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Center for Mason Legacies team participates in Conference on Community Writing

Center for Mason Legacies team participates in Conference on Community Writing

At CML, we believe that history writing need not be limited to traditional print monographs but might instead be practiced on more inclusive and accessible digital platforms. In this way, history that is hidden in dusty old account books or made contemporaneously at protests digitally becomes part of how not only academics but also students, individuals, and community members engage with history.

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Black Lives Next Door site launch

Black Lives Next Door site launch

Explore CML's newly created digital project, Black Lives Next Door: George Mason and Northern Virginia in an Age of Disparity and Opportunity. Building on work that began in 2020, BLND is presenting its first set of findings, thanks to the support of a 2021 Summer Team Impact Grant.

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245th Anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights

245th Anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, is often noted for its influence on the Declaration of Independence and as the basis of the Bill of Rights. The opening statement, that the Declaration of Rights “is made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free convention which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government” was, however, limited to a certain group of people. Not all people of Virginia were represented at the Convention.

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The Importance of Community Archives

The Importance of Community Archives

Preserving community archives is essential to the work of the Center for Mason Legacies, as we explore the various legacies of our nation’s founding, including our troubled history with enslavement and displacement of indigenous peoples.

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Representations of Race

Representations of Race

In this online course, students will investigate the social and cultural construction of racial categories that have led to inaccurate and stereotypical representations that persist and cause harm today.

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"If we do not gather our stories, who will?"

"If we do not gather our stories, who will?"

Wendi Manuel-Scott, associate director of CML and professor of integrative studies and history, shares her thoughts on the Racial Reckoning project as an intervention and an opportunity to challenge the long history of archival erasure of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and immigrant voices.

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