works in Chicago In 2015, Mr. Gero was named a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, a groundbreaking national program designed to strengthen the ability of actors and theatres to enrich people’s lives in communities throughout the country. Lunt-Fontanne Fellows do this as artists, as mentors, as teachers, and as leaders in their communities. Scaling Scalia
Description: An in depth discussion of the preparation and performance of Justice Antonin Scalia in John Strand's world premiere political drama The Originalist. An inside look at creating the character of one the most polarizing and influential Supreme Court Justice's in the history of the Court.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Myths, Archetypes, Campbell and Jung: An Actor’s Tools in Creating Arc of Character
Description: The processes and approaches to “becoming a character” for performance are myriad and can be even mysterious. Actor and professor, Edward Gero, explores an approach to interpreting and creating character inspired by Jungian archetypes and mythical storytelling patterns identified by Joseph Campbell in his seminal work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Tracing his process in his performances in King Lear and portraying The Bastard in Shakespeare’s King John, as well as his current preparations for the title role of Sweeney Todd, Professor Gero will discuss his personal approach to mining, identifying and incorporating mythical and archetypal patterns from the text that speak to audiences in both conscious and unconscious ways.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October); Psychology;

My Year with Rothko
Description: An in depth look at the research, rehearsals and production of playing Mark Rothko in the first American production of John Logan's Tony Award winning play RED, directed by Tony Award winning director Robert Falls which opened in Chicago and transferred to Washington's Arena Stage. An inside look at the creating of character and the making of theater and understanding the work of one of America's most influential painter of the 20th Century.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Acting Shakespeare
Description: A freewheeling discussion of the actor's life working on the great plays of Shakespeare, based on 25 years of experience.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Justin Gesthttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Justin-Gest.gifJustin Gest is an Associate Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, immigration, and demographic change. His first book, Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010), studied Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. This research explored the origins of extremism and civic engagement among a stigmatized community of citizens. His second book, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016), examines the complicated marginality of white working class people in the United States and Britain, where they have been the backbone of movements to elect Donald Trump and leave the European Union. His third book, The White Working Class: What Everyone Needs To Know (Oxford University Press, 2018), provides an essential overview of political, sociological, psychological and economic research on the politics of white working class people in the United States and Britain. His fourth book, Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018), is co-authored with Anna Boucher. This work presents a systematic, comprehensive, and demographic data-driven taxonomy of migration regimes across 30 countries. It explores the question of what drives convergence and variation in immigration policy worldwide. His research has been published in journals including Citizenship StudiesComparative Political StudiesEthnic and Racial StudiesGlobal GovernanceGlobal PolicyInternational Migration ReviewMigration StudiesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Review of Middle East Studies. Current Events
Description: Immigration, Demographic Change, Populism, Nativism, Backlash, Minority Politics, Islam, Identity Politics, Brexit, White Working Class Voters, United States, Europe, Middle East, Policy Communication
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Communication; Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

Jonathan Giffordhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/gifford_jonathan.jpgJonathan Gifford is an internationally recognized authority on transportation and public policy. He directs Mason’s Center for Transportation Public Private Partnerships Policy and has written widely on transportation funding, finance, the Interstate Highway System, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation and land use, technological standardization, and information systems strategic planning. He has more than 30 years of experience in research and teaching in transportation and public policy. Areas of interest include public private partnerships, infrastructure banks, secondary road policy, transportation planning and urban development, environmental impact, and decision making. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in transportation engineering (minor fields in economics and urban planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
Description: Funding and procurement models, financing, renegotiation, case studies, legislation, policies, political issues, international P3s, US P3 market conditions, P3s experience in Virginia, economic rationale, government support, project arrangement, evaluation and risks.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories:

Urban and Metropolitan Affairs
Description: Urban and metropolitan development, land use, urban sprawl.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Highways, Land Use, Transit and Transportation Policy, Planning & Finance
Description: Transportation funding, finance, the Interstate Highway System, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation and land use, technological standardization, and information systems strategic planning, infrastructure banks, secondary road policy, transportation planning and urban development, environmental impact, and decision making.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law; Transportation;

Mark R. Ginsberghttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Ginsberg-Mark.jpgMark Ginsberg serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia and a Carnegie Research One (R1) institution. He joined the University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University and has served as Provost since 2020. Mason, with over 38,000 students, is a Carnegie Tier 1 university that is the largest public research university in Virginia. In his role, Dr. Ginsberg is the university’s chief academic officer, charged by the Board of Visitors and the President with overseeing all aspects of education, research, and public engagement of the university. The Office of the Provost champions an inclusive university community devoted to academic excellence, consequential research/scholarship and innovative practices that inspires, engages, and transforms lives. Dr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 40-year period as a professor, psychologist and skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development and human services. Prior to joining George Mason University, Dr. Ginsberg served for more than a decade as the Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and for more than twenty-five years as a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University. He also previously was the Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the senior management staff of the American Psychological Association. He has a master’s and doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University and also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Education Today and Tomorrow
Description: This presentation will provide a perspective on P-12 and higher education today while also offering a foreshadow on the future of education in the US. The presentation will review long-standing traditions, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on educational institutions and changes that will be sustained as P-12 schools and colleges and universities adapt and adjust to the “next normal” in education.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: National Higher Education Day (June); Teacher Appreciation Week (May);

Promoting Development Across the Lifespan
Description: This presentation will provide an overview of field of life-span human development, with an emphasis on both individual and family development. Emphasis will be given to both childhood/adolescence and adulthood. A focus of the presentation will be on strategies and techniques that enhance one’s life development in a manner consistent with our understanding of and concepts/theories that explain developmental challenges we all face.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Aging; Older Americans Month (May); Senior Citizen's Day (August);

T.J. Gramshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Grams-TJ-10.6.21.jpgT.J. Grams comes to George Mason after more than a decade at the University of Virginia, where he worked as director of academic affairs for the men’s basketball program. In that role, he monitored class progress, registration and eligibility requirements of a diverse group of student-athletes. He communicated directly with the men’s basketball coaching staff concerning student needs and progress and participated in the recruiting process by meeting with families and prospects and helping through application and admission. Grams came to Virginia after working for the Duke athletics department for five years. From 2007 to 2010 he was an assistant director for the Blue Devils' student-athlete academic support services. He oversaw the academic progress for the men's lacrosse program as well as baseball, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's golf and men's and women's tennis. He worked as an academic coordinator from 2005 to 2007. Grams joined the Duke staff after working at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business as an academic advisor. He also was a graduate assistant academic coordinator at NC State while earning a master's degree from the school, finishing in 2003. He is currently completing a doctorate in higher education from the University of Virginia. Student Athlete Identity Development
Description: Using the lens of Erikson's and Marcia's Identity Development Theories, a greater understanding the unique aspects of student athlete identity development can be understood during their college experience. Student athletes often fall victim to identity foreclosure, focusing on one area of their life rather than pursuing a greater balance and the development of multiple identities. This discussion will talk about the theoretical background of identity development and narrow into the specific experiences of student athletes - including how to support the growth of multiple identities, without sacrificing the importance of sport.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Education/Teaching; Exercise/Sports; Health/Wellness; Psychology;

Daniel Greenberghttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Daniel-Greenberg.jpgDaniel 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 game appreciation, comparing games to other established forms, contributing to the preservation and curation of existing works, and using new media to both illustrate and educate on gaming topics. He has spoken on topics, ranging from transmediation of games and opera to pursuing game literacy, at various national game conventions. He is also the founder of Winterion Game Studios, based in Clifton, Virginia Various Game Topics
Description: 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 of my studio, Winterion Game Studios. Here are a few examples of previously delivered talks: Transmediation of Games and Opera ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFBEeHfSBso ) Building Better Games Literacy ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWOvyALKX1I ) Sega Hardware Retrospective ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgt7STCLHuc ) Play is Practice ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_WhrJ79h-o ) Game Literacy Roundtable ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMCNfdTBNc ) Lessons from Let's Plays ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0H4mW8P1XY )
AV Requirements: LCD Projector;
Categories: Arts; Engineering; Games; Technology;

Molly Grovehttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Molly-Grove-e1617116093469.jpgMolly Grove, Director of Campus Relations for the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. She began her career at Mason in Feb ‘92 in the University Activities office coordinating commencement festivities and creating the speaker’s bureau. In her role with Mason, her focus is concentrated on community relations and building business partnerships. She has worked in the higher education arena for more than 30 years while working at education centers on military installations in country and overseas. She graduated from City Colleges of Chicago’s European Division in 1992. Molly has served on the following boards: Leadership Prince William Board of Regents, Manassas City Schools Education Foundation, Matthew’s Center, Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Prince William Park Foundation, Governor’s School at Innovation Park Advisory Committee. Currently Molly sits on the SPARK (Prince William County Public Schools Foundation) Board as well as the UVA Community Health Foundation (formerly Novant Health UVA Health Systems Foundation Board). Ms. Grove is a past President and active rotarian at the Manassas Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Molly is married to Kenny Grove. They reside in Charles Town, West Virginia. Development of George Mason’s Prince William Campus
Description:

An overview of the development of the Science and Technology Campus to include new construction projects, curriculum, and partnerships with Prince William County and local business industries as well as Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center.


AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: George Mason University; National Higher Education Day (June);

Jhumka Gupta (Remote only through 2021)https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Gupta-Jhuma.jpgJhumka Gupta, ScD, is Associate 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 implications of gender-based violence, and conducts intervention studies aimed at reducing violence against women. Her primary focus is with vulnerable populations, both within and outside of the United States, and includes refugees, immigrants, and communities impacted by conflict. She has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. The Public Health Impacts of Gender-based Violence against Women
Description: 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?
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Health/Wellness; Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April); Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January); Women; Women's History Month (March);

Jerry Hanweckhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/hanweck_jerry.jpgGerald A. Hanweck is Professor of Finance in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has been recently a Visiting Scholar in the Division of Insurance and Research of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He joined the faculty at George Mason in 1986, and teaches courses in corporate finance, applied global macroeconomics, financial institutions, and financial markets at the undergraduate and MBA levels. At the FDIC his research concentrates on the use of market information in bank risk management strategies, for use in establishing federal deposit insurance pricing, and the better identification of banks in financial distress. In this latter regard, scenario analyses are being developed relating macroeconomic factors to banking performance measures to better predict the effects of regional and macroeconomic cycles on banking company risk taking and vulnerability. He is widely published in Finance and Economics journals and is the joint author of two books with Bernard Shull. He has also served as consultant to government agencies, banks and business and as an expert witness in litigation involving financial institutions and government agencies. Dr. Hanweck received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining George Mason University, he was an economist in the division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C. Dr. Hanweck's research interests include financial institutions and markets performance, public policy regarding these institutions and the structure of their markets, economic stabilization and monetary policy as they influence financial institutions and markets performance, and economies of scale and scope and mergers in the financial service industries. Presently, Professor Hanweck is working on issues of global banking concentration and the costs of systemic risk and moral hazard of "too-big-to-fail" financial institutions. He has published research on these topics in academic and professional journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Economics and Business, The Antitrust Bulletin, and Bankers Magazine. In addition to this research, Dr. Hanweck co-authored two books with Bernard Shull, Interest Rate Volatility: Understanding, Analyzing, and Managing Interest Rate Risk and Risk-Based Capital, published by Irwin Professional Publishing, January 1996 and Bank Mergers in a Deregulated Environment: Promise and Peril, Quorum Books, 2001. Subprime and Alternative Mortgage Instruments and Effects on Housing and the Economy
Description: What has been the effect on residential property sales and prices as a result of the creation of alternative mortgage instruments usually designated as subprime or Alt-A? This discussion will focus on the effects of these types of housing finance on the housing and financial markets and the global economy and economic stability.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Real Estate;

Markets for Financial Derivatives
Description: Impact of financial derivatives for risk hedging and current market developments. What role have they played in the financial crisis of 2007-2010?
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Economic Development;

Managing Risk
Description: Discusses the elements of risk management, the need to manage or control risks, and risk control measures and procedures. Is insurance necessary?
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Economic Development;

Financial Regulations
Description: Current federal and state regulations of financial services companies and their impact on financial institution and market performance.
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Leadership/Career Development; Public Policy/Law;

Financial Markets and Investment Management
Description: Topic includes a discussion of alternative investment opportunities available to individuals and professionals.
AV Requirements: Internet, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Financial Literacy Month (April);

Matthew HicksNo imageHighly accomplished Technology and Security Officer with proven ability to lead successful corporate information security and technology operations and facilitate corporate growth through technology-business alignment. Special expertise in cybersecurity, solution development, organizational excellence, program management, and process improvement. Doctoral, MBA, and multiple certifications, including CISSP, CRISC, CISM, PMP/RMP, and ISSA member. Adept at directing multinational teams and administering multi-million dollar budgets. Extensive familiarity with education, software development, transportation, health-care, financial, and technology sectors. Excellent presentation, problem-solving, and technical skills. The Affects of HIPAA on Privacy and Security
Description: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is federal legislation that addresses issues ranging from health insurance coverage to national standard identifiers for healthcare providers. The portions that are important for our purposes are those that deal with protecting the privacy (confidentiality) and security (safeguarding) of health data, which HIPAA calls Protected Health Information or PHI. The presentation will discuss HIPAA Privacy and Security affects patients and the medical community.
AV Requirements: Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Cyber Security; National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October); Public Policy/Law;

Defining the role of Health Informatics
Description:
  • Describe the role and benefits of health informatics in the delivery of quality patient-centered care.
  • Discuss professional health care provider responsibilities for safeguarding confidential client information, including HIPAA regulations.
  • Explain possible consequences for breaches in privacy and confidentiality.
  • Discuss professional responsibilities in the use of social health care technology or media as it relates to relationships with patients, colleagues, and employers.

