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...]

New Courses for Spring 2019

Open to all UMW students, CPR has two new courses for the spring semester! CPRD 299, Mysterium Humanum Studies: Madness, will use a multi-disciplinary set of guest lectures to explore the topic of madness. Approaches will include classics, philosophy, disability studies, religious studies, and art history, to name a few. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 and satisfies major requirements for Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies majors. There are no prerequisites. RELG 231C4, Special Topics: Christianity in Africa, will survey the history of Christianity in Africa, particularly on selected regions: Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Violet Gandiya (Ph.D. , University of Cambridge) will teach the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. There are no prerequisites, and the course satisfies an elective for Religious Studies majors. … [Read more...]

CPR mourns the passing of Dr. Diane Hatch

  It is with deep regret and sadness that the Dept. of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion announces the passing of its beloved colleague, Dr. Diane Hatch, Professor Emerita of Classics.  Prof. Hatch passed away on Saturday morning, October 13, 2018, at the age of 76. Prof. Hatch began teaching Latin and Classics at Mary Washington College in 1966 and retired in 2000. She received her B.A. in Latin from Sweet Briar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Dr. Hatch co-edited with Dr. Elizabeth Clark The Golden Bough, The Oaken Cross: The Virgilian Cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba. Above all, she was dedicated to teaching and her students. … [Read more...]