CENTER for the STUDY of EARLY CHRISTIANITY
The Center for the Study of Early Christianity is an interdisciplinary research center of the Catholic University of America reporting directly to the Provost. It administers its own graduate program and awards Mellon-Helis Fellowships in Early Christian Studies. It also sponsors a broad range of related scholarly activities, including lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, publications, and networks of affiliation. The Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professorship of Early Christian Studies is integral to the functioning of the Center, and the Distinguished Professor who occupies this endowed chair fulfills its expectations – through teaching, research, and publication – within the framework of the Center.
- To foster an interdisciplinary approach to the study of early Christianity across the whole University.
- To provide the setting and the resources, and to create regular and special events, that will help all faculty and graduate students in the field to share their interests and enthusiasms, build on what they have achieved, and develop new ideas and projects.
- We believe that the development of early Christianity has to be studied in its social, political, and cultural context.
- We emphasize the importance of the ancient languages of the early Christian era - Greek especially, but also Latin, Syriac, and Coptic (along with several other languages of the Christian Orient).
- We aim to develop within each student the skills proper to a range of disciplines and methodologies.
News and Announcements
The Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures has announced that this year's Hyvernat lecture will be delivered by Prof. Gary A. Rendsburg of Rutgers University on Thursday, March 23 at 6:00pm in Heritage Hall. Prof. Rendsburg's talk is entitled "Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts from Parchment to Internet."
The Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures has received a major donation of Ethiopic manuscripts, Christian and Islamic. The Gerald and Barbara Weiner Collection will be housed in the Institute for Christian Oriental Research (ICOR).
The Center congratulates Dr. Joel Kalvesmaki (PhD, ECS '06), Editor in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, and Dr. Robin Darling Young, Associate Professor of Spirituality, on the publication of their co-edited book, Evagrius and His Legacy (Notre Dame, Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2016).
The Center congratulates Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM, Doctoral Candidate in Early Christian Studies, on her recently-published article, "Mary as Un-tier and Tier of Knots: Irenaeus Reinterpreted," Journal of Early Christian Studies 24.3 (Fall 2016): 337-361.
The Center congratulates Dr. Susan Wessel, Associate Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, on the publication of her most recent book: Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016).
SPRING 2017 EVENTS
Prof. Lorenzo Perrone, «Alma Mater Studiorum» – Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica
"THE WORK OF ORIGEN IN LIGHT OF THE NEW HOMILIES ON THE PSALMS"
EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS
"FREEDOM AND VIRGINITY"
Kathleen Kirsch, Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Greek and Latin
"VINCENT'S VICTORY: THE MARTYR AS MILES IN PRUDENTIUS' PERISTEPHANON V"
Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM, Doctoral Candidate, Center for the Study of Early Christianity
"REPORT FROM THE CLOISTER IN ARLES: MATERIAL TRACES OF A SIXTH CENTURY MONASTERY"
Karen Carducci, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Greek and Latin
"WRITINGS ON STONES: LAPIDARIES FROM THE ELDER PLINY'S TO ISIDORE'S"
Seminars are restricted to invited guests and members of the ECS/CUA community. Please direct inquiries to Center for the Study of Early Christianity.