April 21, 2018

UMW Awards Historic Preservation Book Prize

The University of Mary Washington’s Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2018 Book Prize to Caitlin DeSilvey for Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. The Center awards the prize each year to an author whose book has a positive impact on preservation in the United States. “Curated Decay is a beautifully written book that conceptualizes […]

UMW Leaders Recognized for Excellence

University of Mary Washington senior Ahad Shahid won the Grace Mann Launch Award during the annual Eagle Awards ceremony that recognized more than a dozen outstanding students in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom Thursday night. Cedric Rucker, associate vice president and dean of Student Life, presented the $7,100 award to Shahid to help in his […]

Mary Wash Moves Update

Happy Thursday, Mary Wash Movers! Team BLUE is in the lead! Have you been tracking your steps? Encourage your teammates to log their steps in this document. The challenge ends in 11 days!
Don’t forget – you can participate from anywhere! All steps acquired in 24 hours of the day count. Move that body. Your brain will reap the benefits. 


Dasgupta Delivers Two Conference Papers

Shumona Dasgupta, Associate Professor of English, recently presented two conference papers, “A Counter Discourse to Bollywood: Gender, Nation and Violence in Bengali Partition Cinema” at the Association of Asian Studies Conference in Washington, DC March 22-25 and “An(other) Story: Memory, Trauma and Identity in Muslim Narratives of the Partition” at the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual conference hosted by UCLA in Los Angeles March 29-April 1.

Margaret Sutton: Face to Face Exhibition Opens Thursday

Margaret Sutton: Face to Face, an exhibition curated by Art Professor Marjorie Och’s ARTH 317: Laboratory in Museum Studies class, will open Thursday, April 19 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the HCC Convergence Gallery of Simpson Library. The opening reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is made up of a drawings by Sutton, a 1926 graduate of the State Teacher’s College, now the University of Mary Washington. Sutton was a prolific artist, and most of her drawings, paintings and correspondence is in the collection of UMW Galleries.

Students in Professor Och’s Laboratory in Museum Studies have curated an exhibition from this extraordinary archive. The works span much of Sutton’s career, from 1936 through the 1970s, decades of remarkable developments in American art centered in New York City, Sutton’s home for this entire period.

Sutton studied at the Art Student League, but also studied textile, drafting and engineering. Her interests in science, psychology, philosophy, music, religion and travel to Europe inspired Sutton’s original style.

This exhibition is made possible with support from the Department of Art and Art History, UMW Galleries, the Museum Studies Program, Simpson Library, the Convergence Gallery, Alfred Levitt, and the students in ARTH 317.

Barry Co-Organizes First Millennium Network Event

Assistant Professor of Religion Jennifer Barry helped co-organize a series of events in the  Washington D.C. area throughout the academic year for the First Millennium Network (firstmillenniumnetwork.org). The FMN is a cross-institutional collaborative network that hosts academic events around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Barry’s involvement in the Network has been a direct response to UMW’s President Troy Paino’s call to put Mary Washington on the map. The Network places special emphasis on the diversity of, and interconnections among, the religious communities within first millennium societies—Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism, etc.—in their multitude of forms.

On Friday, April 13, 2018, Barry, along with her fellow steering committee members, organized a day-long colloquium on “The Materiality of Relics in the First Millennium” at the University of Maryland, College Park. Four experts on relics and materiality broadly conceived were invited to share their research. Their disciplines ranged from archaeology, Carolingian textiles, Byzantine liturgical studies, and early Islamic textual practices. Each speaker was charged with the task to talk across their disciplinary boundaries, which helped to generate new and creative conversations. The day concluded with a session of reflection lead by Jennifer Barry and Samuel Collins to promote interdisciplinary connections and address thematic threads throughout the day.

Hirshberg Publishes Book Chapter, Presents Paper

Dan Hirshberg, assistant professor of religion, published “The Guru Beyond Time: Padmasambhava in Eight Aspects and Three Exalted Bodies” in The Second Buddha: Master of Time (Kestrel/Penguin), a volume for the current exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Written for both popular and academic audiences, the chapter focuses on the art and iconography of Tibet’s original cultural hero. Two of Hirshberg’s photographs from Nepal appear in it as well.

Also, on March 24th in Washington D.C., Hirshberg presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. Focusing on the emergence of an early, ferocious emanation of Padmasambhava, the paper was titled “The Nominal and Iconographical Elaboration of Padmasambhava as the Fierce Guru (Gu ru drag po).” This developed from some of the research undertaken during his Jepson Fellowship year.

Last, at the conference, the Association for Asian Studies awarded Hirshberg its Honorable Mention citation for the E. Gene Smith Book Prize for his recent monograph, Remembering the Lotus-Born (Wisdom 2016).

Gupta Interviewed By Asia Experts Forum

A student journalist for the Asia Experts Forum, an online journal run by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at the Claremont McKenna College, interviewed Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs on the prospects for economic growth and the state of economic policymaking in India under the Modi administration.

Here is a link to the interview: https://asiaexpertsforum.org/dr-surupa-gupta-indias-economic-growth/

Noble Invited to Design Lights

Douglas Noble, director of Dodd Auditorium, was invited back to State University of New York at Geneseo to light two dance pieces in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Geneseo Dance Ensemble from April 19 to April 22, 2018.  Noble graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1986 with a bachelor’s in dramatic arts and received his master’s from the University of Oklahoma in lighting design with a concentration in dance lighting.  While at Geneseo, he lighted a number of dance pieces for the Dance Ensemble, where he fell in love with dance and dance lighting.  Noble was asked last April if he would be able to participate in the celebration and has looked forward to going back for the past year.

“It was great to go back where my career really started and work with one of my mentors, Jonette Lancos, again,” he said.  Noble spent six days working with alumni, faculty and current students to help produce this celebration.  He also participated in a panel discuss with other alumni about how dance has influenced their lives and held a discussion with current theatre and dance students on his career path from “Geneseo to the University of Mary Washington.”

“I was honored and thrilled to be able to participate in this amazing achievement for the Theatre and Dance Department at Geneseo,” he said.

One of the pieces Noble got to light was a piece by Nona Schurman (1909 – 2016) called “Songs from the Hebrides” that was choreographed in 1951 and was the first dance piece to receive a copyright.

“This made the second historic piece that I have been involved with in connection with Geneseo.”  While a student, he designed for the Humphrey-Weidman piece “Brahams Waltzes” that was set by Deborah Carr.

April Staff Advisory Council Meeting, April 19

This month’s Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be on Thursday April 19th at 1 p.m. at the Stafford Campus, South Building Room 108.  The guest speaker will be Mr. Bill Brooks, who will talk about mindful conversation and dialogue.  You do not have to be a member of the SAC to attend. All are welcome!