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Past Events


SIS Degree Celebration

School of Integrative Studies

Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:30 AM
Concert Hall

Celebrate your achievements as you walk across the stage to receive your degree at the 2017 School of Integrative Studies ceremony. No tickets required. Family and friends are welcome! Students please arrive at the Center for the Arts at 9:30 am. Doors open for guest at 9:45 am.

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Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1201

Please join us at the Seeds of Change recognition event held April 18th, 2017 from 1-3pm in Merten 1201. This event celebrates and recognizes the impactful and incredible work we see in our community. We hope you will join us for light refreshments and the celebration of community engagement here at Mason. We will be awarding graduating seniors the Community Engagement Medallion and recognizing several unique and wonderful partnerships of community partners, faculty and students. If you would like your group to be considered for this recognition, please contact Patty Mathison, SAIL Director at

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College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Daniel Karpowitz Talk

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Research Hall, 163

Daniel Karpowitz will be speaking on 2/14 from 10:30 to 11:45 am in Research 163 on the Fairfax campus. Karpowitz's talk will draw upon his book College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration. Mason students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. After a break, the conversation will continue from noon to 1 pm. This event is sponsored by SAIL, the School of Integrative Studies, SCAR, and Women & Gender Studies. DANIEL KARPOWITZ is the director of policy and academics for the Bard Prison Initiative and lecturer in law and the humanities at Bard College. He is the co-founder of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, an organization that launches and cultivates college-in-prison programs across the country. College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration is just out from Rutgers University Press. More about the book: Drawing on fifteen years of experience as a director of and teacher within the Bard Prison Initiative, Daniel Karpowitz tells the story of BPI’s development from a small pilot project to a nationwide network. At the same time, he recounts dramatic scenes from in and around college-in-prison classrooms pinpointing the contested meanings that emerge in moments of highly-charged reading, writing, and public speaking. Through examining the transformative encounter between two characteristically American institutions—the undergraduate college and the modern penitentiary—College in Prison makes a powerful case for why liberal arts education is still vital to the future of democracy in the United States.

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