Making the Commitment to Writing

Writing ToolsAre you faced with large writing projects (such as a paper, thesis, or dissertation), but have trouble making progress? Join our presenters to discuss frequent barriers to writing and strategies for overcoming them to achieve toward your writing goals.  After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to work on their writing.

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Arlington Campus Library 332 (Instruction Room)
Campus: Arlington Campus Library
Categories: Graduate Students, Research + Writing

Learn the ABCs of Publishing with John Warren

Writing ToolsThe publishing process may seem confusing or overwhelming at first. How do you identify potential publications or write a proposal that will catch the attention of a busy editor? This workshop, led by John Warren of the Mason Publishing Group, will introduce faculty and students to the wide range of publishing opportunities, discuss the elements of an effective proposal, and provide steps for preparing academic papers for publication. Participants will learn how to write query letters, work effectively with editors, and participate in the broader academic community. John Warren has previously worked in publishing at the RAND Corporation and Georgetown University Press and brings a wealth of publishing knowledge to this event.

The ABCs of Publishing workshop will be held on Oct. 6 at 3:00pm – 4:15pm. Please register at the Libraries’ Workshop calendar 

The location of this event will be located in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs Student Services workshop room (Founders Hall, 556) and is open to all students in any program.

Happy Peace Day!

September 21st has been celebrated as the International Day of Peace since 1995. On its declaration, then-UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali said that we must work for peace together, for the world is crying for peace. On the twentieth anniversary of the inauguration of the Day of Peace, Boutros-Ghali’s words hold as true as they did so long ago.

400_F_35884017_pqsro4bF8CaEmpsTh0UAyXrYYoYhbM1GIndeed, it seems that peace is nowhere to be found – neither at the home front and nor abroad. On the one hand, in the USA, racial tensions have skyrocketed over the past few years, and political hyperpolarization has caused the threat-perceptions of those who identify as liberals or conservatives to rise. On that note, we can look at the events in Ferguson, Missouri, or we can look at the recent jailing of Kim Davis, or we can even look at the perceived War on the Police. On the other hand, the war in Syria has caused many deaths and an influx of refugees, creating humanitarian emergencies. This, however, is but an instance of conflict in our world today – some others, such as the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the conflict in Somalia, the nuclearization of Iran, the brewing tensions in the China Sea, and the Russian conflict with Ukraine constitute but a minority of our problems today. Clearly, there is a cry for peace – but can peace ever be found?

But do not despair! Unbeknownst to most of us, individuals all around the world have achieved peace through many a way – some have forgiven their attackers, and some have forgiven even the murderers of their children; some have retreated to meditation; some have taken to improving the world one community or even one child at a time. Malala resisted terrorism and has helped fight childhood illiteracy. Slowly, but surely, there is a movement towards peace – even if it is much more silent than the movement towards war.

There is reason to believe that the question of what peace means and how We as the human race as well as we as individuals can get to peace will be the defining question of our times. Therefore, September 21st will serve not only as a celebration of the aforementioned successes in creating peace, but also will serve as a time for reflection: reflections on how to deal with our ‘conflicts’ with one-another – big or small – in ways which are creative and constructive.

On this day, we invite you to share your peace with us: What does peace mean to you? Can you share any ‘moments of peace’ from your life? What images remind you of the word peace? And as you reflect on this theme of peace, we also encourage you to peruse our book display which has been meticulously chosen for just such a contemplation!

Happy International Day of Peace!

Plant a Seed of Peace!

3 children-peace-world-sm-WDuring Peace Week, you might find yourself asking: What can I do for peace? Ned Lazarus, an ex-Postdoctoral Fellow at GMU’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, helped hold dialogue workshops to teach highschoolers from conflicting communities about reconciliation and peacebuilding! The camp where these workshops took place, Seeds of Peace, was wildly successful. To find out more about this program, you can use Films on Demand and arrive at the impactful documentary, Sowing Seeds, Reaping Peace.


Acting for Peace

As the International Day of Peace approaches, some of us will naturally wonder: what can a mere individual do to make the world more peaceful? Well, as Gandhi said, we must be the change we want to see in the world – and there are many ways to become this change!


To begin, you can follow the Day online, check out the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall and South African peacemaker Desmond Tutu’s messages on the day, and become familiar with the possible actions – ranging from singing and dancing to playing soccer – you can take for peace!

If you are one for prayers, you can encourage your congregation to honor the Day with a Prayer for Peace.

On a more personal note, you can find ways to become more peaceful and a better communicator in your everyday life. You can also join the Peace Day vigil and contribute to a nonviolent day worldwide!

If you are a gamer, you can play the cool Peacemaker Game and tackle the longest lasting problem of the Middle East: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Challenge yourself to see if you can solve this fatal and traumatic ‘puzzle’!

Then, you can wrap it all up by watching this music video produced for the International Day of Peace!

The International Day of Peace

idp-poster-07Happy Peace Day!!

On that note, September 21st – the International Day of Peace: how did it come to be declared as such? What is the history behind it?

If you are as curious about this as a cat is enthusiastic about chasing lasers, then we encourage you to watch One Day, One Peace – a Ted Talk by the person who strived for establishing this day. Moreover, you can search the official website dedicated for the Day of Peace, check out the official resolutions leading to the declaration of the Day, or visit the trusty Wikipedia for a quick overview!

While at it, don’t forget to check out the past observances of the Day, for every year has a different theme ranging from Sustainable Peace to Youth for Peace. And, of course, one cannot finish one’s research on the Day of Peace without receiving the Message of Peace from the UN Secretary General!

May the Peace be with you!

Books, Not Bombs!

This post was written by our GRA, Hilmi Ulas, a graduate student at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution.

Books Not Bombs!


What is Peace? Is it soldiers in blue helmets and automatic rifles keeping a silent vigil? Is it but a state of mind? Or an unattainable, utopic dream? To search for an answer, come on over to the Arlington Campus Library this month as our display cases will feature books on War and Peace!

This display is in honor of Mason’s Peace Week (September 14-21). Peace Week will feature many events around Mason, culminating in a picnic celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

And thanks to our libraries’ awesome databases – such as films on demand – you can even contemplate peace from the comfort of your own home without needing to read a single word! Kick of Peace Week 2015 by letting the famous William Ury take you on a peace walk and prove how simple peacemaking is by watching The Walk from “No” to “Yes” , or find out about the man who made peace on three continents by watching With Dignity for All! Join us and celebrate peace!

ACL is Hiring!

Arlington Campus Library is Hiring!

Do you…

Love books? 

Want to work a few hours on campus? 

Have customer service skills?

ACL is the place for you!

1 student position is available immediately at the Arlington Campus Library (in Founders Hall). 

Training will be provided, but bonus points if you already have library work experience.

Preferred availability (but we are flexible!): 

 7pm – 11pm (Tues., Wed., Thurs.)

Apply today at!

Happy Fall Semester!

Welcome all new and returning students to the Arlington Campus! ACL is the main library on the Arlington Campus and provides resources and services to S-CAR and SPGIA students, as well as Arts Management, Economics, and more! Stop by to check out books, find out how to get books from other campuses, print your papers, or just study at at one of our tables or study carrells, with plenty of outlets for your laptops. Our wall of windows provide excellent natural light to study by. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter at @gmuacl!

The library will also be hosting a variety of workshops this semester, which can all be found on the workshop calendar. Workshops on how to use Zotero, a Library of Congress Field Trip, and data management are some of the more popular offerings we have coming up, so be sure to register as soon as possible.