What Does It Mean to Be a Patriot?

George Mason University president Gregory Washington first posed this question in his first letter to alumni in the Summer 2020 issue of the Mason Spirit.

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Voices of Mason

George Mason University students come from all 50 states and 130 countries, and they are making a difference in ways big and small.

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A New Era for George Mason University

In October, Gregory Washington was formally invested as Mason’s eighth president with a formal ceremony and a week of activities.

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Building Community through Restorative Justice

Mason students and faculty are helping to create a new program in Arlington County that shifts the way the community approaches justice while fostering better understanding and connections among participants.

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Tackling the World’s Grand Challenges

The engineering world has called them “grand challenges.” These are the problems plaguing the planet that will require the efforts of many to make progress. Here’s how Mason is contributing.

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Conservation Stars

Mason graduate students are traveling the globe to tackle some of the planet’s dire environmental problems—and they’re being recognized for their efforts.

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A Record Year for Research

Mason researchers across academic disciplines are hard at work answering questions that matter.

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From the Issue

Christian White

The Show Must Go On

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Christian White, BA Communication ’21, was able to pursue his acting career and finish his degree while appearing in four episodes of a Showtime crime drama starring Kevin Bacon.

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Making Beautiful Music

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Plants are the music composers and performers in artist-in-residence Sam Nester’s Arcadia, a public sound and light installation on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Arcadia uses modified biodata-sonification sensors to convert the natural, real-time biorhythms of Virginia native plants in the Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse into Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) data.

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Building Peace in America

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When George Mason University doctoral student Emily Sample and Douglas Irvin-Erickson, assistant professor and director of the Raphaël Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program at Mason’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, were editing the volume Building Peace in America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), the United States was a hotbed of unrest, and it was as if their predictions had come true.

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