SEMINARS and COLLOQUIA
Seminars and Colloquia are open to faculty and graduates of The Catholic University of America and to invited guests.
Colloquia: The Center's colloquia are not regularly scheduled, but take the form of full-day or half-day workshops on a specific topic (see past examples below).
Seminars: The Center's seminars are normally held in 207 McMahon Hall. For fuller details and copies of texts and other data to be discussed, contact Ms. Siena Sanchez-O'Brien, 202 319 5795. For catering purposes, it is also helpful for us to know how many are likely to attend.
These seminars follow four patterns:
The "Early Christian Seminars," held on occasional Thursday evenings, provide an opportunity for graduate dissertation students to present their current work, introduce selected texts and topics, and discuss methods and difficulties. The meetings are followed by a catered buffet.
The "Friday Lunchtime Seminars," held on occasional Fridays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., are normally presided over either by a Guest Lecturer (who will have delivered a public lecture on the previous Thursday evening) or by a Visiting Scholar within the Center. The meetings include a catered buffet lunch.
The "Faculty Seminar," held at advertised times and places about twice a semester. The purpose of the seminar is for members of faculty working in the early Christian field to share their current projects with their colleagues in whatever format they prefer. Note that graduate students from all sectors of the University are warmly encouraged to attend and participate.
The "First Millennium Seminar" is not peculiar to the Center but brings together faculty and graduate students from our own University and from others in the Washington area, studying the context, development, and interaction of different religious cultures in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. The Seminar meets approximately once a semester in different venues around the city. Anyone interested in taking part should contact the CUA committee representative, currently Dr Jennifer Davis in our Department of History.
Darlene L. Brooks-Hedstrom (Wittenberg University), Danielle Joyner, (Dumbarton Oaks), Susan T. Stevens, (Randolph College), and Ann Marie Yasin (University of Southern California) joined CUA faculty and graduate students in a two-day discussion of material culture in early Christianity, late antiquity, and the early middle ages.
Joint Colloquium with Dumbarton Oaks 2010
Byzantine Fellows and Junior Fellows specializing in the late antique field, together with Margaret Mullett (DO Director of Byzantine Studies), joined our own faculty and graduate students in a discussion of current trends in the field and of their place in relation to those trends. Guest attending were Scott Johnson, Noel Lenski, Meaghan McEvoy, Columba Stewart, Martin Wallraff, Sarah Insley, and Jennifer Westerfeld.
Antioch Day 2009
This one-day colloquium brought together seven scholars interested in late antique Antioch: Raffaella Cribiore, Blake Leyerle, Jaclyn Maxwell, Wendy Mayer, Isabella Sandwell, Christina Shepardson, and Robin Darling Young.
Papyri and Ostraka Workshop 2008
The Center joined the University Library and the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures (the major sponsors) in hosting a workshop on the conservation, cataloguing, and imaging of papyri and ostraka in the ICOR Library. Dr Monica Blanchard, curator, and Dr Chrysi Kotsifou, visiting associate curator (and Research Fellow in the Center), were joined by Dr Rodney Ast, project coordinator of APIS (Advanced Papyrological Information System), Dr Julia Lougovaya of the Classics Department at Columbia University, and invited colleagues and students.
Jerome Day 2006
Six graduate students (Tim Kearns, Jared Ortiz, Elizabeth-Jane Pavlick, Dana Robinson Lampe, Robert Simkins, and Stuart Squires),who had worked on Jerome as a writer during the fall semester with Dr Catherine Chin (School of Theology and Religious Studies), delivered papers as part of their course examination. Dr Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr) commented at intervals during the day.
The Dorushe Graduate Student Association (affiliated to Beth Mardutho) held its first annual conference at CUA, a workshop on "Syriac Pedagogy." Guest of honor was Professor Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown University). Also attending were Dr Joel Walker (University of Washington, Seattle) and Dr George Kiraz (Gorgias Press). Papers were delivered by Scott Girdner (Boston University), Linda Wheatley Irving (University of Chicago), Young Kim (University of Michigan), Daniel King (University of Cardiff), Jonathan Loopstra (CUA), David Michelson (Princeton University), Ophir Münz-Manor (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), and Michael Penn (Mount Holyoke).
Romanos Colloquium 2005
A one-day colloquium on the theme "The Hymns of Romanos the Melodist: A Bridge between Greek and Syriac Poetry in Late Antiquity," presented jointly with Dumbarton Oaks. Speakers included Averil Cameron (Oxford University), Mary Cunningham (University of Birmingham), Johannes Koder (Institut für Byzantinistik und Neo-gräzistik, Vienna), Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Ephrem Lash (University of Manchester), Riccardo Maisano (Università degli studi di Napoli, “L’Orientale”), Manolis Papoutsakis (Princeton University), and Leena Mari Peltomaa (University of Helsinki).
Leadership and Authority in Late Antiquity 2005
Participants at this one-day colloquium introduced primary texts and led a discussion on the ways in which they demonstrated the definition and exercise of leadership. Members of our own faculty were joined by Lewis Ayres (Emory University), Dan Caner (University of Connecticut, Storrs), Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr), Ken Holum (University of Maryland, College Park),, Wendy Mayer (Australian Catholic University), and Claudia Rapp (University of California, Los Angeles).
Gibbon Day 2004
A one-day symposium on the work of Edward Gibbon. Guest speakers were Clifford Ando (University of Southern California), Patricia Craddock (University of Florida), and John Pocock (Johns Hopkins University).
A conference was held at The Catholic University of America, Thursday, May 31 - Sunday, June 3, 2012 on the theme "The Christian Moses." Symposiarchs Janet Timbie and Philip Rousseau are currently preparing a volume of selected papers.
The theme of the conference was "Early Christian Studies and the Academic Disciplines." Speakers included Pauline Allen (Australian Catholic University), Olof Brandt (Swedish Institute for Classical Studies, Rome), Elizabeth Clark (Duke University), Ruth Clements (Library of Congress), Sarah Coakley (Harvard Divinity School), Geoffrey Dunn (Australian Catholic University), Jennifer Ebbeler (University of Texas, Austin), James Francis (University of Kentucky), James Kelhoffer (Saint Louis University), Christopher Kelly (University of Cambridge), John Peter Kenney (St Michael's College, Vermont), Francis Moloney (CUA), Karla Pollmann (University of St Andrews), Linda Safran (University of Toronto), Raymond Van Dam (University of Michigan), and Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia).
The proceedings of the conference were published in book form: The Early Christian Book, edited by William E. Klingshirn and Linda Safran (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2007).