Pride Month Resources + Trivia Night

In honor of Pride month, the Libraries invites you to explore LGBTQIA+ history through our online resources, starting with a newly acquired resource – the Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender. This collection spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century, and features primary source documents relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, gender research and gender studies research. Documents covering social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world are included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities. For more resources, see our LGBTQ Studies guide.

In addition to your studies, put these resources to use for fun and join the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment and the Alumni Association on Thursday, June 17 for a virtual trivia night. Test your knowledge in the following categories: Pride history, LGBTQ+ icons, Movies and Television, Music, Art, and Mason facts. Show your Mason spirit and get ready for some friendly competition! Read more and register here.

Congratulations, Mason graduates!

George Mason University will conduct its 54th Spring Commencement virtually at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, with First Lady Jill Biden as the featured speakerThe university-wide commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. Mason will also hold in-person graduation recognition events throughout the week leading up to Friday’s ceremony.

Spring ’21 Visiting Writers Series

The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2021 Visiting Writers Series kicks off Thursday, February 11, with a virtual event featuring novelist and short story writer Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, Orange World, and most recently the novella Sleep Donation, named one of Buzzfeed’s Best Books of the Year.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Crowdcast (link forthcoming at this space). The series is sponsored by Mason’s Creative Writing Program in conjunction with the University Libraries, and books will be for sale through One More Page Books in Arlington, VA. Learn more here.

Additional Visiting Writers Series events this spring include:

  • Thursday, February 18: Reginald Dwayne Betts (nonfiction)
  • Thursday February 25: Ted Conover (nonfiction)
  • Thursday, March 11: Ayse Papatya Bucak (fiction)
  • Thursday, March 18: Arthur Sze (poetry)
  • Thursday, April 1: Kerri Webster (poetry)

Libraries and OLLI partner to host discussion on Equal Rights Amendment

Photograph of U.S. Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Photo Courtesy of SCRC.

On Tuesday, November 17, the Libraries and OLLI will host “The Equal Rights Amendment,” a virtual event, from 3:30-5 p.m. This event is open to the Mason community, but attendance is limited – please register here to reserve your spot, and a Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

A panel from Mason’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will focus on the pivotal years 1970-82 and share their individual, first-hand experiences lobbying and marching for the Equal Rights Amendment in the Virginia and DC area.

The panel will be moderated by Laura Moore, adjunct faculty with the Department of History & Art History at Mason. The event will be recorded and added to the Special Collection Research Center’s (SCRC) Oral History Program collection.

“The Equal Rights Amendment” marks the fourth annual special oral history collaboration between SCRC and OLLI. The program is funded by a Special Project Grant awarded to the University Libraries by OLLI Mason.

New virtual exhibit – Call & Response: Structures

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University Libraries is pleased to host “Call & Response: Structures,” a collaborative exhibition between Mason’s School of Art and Creative Writing program. The exhibition will run through December 18, with two related virtual events in conjunction with the Fall for the Book festival: an artist’s panel on October 21 and a literary reading on November 17.

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, including a dynamic set of paired literary and art works that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the eleventh annual Call & Response is “Structures.”

For this exhibition, the contributors were asked, “What architecture will you create in this work, and how will form and meaning support one another? What is the use or the imperative of any structure? On what will your structure rest?” As our society reckons with structural inequities, and structural racism in particular, how do we as artists and writers un-struct, de-struct, and instruct, and eventually help construct new systems on new foundations?

This collaborative series was founded more than a decade ago, by Mason Professors Emeritae Susan Tichy (Creative Writing) and Helen Frederick (School of Art) to foster literary and artistic collaboration between students, faculty, and alumni of Mason’s Creative Writing program and School of Art. The digital exhibition is available here, and select works will be on view in the Fenwick Gallery in Fenwick Library through December 18, 2020.

More information is available on the Fenwick Gallery website. Visitors can also follow @fenwickarts on Instagram for show previews and updates. For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Fenwick Library is currently limited to Mason students, staff, and faculty.