Human Rights Expert Lisa Hajjar Speaks About 9/11 Trials, Feb. 25

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Human rights expert Lisa Hajjar will speak at the University of Mary Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 25 about "the trial of the century." The lecture, titled “Let’s Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial,”  is at 7 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116. … [Read more...]

McClurken Receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

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University of Mary Washington Professor of History Jeffrey McClurken is the recipient of a prestigious 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). … [Read more...]

Senator, Alumna Receives UMW Lifetime Service Award

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Georgia State Sen. Nan Orrock ’65 today received one of the University of Mary Washington’s most prestigious awards, the Monroe Medal. Orrock was honored by President Richard V. Hurley and the Board of Visitors during a dedication ceremony for the James Farmer Lecture Hall. … [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...]

Students Explore New Cultures with UMW’s Summer Trips

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Carol Quinn has been back in the United States for less than a week and she is already thinking of her next trip to Europe. The University of Mary Washington senior was one of nine students who visited London, Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Munich and Vienna with the Psychology in Europe study abroad trip. The students, led by Associate Professor of Psychology Dave Kolar, spent two weeks at historical and cultural sites relevant to the study of psychology. “The trip inspired me to return and do some of my own traveling in Europe,” Quinn, a psychology and sociology major, said. “I’m eager to go back. I wasn’t ready to leave at all!” This summer, more than 100 students are studying abroad, either as part of UMW faculty-led trips, or through programs at other universities or organizations. Members of the UMW field hockey team recently traveled to Italy with Coach Lindsay Elliot to train and compete on an international scale. Some trips have become UMW staples, like “European … [Read more...]

UMW Graduates Receive Fulbright Scholarships

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University of Mary Washington graduates Eric Halsey and Peter Wingrove have been selected to receive U.S. Fulbright grants for 2012-2013. They become the ninth and 10th students, respectively, to receive the prestigious awards in the university’s history. “The Fulbright committee is extremely proud of Eric and Peter’s accomplishments and wish them well in all their future pursuits,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history. “Mary Washington has now had eight winners in the past five years, and looks forward to several more in the future.” Eric Halsey Through the Fulbright, Eric Halsey will study nationalism theory and Balkan history at Sofia University in Bulgaria. He will work with the history department at the university to research the policies of Alexander Stambolinski’s government from 1919 to 1923 and will take intensive Bulgarian language courses. Halsey, a native of Herndon, Va., currently is a student at Central European University in Budapest and plans to … [Read more...]

UMW Student Interns Assist Fredericksburg With Housing Report

Brianna Gavigan and Brian Auricchio are interns with the City of Fredericksburg

University of Mary Washington seniors Brianna Gavigan and Brian Auricchio are burning up the phone lines in an effort to shed light on housing practices. As interns with the City of Fredericksburg, they’re calling hundreds of residents to make sure housing opportunities here are fair, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender/sex, familial status or disability. The effort is instrumental to a report the city must submit to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As part of the process, Gavigan and Auricchio must survey five percent of the Fredericksburg population, either in-person or over the phone. They also hope that two upcoming public forums will help them fulfill their requirements. Fredericksburg is required to submit the report every five years in order to receive federal community development block grants.  In the past, the city used outside research consultants to handle the survey and report. “It is critical that the report be … [Read more...]

UMW History Professor Discusses Digital History Project on Public Radio Show

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University of Mary Washington Professor of History Bruce O’Brien will discuss the effort to translate and digitize 150 early English law codes, including the Magna Carta, during an interview on the “With Good Reason” public radio program beginning Saturday, Feb. 11. The interview can be heard on Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. on WCVE 88.9 FM and on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 13 at 12:30 a.m. on WAMU 88.5 FM. The segment, “The Magna Carta Online,” is expected to be online beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2012/02/the-magna-carta-online/. O’Brien is leading an international collaborative effort called the Early English Laws Project, which aims to re-edit and translate all early English laws issued between 600 and 1225 and make them accessible to the public through an online database.  The project, which started in 2009, will include commentaries, introductions, translations and images of all of the earliest manuscript folios. “We are bringing … [Read more...]