Fenwick Fellow Gives Lecture Today

Posted: March 3, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Fenwick Fellow Marcella Ridlen Ray, a senior fellow at George Mason’s School of Public Policy, will present her lecture, “Social Institutions: Messages from American Bestsellers,” today at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center Library’s Instruction Room 228.

Ray is also a researcher and part-time instructor who teaches courses in sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, public and international affairs, and the Honors Program, with specific interests in political sociology, democratic theory, and civil society. Transaction Publishers published her book, The Changing and Unchanging Face of U.S. Civil Society, in 2002. In the book she argues there are five elements present in democratic civil society: voluntary association, diversity of association, communication, autonomy of voluntary association, and mediation of democratic tension. Ray also pushes the idea that American society is constantly developing into something “more democratic and flexible,” in large part because of the full participation of the majority of American citizens.

University Libraries and Friends of the Library award one or two fellowships every year to promote the scholarly work of George Mason faculty and increase the materials within the library system. All faculty members at the university are eligible to apply by submitting a short proposal of the research topic they wish to pursue, including the reason(s) why a research space is required. The Faculty Senate Budget and Resources Committee picks the winners, who receive a $1,500 stipend and a furnished research office in Fenwick Library.

For more information on the Fenwick Fellow Program, visit the University Libraries’ web site.

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