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...]

Religious Freedom Essay 2017


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


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...]

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...]

Mindfulness Week 2016 (October 10-14) 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...]

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...]