AV Requirements: Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Health/Wellness; Science; STEM; Technology;

Karla Hoffmanhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/hoffman_karla.jpgKarla Hoffman is a Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department of the School of Information Technology and Engineering of George Mason University where she had been Chair for five years ending in 2001.  Previously, she worked as a mathematician in the Operations Research Department of the Center for Applied Mathematics of the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she served as a senior consultant to a variety of government agencies.  She received her BS in mathematics from Rutgers University in1969, and an M.B.A. and a D.Sc. in Operations Research from the George Washington University in 1971 and 1975, respectively. AWARDS: National Institute of Standards and technology (NIST) Applied Research Award, Commerce Department Silver Medal, George Mason University's Distinguished Faculty Award(1989), The Volgenau School of Engineering Outstanding Research Award (2010), and the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Kimball Medal (2005) and Harvey Greenberg Service Award (2009) and the Omega Rho Plenary Speaker (2008). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences. She has given multiple plenary talks for INFORMS and its associated Optimization and Computing Societies, for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and for the EURO Conference in Pozdam. She was part of a team that won the 2018 Edelman Prize for their work on the FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Dr. Hoffman served as President of INFORMS in 1999 and is currently on the Administrative Council of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies (IFORS) as the Vice President of the North American Operations Research Societies. She has served on the Boards of INFORMS, The Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), and The Mathematical Programming Society. She has served as Treasurer and Secretary of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area. RESEARCH AREAS: Dr. Hoffman's primary areas of research are combinatorial optimization and auction design and applications. She consults to the Federal Communication Commission on auction design and testing. She has consulted to multiple federal agencies including DOT, DOE, NASA, and DHS. She has consulted to a variety of corporations on the routing and scheduling of ships, trucks and buses. Including U.S. Airways, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and American Airlines on fleet assignment and crew-scheduling problems. She has worked with the Disney Corporation and Florida Rock Industries and GrubHub on real-time scheduling. She has served as a consultant on combinatorial optimization problems for telecommunications, transportation, postal services and military organizations and has consulted on auction design related to telecommunications. She has served on the editorial boards of:   Annals of Operations Research, Computational Optimization and its Applications, Information Systems Frontiers, INFORMS Journal on Computing and the SIAM Journal on Optimization. Impact of Operations Research on U.S. Industry
Description: The field of operations research, and its development of analytics tool that transform “big data” into useful information for management decision making is transforming the way companies perform. This talk will illustrate how the field has impacted the transformation of many companies and how the field is continuing to change with the advent of cloud computing, one-to-one marketing, machine learning and the development of the field of advanced analytics (prescriptive analytics).
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Technology;

Auction Use by the Federal Government
Description: A variety of government agencies use various auction strategies to both buy and sell goods and services. This talk will discuss auction designs and their uses within the federal government.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

Application of Math Modeling in the Airline Industry
Description: This talk explains how mathematical and economic modeling is used in almost every aspect of an airline’s operations, including scheduling, pricing, facility location and layout, and capital investments and will also highlight recent FAA activities in handling congestion at the busiest airports.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Mathematics Awareness Month (April); Transportation;

John Hollishttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Hollis-John.jpgJohn 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: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption.” Over his career, Mr. Hollis has covered the Super Bowl, the Olympics, five college basketball Final Fours, the College World Series, the NBA, and the NFL among other things and served as a daily beat writer covering college football and basketball within both the ACC and SEC. The University of Virginia and Woodberry Forest School alum is currently working as a Communications Manager at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Rodney M. Davis (USMC)
Description: 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 NVA force estimated to have 2,500 men during one of the nastiest fights of the entire Vietnam War. A member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Davis served as a right guide in 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company. His platoon listed 48 men at the start of Operation Swift, including two machine gunners, a two-man sniper team and a forward artillery observer. Just 11 remained by the time major combat operations concluded on Sept. 6, the rest either having been killed or wounded seriously enough to warrant a medevac out. Of those 11, eight later received Purple Hearts for gunshot and/or shrapnel wounds suffered during combat. The time of his death in 1967 was one of the most volatile in U.S. domestic history, with Davis and other African-Americans ironically still being denied at home the very liberties they were fighting to defend thousands of miles away in Southeast Asia. More than 150 U.S. cities experienced costly and equally-as-destructive race riots that summer, and Jim Crow remained the law of the land in Davis’ hometown of Macon, Georgia as America slipped closer to anarchy than at any time since the Civil War. That Davis still chose to jump onto an enemy grenade at the critical moment and sacrifice his own life for the lives of five fellow Marines who just happened to be white speaks volumes about Davis, his principles and his unflinching courage even in the face of certain death. It takes a special man to fight for a country that has denied him full rights as a citizen, a more extraordinary one still to willingly lay down his own life for that country. Davis, however, didn’t care about color. The Marines sharing that trench with him were ALL his brothers, and he was no stranger to looking out after his own after coming of age in the Jim Crow South. Color had always been a contentious issue there, but it had no place along Vietnam’s frontlines, where each man depended on one another for survival no matter their race. Davis would do anything for the four siblings with whom he grew up, and would do no less for his new Marine brothers in Vietnam. He died as nobly as he lived. Davis is one of only 88 African-Americans ever awarded the Medal of Honor and is honored at both the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
AV Requirements: Internet, laptop;
Categories: American Culture; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Literature/Poetry/Writing; Vietnam War (Anniversary of the End - 4/30/1975);

Mahesh P. Joshihttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Joshi-Mahesh.pngMahesh P. Joshi is an academic, an entrepreneur and a consultant. He was the founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, George Mason University. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship, the School of Business, George Mason University. He is also the President of Joshi International, Inc., a consulting firm that provides strategic and entrepreneurial advice to clients. As an entrepreneur, he launched his first business in 1994, and since then has been involved in more than 10 startups. Recently he has launched a new venture with a vision to improve strategic thinking across corporations though the creation of a patented and interactive digital strategic thinking system through gamification (https://biggiebills.com/). Mahesh has a wide variety of research and teaching and training interests, including: Entrepreneurship & Corporate Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management; Innovations and Technology Management, Strategies of Service firms, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, and Industry Analysis. Mahesh has successfully focused on Executive Education & Training and he has been actively providing a variety of training courses through Joshi International, Inc., as well as George Mason University. He has won teaching awards for “Excellence in Teaching” with respect to executive MBA students. 25 blind managers participanted through National industries for Blind (NIB) presented a teaching excellence award to him that read: “To a Teacher Committed to Carving and Shaping our Business Minds.” He has published several peer-reviewed publications (30+) and one third of these publications are listed as A/A* (ABDC journal list) including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences Journal, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Long Range Planning. He has won several “Best Paper Awards” at a variety of academic conferences. Mahesh has been engaged in faculty evaluation (P&T committees), new faculty searches and faculty mentoring (including thesis advising and co-authoring with graduate students). He has won several grants where academic theory is applied to real applications. He is actively involved in outreach for the School of Business, George Mason University; and has been awarded the “School of Business Service Award” several times, capturing his ability to connect with the local business community. He is actively engaged with The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) DC Chapter where he has been a Board Member for several years among other local industry groups. Education:
  • D.: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Strategic Management and International Business)
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Xavier Institute of Management, Mumbai, India (International Business)
  • Sc.: St. Xavier's College, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India, (Math, Eco, Stat, & OR)
Business Management and Strategic Thinking, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Understanding Business Models
Description: Professor Joshi can address the following topics: Strategic Decision making, effective strategic thinking, Managing Innovation Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship; Strategy Formulation and Strategy Implementation, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, Cross Cultural Management  
AV Requirements: Laptop, Flip Chart, White Board and Markers ;
Categories: Business/Finance; Economic Development; Leadership/Career Development;

Richard Kauzlarichhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/kauzlarich_richard.jpgSince 2014, Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich has been Co-Director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy at George Mason University. As a Distinguished Visiting Professor, he also teaches courses on the Geopolitics of Energy Security and Policy Communication at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government. From 2011 to 2013, he was Deputy Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) in Mason’s School of Public Policy. He served as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) from September 2003 to April 2011. Before his service on the NIC, he was Director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace. Ambassador Kauzlarich joined the Institute in spring 2002 after a 32-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and Azerbaijan in 1994-97. He was Senior Deputy to the Secretary of State’s and the President’s Special Representative to the Newly Independent States (NIS) in 1993-94. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European Affairs in 1991-93, responsible for relations with the former Soviet Union and economic ties with the European Union. Ambassador Kauzlarich also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in 1984-86 and as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in 1986-89, handling global and international economic issues. He was also Director of the Department of State’s Operations Center 1983-84. Ambassador Kauzlarich has served at US Embassies in Ethiopia, Israel, and Togo. In December 2001, the Century Foundation published his report, “Time for Change? US Policy in the Transcaucasus.” He is a co-author of “Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002,” published by RAND in 2004. He also co-authored “Strategic International Engagement at the Local & Regional Level: The Case of Northern Virginia,” published by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2021. Ambassador Kauzlarich received his AA from Black Hawk College, his BA from Valparaiso University, and his MAs from Indiana University and the University of Michigan. He was a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Foreign Policy Program with the Center on the United States and Europe. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College of National Defense University. He is a member of the National Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cyber Operations/IT Advisory Council at Valparaiso University and a member of the advisory board of Clean Trade. He served as Board Chair of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. Foreign Policy
Description: Ambassador Kauzlarich can address any number of topics regarding foreign policy, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, international energy and economic issues, energy transition and sustainability, role of US local governments in international relations, human rights, conflict resolution and peacemaking, and humanitarian aid.
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Communication; Conflict Resolution; Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

Jody Keenanhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Jody-Keenan.jpgJody Keenan is Managing Director, Mason Enterprise Center and State Director, Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network, hosted by George Mason University. The Mason Enterprise Center is an organization of regional incubators and statewide business assistance programs assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business and strategic planning, government contracting, access to capital, marketing, commercialization and innovation, international trade, and incubation. The Virginia SBDC network, a program of the Mason Enterprise Center, is the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth providing business advising, mentoring, training and connections to other useful resources to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The SBDC network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center and 15 other organizations, including institutions of higher education, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations across Virginia. Local and Regional Small Business and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Description: A presentation about the entrepreneurial ecosystem landscape to include opportunities, challenges and resources.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Economic Development; Entrepreneurship;

