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University Hosts First International Conference on Orthodoxy


Fordham University will bring together prominent Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant theologians and historians for a three-day conference, “Orthodox Readings of Augustine,” the first international conference of the Orthodoxy in America lecture series, on June 14 through 16 on the Rose Hill campus. On the opening day, the University will confer an honorary doctorate upon Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

Archbishop Demetrios

The conference will feature plenary addresses by Brian Daley, S.J., Ph.D., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame; Jean-Luc Marion, Ph.D., Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School; David Bentley Hart, Ph.D., Robert J. Randall Chair in Christian Culture, Providence College; and David Tracy, S.T.L., S.T.D., Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies, University of Chicago Divinity School.

In addition the plenary sessions, the conference will feature a keynote address by Andrew Louth, Ph.D., on “St. Augustine’s Reading of the Psalms,” and a series of symposiums on St. Augustine’s readings, writings and theology, including “Reading Augustine’s Pneumatology in Pro-Nicene Context” and “Augustine the Metaphysician.” The conference, organized to apply St. Augustine’s thought toward uniting Eastern and Western Christians, is co-sponsored by the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Augustinian Institute of Villanova University, and Fordham’s Dean of Faculty, Deans of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, the Center for Medieval Studies and the Department of Theology.

Fordham has the only Department of Theology in the United States with two graduates from an Orthodox seminary on its faculty. The department offers a minor degree in Orthodox Studies. A full schedule of events is available on the conference’s website.


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