Humanities grads do indeed succeed!

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  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...]

UMW/CPR to host Conference “Wild Places, Natural Spaces”

14th Annual Conference The International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place University of Mary Washington April 27-29, 2018 Conference Theme: Wild Places, Natural Spaces Call for papers We live in a world increasingly populated and altered by human beings. Along with the physical transformations have come fundamental changes in how we conceptualize our relationship with the world around us. Where once wild places represented darkness, danger, and temptation, they now conjure images of personal challenge (“conquering” the Appalachian trail or Mount Rainier), individual spiritual renewal, or hope against the degradation of rampant consumerism, inequality, or political rot. Nature—and its supposed pure form, wilderness—is both seen as the opposite of all things human and yet our true home. These changing and often inconsistent metaphors and models guide us in every area of our lives—the social, economic, aesthetic, philosophic, religious, and … [Read more...]

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

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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 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...]

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...]

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...]