Traci Kendallhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Kendall-Traci--rotated.jpgTraci Kendall is the executive director for the Office of Community and Local Government Relations at George Mason University. Ms. Kendall began her career with the university in 1996 and is responsible for the strategic direction of community and local government relations at George Mason University, including tactical partnership and relationship development, outreach programs/initiatives, and regional economic development and multi-jurisdictional collaboration. The mission of the office is to communicate the university’s future plans and current goals and objectives to its various external communities, develop long term partnerships, programs, and information exchange opportunities between the university and its multiple constituencies, and promote Mason’s resources to external audiences. Over the years, Ms. Kendall has served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Fairfax, Inc., the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and Volunteer Fairfax, as well as serving on a number of boards and commissions for Fairfax County including the Commission for Women, Millennium Steering Committee, and the 2007 Jamestown Anniversary Community Programming committee. Ms. Kendall received her BA in public relations and speech communications at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Discover Mason: A guide to Mason’s Services and Resources for the Community
Description: An overview on how to navigate George Mason University from a non-student perspective. Includes programs, services, and resources available to the residential and business community. Whether you're an established business, an entrepreneur seeking assistance, a parent looking for summer camps for your kids, or an organization in need of conference space or a speaker, George Mason University has opportunities for everyone.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: George Mason University; National Higher Education Day (June);

Jim Kinterhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Jim-Kinter-Reformat.jpgDr. Kinter is Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) which conducts basic and applied climate research on climate predictability on sub-seasonal and longer time scales, focusing on phenomena such as monsoons, El Niño, and climate change. Dr. Kinter is also a Professor in the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences and the Climate Dynamics Ph.D. Program of the College of Science. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on climate dynamics, predictability and climate change. After earning his doctorate in geophysical fluid dynamics at Princeton University in 1984, Dr. Kinter served as a National Research Council Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and as a faculty member of the University of Maryland prior to helping to create COLA in 1993. Dr. Kinter has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and he is frequently called to serve on advisory boards and review panels for scientific research and supercomputing program. Climate Change: Preparing for the New Normal in Virginia
Description: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that all of us are 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 human activities have caused the majority of the changes observed in the past half-century. The citizens and businesses of Virginia are not exempt from the changes Earth will experience during the rest of this century – there will be a new normal and we all need to prepare for it. Knowing where, when, and by how much climate will change in the Commonwealth, and where and how to exploit natural resources, are critically important aspects of planning and preparing for changes that are decades in the making. Dr. Kinter will describe Mason research that is focused on these questions, emphasizing what we have learned about predicting future weather and climate in the mid-Atlantic region and what remains to be done to advance our understanding to actionable predictions.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector and Screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Earth Day (April); Engineering; Environmental Awareness Month (September); Technology;

Meredith Lair (Remote only through December 2021)No imageProfessor 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 American soldiers in Vietnam. Her current projects examine Vietnam War soldier photography and legacies of the Vietnam War, in particular how ideas about veteranhood have been constructed and changed over time. Professor Lair’s teaches courses on historical methods, war and American society, and the Vietnam War in the Department of History & Art History. Civil War Memorials in Washington, DC
Description: This talk considers 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.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Cultural/Social/World Issues; History;

History, Lessons and Legacies of the Vietnam War
Description: This talk considers how the Vietnam War remains influential in contemporary American life.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Arts; History; Vietnam War (Anniversary of the End - 4/30/1975); Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

War Memorials on the National Mall
Description: Post-pandemic, I can do this as a walking tour on the National Mall. As a talk, 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.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Arts; History; Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Roger Lathburyhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Roger-Lathbury.jpgRoger Lathbury, Professor of English at George Mason University, received his B.A. in English at Middlebury College, and his M.A. in English at Indiana University. He is the founder and editor of Orchises Press, one of the nation's premier small presses specializing in original poetry. He has written books on American realism and modernism and published a book on The Great Gatsby. W. H. Auden
Description: A brief overview, with sample poems, of one of the sanest and wittiest poets of the 20th century.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: National Poetry Month (April); Religion;

Running a Small Press
Description: The speaker presents his experience in publishing poetry and neglected work, and in making unlikely books into a respected and self-sustaining publishing company, Orchises Press.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts; Business/Finance;

Nonsense Language
Description: Overview of the work of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice books, with an emphasis on the ways in which these writers play with language.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Communication;

Moby-Dick
Description: Introduction to one of the greatest American and world novels. What is it really about?
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: American Culture;

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Description: Biography of this popular 20th century author, with highlights from his two great novels, "The Great Gatsby" and "Tender is the Night," plus his remarkable short stories.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Arts;

Dave Lattanzihttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Lattanzi-Dave-scaled.jpgDr. David Lattanzi, PE is an associate professor and the John Toups Faculty Fellow in Civil Engineering at George Mason University. He also serves as the co-director of the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership. Dr. Lattanzi's research focus is at the intersection of civil engineering and computer science as it pertains to the integration of artificial intelligence into the next generation of smart cities and communities. He studies how AI can be leveraged to create intelligent infrastructure systems designed to enhance community resilience and sustainability. His current research initiatives include information-driven digital twins for structures, unmanned aerial vehicles for infrastructure management, and 3D computer vision methods for structural assessments. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 2013 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. Won’t you be my neighbor? How Artificial Intelligences are Changing Human Communities
Description: The recent pandemic has shed new light on what it means to live, work, and play as part of a community. New tools and communication technologies have helped to reduce social isolation and connect us like never before, and yet these same technologies have also highlighted challenges with respect to trust, disinformation, and fairness. What is less well-known is that an on-rush of artificial intelligence technologies are poised to revolutionize our communities and cities in ways that are, frankly, difficult to envision or predict. Implementing these advances safely and fairly will require an educated and engaged population. In this talk, I will discuss recent advances in artificial intelligence as they pertain to the idea of "smart" cities and communities. Rather than a discussion of technical details, I will present advances within the framework of human-AI partnership, and as a rethink of who we consider members of our communities.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Engineering; Government/Politics; STEM; Technology; Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Harold Lintonhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Harold-Linton-Reformat.jpegHarold Linton, Professor, currently serves as a Professor of Art and Research Associate in the School of Art, coordinating Mason’s accreditation self-study and the Professional Lecture Series entitled Visual Voices. He is also the National Coordinator for U.S. News Fine Arts Dean's Survey of America's Best Graduate Programs; the coordinator for Mason’s Visiting Artist Program called Navigation Press/Friends of Art; and the coordinator of Mason’s membership in National Portfolio Days Association. He also teaches drawing and painting at the university. He served as Director of the School of Art from 2005 – 2013. Professor Linton is the author of nineteen books and numerous journal articles on design, drawing, architecture, and color. Several published works have become adopted texts throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. Harold has served as visiting lecturer in design at over 100 schools of art and architecture. Professor Linton is the recipient of more than thirty citations from leading art and design schools noting his work as a prized resource. In its various iterations and editions, more than 200 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad have adopted Portfolio Design. Professor Linton’s work on color is also the subject of articles and interviews in the New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Departures Magazine, and numerous journals. Portfolio Design for Architecture, Fine Arts and Allied Design Disciplines
Description: An international survey of portfolio design for the arts and architecture with numerous examples and discussion of the conceptual aspects, methods and materials of planning and assembly of an original, professional presentation.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; Leadership/Career Development; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Color in Architecture
Description: An international survey of Contemporary architecture and the role of the colorist in working with architects and designers to provide inspirational color treatments for interiors, exteriors and urban spaces
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Rainald Lohnerhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Rainald-Lohner.pngProfessor of School of Computational Fluid Dynamics Uses supercomputers to model and simulate complex natural and man-made phenomena. He simulated the World Trade Center bombing and explosions at American Embassy in Nairobi and the Challenger Space Shuttle. His simulations of the flow of blood through arterial junctions have helped surgeons improve the way they join arteries together in heart by- pass surgery. During the Covid-19 pandemic carried out many simulations and experiments to assess air flow and UV radiation and their effect on the transmission and mitigation of pathogens in the built environment. Active areas of research include fluid-structure interaction, optimal shape and process design, the use of graphics cards within field solvers, compressible and incompressible flow solvers, as well as thermal, control and dispersion solvers. Also active in the simulation of large crowds. Strategic areas of the CFD team include: blast-structure interaction, free surface hydrodynamics, contaminant transport, haemodynamics (bloodflow), optimal shape and process design, and computational crowd dynamics. High Fidelity Modeling of Pathogen Movement, Transmission and Mitigation in the Built Environment
Description: The recent Covid-19 pandemic has led to a thorough review of current ventilation systems in the built environment. The talk gives overview of high-fidelity modeling of pathogen propagation, transmission and mitigation. Starting from the current understanding of pathogen, and in particular virus transmission and mitigation, the required physical and numerical models are derived and proper simulation tools for flow, pathogens and UV radiation are shown. Thereafter, the motion of pedestrians, as well as proper ways to couple computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational crowd dynamics (CCD) to enable high-fidelity pathogen transmission and infection simulations is treated. Numerous examples are given, among them sneezing scenarios in hospitals, lecture rooms, subway cars and airplane cabins.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Health/Wellness; Science; Technology;

Computing in Science and Society
Description: 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.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Engineering; Math; Science; STEM; Technology;

Computational Sciences: The Third Pillar of Empirical Science
Description: For hundreds of years, empirical sciences as we know them today were based on either direct measurement of objects (or scaled models) or on simple analytic solutions of partial differential equations. The advent of supercomputers in the 1980s added a third option: computational sciences. The talk explores the origin, outlook and consequences of this third pillar of the empirical sciences.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Engineering; Math; Science; Technology;

P.J. Maddoxhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/maddox_pj.jpgDr. Maddox is a health services research and health care administrator with over 30 years of experience. She came to GMU in 1997 from the Nationals Institutes of Health. She is a sought after speaker and prolific author in contemporary health management and cutting edge health policy problems. She holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Subject matter expert on: Medical Disasters and Emergency Planning Problem of Uninsurance for health care Health workforce shortages Public Health Planning/Management Health care safety/quality. Why Everyone Should Care About the Problem of the Healthcare Uninsured
Description: The number of health care uninsured continues to grow, adding to the problem of growing health care costs, public health problems and growing business sector personnel costs. This presentation outlines the causes and consequences of health uninsurance and what public and private sector options can be used to address this complex problem.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

The Disaster/Emergency Preparedness of Professional Nurses
Description: As the U.S. is challenged to increase local capacity to improve disaster/emergency preparedness, professional nurses (the back bone of the U.S. health system) and the front line of first receivers are critical.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Safety; Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Health Workforce Shortages
Description: As America ages in place and its demand for health services increases, so does the shortage of qualified health professionals. The speaker does presentations on the causes and consequences of workforce shortages and what can be done about them.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Human Resource Management/Personnel;

Patricia A. Mauldenhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maulden-Patricia.jpgPatricia A. Maulden is Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, Director of the Dialogue & Difference Project, and the Student Engagement Coordinator at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Her research and field activities include: youth/child disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration in Sierra Leone; community based peace education in Sierra Leone and Burundi; youth focused palaver management in Liberia; reconciliation and the role of the arts in Kosovo; socio-territorial development, local power, and social justice in Salvador, Brazil; human rights, power, and culture in Bahia, Brazil; conflict resolution and natural resource exploitation in Colombia; incorporating dialogue to explore ongoing political, social, and economic concerns in Ukraine; and inclusive dialogue in University Peace Clubs in Ethiopia. Currently she is researching the theory and practice of civil death in the United States, the implications for the carceral state, mass conviction and mass incarceration, education inside prison, post-incarceration re-entry, and prison abolition. She has conducted practice-focused workshops on dialogue, conflict analysis and resolution, peaceful leadership, building peace, environmental conflicts, and political conciliation in Brazil, Liberia, Columbia, Turkey, and Morocco. Dr. Maulden has trained in restorative justice, problem solving workshops, sustained dialogue, and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the pedagogy and practice teaching inside prison with half incarcerated and half outside students. She is also the co-founder of the Praxis Conference. Dialogue & Facilitative Leadership
Description: Facilitative leadership focuses on individual and group reflections, understandings, and needs, and has the potential to be transformational. Radical acceptance as the wisdom of not making a bad situation worse by curbing the ego and keeping clear and focused is difficult but fundamental to effective leadership. Through listening to understand, asking questions when disagreements occur, backing the individual ego out of the discussion, and honoring individual positions, leaders become competent in understanding conflict dynamics  and reducing negative responses. As these dynamics occur and continue positive, coherent group organization and communication can develop and be maintained. Dialogue (not debate or force) can be integral to recognizing multiple views, human dignity, and creating a place where leadership works with constituencies and groups rather than against them.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Communication; Conflict Resolution; Leadership/Career Development;

