Florovsky Symposium 2016
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Florovsky Symposium 2016

Bringing forth treasures new and old:

Themes in Contemporary Orthodox Theology

In Memory of Fr. Matthew Baker

May 7, 2016

at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline MA

The Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline MA, where both Fr Georges Florovsky and the late Fr Matthew Baker taught, will host this year’s symposium. The conference will examine themes in contemporary Orthodox theology, framed by the interests and concerns of both Florovsky and the late Fr Matthew Baker, an instrumental figure in the work of previous symposia. Fr Matthew’s budding vocation as both scholar and priest was cut short by his tragic death at the beginning of Lent 2015. As a tribute to his memory and a furtherance of his legacy, this year’s symposium will feature three plenary speakers covering broad themes inspired by his life and work:

  • Alexis Torrance, "Reason, History, Ethics: Three Trajectories in the Thought of Fr Matthew Baker", University of Notre Dame
  • Alexis Klimoff, "Florovsky in Print: Past, Present, and Future," Vassar College
  • Marcus Plested, “The Meeting of Greek East and Latin West in the work of Fr Georges Florovsky and Fr Matthew Baker,” Marquette University
  • Panel and discussion (including Nick Marinides, Timothy Patitsas, and other invited panelists)

The cost of the program is $45 per person (students $25), which includes lunch and two breaks. Payment will be accepted upon check-in, beginning at 8:30 a.m., on May 7. Checks and cash only will be accepted. Please register using the online registration form: Register for the Florovsky Symposium. The full announcement of the program may be found here: Symposium Announcement and Call for Papers

Program Schedule:

Note: all events will be held at the Maliotis Cultural Center on campus, at 50 Goddard Ave, Brookline, MA 02445

 9:00 -- Welcoming remarks

 9:15 -- Marcus Plested

10:15 -- Break

10:30 -- First Concurrent Session (three sessions with 2 papers per session)

11:30 -- Break

11:45 -- Alexis Klimoff

12:30 -- Lunch

 1:45 -- Second Concurrent Session (2 sessions with two papers per session)

 2:45 -- Break

 3:00 -- Alexis Torrance

 4:05 -- Concluding panel

 5:00 – Vespers

Concurrent Session Presenters

  1. Chang, Dorothy: "Palamas and Aquinas on virtue ethics"

  2. Hanning, Ryan: "Exorcising pseudomorphosis: Towards a more nuanced view of Florovsky’s interpretation of the encounter with the West"

  3. Harper, Demetrios: "“Determined in the interweaving of everyday trifles and ordinary events”: Georges Florovsky’s view of history and its significance for the future of Christian ethics"

  4. Iacovetti, Christopher: "God in His processions: Aquinas, Palamas, and Dionysius on the relation of God to creation"

  5. Jobe, Eric: "Ecclesial identity and covenantal kinship: The East-West schism in light of the divided kingdom of Israel and Judah"

  6. McCollum, Nathaniel: "Inherited guilt in Augustine's thought"

  7. Nikiforos, Dimitrios: "“μία ἐστὶν ἡ νόμιμος συζυγία” (Nyssa Canon 4): Same-sex marriage examined in light of the canonical tradition of the Orthodox Church"

  8. Pahman, Dylan: "Deification and the Dismal Science: On Orthodox theology and economics

  9. Stephan, Corey: "St. John Damascene’s De Fide Orthodoxa in St. Bonaventure’s Breviloquium: A case study in medieval reception of Byzantine thought

  10. Vanderkolk, Daniel: "Seventh-century Byzantine-Indian relations: Why John of Karpathos is relevant to ecumenical work today"

  11. Zhernokleyev, Denis: "Holbein’s The Dead Christ and Dostoevsky’s The Idiot: A case for the apophatic novel"