Safe Return: Spring semester begins Monday, January 25, with a mix of in-person instruction and expanded online classes. Research continues in a hybrid model. Visit Safe Return to Campus for more.
Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Zoom Virtual Event
Please join us virtually for the first week of the Spring term, featuring a talk by Jamie McCallum on the historical development of labor time in the US toward ever increasing hours under neoliberalism and the arising movements of social opposition.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Virtual through Zoom
Storytelling is a powerful tool in justice work. It can also be dangerous. For decades, volunteers have been traveling to communities that are not their own, working alongside organizations, and returning home with a story to tell. Because of the power differentials inherent in service work, the stories we tell, unless intentionally disrupted, can perpetuate harmful narratives about communities that welcome us in.
In this workshop, we dive into the challenging concept of ethical storytelling in immersive service work, the dangers of perpetuating single-story narratives, and the power in sharing stories that ultimately contribute to dismantling systems of oppression.
Join CHSS alumni and explore the world of creative writing with assistant professor of English, and Mason alum Art Taylor, as he hosts an interactive and fun session for all ages. Featuring MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Matthew Norman and current third-year student Kyra Kondis. The audience will help select a sentence that will launch a story and a sentence that concludes it. Then these guest wordsmiths will be challenged to forge fiction on the fly. Audience members can also try their hand at the challenge. We'll hear some of your storytelling attempts, then listen to what our guest authors created. Non-writers are especially welcome.
This event is part of the MFA in Creative Writing's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Mason Homecoming 2021.
Current undergrads or recent graduates from any institution, in any major, are now invited to apply for either of the two immersive, residential programs below, which each include residence at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and 16 undergraduate credit hours.