Fenwick Fellow Applications Due May 7

The deadline to apply for the 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship is approaching! Mason faculty are invited to apply for the Libraries’ annual fellowship, which is awarded to a Mason faculty member to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty member’s chosen field.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ activities in the area of digital scholarship. Read more: 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship Announcement.

Application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall 2018 academic term. For more information, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1@gmu.edu.

Fenwick Fellow Lectures: April 25

Join the University Libraries on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, when Professors Edward Rhodes and John Turner will discuss their research findings from their 2016-2017 fellowships.


Edward Rhodes, Professor, Government & International Affairs, Schar School of Policy & Government

Lecture Title:  “Normalcy”: Rediscovering the Curious Brilliance of Warren G. Harding

Abstract: Dismissed by biographers as an intellectual nullity, mocked by critics for what H.L. Mencken famously described as his “Gamalielese” prose, and remembered in history texts principally for his notably corrupt Secretary of the Interior and for his illegitimate daughter, Warren G. Harding has escaped serious academic scrutiny, living on largely as an easy target for late-night comedians. Harding’s own writings –which were generally in the form of speeches – have gone not only unread but uncollected. For the most part they are, even in this time of widespread digitization, extremely difficult to locate or to access. This is unfortunate because a close reading of Harding reveals not only a clear, sophisticated, and internally consistent vision of America but a deep understanding of the challenges facing a liberal, democratic republic in a period of rapid economic and social change. Forgotten, too, is the fact that Harding was, in his three years in office, extraordinarily successful in advancing his policy agenda, particularly in the realm of foreign policy. Even more interesting, however, is how strongly some of the key elements in Harding’s vision and strategic approach resonate in today’s world.


John Turner, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Lecture Title:  Plymouth Colony and the Making of American Liberty

Abstract: Over the last two centuries, Americans have celebrated “the Pilgrims” as the progenitors of democracy and liberty. At the same time, the Mayflower leaders and their successors in Plymouth Colony imprisoned, tortured, and expelled religious and political dissenters. Were the Pilgrims rank hypocrites, denying others the freedom they desired for themselves? The answer is more complicated. The Pilgrims had a very specific understanding of “Christian liberty,” which essentially meant an obligation to have church according to their understanding of the Bible. While their leaders did not favor a broader “freedom of religion,” Plymouth Colony was riven by debates over the meaning and extent of liberty over its seventy year history.


About the Fenwick Fellows: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to Mason faculty member(s) to pursue research project(s) that use and enhance the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty members’ field. Applications for the 2018-2019 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is May 7, 2018.

Faculty: Apply for 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship

University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Read more: 2018-19 Fenwick Fellowship Announcement

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ activities in the area of digital scholarship.

Application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by each Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For more information, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1 at gmu.edu

DiSC Supports Research Fellows

DiSC | 2700 Fenwick Library | dsc.gmu.edu

Two Mason faculty members were awarded 2017-18 Fenwick Fellowships which tap into the knowledge, resources and expertise offered through the Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC). Jennifer Ashley, assistant professor of global affairs, and Alok Yadav, associate professor of English, will partner with DiSC on their respective Fenwick Fellow research projects.

“This is a digital project, which is not the skillset I bring to the table,” Professor Yadav said. “It’s in collaboration with the digital scholarship unit housed at the library. So the chance to draw on their expertise, to think about software structure and what it would look like, makes this a realizable project as opposed to a fantasy. I have ideas, but I don’t have the know-how to make that happen.” (Cruise, News at Mason, October 16, 2017) Read more

Established in 2016, Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) partners with students, faculty, and staff by providing digital research support to facilitate digital research and teaching across the university in all disciplines.

DiSC is located in 2700 Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus. For more information about DiSC, please visit the DiSC website or contact DiSC staff.