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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. 

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 News and Announcements

The third annual Bellet Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, will be delivered on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Keane Auditorium in McGivney Hall, at 5pm. Prof. Alberto Camplani, Sapienza Università di Roma, will speak on the topic "Setting a Patriarchate/Building the Memory of the Past: The Use of Documents and Creation of Symbols within the Bishopric of Alexandria between the 4th and 7th Centuries."

Congratulations to Sr. Maria del Fiat, Ph.D. and Dr. Sean Moberg on their appointment as Research Associates in the Department of Greek and Latin.

Congratulations to Dr. Yuliya Minets on her appointment as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University.

At this year's Commencement ceremony on May 12, the Program in Early Christian Studies awarded graduate degrees to Mr. Jake Weiner (M.A., Early Christian Studies), and Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM (Ph.D., Early Christian Studies). Congratulations to all of this year's graduates!

Congratulations to Dr. Yuliya Minets (Ph.D., 2017) on the publication of "Palladius of Helenopolis: One Author, Two Ways to Write," in the Journal of Early Christian Studies 25.3 (Fall 2017): 411-40.

Congratulations to Dr. Dana Robinson (Ph.D., 2016) on the publication of "Shenoute's Feast: Ideology, Lay Piety, and the Discourse of Food in Late Antiquity," in the Journal of Early Christian Studies 25.4 (Winter 2017): 581-604.

Fall 2018 EVENTS

 

ANDREW W. MELLON LECTURE

Hagiography in its Place: Jerome's Life of Hilarion

Thursday, Sept. 20
5:15PM
Keane Auditorium
(McGivney 106)
 
Prof. Philip Rousseau

Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Early Christian Studies

 

EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS

Sr. Maria Theotokos Adams, SSVM

School of Theology and Religious Studies


"Eusebius of Caesarea and the Paschal Computus
 at the Advent of Christian Hagiography"

 

Monday, Nov. 5

5:15pm

Greek and Latin Library, 205 McMahon

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