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OSI publishes information on events that directly involve Orthodox scholars (as lecturers, panelists, event organizers, etc.). Our aim is to publicize Orthodox influence in all fields of academia, from biology to theology, and to help Orthodox scholars connect with one another. OSI also publishes information on events that do not directly involve Orthodox schoalrs but would still be of special interest to them. If you have an event that you would like to be publicized, please send event date and description to osi@hchc.edu.

Deserts, Rivers and Mountains: Nature and Divinity in Byzantine Pilgrimage Art
April 22, 2014
Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

Hosted by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, this public lecture will be delivered by Dr. Anastasia Drandaki, who is the Curator of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection at the Benaki Museum, Athens. In "Deserts, Rivers and Mountains," Dr. Drandaki will consider the role of the natural landscape in Byzantine pilgrimage art. She draws on extensive knowledge of Byzantine art and culture, having curated exhibitions in both Greece and the United States and having written several books, including Greek Icons, 14th–18th Century, the Rena Andreadis Collection (Milan 2002) and Late Antique Metalware: The production of copper alloy vessels in the fourth to eighth century (Athens 2014). For more info on the upcoming lecture, please see the official page on the website for the Mary Jaharis Center.

2014 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS)

May 22-24, 2014

Chicago, IL


The North American Patristics Society (NAPS) will be holding its 2014 annual meeting in Chicago from May 22nd through May 24th. Founded in 1970, the North American Patristics Society is a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history, literature, and theology of ancient Christianity. The society invites the participation of scholars at all stages of their careers, and it boasts a large graduate student membership. Its major activities include the sponsorship of an annual conference and the publication of The Journal of Early Christian Studies. The sessions in this year's annual meeting focus on a tremendous variety of topics. For more information and to register, please see here.


Seventh Annual Summer Patristic Studies Program

July 20-25, 2014

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

This summer, the Pappas Patristic Institute will be hosting its seventh-annual Summer Study Program in Patristics on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The week-long program is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study and brief lectures from leading patristic scholars. The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, along with clergy, lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers. Those interested in registering should contact the director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck. For more information, see here


Call for Papers:

Thirteenth International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa

September 17-20, 2014

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy


The 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa will be focused on In Canticum canticorum. This exegetical work belongs to the final part of Gregory's life and can be considered an example of his mature thought and brillant preaching. The colloquium on this work will consist of lectures, workshops, and short papers. While the lectures and workshops will be delivered by invited scholars only, the short papers may be proposed to the organizers by any scholar who would like to submit a paper for potential inclusion in the colloquium. All papers approaching Gregory’s In Canticum from different points of view are welcome, especially those from theological, philosophical, philological or historical perspectives. Each paper should run approximately fifteen minutes and may be submitted by the deadline of May 30, 2014 (English language papers are accepted). All submissions should be sent by email to both Professor Giulio Maspero and Professor Miguel Brugarolas. For more information, see here.

Call for Papers:

The Sophia Institute Sixth Annual Conference: Healing, Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Eastern Orthodox Perspectives

December 5, 2014

New York

The Sophia Institute
will be holding its sixth annual conference, focusing on the tremendous need for healing in the contemporary world, which "has never been more in need of a healthy facility of mutual forgiveness." The conference will highlight and discuss the spiritual resources that the Orthodox Church has to offer to a broken and violent world. Papers are now being accepted for this conference and should "address the conference theme from historical, patristic, theological, ethical, ethnographic, philosophical, cultural or literary angles." Titles and abstracts for the papers may be submitted to the Very Rev. Dr. John McGuckin before November 10th, 2014. For more info, see the official call for papers.

The 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies

August 10-14, 2015


The International Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford is a four-yearly gathering of scholars from around the world that has become a major event for the many disciplines concerned with patristics. The proceedings of the conferences are peer reviewed and published in the series Studia Patristica. Abstracts and proposals for the seventeenth conference are now being accepted, with a submission deadline of December 31st, 2014. For more information on the conference and submitting proposals, see here.  





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