People of Caledon Program at Caledon State Park – “Life of the Enslaved” (Sat., 10/19)

Lecture: Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily (Wed, Jan. 28)

Ambassador-Faily-Photo-300x199This Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 pm in Monroe 346, UMW will host a lecture by Ambassador Lukman Faily, the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States. The ambassador’s lecture, entitled “Challenges of Iraqi Foreign Policy, Status and Prospective,” will outline the new Iraqi government’s approach to foreign policy. Ambassador Faily will focus on Iraq-U.S. relations and regional cooperation to confront the threat of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). He also will offer an assessment of current developments in the Middle East and Iraq’s recent initiatives to foster security and stability with its neighbors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Ambassador Faily during a brief reception immediately following the program. The event is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Faily has held the position of Iraq’s ambassador to the United States since July 2013, and previously served as Iraq’s ambassador to Japan for three years. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Faily spent 20 years working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies while living in the United Kingdom. Ambassador Faily was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community in the U.K., and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations. He also played an active role in opposing Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, and advocated for democracy and the rule of law in Iraq.

This event will be sponsored by the departments of History and American Studies, Political Science and International Affairs, and Geography, the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please see the university press release here.

Event (9/24): Ferguson in Historical Context

Women’s and Gender Studies


the Department of History and American Studies present:


Ferguson in Historical Context


Wednesday September 24


Monroe 210


Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt, Dr. Will Mackintosh, and Dr. Claudine Ferrell will provide some historical background to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri followed by a discussion with the audience


For more information contact Dr. Allyson M. Poska

Film & Discussion: “An Ordinary Hero” – Monday 2/5

image001“An Ordinary Hero” recounts the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, an unlikely advocate and activist for racial desegregation.

Join Joan Mulholland, one of the Freedom Riders, and the film’s director, Loki Mulholland, as they share her amazing and inspirational life story.

Monday, February 3rd at 7 pm

Room 411, Lee Hall

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540. 654. 1044. or or

Brown Bag Lunch: Student Internships (10/21)

Have you ever wondered what kinds of internships you can get as a History or American Studies major? What the application process is like? What activities and projects can internships offer?

Come to the department’s Brown Bag Lunch and hear four History and American Studies majors talk about their summer internships and get all of your questions answered! The lunch is on Monday, October 21, from 12-1 pm in Monroe 212. Bring your own lunch and listen to your fellow majors’ internship experiences!

We will cover four types of internships: archives (Smithsonian Institution Archives), large museums (National Museum of the American Indian), small house museums (The Octagon), and national parks (National Parks Service–Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park). Please come join us–we look forward to seeing you there!

Talking History: Convo’s about Research with UMW Faculty

The History and American Studies Department is kicking off a new series this fall in which faculty members will share informal conversations about their research projects as works in progress. See below for further details. Talks this fall will be held in Monroe 233. All are welcome!

Fireside Chat: Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation

A Fireside Chat: Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation

Friday, September 21, 2012
7:00 PM — 9:00 PM
University of Mary Washington
Dodd Auditorium 
Fredericksburg, VA 

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