Cornerstone is published annually by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. Cornerstone is intended to keep alumni, the Mason community and the public informed about the activities, growth, and progress of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Articles reflect the opinions of the writers and not those of the magazine, the college or the university.
Read the magazine's featured articles here or view the magazine in its entirety, which includes special print features and sections, by clicking "PDF Versions."
At 9 a.m. on an October morning almost 50 years ago, national security advisor McGeorge Bundy entered President John F. Kennedy’s White House bedroom to deliver some bad news. Photographs taken two days earlier by a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft had revealed unmistakable evidence that the Soviet Union had secretly placed medium- and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba.
Two College of Humanities and Social Sciences students, Eleana Velasco and Katherine Pereira, spent a semester researching separate cultural memories in their native countries, Ecuador and Colombia, respectively. Both students partnered with faculty scholars as part of Mason’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.
The end of an era. It is a dramatic statement, almost always uttered hyperbolically. But this very assertion has been heard more than once in the halls of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in the face of the resignation of its senior associate dean, Dee Holisky.