The Labyrinth Experience

The labyrinth design from the floor of Chartres Cathedral was on display at UWF on February 9, 10, and 11, 2015. Recreated on painted canvas, the labyrinth was installed in the Commons Auditorium by the History Department and History Club. Incense, candlelight, and period music within the auditorium helped recreate the interior of the Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres (c. 1200). In the thirteenth century, walking this design was considered a personal pilgrimage to Jerusalem; however, it has been used for meditation, relaxation, and prayer through the centuries, and is still used today. On Monday night, February 9, Dr. Marie-Thérèse Champagne presented a lecture, "The History and Uses of the Labyrinth.” For more information about the labyrinth, contact Dr. Champagne at

Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will deliver a presentation entitled "The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls" on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater, building 82 (Center for Fine and Performing Arts). Dr. Magness specializes in the archaeology of ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, and ancient pottery. Sponsors of Dr. Magness's visit include the Pensacola Jewish Federation, the History and English Departments, and the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology at UWF. This lecture is free and open to the public.