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September 10, 2007
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Eight evenings of thought-provoking discussion.
Eight minds grappling with the important issues of our day.
Eight voices.
Eight visions.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 10, 2007—The Vision Series at George Mason University is designed to shed light on the kinds of real world research and idea generation taking place on Mason campus today. Through this yearlong series of eight lectures, top researchers and scholars illuminate their work for an audience as diverse as the Northern Virginia and Mason communities.

George Mason University Provost Peter Stearns invites this group of outstanding colleagues to speak on topics relevant to today’s issues, with answers and hypotheses based on their research and its applications in today’s society. As Stearns explains, the lectures aim to “draw from diverse sectors of the university, inspiring and facilitating creative discussion among students, faculty and staff, and the wider reaches of the community.”

The second annual Vision Series begins on Sept. 24 when Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, presents "Racial Equality in America: Will the Struggle Ever End?"


"Racial Equality in America: Will the Struggle Ever End?"
Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor, History and American Culture
Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
This lecture examines the relationship between The Supreme Court’s recent decisions in the Seattle and Louisville school diversity cases and American history.

"A World Ignited: The Origins and Effects of Global Anger on America"
Susan Tolchin, Professor, School of Public Policy
Monday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
This lecture explores how media and technology amplify worldwide hatred and anger, particularly toward the United States, due to economic disparities, wars, and deep-seated feelings of defeat and humiliation.

"The Development of the Law Governing Detention of Enemy Combatants: Past, Present and To Come"
Ronald D. Rotunda, George Mason University Foundation Professor, School of Law
Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.
The War on Terror, more than any other wars, involves lawyers. This lecture examines how detained enemy combatants are using the U.S. courts to seek release and the relationship between The Supreme Court and the Administration in interpreting laws governing the detention of enemy combatants.

"A Generation In Jeopardy: Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future"
Fred Bemak, Director, Diversity Research and Action Center
Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.
This lecture explores historical perspectives of youth and discusses modern day themes that shape the identity of today’s youth culture. Utilizing experiences from working with children around the world, Bemak will examine U.S. youth in comparison to their global counterparts and offer recommendations on reaching at-risk youth.

"Foiling Fatigue: Can We Do It?"
Lynn H. Gerber, MD, Director, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability
Monday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms presented by people visiting health care providers. This lecture examines the causes of fatigue and identifies exercise as essential to ameliorating fatigue.

"This Old Chinese House: Architecture and Its Fate Through Revolution and Reform"
Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor, Visual Culture and Chinese Studies
Monday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
Family disputes over the preservation of ancestral homes have become common among the villagers of China’s southern Anhui province. In this lecture, Hinton will show excerpts from her films of these magnificent 300-year-old structures and explore the customs related to home, family and clan.

"Satisfying Victims and Healing Societies: The Promises of Justice After Extreme Violence"
Susan F. Hirsch, Director, Undergraduate Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
Mass atrocity, genocide, terrorism, and other types of extreme violence have spawned new approaches to justice, such as extra-judicial proceedings and international tribunals. In this lecture, Hirsch will explore several emerging approaches to justice that seeks to fulfill the expectations of victims and societies.

"The Dawn of the Age of Personalized Therapy: Proteomic Technologies and Strategies for Implementation"
Emanuel Petricoin and Lance Liotta, Co-Directors, Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine
Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
The field of molecular medicine is moving beyond genomics to proteomics. While DNA is the information archive, proteins do all the work of the cell and dictate all biological processes. This lecture explores new technologies and approaches to translational medicine.


All VISION lectures are free and open to the public and take place at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are required. Visit to reserve tickets, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) For information call 703-993-8888. The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit for more information on this and other Center for the Arts events.

About George Mason University


George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.