UMW Commemorates Anniversary of Religious Freedom Statute

Douglas Laycock, 2015 Jefferson Lecture speaker

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate the anniversary of the enactment of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom on Thursday, January 29 with a lecture “Religious Freedom and the Culture Wars” given by Douglas Laycock, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the law of religious liberty. … [Read more...]

Mindfulness Week Returns to UMW


Lilian Cheung, director of health promotion and communication in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University, will be the featured speaker for the University of Mary Washington’s second annual Mindfulness Week that begins Monday, Sept. 15. Co-author of “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,” Cheung will discuss mindful eating on Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. The talk is free and open to the public. … [Read more...]

UMW Hosted Religious Freedom Lecture

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The University of Mary Washington commemorated the anniversary of the enactment of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom with a lecture by author and historian David L. Holmes. Holmes presented “Nothing Miraculous, All Things Ethical: A President and His Bible” on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Holmes, the Walter G. Mason Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary, is a noted expert in American religious history. He is the author of “The Faiths of the Founding Fathers” and “The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama.” The UMW Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion has sponsored the annual Jefferson Lecture on Religious Freedom since 2002. The lecture brings a wide range of public figures and distinguished scholars to discuss the importance of religious freedom and the legacy of Jefferson’s ideas. The Virginia General Assembly enacted Jefferson’s … [Read more...]