Fourth Annual Virginia Undergraduate Symposium

The Classics program will be hosting the Fourth Annual Virginia Undergraduate Research Symposium in Classics on Friday November 10th, 1-5 p.m., in the Hurley Convergence Center's Digital Auditorium. Free and open to the public. The program is below, and if you'd like more information, you can follow this link. Virginia Undergraduate Symposium in Classics IV University of Mary Washington, Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium Friday, November 10, 2017      1-5 PM   Symposium Program   1-1:45 - Keynote: Dr. John Camp, Randolph-Macon College Recent Excavations at the Athenian Agora 1:45-2:00 - Questions and Answers 2:00-2:20 - Marshall LeMert (University of Mary Washington) The Tomb of Alexander the Great 2:20-2:40 - Rebekah Hale (Randolph-Macon College) Ancient Greek and Modern East African Tortoise Shell Lyres: An Ethnological Comparison 2:40-3:00 - Tess Monks (University of Richmond) Redundant Dido: Repetition and Alliteration in Virgil and … [Read more...]

Zen Garden construction begins

Zen garden rocks in place near Trinkle

Last month, initial work on the the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies' Zen Garden began with the installation of three large boulders, weighing 10.5 tons combined, which will anchor the contemplative space. First proposed in 2015, the garden was approved as part of the renovation of the amphitheater behind Trinkle Hall. Assistant Professor of Religion Dan Hirshberg explained the significance of these multi-ton rocks, noting that "arranging these stones, and all the more so on such a massive scale, is a uniquely challenging aesthetic process, and something of a mystical one as well. According to the Zen tradition, when done authentically, their precise arrangement is said to invoke a vision of perfection in this imperfect world, a glimpse of nirvana in samsara (cyclic existence), enlightenment despite the persistence of ignorance. Like a visual koan, a garden is meant to unlock the inconceivable paradox of apparent existence and its ultimate emptiness." Coinciding with the launch … [Read more...]

CPR Student Profile: Sarah Attkisson

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Q&A with Sarah Attkisson (Classics '18) What are you doing for your internship? - I’m working at the WJLA studios in Arlington for the show Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. Right now, I’m mostly doing research for the stories that will eventually go on air. I had to familiarize myself with the subjects of terrorism overseas, ISIS, and political issues here in Washington D.C. We’ve also been paying attention to diplomatic relations between China, North Korea, and America. I also go on shoots and help out the cameraman or whoever else needs assistance. I definitely appreciate not sitting at a desk all day, every day. I like being out in the field. What are you thinking of doing after graduation?  Do you see the internship factoring into that decision? -          I would love to continue working here. I grew up in the newsroom environment, but never really wanted anything to do with working for a news station until I started this internship. So far it’s come naturally … [Read more...]

Get Zen! Yodo Kurahashi-sensie and Miyuki Yoshikami-sensei

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For the next event sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, master musicians Yodo Kurahashi-sensie and Miyuki Yoshikami-sensei will perform a live concert featuring eighth-century instruments, the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and koto (a 13-stringed instrument). The shakuhachi in particular has been used in some forms of Zen contemplative practice for centuries, and several of the pieces to be performed stem from the Zen tradition. The concert will be Wednesday, April 5th at 4:30pm in Lee Hall 412. Catered reception with gourmet Indian food to follow. This event is free and open to the public - please share widely. … [Read more...]

Religious Freedom Essay 2017

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Students from Mary Washington and Germanna are invited to submit essays on the subject of religious freedom.  Prize money totals $1250!  Essays due by 11 pm, December 9th, 2016.  For more details, check out our page. … [Read more...]

Meet our new faculty in Religion! Q&A with Professor Jennifer Barry

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Meet our new faculty in Religion!  Q&A With Professor Jennifer Barry Where are you from or where have you lived? My father was a pilot in the Air Force so we moved around quite a bit. By the time I graduated high school, I had already moved 12 times. As an adult, I have continued to move from place to place for my education and professional opportunities. In total, I have lived in 11 different states in the US and 2 countries overseas (Adana, Turkey and Ramstein, Germany). I have lived in the Virginia area 4 separate times throughout my life. What do you study (area of expertise)? In the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, I fall under the R. My specific area of study is early Christianity, but I focus primarily on late antiquity. Late antiquity is that transitional moment when Christianity becomes the favored cult of the late Roman Empire. I study topics such as clerical exile, orthodoxy and heresy, and gender and sexuality. I often describe myself as a … [Read more...]

Mindfulness Week 2016 (October 10-14)

http://meditation.umwblogs.org/mindfulness-week/ Mindfulness Week 2016 The University of Mary Washington presents the 4th Annual UMW Mindfulness Week (Mon. Oct. 10-Fri. Oct. 14th, 2016), a week-long series of activities that center on cultivating integrated, whole-person wellness through the intersections of mindfulness, creativity, social justice, and contemplative practice.  All events are free and open to the public. Schedule of Events Mon. 10/10/16: 1. Introduction to Mindfulness with Guided Meditation Practice, led by Bill Brooks, 4:00-5:30 Lee Hall 411.  This workshop provides a general introduction to “mindfulness”, that is, sustained, non-judgemental attention given to what is in the present moment, and how mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation. Tues. 10/11/16: 1. Mindfulness with Mandalas:  A Short Film and Workshop, led by UMW Student, Joshua Whiting, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Capital Room, University Center (room 314).  In this workshop, Joshua will … [Read more...]

First Think, Then Earn

Second-year business school students make an orientation video for freshmen as new UCLA students move into campus residence halls in preparation for the new school year, in Los Angeles

From The Atlantic Magazine we learn once again the maybe not so obvious:  businesses want and need liberal arts majors. … [Read more...]

UMW Certamen 2016 Results

The UMW Classics Club and the department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion welcomed eight teams to UMW Certamen 2016 this past weekend!  The results are as follows: Level One - 1st Ni River Middle, 2nd Massaponax High School Level One-A - 1st Spotsylvania Middle, 2nd Ni River Middle School Level two 1st Riverbend High School A team, 2nd Riverbend High School B team Level three 1st Riverbend High School, 2nd Brooke Point High school Upper level 1st Riverbend High School, 2nd Massaponax High school Congratulations to all those who participated! For those of you who attended, please take a moment to fill out our survey.  And keep an eye out for Certamen 2017 in March!   … [Read more...]

Religion alum defends Ph.D. Thesis!

CPR alum and religion major Jef Pierce successfully defended his PhD dissertation at UVA today. Here is some info from his page on the UVA dept website: Jef's Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Exaltation of the Goddess: Narrative Expressions of the Feminine Divine in the Devīpurāṇa,” focuses on a subgroup of medieval devotional texts in which the Goddess is for the first time acknowledged as supreme within the Sanskrit Brahmanical milieu. By considering the intertextual relationships of the previously untranslated Devīpurāṇa – a foundational and influential Śākta text – and by drawing out the Tantric elements of the work, his research demonstrates the ways in which the text inherits an orthodox narrative vocabulary but reinvents it for an innovative vision of reality colored by local/indigenous considerations of the powerful feminine divine. … [Read more...]