Center faculty and graduate students were well represented at the 17th International Patristic Conference in Oxford. On August 12, Prof. William Klingshirn (Greek and Latin) delivered a paper on “Prophecy and Divination in the Hypomnesticon of Joseph,” and Dr. Yuliya Minets (ECS) spoke on “Languages of Christianity in Late Antiquity: Between Universalism and Cultural Superiority.” The following day, Prof. Janet Timbie (Semitics) spoke on the topic “Pay For Our Sins: A Shared Theme in the Pachomian Koinonia and the White Monastery Federation”; Mr. Sean Moberg (ECS) delivered a paper on “Examination of Conscience in the Apophthegmata Patrum”; and Prof. Robin Darling Young (TRS) spoke on “The Use of the Kephalaia in Evagrius of Pontus.”
Prof. Philip Rousseau delivered the annual Andrew W. Mellon Lecture in Early Christian Studies on Sept. 10. The title of this year's lecture was "On first looking into Gregory the Great's Moralia." The lecture was followed by a reception jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Early Christianity and the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies.
On Sept. 11 ECS doctoral candidate Yuliya Minets delivered a paper at the international conference Perspectives on Language and Culture in Early Christianity, sponsored by the KU-Leuven Center for the Historiography of Linguistics. The title of her paper was "The topos of xenolalia in the Christian literature of late antiquity: origins and development."
Ms. Dana Robinson (ECS) delivered a paper at the Byzantine Studies Conference held at Fordham University Oct 22-25. "Feeding the Twenty Thousand: Shenoute's Monastic Hospitality as Model for Lay Commensal Practices" was one of two papers delivered in the session Monastic Virtue.
Prof. Sidney Griffith (Semitics) participated in a forum held on Oct. 29 at the Freer Gallery of Art on the discovery and interpretation of the Birmingham Qur'an. The project was organized by the First Millennium Network, sponsored by George Mason University, The Catholic University of America, and the University of Maryland.
Two Early Christian seminars were held in November. On Nov. 5, Yuliya Minets read a paper entitled "The miraculous ability to speak in foreign languages in Early Christian literature." Dinner discussion focused on the topic "Demons speaking in tongues." On Nov. 19, the Rev. Dr. Edward Naumann (Greek and Latin) spoke on the topic "Augustine and the damnation of baptized infants."
A number of ECS graduate students and faculty members, including Mellon Professor Philip Rousseau attended the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta. On Nov. 22, Mr. Sean Moberg (ECS) delivered a paper entitled “Making Scripture Present: Meditation in Monasticism and Ancient Philosophy.” The panel at which he spoke--How to Do Things with Scripture: Case Studies in Performing the Word—also featured Prof. Robin Darling Young (TRS), who spoke on the topic “Scriptural Symbola and the Monastic Habit in the Fourth Century. The same day she also served as a respondent at a session on John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern, and the following day participated in a panel on the Development of Early Christian Theology.
On Dec. 9, Ms. Dana Robinson, doctoral candidate (ECS), defended—“with distinction”--her doctoral dissertation on “Food and Lay Piety in Late Antiquity.”
Prof. Philip Rousseau is the author of "Jerome as Priest, Exegete, and 'Man of the Church'," in Geoffrey D. Dunn and Wendy Mayer (eds.), Christians Shaping Identity from the Roman Empire to Byzantium: Studies Inspired by Pauline Allen, Vigiliae Christianae Suppl. 132 (Brill, 2015), pp. 186-207.