Planning for Higher Education Journal

Telling the Untold Stories

George Mason University Frames the Conversation Around Its Institutional Namesake and His Legacy
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From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
By Cathy Pinskey and Stephanie Wolfgang

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George Mason University

This article discusses the processes and outcomes of recent efforts at George Mason University (GMU) to acknowledge and celebrate the lives of those individuals enslaved by the institution’s namesake. In an era of intense debate surrounding the legacies of historical figures in the United States, GMU seeks to set the example for one approach to dealing with the conversations: community-fostering dialogue. We discuss the use of sculptural elements to create a new monument that sits in discourse with an existing statue of George Mason IV, highlighting how undergraduate student research efforts can be leveraged to address topics of value to today’s campus communities.

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