Walking an abandoned campus

Since the stay at home order, I take long daily walks, often around my campus. It's the place that I'm used to visiting every day, and frankly, I miss it. The construction workers are still actively working on the new humanities and social sciences building, the on-campus food garden if flourishing, and the Canada geese …

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Follow Folklore Activities and Events

As the director of the Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University I would like to thank the Mason Nation Project for the privilege of Tweeting on behalf of GMU this week.  I'd like to invite you all to follow the news and events of our program at @GMU_Folklore and @DebraLattanzi.  You can also find …

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery Right Now (ANC Explorer App)

Probably the coolest innovation to come to Arlington National Cemetery in the last two years is the ANC Explorer App, an web/smartphone application that allows you to find a grave location amongst the 400,000 located in the cemetery. I used it to find a distant cousin (a World War I Army nurse) as well as …

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The Ethnographer’s Dilemma

My students are tying up their fieldwork this week--we've spent three weeks observing, photographing, interviewing and collecting documents and other ephemera that will be archived at the Library of Congress.  The "final" for the course is a public presentation that will take place at the theater of the  Women in Military Service for America Memorial …

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GMU English Major’s Tumblr “Shit First Drafts” Wins a Sweet Book Deal

Re blogged from FairfaxTimes.com While other English majors might be wondering about life after college, soon-to-be GMU graduate Paul Laudiero, 22, has a book deal under his belt and big dreams. In February, Laudiero had an idea for a blog: “Shit Rough Drafts,” which fictionally re-creates literary icons’ first attempts at classics. “I write every …

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