Provost Stearns to Speak at GAPSA’s Inaugural Lecture Series

Posted: February 17, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: February 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Peter Stearns, Mason provost and professor of history, will speak at the Graduate and Professional Student Association’s (GAPSA) inaugural lecture series on Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in Mason Hall, Edwin Meese III Conference Room.

Stearns’ speech is titled “Challenges in Higher Education Today.”

“It is fitting to have the provost serve as the first speaker in this lecture series coordinated by GAPSA because of the depth and breadth of knowledge that Dr. Stearns has accumulated in his years in higher education,” says Jude C. Butch, assistant director of student activities for student governance. “He is truly a champion of graduate and professional students here at George Mason University.”

Stearns became Mason provost in 2000. Before joining Mason, Stearns had four decades of experience as a college professor and administrator. He received his PhD from Harvard University. In addition to teaching at Harvard, he has taught at the University of Chicago, Rutgers University and Carnegie Mellon University.

In 1967, Stearns founded the Journal of Social History, and he still serves as its editor in chief. He has written or edited more than 100 books, including the classic historical work, The Encyclopedia of World History.

The lecture will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session, as well as a happy hour socializing event at the Mason Rathskeller.

GAPSA is planning another lecture for April, which will center on Earth Day topics. The lecture series, which is free to all Mason graduate and professional students, is sponsored by the university in collaboration with GAPSA.

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