UPDATE: UMW Will Commemorate MLK Day With Week of Events

UMW's celebration of Martin Luther King will kick off with MLK Kids Day on Jan. 19.

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a weeklong celebration of lectures, events and community service, beginning Sunday, Jan. 19. The university was closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the holiday. … [Read more...]

Multicultural Fair Returned for 23rd Year, April 13

The Multicultural Fair features dozens of music and dance performances, as well as food and crafts.

The University of Mary Washington held its 23rd annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances. “It’s one of those events where an adult will have just as much fun as a kid,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “There’s something for everyone.” Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups performed across campus, including Un Mundo, a local salsa band, Afro Funk All Stars, Intuition Band, Levi Stephens, and the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. More than a dozen UMW student groups also performed, including BellACapella, UMW’s … [Read more...]

Political Activist Angela Davis Presented Keynote Lecture at UMW

Angela Davis

American political activist and author Angela Davis will serve as the 2012 James Farmer Visiting Lecturer and Black History Month Keynote speaker at the University of Mary Washington. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Davis is professor of history of consciousness and professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she has taught for the last 15 years. The author of eight books, including most recently “Are Prisons Obsolete?” and “Abolition Democracy,” she has conducted extensive research on issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Prior to her teaching career, Davis spent 18 months in jail and on trail for suspected involvement in a crime in California in the early 1970s, for which the FBI placed her on the “Ten Most Wanted List.” After a jury found her not guilty, she became a leader in the Communist Party and was twice a … [Read more...]