News Coverage on CPRD J-term Offerings

Newspaper coverage of some of our J-term offerings in CPRD: Professors to offer new, specialized classes for January term Reminder of our J-term offerings. … [Read more...]

Featured Spring Courses in CPRD

New courses on Abortion, the Qu'ran and the Bible, and the Ancient City are being offered this spring in the department. Check out our offerings here. … [Read more...]

New J-Term Offerings from Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

From the Big Questions to Bitcoin, from Plato to Podcast, CPRD has some interesting offerings for the new 3-week J-term at UMW: Check them out here. … [Read more...]

Khatib Program in Religion and Dialogue: Beyond the Ballot

The Khatib Program in Religion and Dialogue's Fall 2020 event is titled “Beyond the Ballot: The Role of Religion within the American Political Landscape.” This event will be a webinar, held on Wednesday, October 28, at 7pm. For more information see our informational flyer. RSVP here for zoom link. … [Read more...]

Habitat for Humanity Humanities in Action Internship Opportunity

The Humanities in Action internship is available to all UMW students majoring in the humanities but with special preference for those majoring in Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Cassie Kimberlin, the executive director of the Greater Fredericksburg affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and CPR chair Joe Romero have established this internship to give students with commitments to equity and social justice to test their specialized training in managing the life’s big questions—questions of fairness, equity, human rights—by helping a major non-profit address the issue of affordable housing in the Fredericksburg region. To learn more, contact Joe Romero (jromero [at] to attend one of our Information sessions from 4-5 pm on both Wednesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 21 on Zoom. To apply now, go to Handshake and search for “Humanities in Action Internship: Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity and University of Mary Washington.” The deadline for … [Read more...]

Virtual Info Session with Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason

All UMW students interested in law school are invited to attend a Virtual Q & A TUESDAY, OCTOBER  27  4 - 5 P .M. Virtual Q&A about Scalia Law, Application tips, A brief overview of the UMW/Mason 3+3 Admission program Meeting will be hosted via zoom. For zoom invite link, join umw handshake or email: Jason Hayob-Matzke jmatzke [at] or Michael Reno mreno [at] … [Read more...]

CPR Salutes the Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the CPR Graduates of 2020! While we couldn't salute you in person on Saturday, May 9, we at CPR are extremely proud of the Graduates in Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies for 2020:Frederick O. Altenburg, Alec D. Cameron, Charles M. Carlson, William E. Carpenter, Joelle A. Carter, Lydia G. Eisenberg, Anna K. Elmore, Christopher J. Hanbury, Alexander J. Harris, Kathryn E. Heislup, Addison E. Hinton, John F. Huebler, Brienne A. Kennedy, Haley R. Lavach, Sarah A. Mahmud, Alexandra K. Nette, Ronic B. Ngambwe, Claire E. Parkey, Ivan Quiroga, Madeline G. Robinson, Lillian U. Salamone, Kelsey C. Sheffer, John D. Sullins, Zien Tang, Thomas F. White, and William T. Wren.Each year we also bestow a number of individual honors. This year our honorees include:In CLASSICSOutstanding Graduate in Classics: Lydia G. Eisenberg (Major: Classics: Latin)Barbara Leigh Gregg Greek Prize: Brienne A. Kennedy (Major: Classics: Classical Civilization)Laura V. Sumner Award in Classics: … [Read more...]

Classics and the Digital Classroom

While the University of Mary Washington is conducting classes remotely, the students in Professor Pitts's Ovid class haven't missed a beat. They recently used the Canvas Conference feature to engage with Randolph Macon Professor Bartolo Natoli to discuss his work on the "Silenced Voices" in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Dr. Natoli was originally slated to come to campus, but students were still able to enjoy a digital discussion with him. You can learn more about the class and hear a recording by following this link. … [Read more...]

CPR and Khatib Center to sponsor Jefferson Lecture

The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and the Khatib Program for Religion and Dialogue at UMW are happy to announce the 2020 Jefferson Lecture. Our own Professor Mary Beth Mathews will speak on "The Religious Worlds of Enslaved African Americans" on Tuesday, February 18th at 5 p.m. in the HCC Digital Auditorium. We hope you'll join us! … [Read more...]

Mysterium Humanum returns for Spring 2019

  In the coming spring semester, CPR will offer its Mysterium Humanum Studies course for the thirteenth time since the department was created in 1979.  This is a public lecture series exploring a theme of enduring importance to the human condition from a variety of academic points of view.  The course was conceived when the department was formed, as a way to capitalize on its interdisciplinary character.  In previous years we have focused on Justice, Death, Time, God, Imagination, Power, Sex, and Wilderness, among others.  Students earn three credits in the course, but it is also free and open to the public. … [Read more...]