Civil Death, Incarceration, and Their Effects in the United States
Description: Mass conviction, mass incarceration, and mass disenfranchisement currently deprive millions of Americans of civil and voting rights. Civil death, while initially framed as related to a crime or infraction of law, continues to follow the formerly incarcerated to the grave. This presentation examines the backstory of these policies, the historic racial implications, interpretations of human value, and expansion of incarceration practices and policies over time. In addition to outlining the economic, social, and political systems that continue these policies, the discussion also highlights the enormous human, social, economic, and political costs on individuals, families, and communities.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence; History; International Human Rights Day (December); Public Policy/Law;

Jeremy Mayerhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Jeremy-Mayer.jpgJeremy D. Mayer is an expert on American presidential elections, public opinion, racial politics, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of several books, including Running On Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000, American Media Politics in Transition, and 9-11: The Giant Awakens. He has spoken on behalf of the U.S. State Department in several countries, and trains U.S. diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute. He has appeared on many international, national, and local television programs, including the PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and others. Polarization’s Children: Political Socialization in the Age of Hatred
Description: This is part of an ongoing research project looking at whether polarized parents pass along their hatred to their children. It is derived from a proprietary data set of 1,048 pairs of parents and middle school children.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Childhood Development/Parenting; Government/Politics;

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Laura-Wolfe.jpgMs. McCloskey received her M.A. in Irish Studies from the Catholic University of America. She also holds a M.Ed. in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. She is completing a Ph.D. in Medieval Art History from Trinity College Dublin. Her work focuses on medieval manuscript illumination in Ireland and its connections to points East; including France, Germany, and the Mediterranean world (most specifically Constantinople). She lived in Dublin while completing her M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs and worked in the Dáil Éireann (the Irish Parliament) writing the Fine Gael policy on Arts, Sport, and Tourism. Ms. McCloskey wears many Mason hats: she is a Mason alumna (she received her B.A. in Art History), she worked full-time as a History and Art History Department administrator for eight years, and she was the Assistant Director for Learning Services for two years. In addition, she has been an adjunct instructor of History and Art History since 2008. Japanese Art
Description: I have taught courses on Japanese art for several years and I would be glad to present on any topic relating to Japanese art history. I have a particular interest in presenting on the art and traditions of Zen Buddhism, but I am open to any topic.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Arts; Cherry Blossom Festival (March/April); History; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Celtic Drawing
Description: Drawing workshops that feature a background lecture on Celtic art traditions, with time for instruction on how to create Celtic-inspired drawings based on Pictish, Northumbrian, and medieval Irish stone carving, metalwork, and manuscripts. (Attendees would need to have their own preferred drawing instruments, paper, a compass, and a protractor.)
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Arts; History; Irish-American Heritage Month (March); National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Irish History, Art, and Literature
Description: Ms. McCoskey would be delighted to present on any topic of Irish history from the medieval period to the present. Her primary focus is in art history and its connections to the society and overall culture of Ireland and its people. Her specialty is medieval manuscript illumination (e.g. The Book of Kells) with a secondary specialty in the work of poet William Butler Yeats.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: History; Irish-American Heritage Month (March); National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Mary McCutcheonhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Mary-McCutcheon-Reformat.jpgMary McCutcheon taught in the George Mason University anthropology department from 1988 to 2004. Before that Ms. McCutcheon worked at the Smithsonian in the Directorate of International Affairs. Before that she taught at the University of Guam. Ms. McCutcheon does research on land and marine resource ownership in the Palau Islands of Micronesia. Over the years she taught at Mason, Ms. McCutcheon refined her lecture topics which are relevant today and which have been popular with the audiences. In addition to continuing her work in Micronesia, Ms. McCutcheon is spending her retirement trying to understand the surge of religiosity in our society. Utopian Communities
Description: 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?
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; History; Philosophy;

Scientific Racism: Is this an Oxymoron?
Description: Despite efforts by anthropologists and biologists to temper the application of race labeling, it continues to thrive. What's wrong and what's right with the concept of race? Why does our society crave race categories? How do people confuse the recent use of DNA-based labeling systems with the scientific reality of race?
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Ethics;

Hiawatha in History, Legend and Poetry
Description: 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?
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; National Poetry Month (April); Native American Heritage Month (November);

Creationism
Description: Why do so many people embrace creationism and reject evolution? What are their arguments and how does creationism promote community, address concerns about education and the rearing of good children, and the perceived dangerous consequences of evolutionary thinking?
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Education/Teaching; Religion;

Communicating Evolution
Description: It does no good to argue with people who don't believe evolution. But since it is the foundation of modern biology and represents constructive critical thought in science, it is useful to know how to teach evolution without confrontation. This is not so much a lecture as a discussion.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Education/Teaching; Religion;

Maurice McTiguehttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Maurice-McTigue.jpgMaurice McTigue joined the George Mason University Mercatus Center in 1997 as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar after an illustrious career as a New Zealand member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Ambassador. Prior to his arrival in the United States, McTigue led an ambitious and extremely successful effort to restructure New Zealand's public sector and to revitalize its stagnant economy from 1984 to 1994. McTigue has served in a number of capacities, including Spokesman for Works, Irrigation, Transport and Fisheries; Minister of Employment; Associate Minister of Finance; Minister of State Owned Enterprises; Minister of Railways; Minister of Works and Development; Chair of the Cabinet's Expenditure Control Committee; Minister of Labour; and Minister of Immigration. In April 1994, he moved to Canada as New Zealand's Ambassador; concurrently, he served as non-residential High Commissioner to Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. In a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 1999, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon McTigue the prestigious Queen's Service Order in recognition of his public service. This is one of the highest honors attainable for civil service in New Zealand. As director of the Government Accountability Project at Mercatus, McTigue is sharing the lessons of his practical experience with policymakers in the United States. He works with officials in the administration, members of Congress, and executives in scores of federal agencies on applying the principles of transparency and accountability in the public sector. He frequently speaks at conferences on performance issues and testifies before congressional committees on issues of government reform. He is also a frequent contributor to national magazines and trade publications. The New Zealand Experience
Description: An overview of New Zealand's radical economic and political reforms, including lessons for American decision- makers interested in achieving similar results in the United States.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Government/Politics;

Public Sector Management Reform
Description: Details how performance-based management and accountability helped New Zealand radically improve the quality of its government-delivered services.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Business/Finance; Government/Politics;

New Zealand’s Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation
Description: The story of New Zealand's massive restructuring of its telecommunications industry, and the huge benefits enjoyed by consumers after deregulation.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Government/Politics;

New Zealand’s Tax Reform
Description: An account of New Zealand's decision to mix a sales and a flat tax system, and its reform of revenue collection (New Zealand's equivalent to the IRS).
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Business/Finance; Government/Politics;

Government Performance Management (and all related subjects)
Description: The speaker's perspective on successful strategies to improve government performance based on wide experience as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand and work with many governments in the United States and over 20 other countries around the World.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Government/Politics;

Tom Moncurehttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/moncure_tom.jpgTom Moncure retired from service to the Commonwealth in September of 2017 as Senior Assistant Attorney General and University Counsel for George Mason University. He previously held elected public offices as Clerk of Court for Stafford County and as a member of the House of Delegates. He retired from service as a commissioned Army Military Police Officer following 26 years in the Army Reserves and Virginia Army National Guard. Mr. Moncure currently serves on Colonial Beach Town Council.   Who is this Lady?
Description: Explanation of the symbolism represented in the Seal of Virginia.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: History;

The Ladies Mason – George’s Two Anns
Description: An examination of the two women most closely associated with George Mason--his mother and wife--whose historical reputations would have been highly regarded but for their association with the "unknown" founder.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: History; Women's History Month (March);

George Mason the Man
Description: Biographical with emphasis on his strength of character and central role in forming this government. Can readily tailor to audience interests and time constraints.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: History;

Star Muirhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Muir-Star.jpgDr. Muir is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric and Communication, and his research now focuses on the impact of new media on attention and focus.  Star has received numerous teaching and service awards, and most recently was awarded George Mason’s David King Award for career contribution to the teaching and learning environment at the University.  A debate coach for almost 20 years, and a consultant to federal agencies on plain language writing, science writing and infographics, he has recently served as the President of the National Communication Association. Understanding Digital Natives
Description: Growing up with internet has changed the way youth and young adults learn, socialize, interact, and live their lives. This has inspired a growing literature about these new “digital natives,” about the “digital immigrants” that are teaching and raising them, and about the impact of these changes on brain development and habits of mind. This topic will feature discussion of characteristics of digital natives, identification of strategies for interacting with them, and exploration of how technology is changing the learning environment.
AV Requirements: Screen;
Categories: Communication;

Managing Technostress
Description: Our fast-paced world, with information bombarding us from computers, cell phones, media advertisements, spam and other sources, can overload and stress out our lives. This presentation identifies some of the impacts of information overload, and addresses different strategies for coping with these and other pressures in our rapid-fire mediated environment.
AV Requirements: Screen;
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Critically Assessing Public Information
Description: Offers a critical perspective on assessing and processing the vast amount of information that comes to us through public channels. Explores ways to understand and evaluate messages constructed to influence public behavior.
AV Requirements: Screen;
Categories: Communication;

Computers and Communication
Description: A closer look at social and individual aspects of the computer revolution, focusing on communication skills, distance learning, and the variety of social issues surrounding the Internet.
AV Requirements: Screen;
Categories: Communication;

Amy Murphyhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Amy-Murphy-Reformat.jpgAmy Murphy, MPP, joined the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) in 2009. Amy serves as Project Director for the RNR Simulation Tool, an online suite of tools that operationalizes the Risk-Need-Responsivity principles. Amy’s additional projects at ACE include SOARING 2, an eLearning curriculum for criminal justice supervision officers, JSTEPS, an implementation study on contingency management in justice settings, and STRIDE, a randomized trial on the use of medication-assisted treatment among opioid-dependent individuals living with HIV. Prior to joining ACE!, Amy worked with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine and with the Criminal Justice Research Division of the San Diego Association of Governments. Amy holds a master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and her primary interest is in applied research for policy application. Crime and Public Policy
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AV Requirements: LCD Projector;
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Mercedes PriceNo imageMercedes Price is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at George Mason University. In this role, she supports partnership development and fundraising efforts with corporations and foundation across the Mason community. Prior to joining Mason, Mercedes spent 13 years working in the international nonprofit realm. Her most recent position was with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where she focused on business development and fundraising with federal and private philanthropic entities. She is a Maryland native and currently lives in Reston, VA with her family. Partnering with Mason, Where Do I Start?
Description: We understand that navigating a large public research university can be confusing, and it is often difficult to figure out where to start. A company may want to start an endowed scholarship, contribute corporate philanthropic dollars to the College of Visual Performing Arts, or put their name on a building. How do they know who to talk to? What if they just want to "get to know" Mason? The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team was formed to help corporations and foundations answer these questions and find an easy path into Mason. We are interested in learning from our partners what they would like to accomplish with a Mason partnership, and determine what we need to do in order to accomplish those goals. No two partnerships are the same, and we want to work with organizations on a model that is mutually beneficial.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: George Mason University;

