UMW Hosted Screening of Assault Awareness Documentary

Lieutenant Elle Helmer at the Vietnam War Memorial, US Marine Corps, from THE INVISIBLE WAR, a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release. Photo courtesy of Cinedigm/Docurama Films

The University of Mary Washington hosted a screening of the documentary film “The Invisible War” on Thursday, November 15. The screening was sponsored by the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault. “The Invisible War” recounts various stories of sexual assault in the U.S. military. The accounts are told in a series of interviews that highlight the health and legal matters of a number of survivors. The interviews feature victims, members of the U.S. Congress and other military personnel. Academy Award-nominated writer and director of the film, Kirby Dick, focuses on investigating these crimes. The Department of Defense estimates that there were 19,000 sexual crimes in the military in 2010 alone. Christopher Kilmartin, professor of psychology, introduced the film and gave a brief talk about sexual assault. Kilmartin, an expert on gender roles, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual harassment, has been nominated as the visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force … [Read more...]

Theatre Season Continues with “Into the Woods”

UMW's production of "Into the Woods" opens Friday, Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

The opening night of the University of Mary Washington production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" was Friday, Nov. 2.  Performances of the Department of Theatre & Dance production will continue through Nov. 18 in duPont Hall's Klein Theatre. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $20 for students and senior citizens. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. After a run-in with a witch who claims she can help, they are sent on a journey through the woods to find four magical items: a slipper as pure as gold, a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, and hair as yellow as corn. While on this adventure they encounter many well-known fairy tale characters that have their own reasons for being in the woods. All of them are searching for something, but soon they come to realize that what they had all along might be better than what they find. “Into the Woods” is a collaboration between … [Read more...]

Fredericksburg Forum, Nov. 10, Pledged to ‘Green Practices’

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., will speak at UMW on November 10.

The Fredericksburg Forum, held at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, Nov. 10, was certified as a “Virginia Green” event, which employed ‘green’ practices of recycling, waste reduction, energy and water conservation. The annual lecture featured Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., who shared insight on their philosophy of socially conscious entrepreneurship. Their lecture, “An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy,” was held at 8 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. The Fredericksburg Forum was the first UMW event to be certified and is one of more than 40 Virginia Green events being held this year across the state. Virginia Green is a statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia's tourism industry. The program is operated through a partnership supported by the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Opens Season with Masterworks Concert

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Bartram, will perform its Masterworks concert on Oct. 20

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off its 42nd season with its Masterworks concert on Saturday, Oct. 20. The concert was centered on the theme "Star Gazing." The concert features Gustav Holst’s masterpiece “The Planets,” as well as “Earthrise and Return” by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller fame, “A Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer John Adams and “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss, better known as the theme to the Stanley Kubrick film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The program concluded with John Williams’ “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Singers from UMW’s choir and the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg performed during the Adams piece. “We are thrilled to open our 42nd season with this ambitious program,” said Director of the Orchestra Kevin Bartram. “These are all great works, and the Philharmonic has been working hard to deliver an outstanding concert. Given our upcoming PBS show, we wanted to open with a … [Read more...]

Poverty Action Conference at UMW Brings Together Students and Experts

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Hundreds of students and experts from across the country converged at the University of Mary Washington from Friday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 6 for the Poverty Action Conference. The conference, hosted by Two Dollar Challenge, allowed students to share development project ideas and present their work to panels of experts in the field. The two-day conference included more than 15 presentations from students representing universities such as New York University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. The students shared their work on issues ranging from education and community development to waste management, entrepreneurship and microfinance. “The Poverty Action Conference creates a learning environment that puts students in the spotlight by providing them with the opportunity to receive constructive feedback, network and share ideas with other like-minded individuals,” said Shawn Humphrey, associate professor of economics at UMW … [Read more...]

Former Cuban Diplomat Visited UMW

Jose "Pepe" Viera will give a public lecture at Lee Hall on Sept. 21

Jose “Pepe” Viera Linares, a former Cuban diplomat, visited the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21. He gave a public lecture “Cuba Today: Changes to Remain Unchanged” on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. Viera Linares also spoke to international affairs students in the U.S. Foreign Policy course during his visit. Viera Linares served as first deputy minister for the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also known as MINREX, from 1981 to 1990. His career as a diplomat spanned nearly 30 years, including positions at MINREX, the Interior Ministry and the Cuban Embassy in Bolivia. He also served as counselor to the Cuban United Nations Mission in the 1960s. From 1994 to 2010, Viera Linares served as a legal adviser for various companies. Currently, he is visiting and lecturing at various universities in the United States. Viera Linares received a bachelor’s of law from Havana University, a certificate of English studies from … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Civil War Event, Commemorates Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

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Three prominent Civil War scholars offered their perspectives on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation during “A Fireside Chat: Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation” at the University of Mary Washington on Friday, September 21. The event was organized by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and hosted by UMW. Edna Green Medford, history department chair at Howard University, Frank J. Williams, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and Harold Holzer, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are the co-authors of “The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views, Social, Legal and Pictorial.” They will interpret and consider the Emancipation Proclamation from different perspectives, including the legal, political and military pressures on President Abraham Lincoln, the historical influence of and response to the proclamation by African Americans and the role … [Read more...]

UMW Theatre Ended Season with ‘Hedda Gabler’

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The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre and Dance concluded its 2011-12 season with a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” adapted by Jon Robin Baitz. Performances ran from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 22 in Klein Theatre. “Hedda Gabler,” set in Norway in the late 1800s, tells the story of George Tesman, a scholar and aspiring professor, and his new wife Hedda.  Hedda’s life with George has left her bored and dissatisfied, so when Eilert Lovborg, George’s academic rival and Hedda’s old flame, re-emerges as a successful writer, Hedda decides to stir up trouble. Little does Hedda know that her desire for an exciting life will lead to an end that no one could have foreseen. Since the first performance in Munich, Germany, in 1890, “Hedda Gabler” has had numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad. The most recent Broadway production, revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre in 2009, starred Tony Award winner … [Read more...]

Emmy-Winning Producer to Film UMW Philharmonic Concerts for PBS Special

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The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Holiday POPS concerts, “A Down-Home Christmas,” will be filmed for a PBS holiday special by four-time Emmy-winning producer Jim Brown. The concerts will be held on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. The concert, presented by WVPT, will feature Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, composers and performers from the Grammy-winning “Civil War” mini-series by Ken Burns. Ungar composed and performed “Ashokan Farewell,” the title theme of the soundtrack of the mini-series. The concerts coincide with Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations. “Molly and I and our family band are excited about our upcoming winter holiday show in Fredericksburg with the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kevin Bartram,” Ungar said. “The opportunity to record the show for public television affords us a chance to work once again with our good friend, Jim Brown, who we first … [Read more...]

UMW Vice President Wins Achievement Award At Women’s Leadership Colloquium

Meta  Braymer, second from the left, is recipient of the Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award. Other members of the Colloquium Advisory Board are Janet West, far left; Mary Louise Holmes and Martha O'Keefe.

University of Mary Washington administrator Meta Braymer received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award during the 18th annual Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, November 3. Braymer is vice president for economic development and regional engagement at UMW and leads the newly established Center for Economic Development. She was recognized for her career achievements, which include more than 30 years in higher education, as well as extensive involvement in business and community organizations. The Metzger award recognizes individuals who uphold high standards in their personal and professional lives while fulfilling a career goal of significant stature. The award, presented annually at the colloquium since 1999, is given in memory of the late Patricia Metzger, a UMW professor and founder of the event. Only past colloquium participants are eligible to receive the Metzger award. Braymer has held … [Read more...]