Mason Faculty Members Featured at Fall for the Book

Posted: September 20, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

By Robin Herron

Everybody knows that the 12th annual Fall for the Book festival is taking place now through Sept. 24 on the Fairfax Campus and throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. But did you know that more than a dozen Mason scholars are participating as authors or panelists?

Following are some of the sessions this week where one will find Mason faculty members discussing their research and creative work.

Mass Media Panel Discussion, Monday, Sept. 20, noon to 1:15 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

A group of Mason scholars will discuss the rapidly changing roles of journalists in today’s world of 24/7 news coverage and the impact on society in general. Participants include Jack Censer, dean of Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and author of “On the Trail of the D.C. Sniper: Fear and the Media,” and Stephen Farnsworth and Robert Lichter, Mason communication professors and co-authors of “The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections.”

Meditation and Writing, Tuesday, Sept. 21, noon to 1:15 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 116, Sponsored by the Mason Writing Center

Don Gallehr, associate professor of English and author of “What Is the Sound of No Hand Clapping: Using Secularized Zen Koans in the Writing Classroom,” will lead a workshop exploring how meditation practices can enhance the writing process.

Faculty Showcase I, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Sandy Springs Bank Tent, outside the Johnson Center, sponsored by University Libraries

Participants include: David Williams, assistant professor of English and author of “Searching for God in the Sixties”; Carrie Meyer, associate professor of economics and author of “Days on the Family Farm: From the Golden Age through the Great Depression”; Rich Rubenstein, professor of conflict analysis and resolution and author of “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War”; Diane Wood, associate professor of initiatives in educational transformation and author of “Teachers Learning in Community: Realities and Possibilities”; and Janine Wedel, author of “Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market.”

Faculty Showcase II, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Sandy Springs Bank Tent, outside the Johnson Center, sponsored by University Libraries

Participants include: Tomasz Arciszewski, professor of civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering and author of “Successful Education: How to Educate Creative Engineers”; David Haines, professor of sociology and anthropology and author of “Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America”; Andrew Light, associate professor of philosophy and co-editor of “Environmental Values”; and Frank Whittington, senior associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Services and editor of “The International Handbook on Aging.”

Michele Greet, assistant professor of history and art history and author of “Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920–1960” will discuss her book at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 116.

Andrew Wingfield, Thursday, Sept. 23, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall (south)

Andrew Wingfield is a graduate of Mason’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and an assistant professor in New Century College. He is the author of the novel “Hear Him Roar” and the short story collection “Right of Way,” which won the Washington Writers Publishing House 2010 fiction prize. He’ll also participate with other MFA alumni in a reading later that day in Dewberry Hall (north) from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Small Press Panel, Thursday, Sept. 23, 3 to 4:15 p.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall (north)

This panel will discuss the current state of academic and independent publishing in the United States. Panelists are poet Ben Doller, co-editor of the University of Iowa Press’s Kuhl House Contemporary Poetry Series; Ethan Louis Edwards, co-founder of Articles Press; and Roger Lathbury, Mason professor of English and founder and editor of Orchises Press.

Education in the Midst of Conflict, Thursday, Sept. 23, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Truland Building, Room 555, at the Arlington Campus

Participants include Rebecca Fox, Mason professor and co-director of Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning; Dixiane Hallaj, Mason alumna and executive director of the Organization to Promote Adult Literacy, sponsoring literacy work in Palestine; Muhammad Hallaj, former director of the Council for Higher Education in Palestine; and Josh Ruebner, founder of Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel.

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