Lisa Rabin (not available to speak until 2022)https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Lisa-Rabin-5.jpgDr. Rabin received her B.A. in Spanish and French from Pomona College in 1986 and her Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University in 1993. She has taught at George Mason in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages since 1992. Her current research is on tof post-World War II educational documentaries in the United States. Latin American Film
Description: Professor Rabin can lecture on Latin American film of the twentieth century, including the “New Cinema” of the 1960s-1980s. She can also lecture on the 20th-century history of US educational documentaries for global education projects in and outside of the traditional classroom.
AV Requirements: Internet, Laptop with DVD player, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October);

Edward Rhodeshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/rhodes_edward.jpgCurrently a professor on the faculty of Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, Edward Rhodes studies American foreign and national security policy. Prior to joining Mason in 2010 as Dean of the School of Public Policy, Dr. Rhodes was on the faculty of Rutgers University, serving as founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Global Security and Democracy and as Dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. America and the World: The Challenge of Foreign Policy
Description: Since its founding, the United States has wrestled with the challenge of creating a foreign policy that would protect the American people and the American republic, and be true to America's values, without destroying America as a democratic republic. This conversation explores the historical and intellectual roots of American foreign policy -- from Washington's "Farewell Address" and the Monroe Doctrine through the self-confident imperialism of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson's war to "make the world safe for democracy" to today's debates over American military intervention and the war on terror.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Government/Politics; History;

Amira Roesshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Amira-Roess-Reformat.jpgDr. Roess is a professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services, Department of Global and Community Health. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology, multi-disciplinary and multi-species field research and evaluating interventions to reduce the transmission and impact of infectious diseases. Dr. Roess currently oversees several longitudinal studies to understand emergence and transmission of zoonotic infectious diseases globally, including the emergence and transmission of Campylobacter (with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), MERS-CoV (with support from the US National Science Foundation), development of COVID-19 in the first year of life, and the development of the microbiome during the first year of life. She is also leading a number of other COVID-19 projects. She studies breastfeeding patterns and their association with future health disparities and has also studied the impact of hurricanes on morbidity and mortality in the United States, links between food animal production and emerging infectious and zoonotic disease emergence globally, and mHealth (especially apps) technology integration and evaluations to reduce the impact of infectious diseases outbreaks, promote health care and health reduce disparities. Dr. Roess holds a PhD in global disease epidemiology and control from Johns Hopkins University. Her current studies are in the US, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Roess served as the Science Director for the Pew Commission on Industrial Food Animal Production at Johns Hopkins, and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the CDC. She has served as consultant for the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and Westat Inc. She has a master degree from the UMDNJ/ Rutgers University School of Public Health. Emerging Infectious Diseases
Description: Dr. Roess can address the following aspects of emerging infectious diseases: Disparities, Coronaviruses, Breastfeeding, Microbiome, One Health, Food Borne Illness, Antimicrobial Resistance.
AV Requirements: Screen;
Categories: Health/Wellness; STEM;

Mark J. Rozellhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Mark-J-Rozell.jpgAuthor of nine books on various topics in American politics, including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics. Selected Past Media Appearances and Interviews: National/International. ABC “Nightline,” ABC “World News Tonight,” ABC “World News Sunday,” ABC “Good Morning America”, NBC “Today Show,” NBC “Nightly News,” CBS “Evening News,” CNN “Inside Politics,” CNN “Headline News,” NPR “All Things Considered,” BBC, CBC, Religion and Ethics News Weekly (PBS), Reuters, Reuters America TV, Associated Press, Knight-Ridder, Gannet News Service, ABC Radio, CBS Radio, NBC Radio, Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, National Journal, Legal Times, National Law Journal, The Hill, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, St. Petersburg Times, Houston Chronicle, Newsday, Charlotte Observer, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Tribune, Detroit News, U.S. News & World Report, Des Moines Register, London Independent, London Financial Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Le Presse, Tokyo Shinbun, National Post of Canada, among others. White House Czars and the Decline of Democratic Accountability
Description: Presidents increasingly have appointed so-called czars to make policy, administer programs, and allocate budgets. The practice is controversial given that these newly created offices are not confirmed and not subject to testify. The presentation covers the history and growth of presidential use of czars and then assesses the Obama Administration's continued and expanded use of czars.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

President v. Congress: The Constitution and the Growth of Presidential Powers
Description: An analysis of the evolution of presidential powers and what Congress can do to check presidents who overreach their authority.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Election Month (November); Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

Richard Rubensteinhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Rubenstein-Rich.jpgRichard E. Rubenstein is University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Education: Harvard College, B.A. 1959 in History and Literature Oxford College, M.A. 1961 in Jurisprudence (Rhodes Scholar) Harvard Law School, J.D. 1963 Employment: University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1987-present University Professor, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, 1988-1991 Professor of Law, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1979-1987 Associate Professor of Political Science, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 1970-1979 Assistant Director, Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs, Chicago, Illinois, 1967-1970 Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, D.C., 1963-1967 Books Authored: Rebels in Eden: Mass Political Violence in the United States (Boston: Little, Brown, 1970; London: Macdonald, 1970) Left Turn: Origins of the Next American Revolution (Boston: Little, Brown, 1973) Alchemists of Revolution: Terrorism in the Modern World (New York: Basic Books, 1987; London: I.B. Tauris, 1988; Barcelona and Buenos Aires: Granica, 1988) Comrade Valentine: The Story of Azef the Spy (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1993; Warsaw: Bellona, 2001) When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1999; Paris: Editions Decouvertes, 2001; Rio de Janeiro: Fisus Ltda., 2002; Mexico City: Oceano, 2003) Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages (New York: Harcourt Books, 2003; ; Seoul: Mimusa, 2004; Taiwan: Renew, 2004) Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah (New York: Harcourt Books, 2006) Reasons to Kill; Why Americans Choose War (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010) Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed (London: Routledge, 2017).  Books Edited: Conflict Resolution After the Pandemic: Building Peace, Pursuing Justice (with Solon Simmons) (London: Routledge, 2021). Critical Race Theory: What Is All The Controversy About?
Description: Critical race theory is an approach to issues of race, social structure, and history that has caused intense disagreement among analysts and activists of various political schools. This talk describes the doctrine analyzes the sources of disagreement about it, and suggests ways of resolving the conflict.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: American Culture; Black History Month (February); Conflict Resolution; Cultural/Social/World Issues;

War and Peace in an Age of Empire: What About China?
Description: The speaker’s 2010 book, "Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War," describes the arguments and images that persuade Americans to consent to wars. It looks as though many of those same propaganda techniques are being used to prepare Americans to accept a war with China. What is causing this and what can be done to prevent a violent war between empires?
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: American Culture; Conflict Resolution;

Political Tribalism in America: Causes and Cures.
Description: Why do political conflicts in America increasingly resemble ethic, religious, and nationalist struggles that have been fought out violently in many other nations. How can the threat of civil violence in our own country be averted?
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: American Culture; Conflict Resolution; Government/Politics;

Religious Conflicts and Their Resolution
Description: Why do religious conflicts sometimes become lethal? What is causing the current spread of violent religious conflicts worldwide? What can be done to resolve these conflicts?
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Communication; Conflict Resolution; Crime/Violence; Religion;

Poverty, Inequality, and Conflict
Description: How do poverty and inequality generate violent conflict even in a wealthy nation like the U.S.A.? What can be done to alter or eliminate the root causes of crime, structural violence, and war? This lecture brings the insights of conflict analysis and resolution to bear on an increasingly critical domestic problem.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Conflict Resolution; Crime/Violence; Public Policy/Law;

Danielle S. Rudeshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Rudes-Danielle-S.jpgDanielle S. Rudes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and the Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University (gmuace.org). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Rudes is an expert qualitative researcher whose methods include ethnographic observation, interviews, and focus groups with over 20 years of experience working with corrections agencies at the federal, state, and local county levels including prisons, jails, probation/parole agencies and problem-solving courts. She is recognized for her work examining how social control organizations and their middle management and street-level workers understand, negotiate, and at times, resist change. Dr. Rudes experience includes working with community corrections agencies during adoption, adaptation and implementation of various workplace practices and reforms including: contingency management (incentives/rewards/sanctions), risk-needs assessment instruments and motivational interviewing. Dr. Rudes serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  and on the Editorial Board of the journals Criminal Justice & Behavior, Law & Policy, and Victims & Offenders and publishes regularly in journals such as Criminal Justice & BehaviorFederal ProbationPunishment & SocietyLaw & Policy, Law & Society Review, and Justice Quarterly. Dr. Rudes is also the 2012 winner of the Teaching Excellence Award, the 2015 Mentoring Excellence Award, the 2016 Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, and the 2019 Sustaining Mentoring Award at George Mason University, the 2018 Teaching Award from the American Society of Criminology and the 2021 Mentoring Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her forthcoming book, Surviving Solitary: Living and Working in Restricted Housing Units is due out in spring 2022 with Stanford University Press. Implementing Policy/Practice Reform in U.S. Corrections Agencies
Description: As organizations move scientific, scholarly research into work environments, our knowledge of implementation processes grows. However, scholars still know little about how managers and staff acquire knowledge about evidence-based or evidence-informed practices (EBPs/EIPs), how much they understand them and how they are used. This study examines how organizational actors understand, negotiate and implement reforms including EBPs in community corrections agencies (adult and juvenile probation/parole within federal, state and local systems). Using data from over 1000 hours of qualitative observations of and interviews with 114+ community corrections senior and middle managers and street-level staff in adult and juvenile probation/parole and problem solving courts this project extends current scholarship by combining focusing explicitly on definitions, sources, understandings and uses of scientific and scholarly research for practice and policy decisions. It also expands existing data by analyzing in-depth, follow up interviews with community corrections workers to elicit detailed narratives specifically about how community corrections managers and staff: 1) define EBPs; 2) seek/gather information regarding EBPs, 3)understand EBPs and their role in their agency, and 4) adapt/adopt EBPs to fit within existing agency policies and practices. Ultimately, this research will enhance existing knowledge about the implementation, dissemination, translation and sustainability of reforms within community supervision settings.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Education/Teaching; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Steve Ruthhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Stephen-Ruth.jpgStephen Ruth is Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and director of the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology (ICASIT). His research interests are focused on the problems of policy and strategic planning associated with leveraging the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in large organizations, with particular emphasis on Telework, Green IT, and the Return on Investment for E-Learning. He has received a Distinguished Professor award at George Mason University, and was a Virginia Outstanding Professor honoree.  Dr. Ruth received his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and MS from the Navy Postgraduate School, and served twenty- three years in the Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain. His PhD is from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is author or co-author of over one hundred published articles and four books. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Nightmare Scenarios: Summoning the Demons?
Description: Some may think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in terms of Boston Dynamics’ Robot dog, Spot or of software that can defeat the very best human player in Go or Jeopardy. This course is about a much more sinister and serious aspect of AI, the various “nightmare scenarios” that are appearing regularly in the technical literature and sometimes in the daily news.  These scenarios take many forms, possibly the most familiar being the use of “killer robots” and other military applications where the battlefield, and military strategy are dominated by AI applications. Thought leaders as varied as physicist Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur Elon Musk have vehemently warned about the potential dangers of this situation, which Musk referred to as “summoning the demons”. There are many other worrisome scenarios, like the prospect of AI causing massive global job dislocation and unemployment as more and more jobs are automated.  The benefits and dangers of super intelligent surveillance systems, encouraged in some nations like China, but legally restrained in some large metropolitan cities in the free world, like San Francisco, are often in the news. MIT researchers have found that some of the highly sophisticated facial recognition platforms are ethnically biased, an interesting and important research issue. And the increasing cleverness of “deep fake” technology makes it possible for a seemingly authentic video from a world leader to be completely fabricated by an enemy. And there are increasing risks associated with AI-generated decision-making algorithms in fields from medicine to insurance to the stock market. Funds run by these algorithms currently account for 60% of stock trading activity, according to The Economist. In this lecture we will examine the ideas of the best-known thought leaders on these topics, and also have plenty of discussion among ourselves about this crucial topic.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop;
Categories: Business/Finance; Engineering; Ethics; Math; Science; Technology;

