GMU Press Book Launch: George Washington and Native Americans

Join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the recent publication of George Washington and Native Americans, the latest from the George Mason University Press, on Thursday, April 4, at 3 p.m. in Fenwick 2001.

Richard Harless (author, George Washington and Native Americans), George Oberle (History Librarian, University Libraries and Affiliate Faculty, History and Art History, George Mason University), and Randolph Scully (Associate Professor, History and Art History, George Mason University) will discuss the complexities of this topic in American history and will include time for Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

About the book: George Washington had contact with Native Americans throughout most of his life. His first encounter as a teenager left him with the impression that they were nothing more than an “ignorant people.” As a young man he fought both alongside and against Native Americans during the French and Indian War and gained a grudging respect for their fighting abilities. During the American Revolution, Washington made it clear that he welcomed Indian allies as friends but would do his utmost to crush Indian enemies. As president, he sought to implement a program to “civilize” Native Americans by teaching them methods of agriculture and providing the implements of husbandry that would enable them to become proficient farmers—the only way, he believed, Native Americans would survive in a white-dominated society. Yet he discovered that his government could not protect Indian lands as guaranteed in countless treaties, and the hunger for Indian land by white settlers was so rapacious that it could not be controlled by an inadequate federal military establishment. While Washington appeared to admit the failure of the program, this book—a unique and necessary exploration of Washington’s experience with and thoughts on Native Americans—contends he deserves credit for his continued efforts to implement a policy based on the just treatment of America’s indigenous peoples.

About the author: Richard Harless has a Ph.D. in American History from George Mason University. He is a retired public school teacher, counselor, and coach. He worked as a research assistant at Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and was a fellow at the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He is currently teaching at various colleges including Saint Mary’s Honor College in Maryland. George Washington and Native Americans is his first book.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

Edible Book Festival: April 1

Do you like books, the culinary arts, winning prizes? Enter the Libraries’ Edible Book Festival Competition! The Festival will take place Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 1014 (yes, we realize this is “April Fool’s Day” but this is no joke!).

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally.

For more details and to enter the competition, visit http://library.gmu.edu/edible. Entry forms are due by March 22. We can’t wait to see (and taste) what you create!

It’s Homecoming Week!

George Mason University celebrates Homecoming this week, beginning today, Monday, February 18 and culminating this weekend with the Mason’s Men’s Basketball game on Saturday, February 23 at 4pm and the Women’s Basketball game on Sunday, February 24 at 2pm! For a full schedule of events and details visit https://homecoming.gmu.edu/. For alumni-focused events, visit https://alumni.gmu.edu/homecoming19.

Music in the Lobby Concerts Return!

Join us! The popular Music in the Lobby mini-concerts return for the Spring semester on February 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Lobby. Featuring Mason student musicians, these free performances are coordinated by the Mason School of Music and Fenwick Library. Refreshments are courtesy of Argo Tea Cafe. Take a break, relax, and enjoy.

Music in the Lobby is approved for MUSI 300 credit.

For more information about Music in the Lobby, contact Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, sgerber@gmu.edu