Apply Now for a Dissertation Writers’ Carrel

PhD students in need of a dedicated space for dissertation work on campus can apply for exclusive access to a Dissertation Writers’ Carrel in the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall. There are six assigned work spaces and secure storage for research materials. Applications are being accepted now through May 11th. Carrel assignments will be distributed through lottery selection at the close of the application period. Subscriptions are for the Fall 2016 semester.

Interested students who have passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University Libraries are qualified to apply.  Departmental verification of a student’s academic standing is needed to complete the application form.  

Download the application form via the Libraries’ website: http://library.gmu.edu/for/students/dwr; applications are also available at the Library’s Circulation Desk. Turn your completed form in at the Circulation Desk or email it to broszkow@gmu.edu.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Beth Roszkowski at broszkow@gmu.edu

Share Your Thoughts…

Share Your Thoughts About the Arlington Campus Library Space!

The Arlington Campus Library will be conducting surveys over the next few weeks to better understand graduate student research needs and how the Library can be improved to support your productivity and success.

We would greatly appreciate your taking a few minutes to complete the survey.

Follow this link to the Survey:  http://bit.ly/1Mmy9FC

The questions should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are voluntary and will be kept confidential. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Mary Oberlies or Beth Roszkowski at moberlie@gmu.edu or broszkow@gmu.edu. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Mason Institutional Review Board and if you have any questions about your rights as a participant you can contact them at 703-993-4121.

 IRBnet number: 881461-1

Apply for a Space in the Dissertation Writers Room

PhD students in need of dedicated space for dissertation work on campus have the option to apply for exclusive access to the Dissertation Writers’ Room in the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall. The room features four assigned work spaces and secure storage for research materials.  Subscriptions to the room are for the Spring 2016 semester.

Interested students who have passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University Libraries are qualified to apply.  Departmental verification of a student’s academic standing is needed to complete the application form.  Spaces in the DWR will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until room capacity is met.

Download the application form via the Libraries’ website: http://library.gmu.edu/for/students/dwr; applications are also available at the Library’s Circulation Desk. Turn your completed form in at the Circulation Desk or email it to broszkow@gmu.edu.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Beth Roszkowski at broszkow@gmu.edu

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!


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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

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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!