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)


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...]

UMW Certamen 2016


.The Classics Club and the Program in Classics at UMW is proud to announce the second annual Certamen on campus this April 16.  Please check out our page and come ready to certare! … [Read more...]

2016 Jefferson Lecture by Prof. Andrew Holowchak

And on January 26, 2016, at 7:30 PM, we will host Professor M. Andrew Holowchak, editor of the recent anthology Thomas Jefferson and Political Philosophy, for our Jefferson Lecture, on the topic “Jefferson and Jesus,” which will also be free and open to the public.  For more information, see here. … [Read more...]

CPRAlumAlert: Kelly Murphy (Religion ’01) on the Zombie Apocalypse


Here's the latest from UMW Religion ('01) grad, Kelly Murphy, assistant professor of Religion at Central Michigan University.  Professor Murphy teaches a course on AMC's "The Walking Dead," and she contributed this piece on the zombie apocalypse to The Washington Post. … [Read more...]

Classics majors to dig in Greece in Summer 2015


The faculty in Classics are pleased to announce that Teddy Dillon, Ellen Field, and Amanda Liverette have been accepted to and intend to attend the Kenchreai Archaeological Field School this summer.  The program as administered by Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies.  Stay tuned for a report this fall.  Well done, Ἑλληνοφιλοί! … [Read more...]