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February 2017

Out of the Flames: Preserving the Manuscript Heritage of Endangered Syriac Christianity in the Middle East

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lowenstein Plaza, 113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023 United States
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Lecture by Dr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Professor of Theology and Director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John's University, Collegeville, MN The Syriac Christians of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq, Syria, and southeast Turkey) are among the most vulnerable of minority cultures in the current middle eastern crisis. Their culture is ancient and its manuscript heritage is among the richest in the Christian world. This lecture will describe the significance of Syriac Christianity as a counterpoint to historically…

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March 2017

“Mama Hajji” or the Christian Family Hajj to Jerusalem

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lecture by Valentina Izmirlieva, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages, Columbia University The protagonists of this lecture are Orthodox Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem who took as their model the Muslim Hajj to Mecca. These paradoxical pilgrims from the European part of the Ottoman Empire called themselves “hajjis,” using an Islamic honorific, but insisted on their Eastern Orthodox identity and the Orthodox ethos of their quest. While the Christian Hajj to Jerusalem emerged as an Ottoman phenomenon already in the 17th century,…

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May 2017

Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred

May 1 - May 4
Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023 United States
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A conference of the Sacred Arts Initiative and the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. This event will bring together scholars from diverse fields (music, theology, sacred acoustics/sound studies, architecture, religious studies, philosophy, et al.), as well as artists experienced in the performance and recording of Pärt’s music, to create a unique forum for the exchange of ideas, research, practices and creativity on the topics of sound and…

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