Speaking Truth to Power: The Thunderous Messages of the Hebrew Prophets and What They Mean Today
Description: 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 and Micah seeking to turn swords into plowshares; Ezekiel’s “dry bones” commentary of hope and recovery; and dozens more familiar examples. The prophets didn’t ask for the job, but accomplished it with great zeal and persuasiveness. Jesus and St. Paul quoted them often and the prophets’ messages are used (and misused) in today’s political debates frequently.  The lecture will also describe the settings and situations which caused these messages to be proclaimed, against kings and nobles, the rich and the entitled--the haves of that time-- in favor of the poor and the sick, the dispossessed, the aliens the refugees—the have nots. We will cover prophetic themes which are still alive today: sharing the wealth of nations, protection for immigrants and resident aliens, punishment of the corrupt; equity in taxation; promises of victory to the just and many more.  No religious background or affiliation is required.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; History; National Poetry Month (April); Religion;

Is That Really in the Bible?
Description: 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 about Jesus, from his teachings about the wealthy to his complicated genealogy, will be discussed, as well as Mary Magdalene’s special role in Jesus’s ministry. We’ll also cover Paul’s advice on taxes, slaves, wives, and much more. Each week we will review at least a dozen examples, including many suggested by members of the class. Some may say, “Is that really in the Bible?” It will be interesting and fun to review these stories from a different perspective.
AV Requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop;
Categories: American Culture; Cultural/Social/World Issues; History; Religion;

Biblical Villains and Villainesses
Description: 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.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: History; Religion;

Government Policies in Biblical Times
Description: Government policies in biblical times.  Human rights, gender equity, inheritance rights, etc.  This talk examines governmental issues in Bible times with respect to topics that are in today's news, like civil rights, gender equity, limits of governmental authority, and many others.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: History; Religion;

Sergei A. SamoilenkoNo imageSergei A. Samoilenko, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He is a co-founder and the director of Mason’s Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics. He teaches courses on variety of topics including: political communication, crisis communication, reputation management, cancel culture, and many others. His research focuses on issues in public relations, reputation management, crisis communication, and post-socialist studies. He is an author and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management, Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online, Character Assassination and Reputation Management: Theory and Applications, and Media and Public Relations Research in Post-Socialist Societies. Cancel Culture as a New Social Conflict: Reputation Management Lessons
Description: Reputation management has become more complicated in the context of new ethics. This presentation addresses an ongoing social conflict represented in cancel culture and moral outrage campaigns. The presentation illustrates new ways to counter reputational crises through pre-emptive inoculation and image repair strategies whether it be scientific arguments or attacks on individuals or organizations.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD Screen;
Categories: Climate Change/Environment; Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

Bill Schneiderhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Bill-Schneider.jpgBill Schneider is Professor Emeritus at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He was the Cable News Network’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston College, and Brandeis University. Schneider is the author of Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. He is also an Opinion contributor to The Hill, a Washington newspaper and website, and a contributing analyst to Hill.TV and Al Jazeera English television. Schneider has covered every U.S. presidential and midterm election since 1976 for The Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, CNN, and Al Jazeera English. Schneider has been labeled "the nation's electionmeister'' by The Washington Times and "the Aristotle of American politics'' by The Boston Globe. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.'' He was a member of the CNN political team that won an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage. Schneider received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. From 1990 through 1995, he was the Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Visiting Professor of American Politics at Boston College. In 2002, he was the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University. In 2003, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University awarded Schneider its Centennial Medal for contributions to society. In 2001, he received the Julian P. Kanter Award for Excellence in Television from the American Association of Political Consultants. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Brandeis University in 2008. In 2009, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems presented Schneider with a special award "for his extensive coverage and keen insight of the 2008 United States presidential elections . . . showcasing democracy in action'' to the world. Bill Schneider is co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind. He has also written extensively on politics and public opinion for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, Reuters, National Journal, NBC News Think, HuffPost, and The Hill. Divided We Stand
Description: Students sometimes ask, ``Is this the most divided the U.S. has ever been?’’ I remind them that we did once have a civil war where three quarters of a million Americans died during that terrible time, most from disease or starvation. But I add, this is the most divided the U.S. has been since the Civil War. How did this happen? I trace the country’s political divide back to the 1960s, when divisions over values began to replace divisions over interests. Interests (like business versus labor) can be negotiated and compromised. Values (right versus wrong) cannot. Is there any way to resolve the division short of another civil war?
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Communication; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Election Month (November); Government/Politics; History;

What’s Ahead in Politics
Description: All topics related to the current political scene.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Election Month (November); Government/Politics;

Linda Seligmannhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/seligmann_linda.jpgLinda J. Seligmann is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. She is a specialist in Latin America with research interests in agrarian issues, political economy, informal economies, and the dynamics of gender, class, and ethnicity, especially in the Andean region. She has published Peruvian Street Lives: Culture, Power and Economy among Market Women of Cuzco and Between Reform and Revolution: Political Struggles in the Peruvian Andes, 1969-1991, the edited volumes, Women Traders in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Mediating Identities, Marketing Wares and The Andean World (with Kathleen Fine-Dare), as well as numerous articles. Her forthcoming book is entitled Quinoa: Food Politics and Agrarian Life in the Andean Highlands. Seligmann also published Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class and Nation, based on first-hand research on family-making through transnational and transracial adoption in the U.S. and on changing configurations of American families. Seligmann served as Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas at George Mason, was a faculty fellow in Yale University’s Program in Agrarian Studies, and Associate Director of the National Resource Center of Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andes, Quinoa
Description: Speaker will discuss the impact of global demand for quinoa on the culture, development, and agrarian lives of Quechua quinoa cultivators in the Andes.
AV Requirements: ;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October);

Transnational and Transracial Adoption and the Changing Faces of American Families
Description: 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 who have adopted African American children transracially in the U.S., including the experiences of the children themselves.
AV Requirements: Flip Chart, Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: American Culture; Childhood Development/Parenting;

Peru, Indigenous Populations, Conflict
Description: Speaker will discuss current and past conditions and livelihoods of Quechua-speaking indigenous peoples in Peru.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October); History;

Andean Markets
Description: Speaker will address the markets of the Peruvian Andes, with special attention to gender relationships and the impacts of neoliberal economic policies, tourism, and decentralization. Addresses intersection of informal and formal economies.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Business/Finance; Economic Development; Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October);

Amarda ShehuNo imageDr. Amarda Shehu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Engineering with affiliated appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships (CAHMP), a Transdisciplinary Center for Advanced Study at George Mason University. Dr. Shehu obtained her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2008. Dr. Shehu's research focuses on novel algorithms in artificial intelligence and machine learning to bridge between computer and information science, engineering, and the life sciences. In particular, her laboratory has made many contributions in bioinformatics and computational biology regarding the relationship between macromolecular sequence, structure, dynamics, and function. Dr. Shehu has published over 120 technical papers with postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Dr. Shehu is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and her research is regularly supported by various NSF programs. Dr. Shehu is also the recipient of the 2018 Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, and the 2013 Mason OSCAR Undergraduate Mentor Excellence Award. She is particularly proud of awards recognizing research and scholarship by the undergraduate and high school students she has mentored over the years. Dr. Shehu currently serves as Program Director of III at the National Science Foundation. How Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Really Improve Our Lives?
Description: 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 been developed or are being developed in response to the pandemic. The talk will conclude with a vision of where AI research should focus to better serve citizen well-being and health and societal progress.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Ethics; Health Informatics; Privacy;

Susan Shieldshttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Susan-Shields.jpgSusan Shields is a choreographer and teacher. She has been commissioned by numerous ballet companies throughout the country including, Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Boston Ballet II. Most recently, an evening of her work was produced at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. She has performed internationally with many modern and ballet companies. She was a member of Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, and an eight year member of the Lar Lubivitch Dance Company, where she danced principal roles. She has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Eliot Feld, and The Washington Ballet. The Art of Choreography
Description: Uses lecture, video, and/or live performance to look at dance.
AV Requirements: TV/VCR;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

How Do You Choreograph a Dance?
Description: Discussion of the craft and artistry and happy coincidence in making a dance.
AV Requirements: TV/VCR;
Categories: Arts; National Arts and Humanities Month (October);

Sita Slavovhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Slavov-Sita-10.4.21-scaled.jpgSita Nataraj Slavov is a professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, where she specializes in public finance and the economics of aging (including older people’s work and retirement decisions, Social Security, and tax reform). She has previously served as a senior economist specializing in public finance issues at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. She was also a member of the 2019 Social Security Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods, and she has taught at Occidental College. Professor Slavov has testified before Congress on issues relating to Social Security, and her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. In addition to her scholarly work, she has been published in the popular press, including in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, RealClearPolicy, RealClearMarkets, US News & World Report, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Professor Slavov received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and her B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Social Security and Retirement Policy
Description: Professor Slavov can cover a variety of topics related to retirement and Social Security (ranging from policy options to individual decisions about when to claim benefits).
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Aging; Economic Development; Public Policy/Law;

Paula Sorrellhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sorrell-Paula.jpgPaula Sorrell is the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development at George Mason University. She oversees the Office of Technology Transfer, the federal and state programs that support small business and entrepreneurship, business incubators in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Arlington, Springfield (CBP) and the entrepreneurial programming for the university, as well as the maker spaces and entrepreneurial programming at Mason. She joined after a position as Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan and in the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. At U of M, she developed and oversaw award-winning programs (IEDC, APLU) to build lab-to-market activities in partnership with 15 public research universities, resulting in 213 new products launched and a $133 ROI. She also was the Principal Investigator for research in economic development, including mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem, best practices in the development of commercial ethnic districts, and best practices in technology commercialization. She served for four years as Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Venture Capital for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, overseeing $1B under management and $110 Million in new investments to build Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university research and tech transfer programs, technology service providers, tech incubators across the state, seed funding programs, portfolio investments and fund of funds. She developed a series of programs to increase lab-to-market activities, resulting in an expansion of tech start-ups and funding mechanisms that resulted in a 32:1 return on investment for public dollars. She programs to draw more than $600M of capital and talent to Michigan’s tech economy, and turned around a 65,000 square foot biotech incubator into a profitable entity. She has held senior management roles at seven early technology companies, holding the chief marketing position. All start-ups resulted in successful sale of the company, or are still a going concern. She was an early founding member of the 17-year-old SBDC Tech Team, a group that helps early stage companies raise $70 Million each year. She has serves on the board of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Institute, the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority, the Fairfax County Innovation Advisory, and the leadership committee of the State Science and Technology Institute. Technology Commercialization
Description:

Getting a new research product to market.


AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Economic Development; Entrepreneurship;

Entrepreneurship
Description: Launching a technical company, market exploration, customer discovery.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Economic Development; Entrepreneurship;

Matthew Steinberghttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Steinberg-Matthew.jpgDr. Matthew P. Steinberg is an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy in the College of Education and Human Development and the Schar School of Policy and Government and the Director of EdPolicy Forward: The Center for Education Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Steinberg is an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, a Faculty Affiliate with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and an IUR Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research. Dr. Steinberg's research addresses issues of educational significance at the intersection of the economics of education and education policy, including: teacher evaluation and human capital; urban school reform; school discipline and safety; and school finance. His work aims to inform local and national policy discussions on the impact of education policies and practices on the distribution of teacher effectiveness and the educational outcomes of students, particularly the most disadvantaged among the population. Education Policy
Description: Dr. Steinberg's research addresses issues of educational significance at the intersection of the economics of education and education policy, including: teacher evaluation and human capital; urban school reform; school discipline and safety; and school finance. His work aims to inform local and national policy discussions on the impact of education policies and practices on the distribution of teacher effectiveness and the educational outcomes of students, particularly the most disadvantaged among the population. To do so, he matches rigorous econometric methods with rich administrative data to produce empirical evidence that answers fundamentally important education policy questions. Dr. Steinberg's research has appeared in leading education and economics journals, including the American Journal of Education, Economics of Education Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, Educational Researcher, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Dr. Steinberg's research has also appeared in policy and practice publications that reach district, state, and national policymakers and school leaders, including Cityscape, Education Next and The State Education Standard.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop;
Categories: Education/Teaching; Public Policy/Law;

Ana StoehrNo imageFull time faculty member who specializes in nursing and management; certified in Perioperative nursing and Critical Care; a retired Navy nurse with a vast array of experiences around the world. Management in Health Care
Description: The evolving management requirements in today's health care.
AV Requirements: Flip Chart, Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, TV and VCR, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Education/Teaching; Government/Politics; Leadership/Career Development;

June Tangneyhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Tangney-June.jpgJune Price Tangney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. After teaching for two years at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Psychology Department at George Mason University in 1988, where she is currently Professor of Psychology. In 2007, she was honored to become University Professor at GMU. A Fellow of APA’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychological Society, Professor Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame and and co-editor (with Mark Leary) of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She serves as Editor for Self and Identity. Her research on the development and implications of moral emotions has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. A recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award, she strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically-relevant research in both the classroom and her lab. Humility: The Forgotten Virtue
Description: Humility is not simply modesty or low self-esteem.  It is a complex virtue that invites creativity and collaboration.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories:

Shame and Guilt: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Description: Shame and guilt are moral emotions that can be useful in fostering moral behavior. I discuss ways in which to minimize the destructive aspects of these human emotions.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Childhood Development/Parenting; Psychology;

New Approaches to Treatment During Incarceration
Description: New research provides a framework for more constructive treatment approaches to break the cycle of crime.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Crime/Violence; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Tojo Thatchenkeryhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/thatchenkery_tojo.jpgTojo Thatchenkery (Ph.D. Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educator. He is professor and director of the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. He is also a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science and the Taos Institute. Thatchenkery is the author of over a dozen books and hundreds of articles. One of them, Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn was a Harvard Business Review recommend book. In it he states that the secret to success lies in something that everyone has the ability to do: reframe reality to reveal the hidden potential often present in the most challenging situations. Appreciative Intelligence also helps others to accept the present moment as full of promises, a key ingredient to mindfulness. In another book, Making the Invisible Visible Thatchenkery introduced the concept of quiet leadership as a key driver for innovation in organizations. The quiet leader mindfully observes what’s around her and builds on the strengths of the team. He has also written books on appreciative inquiry, knowledge management, sustainable development, social capital, postmodernism, and information technology and economic development. Thatchenkery has extensive consulting experience in change management, leadership development, organization design and strategy, diversity, and knowledge management. Past and current clients include Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, IBM, Fannie Mae, Booz Allen, Deloitte, PNC Bank, Lucent Technologies, General Mills, 3M, British Petroleum, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, USPS OIG, U.S Department of Treasury, Akbank (Turkey), and the Tata Consulting Services (India). His research and consulting also focuses on Asian Americans and organizational mobility. Starting with his special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences on this topic, he is one of the first researchers to analyze the human and social capital dynamics unique to Asian Americans in federal agencies and corporate America. Thatchenkery regularly consults and offers workshops to public and private sector organizations on this topic. Thatchenkery has over twenty-five years of experience in teaching at various Public Policy, MBA, Organization Development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Organizational Change Management and is the past Program Chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management (http://aom.org/). He also founded the Organizational Learning Laboratory at the George W. Johnson Learning Center and served as its director from 1995 to 2000. During this time the facility was featured as one of the leading laboratories for organizational learning and knowledge management by the Academy of Management and the Project Management Journal and served clients such as Fannie Mae. For more information about Thatchenkery, please visit www.appreciativeintelligence.com Mindful Leadership for Innovation
Description: If you were to analyze the top 50 of the over 1,000 leadership books published during the last five years you will find that there isn’t a single approach to leadership that will work in every situation. Ironically, many of them contradict one another. But, is there a mindset or attitude about being a leader that might work for us irrespective of our industry or specialty? I believe there is and I call it the mindful leadership. Mindful leadership does not ask us to locate ourselves in a quadrant, follow ten strategies, or practice seven steps.  It merely asks us to pay attention and notice what’s around us. The ancient Buddhist practice of paying full attention to the present moment intentionally and non-judgmentally holds significant promise for developing leadership and creating innovation without strife and stress. Mindfulness enables us to recognize simple, practical responses to difficult innovation challenges rather than reacting out of habit. However, being aware is not an easy mental state to be in for most of us. It takes practice to engage with openness and see new possibilities for innovation. Being open to experiences without judging is an act of appreciation. This talk will explore the rather paradoxical task of merely paying attention to accentuate our awareness of the socially constructed nature of organizational reality and to feel comfortable to act with simplicity, empathy, and conviction. Examples from companies such as Google, Target, and General Mills that have developed mindful leadership programs will be shared.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers;
Categories: Communication; Education/Teaching; Leadership/Career Development; Psychology;

Appreciative Inquiry for Organizational Change and Development
Description: Most approaches to understanding organizations are embedded in a "problem solving" paradigm. This deficiency model of organizations calls for the development of techniques and tools to accurately identify and diagnose problems. In contrast to this clinical focus, appreciative inquiry focuses on what works in an organization. By exploring events when people are at their best, appreciative inquiry identifies the core values and finds ways to build on them to enhance organizational sustainability. This talk will introduce the audience to the basic tenets of appreciative inquiry and help them gain the experience of using it in various organizational setting. He will also share from his experience of having conducted many AI engagements in public, private, nonprofit, and international organizations.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers;
Categories: Communication; Education/Teaching; Psychology;

Appreciative Intelligence®: Develop Leadership, Transform Difficult Conversations, and Discover Common Ground
Description: Appreciative Intelligence is the ability to see the generative potential in any situation and to actualize it. It is a leadership skillset that will enable you to step into conflict mindfully, and to transform difficult conversations into positive outcomes. As a leader by improving your Appreciative Intelligence you will have expanded abilities to reframe conflict situations and help move affected parties to a common ground. While challenging projects and difficult conversations will always be there, your approach to dealing with them will be more mindful, transforming conflict into opportunities to create better understanding, gain mutual respect, and create shared goals.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers;
Categories: Communication; Education/Teaching; Leadership/Career Development; Psychology;

Strategies for Thriving in a Changing Environment
Description: Continuous innovation in information technology had led to unprecedented efficiencies at work. However, in an environment of economic crises and downsizing the same technology that helps you do things more efficiently also sets up expectations for accomplishing more with fewer resources. You are overwhelmed by the demands on your job, experience stress, and recognize the need to develop coping strategies to stay resilient, effective and healthy. Dr. Thatchenkery will introduce you to new developments on how to reframe and embrace change with a positive mindset as opposed to resisting and fearing it. You will also learn new ways of thinking about stress and develop resilience.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers;
Categories: Human Resource Management/Personnel; Leadership/Career Development; Psychology;

Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization
Description: “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 visible, you are not a leader. In many other parts of the world, especially in Asian cultures, leadership is not about being visible. It is the opposite: quietly doing your work and assuming that rewards will come. Can tacit assumptions about leadership lead to different outcomes regarding who occupies top leadership positions in corporate America and other organizations? What is the reason that despite founding one fourth of firms in the Silicon Valley during the technology boom, Asian Americans are still perceived as not “leadership material?” The evidence suggests that Asian Americans, a mere five percent of the U.S population has contributed a significantly high proportion of entrepreneurs and innovators. But they practice a form of quiet or invisible leadership because of an unconscious, deep rooted cultural assumption that leadership is about enabling and empowering, not about bringing attention to oneself and shining. Based on Dr. Thatchenkery’s new book on this topic the talk will highlight the leadership contributions of Asian Americans in organizational settings. It will show that empowering such invisible leaders can create meaningful and positive change in organizations.
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers;
Categories: American Culture; Human Resource Management/Personnel; Leadership/Career Development;

Susan (Susie) TomasovicNo imageSusan (Susie) Tomasovic is a Visiting Instructor in the Communication Department. Her BS is in Communication & Theatre Arts from the University of Missouri – Columbia, an MA in Communication from George Mason University, and a post graduate certificate in performance from drama school, (University of London, London, England).  Professor Tomasovic teaches presentation and performance intensive courses in Business and Professional Communication, Oral Interpretation, Performance for Communication Arts, Radio/Television Broadcasting, and Public Speaking. She has a background in film, radio, television, and theater. Some of her professional memberships include, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Communication Assn, and the Virginia Assn of Communication Arts & Sciences (VACAS). Professor T. is the Internship Coordinator for the George Mason University Communication Department. Other courses taught are Rhetorical Criticism, Small Group Communication, Interviewing, and Persuasion. In addition, Professor T. is the advisor for the George Mason University Chapter of the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She is also VACAS Immediate Past President and Archivist. Back to Basics: Strengthening Speaking Skills for a Professional Performance
Description: Whether one is in the boardroom or the classroom, delivery skills are essential to get the message across to an audience. The goal is to instill key principles of delivery and organization to effectively develop and polish public communication in a business environment, whether an interview, a committee report, or networking.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Communication; Human Resource Management/Personnel; Leadership/Career Development;

Impact Performance in a Media World
Description:

Whether announcing on the radio, delivering television news, or acting in a film or documentary, the human voice and body are your tools to inform and persuade in broadcast performance. Techniques are introduced and skills practiced regarding how to improve vocal (paralanguage) and physical (nonverbal) delivery elements to more effectively communicate messages in a performance setting.


AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; Communication; Education/Teaching;

Boosting Teacher Effectiveness through Performance
Description: Given the challenges facing public education today, using enhanced performance skills in the classroom may produce students who exhibit better attention, interest, and response. Teacher enthusiasm is a pedagogical necessity, and the communicative style of a teacher can have an affect on the degree to which students learn.
AV Requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Arts; Communication; Education/Teaching; Teacher Appreciation Week (May);

Mohan Venigallahttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Venigalla-Mohan.jpgMohan Venigalla specializes in transportation systems analysis and planning with an emphasis on sustainable transportation. His early career (for 12 years) was primarily in engineering consulting and research. He has been engaged in his present teaching and academic research career since 2000. Venigalla’s expertise includes modeling of transportation systems encompassing travel behavior analysis, travel demand modeling, traffic simulation, network analysis, and intelligent transportation systems. His current and prior works covered a range of topics on transportation planning, air quality, transit-oriented developments, shared mobility, and urban freight planning. His skill set includes traditional quantitative and statistical methods, geographic information systems, data mining, and big data analytics. He has developed and applied numerous computer models for solving various transportation planning and traffic engineering problems. Venigalla’s research on air quality received national acclaim and was recognized by the National Academy of Sciences with the prestigious Pyke Johnson Award. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Micromobility
Description: The role of bikeshare and e-scooters in shaping urban mobility.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Transportation;

Transportation Planning
Description: A discussion on issues related to short- and long-term transportation planning and highway capacity.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Transportation;

Transportation and Air Quality
Description: The role of transportation on regional air quality, mitigation and policy implications.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Public Policy/Law; Transportation; Washington Metropolitan Regional Issues;

Jennifer N. Victorhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Jennifer-Victor-Reformat.jpgJennifer Nicoll Victor is Associate Professor of Political Science at George Mason University’s Schar School Policy and Government. She studies the U.S. Congress, legislative organization and behavior, social network methods, political parties, campaign finance, and interest groups and lobbying. Her current book project explores the conditions for bipartisan cooperation among members of Congress. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks (2017). She is the co-author (with Nils Ringe) of Bridging the Information Gap: Legislative Member Organizations in the United States and the European Union (U. Michigan Press 2013). Professor Victor has published research in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, Party Politics, Interest Groups & Advocacy, P.S.: Political Science and Politics, and elsewhere. She was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award in 2019. She is a co-founding contributor to the political science blog “Mischiefs of Faction,”, and has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Politico, Gen by Medium, The Conversation, OUP Blog, LSE US Politics blog. She serves on the Board of Directors of the non-partisan, non-profit Center for Responsive Politics, and is a past-president of the National Capital Area Political Science Association. How Did Face Masks Become a Partisan Symbol? (And Other Questions You Didn’t Learn in School)
Description: In this brief lecture, I draw on political science findings about political parties, partisan identity, human psychology, and media to help explain everyday political events in the context of political science. The lecture begins with a summary of cutting edge social science results that help explain the current state of affairs in American politics. Then I apply these findings to specific events, such as: how did wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus become a political statement? The event allows for audience members to pose their own questions about politics and current events and ask me to provide social science context "on the spot." Discussions are aimed at being non-partisan, scientifically informed, and focused on explanation over advocacy of any kind.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Government/Politics;

