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
Several talks on Catholic University Research Day, Apr. 20, 2017, will be given by ECS graduate students and faculty:
Session 2a: 10:40am-12:10pm (Gowan 126). Dr. Aaron Butts (Assistant Prof., Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures) will discuss the Gerald and Barbara Weiner Collection at CUA.
Session 5b: 2:10pm-3:50pm (Ward Recital Hall and John Paul Hall, School of Music): Dr. Monica Blanchard (Curator, Institute of Christian Oriental Research) will speak on the Père Albert Jamme, M. Afr. Collection.
Session 6b: 2:10pm-3:50 pm (McGivney 106). Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM (Doctoral Candidate, ECS) will give a talk on the relics of St. Caesarius and the cloistered monastery that he and his sister founded in Arles.
Also on Research Day, visit the Center's table in Pryz 321/323 at the Showcase + Exhibit, scheduled across the hall and at the same time as the Poster Sessions: 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 12:10-1:30 p.m.
Congratulations to Yuliya MInets, Doctoral Candidate in Early Christian Studies, on the successful completion of her dissertation defense on March 13.
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
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.