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The New Realities in the Middle East with David Imad Ramadan

posted April 18th, 2016

Global Affairs continues to offer topics courses, which engage students in every aspect of the field. This fall is no different. New on the schedule is “Middle East Realities” taught by one of the university’s true friends, David Ramadan, who has been a dedicated Patriot since graduating from Mason two decades ago. Ramadan has spent that time continuing his education in the United States and overseas, becoming a successful international consultant and serving on Mason’s Board of Visitors. Most recently he served two terms in the in the Virginia House of Delegates representing eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County.

It’s this diverse range of experiences and perspectives that Ramadan brings into the classroom. He previously taught a very similar course in 2004 and 2006, but a lot has changed in a region that is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations. The complexities of the region make the course a perfect fit for the Global Affairs program’s interdisciplinary approach. The goal of the course is to provide students with rich knowledge of the Middle East that is not just history and not just politics, that allows students to really work through the context and complexities of current events.

As Professor Ramadan explains, “The players have changed, [we’re] dealing with new organizations and new threats. The wars have never stopped, but there are now new wars, with new enemies. There is a textbook and a rigorous syllabus, but much of the time in class will be devoted to discussion to promote a real world understanding of current issues and conditions in the Middle East.”

The course will be offered on Tuesday evenings in fall 2016 and is open to students from all majors who have completed GLOA 101 or SOCI 120.

April 18, 2016

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​Advice To Ted Cruz: Engage And Include – Do Not Isolate

posted April 4th, 2016

The Daily Caller
By David Ramadan

For many years now I have advocated to my fellow Republicans a policy of engagement and inclusion towards minorities. The times of simple outreach are long gone. Ongoing shifts in our country’s demographics show us that actively building strong relationships with minority communities is now a matter of existential necessity for the Grand Old Party.

Breaking through generations of mistrust and media mischaracterizations was never going to be easy, but that task has now been made much more difficult by the inflammatory populist rhetoric of our presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and, more recently, Ted Cruz. Our GOP has lost the minority vote. The verbal assault by Donald Trump on Mexicans and Muslims, his equivocal disavowal of David Duke’s endorsement, and other instances of outrageous behavior have made things worse. Recent polls show 60-80 percent of minorities resent the GOP altogether.

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George Mason University receives $30 million in gifts, renames School of Law after Justice Antonin Scalia

posted April 1st, 2016

March 31, 2016

George Mason University receives $30 million in gifts, renames School of Law after Justice Antonin Scalia
Largest combined gift in university’s history will support new scholarship programs

Arlington, VA— George Mason University today announces pledges totaling $30 million to the George Mason University Foundation to support the School of Law. The gifts, combined, are the largest in university history. The gifts will help establish three new scholarship programs that will potentially benefit hundreds of students seeking to study law at Mason.

In recognition of this historic gift, the Board of Visitors has approved the renaming of the school to The Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.

“This is a milestone moment for the university,” said George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera. “These gifts will create opportunities to attract and retain the best and brightest students, deliver on our mission of inclusive excellence, and continue our goal to make Mason one of the preeminent law schools in the country.”

Mason has grown rapidly over the last four decades to become the largest public research university in Virginia. The School of Law was established in 1979 and has been continually ranked among the top 50 law programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Justice Scalia, who served 30 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke at the dedication of the law school building in 1999 and was a guest lecturer at the university. He was a resident of nearby McLean, Virginia.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, his esteemed colleague on the Supreme Court for more than two decades, said Scalia’s opinions challenged her thinking and that naming the law school after him was a fine tribute.

“Justice Scalia was a law teacher, public servant, legal commentator, and jurist nonpareil. As a colleague who held him in highest esteem and great affection, I miss his bright company and the stimulus he provided, his opinions ever challenging me to meet his best efforts with my own. It is a tribute altogether fitting that George Mason University’s law school will bear his name. May the funds for scholarships, faculty growth, and curricular development aid the Antonin Scalia School of Law to achieve the excellence characteristic of Justice Scalia, grand master in life and law,” added Ginsburg.

