UMW CPR Zen Garden Opening

UMW CPR Zen Garden

  On Saturday, June 2nd at 3 p.m., CPR will celebrate the opening of the new Zen garden, located between Trinkle and Mason Halls. The garden is a joint venture funded by Classics, Philosophy, and Religion; the College of Arts and Sciences dean; and private donors. A reception will follow, and we hope you'll join us. … [Read more...]

Philosophy majors successfully defend honors theses

From left to right, Professor Craig Vasey, Professor Mike Reno, Kate Barry, Megan Murphy, Ben Willis, Jonathan Hollingsworth, and Professor Jason Matzke

Last week, Kate Barry, Megan Murphy, Ben Willis, and Jonathan Hollingsworth successfully defended their senior theses in Philosophy. Congratulations to them and to all of the CPR majors graduating on Saturday, May 12, 2018! … [Read more...]

Schedule changes!

The snow has forced some changes to the Religious Freedom conference. Please see the updated schedule below. MARCH 22 UNIVERSITY CENTER, COLONNADE 10:00AM-10:30AM OPENING REMARKS 10:30AM-12:30PM SPEAKER PANEL 12:30PM-2:00PM LUNCH 2:00PM-4:30PM SPEAKER PANEL 4:30PM-4:45PM CLOSING REMARKS SPECIAL EVENT: MONROE HALL 116 7:00PM-8:30PM ROUNDTABLE MARCH 23 UNIVERSITY CENTER, COLONNADE 9:30AM-12:00PM SPEAKER PANEL 12:00PM-1:30PM LUNCH 1:30PM-2:30PM ESSAY WINNERS 2:30PM-4:00PM REFLECTION 4:00PM-4:15PM CLOSING REMARKS Speaker Panels Breakdown with titles March 22nd Panel 1: ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Monica Miller (Lehigh University): “The Struggle of (Black) Gods Today: A.L.L.A.H and the Rhetoric of Divine Subjectivity”​ Benjamin Marcus (Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute): “Who Is the Expert?: Authority and Knowledge in Religious Literacy Education” Panel 2: Persecution complex MARY BETH MATHEWS (UNIVERSITY OF MARY … [Read more...]

Humanities grads do indeed succeed!

Photo credit: Emery Way (via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/emeryway/)

  As we’ve been telling our students for all these years, get a good education majoring in a field you have some passion for, and that will prepare you for a successful life. Here's the latest from Inside Higher Education.     … [Read more...]

CPR mourns the passing of Professor Robert F. Boughner

The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion is saddened to announce the passing of Robert F. Boughner on August 30, at the age of 71.   Bob did his undergraduate studies in Classics at Duke, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. His favorite author to teach was Catullus.  He taught for several years at University of Maryland and worked as a Humanities administrator at the NEH before joining the Mary Washington faculty in 1983.  He was a highly popular and engaging lecturer, and taught a wide range of courses in Classical Civilization, Latin, and Greek.   Bob served as chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion from 1990 to 1996, when he left to become Dean of the American College in Athens. He returned to the United States as Dean of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, from which he recently retired, moving to Takoma Park, MD.  We learned of his death from a friend and former student who relayed to us that it was … [Read more...]

UMW Classics alum, Adrienne Hagen, to deliver Eta Sigma Phi Lecture

Classics at Mary Washington is hosting its annual Eta Sigma Phi speaker next week, Adrienne Hagen, a University of Mary Washington Classics alumna currently on the faculty of Washington & Lee.  She will be speaking on "Duty and the Beast:  Understanding Human Nature through Depictions of Animals in Antiquity," at 7 pm on Wed., March 29th, in Trinkle 204.  A reception in the Classics, Philosophy, & Religion departmental suite, also in Trinkle, will follow the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. … [Read more...]

2017 Jefferson Lecture

On January 26th in GW's Dodd Auditorium, Professor M. Andrew Holowchak, who has eight books/anthologies on Thomas Jefferson since 2012 and who has been called ‘the world’s foremost expert in Jefferson’s philosophical thought,’” delivered this year’s lecture, entitled “Jefferson and Jesus.”  If you were unable to come or want to revisit the lecture, you can now access it here!   … [Read more...]

Religious Freedom Essay Contest Winners for 2017 Announced!

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Religious Freedom Essay sponsored by the Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason and the UMW Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion.  They are, in first place, which carries a prize of $750, Rachel Finston (ENGL: Creative Writing); runner-up, which carries a prize of $500:  Kristin Frye (GEOG).  Drop by and read the prize essays! … [Read more...]

2017 Jefferson Lecture by Professor M. Andrew Holowchak

Please come hear Professor M. Andrew Holowchak, who has eight books/anthologies on Thomas Jefferson since 2012 and who has been called ‘the world’s foremost expert in Jefferson’s philosophical thought,’” deliver this year’s lecture, entitled “Jefferson and Jesus.” Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, University of Mary Washington ♦ Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 7:30 PM ♦ For more information, call (540) 654-1342 … [Read more...]

Study Abroad with UMW Greece 2017 (May 15-27)

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Hoping hoping hoping you can join us for UMW Greece 2017!  For details, check us out!  Our next interest meeting is Wednesday, 5pm, October 5th, in Trinkle 243.  Do come! … [Read more...]