Archives for March 2015

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...]

Dr. Darlene Brooks-Headstrom to speak at UMW

The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, and the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies present a public lecture by Dr. Darlene Brooks-Hedstrom, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, and Director of Archaeology at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio): "Digging for Monks:  Monastic Archaeology in Egypt" In her talk, Professor Brooks-Headstrom will consider the following issues:  Who were the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt? Where did they live and why did the desert become such a significant component of the identity of monastic life in Egypt? In this lecture I will document the many examples of monastic built environments from the late antique and medieval periods. In doing this, I will provide a case for how we identify what makes a site monastic by looking at examples of early Byzantine towns. The comparative analysis will provide a context for seeing how monastic communities responded to their environment, modified the natural world, and created a … [Read more...]

Aminrazavi lectures at LOC

On March 17, 2015, the Library of Congress and Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland presented professor of Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Mehdi Aminrazavi, and his co-editor, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr (George Washington University), in the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room at the Library of Congress.  The lecture celebrated the completion of their five-volume anthology (I. B. Tauris Press). … [Read more...]

Josiah Osgood Lecture, Eta Sigma Phi Induction, & The Winner of the Laura V. Sumner Award

On Wednesday, March 18th, Josiah Osgood, Professor of Classics at Georgetown University, delivered a lecture on the constriction and transformation of laughter in the Roman Republic from the hallmark of a free state to a mordant resistance to totalitarianism.  The lecture was very informative, well-attended--and funny.  The lecture was sponsored by the Beta Nu chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the departments of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion and History & American Studies, and by the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. In keeping with tradition, the faculty in Classics also used the occasion to announce the new inductees into Eta Sigma Phi as well as the winner of the 2015-2016 Laura V. Sumner Award, a scholarship given to the best rising senior majoring in Classics.   This year's recipient is Ms. Clare Anderson of Spotsylvania, Virginia.  Congratulations, Clare!   … [Read more...]

UMW Certamen 2015

On Saturday, March 21st, over 100 students from eight area middle schools and high schools competed at 5 levels (1, 1A, 2, 3, Upper).  The Certamen was organized by the UMW Classics Club and was, by all accounts, a rousing success.  The results are as follows: Level 1 1st Ni River Middle School-Team B (David Yates, teacher), 2nd Spotsylvania High School, 3rd Spotsylvania Middle School, 4th Orange County High School, 5th Ni River Middle School-Team A Level 1A 1st Ni River Middle School (David Yates, teacher), 2nd Spotsylvania Middle School-Team B, 3rd Spotsylvania Middle School-Team A Level 2 1st Riverbend High School-Team A (Mark Keith, teacher), 2nd Spotsylvania High School, 3rd Orange County High School Level 3 1st Riverbend High School-Team A (Mark Keith, teacher), 2nd Brooke Point High School, 3rd Riverbend High School-Team B Upper Level 1st Spotsylvania High School (Lindsay Herndon), 2nd Riverbend High School-Team A, 3rd Courtland High School, 4th Massoponax High … [Read more...]

Be Mindful of Mindfulness at UMW!

Professors Ambuel and Pitts are busily developing a program in Mindfulness at UMW.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook! … [Read more...]