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Early Christian sarcophogus

 

 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. 

For a brief history of the Center, click here

 

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

The First Millennium Network has announced that its upcoming seminar, Comparative Economies of the First Millennium, will feature Professors Michael Bonner and Chris Wickham. It will take place on Thursday, February 11 at 4pm in Great Room B of the Pryzbyla Center.

SPRING 2016 EVENTS

 

PUBLIC LECTURE

Dr. Christian Hornung, Heisenberg Fellow (German Research Foundation), University of Siegen

"Monachus et sacerdos: reconsidering the asceticism of the clergy in late antique christianity"

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Open to the public

207 McMahon Hall 

 

EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS

Mr. Sean Moberg,
Early Christian Studies
 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN EARLY MONASTICISM AND ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 

 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:15PM
 
207 McMahon Hall
 
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Mr. Colby Scott
Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
 

Saint Ephrem the Syrian on Marriage and Celibacy: A textual study on Ephrem's Second Verse Homily on Reproof

 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5:15PM
 
207 McMahon Hall
 
 

FACULTY SEMINARS

Dr. Robin Darling Young
Theology and Religious Studies
 
RESISTANCE, REBELLION, AND THE DEATH OF KINGS IN LATE ANCIENT ARMENIA
 
Wed., April 6, 2016 at 5:15PM
 
McMahon Hall 205

 

Seminars are restricted to invited guests and members of the ECS/CUA community. Please direct inquiries to sanchez-obrien@cua.edu. 

 

CENTER ADMINISTRATION

Prof. William Klingshirn
Director
211 McMahon Hall
202.319.5795
 
Ms. Siena Sanchez-O'Brien
Academic Specialist
205 McMahon Hall
202.319.5216
sanchezobrien@cua.edu
 
Mailing Address:
211 McMahon Hall 
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington DC 20064