“Justice Scalia’s name evokes the very strengths of our school: civil liberties, law and economics, and constitutional law,” said Law School Dean Henry N. Butler. “His career embodies our law school’s motto of learn, challenge, lead. As a professor and jurist, he challenged those around him to be rigorous, intellectually honest, and consistent in their arguments.”

The combined gift will allow the university to establish three new scholarship programs to be awarded exclusively and independently by the university:

Antonin Scalia Scholarship – Awarded to students with excellent academic credentials.

A. Linwood Holton, Jr. Leadership Scholarship – Named in honor of the former governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this scholarship will be awarded to students who have overcome barriers to academic success, demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, or have helped others overcome discrimination in any facet of life.

F.A. Hayek Law, Legislation, and Liberty Scholarship – Named in honor of the 1974 Nobel Prize winner in economics, this scholarship will be awarded to students who have a demonstrated interest in studying the application of economic principles to the law.

“The growth of George Mason University’s law school, both in size and influence, is a tribute to the hard work of its leaders and faculty members,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “I am particularly pleased that new scholarship awards for students who face steep barriers in their academic pursuits will be named in honor of former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton, an enduring and appropriate legacy for a man who championed access to education for all Virginians.”

The scholarships will help Mason continue to be one of the most diverse universities in America.

“When we speak about diversity, that includes diversity of thought and exposing ourselves to a range of ideas and points of view,” said Cabrera. “Justice Scalia was an advocate of vigorous debate and enjoyed thoughtful conversations with those he disagreed with, as shown by his longtime friendship with Justice Ginsburg. That ability to listen and engage with others, despite having contrasting opinions or perspectives, is what higher education is all about.”

The gift includes $20 million that came to George Mason through a donor who approached Leonard A. Leo of the Federalist Society, a personal friend of the late Justice Scalia and his family. The anonymous donor asked that the university name the law school in honor of the Justice. “The Scalia family is pleased to see George Mason name its law school after the Justice, helping to memorialize his commitment to a legal education that is grounded in academic freedom and a recognition of the practice of law as an honorable and intellectually rigorous craft,” said Leo.

The gift also includes a $10 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, which supports hundreds of colleges and universities across the country that pursue scholarship related to societal well-being and free societies.

“We’re excited to support President Cabrera and Dean Butler’s vision for the Law School as they welcome new students and continue to distinguish Mason as a world-class research university,” said Charles Koch Foundation President Brian Hooks.

The name change is pending approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

A formal dedication ceremony will occur in the fall.

About George Mason
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.

About the Mason School of Law
The George Mason University School of Law is defined by three words: Learn. Challenge. Lead. The goal is to have students who will receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), be taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, be well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead).

About Faster Farther—The Campaign for George Mason University
Faster Farther is about securing Mason’s place as the intellectual cornerstone of our region and a global leader in higher education. We have a goal to raise $500 million through 2018.

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Ramadan: U.Va. and Sullivan: Now we know the whole story

posted March 16th, 2016

Ramadan: U.Va. and Sullivan: Now we know the whole story

By David Ramadan | Posted 14 hours ago

Last October, I wrote in these pages that I was sick and tired of people in charge not taking responsibility for the actions — or lack thereof — of their administrations.

Shortly thereafter, I was roundly criticized by two of my colleagues — Delegates David Toscano and Jimmie Massie — for having the temerity to suggest that Terry Sullivan, who is still president of the University of Virginia, should go.

Praising her to the metaphorical skies, they suggested that Sullivan was the right person in the right place, had successfully put an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigation behind her, and was a leader in whom everyone — including me — should have confidence.

Well, OK. But now we really know what happened. It is not pretty, and it certainly is not what any reasonable person would call a benchmark of leadership.

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