Elections and Voting in America
Description: This presentation describes the current state of affairs in U.S. elections, and includes three sections. First, drawing on sights from leading political theorists, I dispel myths about what democracy is, why it's valuable, and the role that voting and elections play in democratic states. Second, we take a look at the practice of voting. why do people choose to vote, or not? What purpose does voting serve? How can ensure integrity and security in election administration, while also guaranteeing broad suffrage protections? How vulnerable are U.S. voting practices to delegitimizing threats? Finally, what are the most effective actions citizens can take to protect their voting rights and ensure free and fair elections? The lecture is non-partisan and based on state of the art social scientific literature elections and voting.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Election Month (November); Government/Politics;

The State of U.S. Democracy
Description: This presentation describes the state of democracy in contemporary American politics, through the lens of political science. Drawing on history, political philosophy, social psychology, and economic decision calculus, the presentation aims to achieve three goals. First, I identify the root causes of partisan polarization in the United States today, and dispel a number of myths about where it comes from. Second, I apply what science has learned from other successful and failed democracies around the globe and through history to assess the health of U.S. democratic institutions. Third, I use the scientific literature to talk about political reforms--those that might be helpful and those that might not--and what citizens can do to best protect American freedoms and rights. The presentation is non-partisan.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Election Month (November); Government/Politics;

John Villanuevahttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/John-Villanueva.jpegJohn Villanueva is the chief strategy and revenue officer at ArmorText. He also chairs the ArmorText board of outside advisors. ArmorText Secure Teams is a proprietary business communication platform built to serve the national security, defense, and critical infrastructure communities. Previously, John served as the director for executive education seminars and national security studies at Williamson College; senior defense policy and technology advisor to the Department of Defense; senior defense strategist for crisis management and continuity of government for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; CEO for a foreign affairs and national security consultancy that provided advice and consultation to the United States intelligence community and its NATO allies, and the chief intelligence advisor for worldwide psychological operations. John is also a highly decorated U.S. Army combat veteran, having earned 36 awards and citations throughout his 21-year career. In addition, John sits on the advisory boards of several companies and lectures on Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University. Failure of Leadership
Description: Lesson learned in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. A soldier's analysis of the justifications, mistakes, miscalculations, and combat operations that characterized America's longest wars.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen;
Categories: Government/Politics; Leadership/Career Development; Public Policy/Law;

The Threat to American Democracy and Civil Society: Understanding Influence Operations, Violent Extremism, and the Fractures Spawned by Political Partisanship
Description: 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 coup attempt by right-wing extremists feasting on an endless buffet of foreign and domestic influence operations, toxic political partisanship, and revisionist history. How did so many people become radicalized? How did social media contribute to the radicalization process? What does this mean for the future of America? How do we recover from this attack on democracy? How do we bridge our differences? How do we protect future generations against the poisoning of the mind? These are the questions addressed in this presentation that includes a Q&A session.  
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: American Culture; Crime/Violence; Cultural/Social/World Issues; Government/Politics;

The Restoration of Character: A Primer for Leaders
Description: Politicians, police, and clergypersons are but a few of the professions wrought with scandal and corruption today. Everywhere we look, institutions and leaders are plunging into the abyss. Why? What we’re witnessing is the residue of moral and ethical decay and cowardice. It’s easy to think that things are too far gone to right the ship, but the reality is that we--especially those of us privileged enough to be called leaders--have the power to influence people, organizations, and society if we start with an inside out approach. The restoration of character is a catalyst for good in a world that’s lost its way.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board, and Markers;
Categories: Ethics; Leadership/Career Development; Religion;

The Great Facade: How Surveillance Capitalism Almost Toppled the World’s Greatest Democracy and the European Union
Description: We’ve all witnessed the changes in public and personal discourse and civility since the 2016 presidential election. Unfortunately, it seems as if the country is plunging into a downward spiral, and the death of reason is inevitable.  How did we get here?  Together, we will examine the intersections and impacts of foreign and domestic influence operations, conspiracy theories, political malpractice, and social media on the nation’s mental health and well-being.  We will also discuss what can and should be done to shield the nation from the harmful effects of misinformation, disinformation, and revisionist history.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board, and Markers;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Government/Politics; Public Policy/Law;

Criminal Justice Reform: Understanding the Root of the Problem and the Cost of the Cure
Description: 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 and the trust of the communities they serve? These are the questions that will be addressed factually, without bias, and with an eye on elevating the profession and serving the community.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board, and Markers;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Michele Waslinhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Waslin-Michele-10.15.21.jpgMichele Waslin is Program Coordinator at the Institute for Immigration Research (IIR). Waslin has 25 years of experience in immigration research, policy, and advocacy. She has written extensively on immigration policy, has authored multiple book chapters and publications, and has appeared in English- and Spanish-language media. She teaches immigration policy at Mason. Prior to joining the IIR, Dr. Waslin was a senior policy analyst at the American Immigration Council. Before that, Michele was the Manager of the Immigration and the States project at the Pew Charitable Trusts and was director of immigration policy research at UnidosUS (previously the National Council of La Raza). Ms. Waslin holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Creighton University, a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Immigration Law and Policy
Description: Dr. Waslin can discuss many aspects of immigration law and policy including immigration history, current policy developments, immigration enforcement, citizenship, legalization, immigration federalism (the relationship between the federal, state and local governments), the role of the executive branch in immigration policy-making, and state immigration policies. She can also discuss the contributions of immigrants to sports and athletics.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Cultural/Social/World Issues; Government/Politics; Law Enforcement; Public Policy/Law;

Steven Weinbergerhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Steven-Weinberger-Reformat.jpgSteven H. Weinberger is an associate professor of linguistics in the department of English at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in linguistics in 1988 from the University of Washington, and has taught at George Mason University since 1989. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in phonetics, phonology, second language acquisition, and psycholinguistics. His principle research deals with language sound systems, adult second language learning, and foreign accents. He has published extensively and has given numerous papers on second language pronunciation and linguistic theory. Foreign Accent
Description: A discussion on why and how adults typically have a foreign accent in their speech when they learn a new language after childhood, how native listeners judge this accent, and the ways in which the non-natives try to lose the accent.
AV Requirements: Internet, LCD, Screen;
Categories: Communication;

Alien Language
Description: How do science fiction languages differ from real human language? What is it that makes the aliens on Star Trek sound alien?
AV Requirements: LCD, Screen;
Categories: Communication;

Philip Wilkersonhttps://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Philip-Wilkerson-Reformat.jpgPhilip Wilkerson III. Philip has nearly 10 years of experience in higher education, including financial aid and admissions in addition to career counseling. Philip attended James Madison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2008, and began his journey into Higher Education in 2009. While in graduate school obtaining his Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling from George Mason University, Philip took a career counseling course. It was there that he fell in love with professional development and self-discovery through one’s own professional path. To further strengthen his passion for career counseling, Philip conducted an internship at George Mason Career Services. After graduation Philip worked at Northern Virginia Community College’s Office of Financial Aid as a Financial Aid Counselor, George Washington University as a Career Coach, and Virginia Commonwealth University as a Transfer Admissions Counselor for the Northern Virginia Region. Currently Philip is a Manager of Industry Advising and Employer Development at George Mason University Career Services. He oversees all industries that fall under the Creative Industries umbrella. Examples of this at Mason include Media, Performing and Visual Arts, Entertainment, Journalism, Public Relations, and Graphic Design. This role serves both student and employer stakeholders, meaning Philip both collaborates with employers to make them aware of the talented students at Mason through invitations to visit campus for fairs, workshops, and unique events and meets with students to market their creative skills through personal branding (resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.). One major project Philip oversees is an annual industry week for the Creative Arts. During this week, he coordinates and manages a series of workshops and panels, highlighted by the Arts in the Real World Fair held in conjunction with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Philip embraces social media engagement by connecting with students and employers via twitter (@PhilipW_GMU) and through an industry specific LinkedIn group page he moderates for students at Mason. Philip is married to Maggie Wilkerson, a school social worker for Fairfax County Public Schools and has two young children (Bennett, 3 years old and Miles 8 months old). In his spare time, Philip is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. and is affiliated with the Theta Rho Lambda Chapter and host of his own podcast Positive Philter, which discusses such topics as career development, mental health, family, relationships, and positive reframing of everyday situations. Different Styles of Leadership
Description: Leadership comes in all different types of forms. During this presentation, we will discuss the different types of leadership and how to be an effective leader based on your style.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Communication; Education/Teaching; Leadership/Career Development;

Power of Visualization for Long-Term Goal-Setting
Description: Science has proven that visualization will increase the likelihood of achieving your long term goals. During this presentation, we will explore your long-term goals and the micro-steps necessary to complete them.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers, TV and VCR;
Categories: Communication; Education/Teaching; Leadership/Career Development;

Leadership Skills through Volunteering and Internships
Description: There are intangible skills that can be learned through experiences such as internships and volunteering. This presentation will discuss those skills and how citizens should seek out opportunities to serve to enhance professional skills.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Communication; Education/Teaching; George Mason University; Human Resource Management/Personnel; Nonprofit Organizations/Charities;

Positivity at Work
Description: During this session, we will discuss how my George Mason University Career Services staff and I incorporate positivity and well-being into our jobs. Well-Being is a full team initiative in our office and I am the self-proclaimed co-captain of positivity in my office along with my colleague Christie Michals. We try to be our full selves to work and to make sure we are happy. Happier workers are more efficient, motivated, driven, and productive workers.
AV Requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers;
Categories: Psychology;

Patrice Winter (virtual engagements only at this time)https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Patrice-Winter.jpgDr. Patrice Winter, PT, DPT, MHA, FAAOMPT, is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in the Department of Global and Community Health where she teaches health related curriculum with emphasis in public health, disease, healthy living and aging well. She is Practicum Coordinator for the Masters of Public Health program placing students regionally as well as internationally.  She was the Life Planning/Eldercare Coordinator at Mason from 2007-2014. She continues to be actively involved in health promotion programs across the university. Dr. Winter practiced physical therapy for over 35 years and was a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association for almost twenty years. She currently holds an appointed position on the Fairfax County Health and Human Services Council.   Joint Health: You Rest, You Rust
Description: Our bodies are designed for movement. Our bodies begin aging as soon as we stop growing in our early 20s. Learn about joints. What is normal, what is not? How can we assist joint health through movement, posture and exercise? We will begin from where you are now physically. If you have limited motion in a joint(s), need an assistive device or have no physical complaints and want to stay that way, this talk is for you.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Aging; Older Americans Month (May); Senior Citizen's Day (August);

Healthy Desk Mechanics: Get Fit While You Sit
Description: We spend so much of our life in a seated position (deskwork, driving a car, entertainment [movies, TV, sporting events]). Neck and back pain is rampant in the US. Our bodies are designed for movement. This session will address stretches, exercise and posture tips to avoid becoming a statistic.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Aging; Safety;

Balance: Shuffle Now, Fall Later
Description: Have you fallen twice in the past year? You could be a ‘fall risk’. Falling is not something that just ‘old people’ do. Balance often needs to be worked with and improved on throughout this journey called life. The older we get the harder we fall. If you are over 20, this session has your name on it.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Aging; Older Americans Month (May); Senior Citizen's Day (August);

Aging Well
Description: Aging well is not a spectator sport. Be an active participant in your healthy future. We will address the strategies on how to do this with flare. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can move freely in.
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Aging; Older Americans Month (May); Senior Citizen's Day (August);

Aging in Place: Do Not Blame the House
Description: Easy to do modifications to more complex suggestions will be addressed for better aging in place. We will also address how to work with changes in sight, balance and physical abilities that may come with aging and how you can make your house work for you
AV Requirements: None;
Categories: Aging; Older Americans Month (May); Senior Citizen's Day (August);