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ENGH 488-611-822: Material Rhetorics (Craftivism)

This class, cross-listed on the 400-, 600-, and 800-levels, explores material and public rhetoric, critiques of “maker culture,” multimodality, and the rhetorical possibilities of “craftivism.” Craftivism is a playful form of activism that takes up traditional "domestic arts" to protest and unsettle social norms. Students will work collaboratively across areas, interests, and levels of academic expertise. At heart, our deep dive into rhetorical and multimodal scholarship will open out acts of making as a critical intervention in “materials, designs, constraints, and outcomes [ . . . to] perform a practice-based engagement with pragmatic and theoretical issues” (Ratto 253).

The course is being taught by Professor Michelle LaFrance on Wednesdays at 7:20PM-10PM

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Come learn about undergraduate and graduate-level degree opportunities in Folklore Studies from George Mason University!

Mason's Folklore Program is holding an information session regarding its graduate-level Folklore Studies program offerings. This online event is open to Mason undergraduates, graduate students, and anyone interested in exploring graduate degree options and/or careers in folklore.

You will learn about:
--Mason's Folklore Studies program, professors, and students

--Undergraduate and Graduate-level folklore degrees and certificates offered at Mason

--Career opportunities for graduates with a degree in folklore

At this event, you will hear from and engage with faculty and current graduate students in the Folklore Studies program at Mason. They will share about their experiences, what to expect in the program and more.

Come equipped with any questions you may have! See you then!

To RSVP, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mason-folklore-program-prospective-student-open-house-tickets-735954699317?aff=oddtdtcreator

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Attend our MFA Online Open House and learn how PEOPLE MAKE THE PLACE and how we can help with the FUNDING THAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE. Meet students, speak with faculty, and get your questions answered by MFA program administration.

Monday, November 20, 2023 7:00 PM EST
RSVP here: https://creativewriting.gmu.edu/events/15210

-- Graduate assistantship stipends have increased to $23,000 (a 40% increase in five years!).

-- For the last three years, we have been able to fully fund (stipend, full tuition waiver, and optional health insurance for all three years) every new student who has been offered a graduate assistantship (92% of our students are funded).

-- We now offer two GA options: Graduate Teaching Assistantships that deliver pedagogical instruction and classroom experience teaching composition, literature, and creative writing, and Graduate Professional Assistantships that support the work of Watershed Lit and deliver skills in publishing (traditional and online), editing, marketing, grant writing, literary program presentation, and global literary community building.

-- In addition to four fully funded third-year thesis fellowships, we offer three new scholarships for additional financial support:

for a first-year student self-identifying as a writer representing a marginalized voice.
for a first- or second-year student whose work engages topics of social justice, access, equity, or any socially/culturally relevant topics.
for support of a third-year student’s thesis (one award per genre, non-fellowship recipients).

-- MFA students have access to two sources of summer research support: the Cheuse Center Travel Grant and the Provost Summer Research Fellowship.

-- We've launched a Graduate Certificate in Publishing Practice that can dovetail with the MFA program so that graduates can earn both a terminal art degree and a professional credential (to jumpstart careers).

Add to these facts an award-winning, diverse faculty dedicated to the teaching of literature and literary art; an exciting Visiting Writers program that has recently featured CJ Hauser, Shane McCrae, Dan Beachy-Quick, Ruth Joffre, Sarah Thankam Mathews, Lawrence Weschler, Casey Cep, and D**g Li among many others; and a robust community of 60 writers (roughly 20-22 students per cohort) that become students' support systems during three years in the program and beyond and we think Mason might be the place for you!

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GMU Creative Writing students are invited to spend a week exploring folklore and creative writing with former Mason professor Peggy Yocom in collaboration with Monson Arts, a residency program in Monson, Maine. This workshop would take place July 23 through July 29. Click the link in our bio for more info!


🗣 Poets! Join scholar MaryAnn Salinas Vega for a presentation and subsequent poetry workshop on Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m.! If you are an undergraduate or graduate poet who writes about fatphobia or anti-blackness, sign up to read your work by clicking the link in our bio! ✨

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Join the Cheuse Center for their Inaugural Cheuse Center Lecture with Azar Nafisi THIS TUESDAY, April 4! In her lecture, Azar Nafisi will be reflecting on current events to support women’s rights in Iran. Her speech will touch on the two countries she calls home and how totalitarianism should be confronted through imagination and ideas. This event will be held at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Reserve your tickets by clicking the link in our bio!


Hey Patriots!

Our next speaker for the Spring 2023 Visiting Writers Series is Sarah Thankam Mathews!

This event will be held on Thursday April 6 from 7:30pm-8:30pm EST in the Fenwick Library Reading Room 2001!

See you there!


It's Monday Patriots!

Let's start the week off with a laugh...or another brain teaser...?

The fact that my brain didn't stop to be able to pronounce this and still understand it...ah English~!

Have a great week everyone!


NEXT THURSDAY: Join us in welcoming the next writer in the Spring 2023 Visiting Writers series, Casey Cep! This event will be held over Zoom and will begin at 7:30. Click the link in bio to RSVP!

Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, which was a New York Times best-seller and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Economist, TIME, and President Barack Obama.


Welcome back Patriots!

Hope you all had a great spring break!

...was any work accomplished during this break?

(Are you team Ross or Team Rachel?)

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Summer Course Announcement!!

Hi patriots, looking to take some classes over the summer?
Why not take ENGH511 Course: Shakespearean Adaptations with Professor Denise Albanese!

This course will be on MTWR 4:30-6:35pm Online!!

Interested?? Sign up now!!


Happy Meme-Monday Patriots!

Let's kick start this week with a little brain workout!

Oof....does your head hurt like mine?
Who else had to sound this out?

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