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70th Anniversary Celebration

Marymount’s 70th year is full of events to honor our past, celebrate our present and inspire our future. Learn more about Marymount’s distinguished history as a pillar in the Arlington community here.

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Schedule of Events


Ethics Week


February 10-14, 2020
A series of events will be held February 10-14, 2020 under the theme "Ethics and Im(migration)."


Immigration and the Political Landscape
Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute
11:45 AM, Ballston Auditorium


“Stories of Migration and Borders,” Readings and Performance
Literature and Languages Department
2:00 PM, Reinsch Auditorium
Immigration and Health Ethics Bowl
Philosophy and Malek School of Health Professions faculty and students
5:00 PM, Ballston Auditorium
Im(migration): Stories from the Tech World
School of Business and Technology faculty and students
7:00 PM, Ballston Auditorium


Students Speak Out: Justice for Immigrants in an Era of Deportation
Marymount DACA student panel
John Gehring, Faith and Public Life
11:00 AM, Reinsch Auditorium
Panel of local experts
Ken Speicher, NOVA Friends of Refugees, One Journey
Joshua Utter, Jesuit Refugee Services, USA
Anna Gallagher, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
1:00 PM, Reinsch Auditorium
“Crisis at the Border: Stories & Reflections from the Rio Grande Valley”
GEICO Lecture, Marymount Ethics Award
Sr. Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
7:00 PM, Reinsch Auditorium 


MU Film Fest: "We are All Connected" 
Migration, Compassion, and Cultural Encounter on Film — Then and Now
The Mission (1984) Dir. Roland Joffé, Starring Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson. This Oscar-winning film depicts the tension between European Jesuits who travelled to South America to bring Christianity to the newly colonised inhabitants and their threat to the slave trade of Spanish and Portuguese empires.  
10:00 AM, Gailhac G115
And the Band Played On (1993) Dir. Robert Spottiswoode
This adaptation of Randy Shilts' journalistic studies the early days of the CDC's research into the international outbreak of a virus that would be named AIDS. The film touches on issues of international immigration, medical research, and the intersection of politics, disease and migration. In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors as people continue dying at an ever-increasing pace.
3:00 PM, Gailhac G115
As part of a celebration of Marymount's 70th birthday, MU Film Fest is encouraging the community to use film to talk about the legacy of Catholic compassion for families and people in the process of migration. Look for "pop up" films in your courses and on campus throughout the semester.

Founders' Week


March 2-6, 2020
Join our community in honoring our Founders of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and their influence on our campus.


La Messe Francaise (French Mass)*
Fr. Joseph Rampino
4:30 PM, Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel
*Invitation only reception to follow, Main House
Special Guest: Sr. Luisa Almendra, RSHM Portugal

MU Trivia Night
Classic trivia game with a twist – how much do you know about Marymount and RSHM History?
7:30 PM, Bernie’s


What’s the Tea: the RSHM alive at MU

Campus Ministry students will host a conversation with Sr. Luisa Almendra, RSHM Portugal, about the mission and traditions of her order and how they are embodied in the student experience at Marymount. 4:00 PM, Gerard Lobby


Founder’s Luncheon
A Conversation with Sr. Luisa Almendra, visiting RSHM, moderated by Dr. Brian Doyle
Lunch provided,open to all
11:30 AM, Gerard Dining Hall – Zones 1 and 2


Saints Give Back – Meal Making
Currently more than 200 men and women in Arlington are experiencing homelessness. A-SPAN provides a wide range of support services to these individuals, including daily meal delivery to clients inside and outside the shelter. Join us in making bagged lunches which will be distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness in Arlington County.
3:30 PM, Gerard Dining Hall
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Unity Through Diversity
Screening of the Documentary, “Far from the Tree”, followed by discussion. “Far from the Tree" is an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children society deems “abnormal.” Tracing their joys, challenges, tragedies, and triumphs, this film invites viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal” family.

6:00 PM, (Thursday, March 5) Ballston Auditorium

Journalism Lecture Series

Monday, February 10

Matt Fuller
Congressional Reporter for The Huffington Post
2:00 PM, Rowley G217

Monday, February 24

Andy Medici
Senior Staff Reporter for Washington Business Journal
12:30 PM, Rowley G221

Thursday, February 27

David Fahrenthold
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and author of Uncovering Trump  
5:00 PM, Rowley G209

McLaughlin Lecture

Spring 2020
The Marya McLaughlin Endowed Lectureship in Media Communications honors a well-known CBS News radio and television correspondent, and each year provides Marymount students, faculty and friends with valuable insights and inspiration from journalists of national stature. Details to come.

70th Anniversary Mural

Spring 2020
Professor Mary Proenza in Fine Arts is teaching a course where students will produce a large-scale, outdoor mural on Main Campus, highlighting Marymount values and iconic imagery. The students are working collaboratively with each other and Prof. Proenza, to research, design, propose, plan and execute a large, public art project. Informal opening of the mural is planned for the end of Spring 2020 semester, with a more formal unveiling as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations in the Fall.

Marymount Founding Day Celebration

October 12, 2020
Mark the occasion of our charter day with fellow Saints. Details to come.

Distinguished Lectures Series in honor of Marymount's 70th

Fall 2020
A series of lectures will be given throughout the fall semester to celebrate Marymount’s scholarly achievements since 1950.

Leverett Memorial Lecture

The Leverett Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Dr. Rhett Leverett, beloved history professor at Marymount for 20 years.
Dr. Katrina Schultheiss, Associate Professor of History at George Washington University will lecture on 19th century women religious in France. Details to come.

Bisson Lecture

The Bisson Lecture in the Humanities was established in honor of Professor Lillian Bisson, a scholar of medieval literature who retired from Marymount in 2010 after 41 years of service.
Pamela Woodford, Filmmaker will lecture.
Details to come.

Myhill Lecture

The Myhill Lecture honors the memory of Dr. Elizabeth Myhill, beloved physics professor at Marymount from 1993 – 2010. Held in conjunction with the Myhill family, this event recognizes the contributions of women to the fields of physics and astronomy, an area that was important to Dr. Myhill. Details to come.

Hubbard Lecture

The Hubbard Lecture honors the 50 years of service and commitment Rosemary Hubbard gave to Marymount during her illustrious career as a faculty member. Speakers consist of exemplary alumni of Marymount’s Department of Biology and Physical Sciences programs. Details to come.