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CENTER for the STUDY of EARLY CHRISTIANITY

Welcome!

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.

 
Our Goals
 
  • 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.
Our Governing Principles
 
  • 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. 

History of the Center.

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 News and Announcements

Colloquium on Origen's Homilies of the Psalms, May 22-23, 2017, moderated by Dr. Robin Darling Young, Associate Prof. of Spirituality). Featuring Lorenzo Perrone (Bologna), Alex Poulos (CUA), Miriam DeCock (McMaster), Mark Randall James (Fordham/Hunter College), Margaret Mitchell (Chicago), Joseph Wilson Trigg (Indep. Scholar).

The Center will be well represented at the upcoming annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society (Chicago, May 25-27):

  • Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola (ECS), Affective Relationships in the Household of the Monastery of St John in Arles
  • Dr. Thomas Clemmons (TRS), Augustine’s Early Use of the Gospels (386-392)
  • Dr. Robin Darling Young (TRS), Pre-Dissertation Workshop I [Chair]
  • Prof. Philip Rousseau (ECS), Teaching, Medicine and Religion in Late Antiquity [Pre-Conference Workshop]
  • Dr. Lois Farag, Alexandrian Theological Exegesis: Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria
  • Dr. Ky Heinze, Ransom and Christology in Origen and the Cappadocians
  • Dr. Joel Kalvesmaki, Evagrius and Aristotle
  • Dr. Jonathan Loopstra, New Light on a Relatively Unknown Genre: Lessons in Patristics from a Damascus Pedagogical Manuscript
  • Prof. John O’Keefe, Beyond Relevance: Teaching and Researching Early Christianity in the Present Moment  [Panel]
  • Dr. Sean Moberg, Frank Speech in Barsanuphius and John
  • Dr. Dana Robinson, Food and Sacred Space at the Shrine of St. Felix

Congratulations to Yuliya Minets, Ph.D., the Center's newest graduate!

The Vatican exhibition "Between Arles and Rome: the relics of Saint Caesarius, treasures of early Christian Gaul" opened at the Museo Pio Cristiano on March 24 and will remain open through June 25. 

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).

 

SPRING 2017 EVENTS

 

PUBLIC LECTURE

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"

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM 
207 McMahon Hall
 

EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS

Dr. Kate Wilkinson, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Towson University
 

"FREEDOM AND VIRGINITY" 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:15 PM 
207 McMahon Hall
 

Kathleen Kirsch, Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Greek and Latin

"VINCENT'S VICTORY: THE MARTYR AS MILES IN PRUDENTIUS' PERISTEPHANON V"

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:15 PM
207 McMahon Hall
 

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"

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:15 PM
207 McMahon Hall
 

Karen Carducci, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Greek and Latin

"WRITINGS ON STONES: LAPIDARIES FROM THE ELDER PLINY'S TO ISIDORE'S"

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5:15 PM
207 McMahon Hall

 

Seminars are restricted to invited guests and members of the ECS/CUA community. Please direct inquiries to Center for the Study of Early Christianity. 

 

CENTER ADMINISTRATION

Prof. William Klingshirn
Director
211 McMahon Hall
202.319.5795
 
Mailing Address:
211 McMahon Hall 
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington DC 20064