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Past EAC-CLAS Lectures

Fall 2023–Spring 2024

Fall 2022–Spring 2023

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

  • Dennis Trout (University of Missouri), “Lucretius in Seventh Century Rome? Epigraphic Verse and the Seductions of Intertextuality” (September 25, 2019)
  • James Redfield (Saint Louis University), “Stranger than Fiction: Talmudic Paradoxography” (October 21, 2019)
  • Maria Doerfler (Yale University), “Burying the Emperor’s Son: Valens, Valentinian, and the Legacy of Basil in a Syriac Funerary Hymn” (November 14, 2019)
  • Rebecca Falcasantos (University of Virginia), “Where the Nations Come Together? Religious Diversity and Ritual Transfer in Late Antique Pilgrimage & Festival Culture (February 12, 2020)

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

  • Andrew Jacobs (Scripps College), “Gender, Conversion, and the End of Empire in The Teaching of Jacob, Newly Baptized” (October 11, 2018)
  • Jan Bremmer (University of Groningen), “Eucharist and Agapê in the Later Second Century: the Case of the Older Apocryphal Acts and the Pagan Novel” (October 22, 2018)
  • Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University), “Rewiring the Sacred Circuit: Damasus and the Depositio martyrum” (November 29, 2018)
  • Thomas Arentzen (University of Oslo), “Between Abjection and Seduction: Adventures in Late Ancient Holy Week” (January 22, 2019)
  • Niki Clements (Rice University), “Foucault the Confessor” (February 21, 2019)

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 

  • Lynda Coon (University of Arkansas) “Gender and Our Dark Age Lord” (September 12, 2017)
  • Christine Shepardson (University of Tennessee) – “Hell of a Wrong Eucharist: Ritual Distinction and Community Identity in 6th Century Syriac Christianity” (October 25, 2017)
  • Steven Fine (Yeshiva University), “Menorahs in Color: Polychromy and the History of Judaism in Roman Antiquity” (November 7, 2017)
  • Gary Vikan – “The Shroud of Turin: A Journey of Discovery” (January 25, 2018)
  • Noel Lenski (Yale University), “Roman Refugees: Settling Extra-Territorial Peoples Inside a World Empire” (February 1, 2018)

Fall 2016 – 2017 

  • Clare K. Rothschild (Lewis University and Stellenbosch University) “The Muratorian Fragment as Fraud” (September 19, 2016)
  • Susan Stevens (Randolph College) “Incorporating Christian communities in North Africa.  Churches as bodies of communal history” – Inaugural Maureen Tilley Memorial Lecture (October 14, 2016)
  • Karl Shuve (UVA) “The Valentinians and the Transformation of the Nuptial Metaphor in Early Christianity” (November 3, 2016)
  • Zsuzsanna Gulácsi (Northern Arizona University) “Tatian’s Diatessaron and the New Testament Scenes of the St. Augustine Gospels in the collection of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge” (March 2, 2017)
  • Rachel Neis (University of Michigan) “Reproduction, Hybridity, and the Question of Species in Classical Rabbinic Thought” (April 4, 2017)

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 

  • Jordan Pickett (University of Michigan) “Riot at the Baths, Murder at the Fountains” (September 14, 2015)
  • David Frankfurter (Boston University) “Christianizing the Egyptian Religious Landscape” (October 9, 2015)
  • Douglas Boin (St. Louis University) “History ‘as it really was’?: The Material Turn and the Rise of Christianity” (October 29, 2015)
  • Warren Smith (Duke Divinity School) “Gregory of Nyssa and the New Idolatry” (November 10, 2015)
  • Derek Kreuger (UNC-Greensboro), “The Transmission of Liturgical Joy in Byzantine Hymns on the Resurrection” (January 22, 2016)
  • Scott F. Johnson (University of Oklahoma) “‘The Stone the Builders Rejected’: Liturgical and Exegetical Irrelevancies in the Piacenza Pilgrim” (February 24, 2016)
  • Benjamin Dunning  (Fordham University) “John Chrysostom and Same-Sex Eros in the History of Sexuality” (March 8, 2016)

Fall 2014-Spring 2015

  • Erika Hermanowicz (University of George) “Bishops, Economic Networks, and Ownership of Land in Roman North Africa” (September 11, 2014)
  • Gregory Kalas (UT Knoxville) “Ritual and Spatial Experience in the Late Antique Roman Forum” (September 29, 2014)
  • Catherine Chin (UC Davis), “Toward a Non-Human History of Late Antiquity” (November 6, 2014)

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

  • Judith Evans Gruffs (Emory University), “Sinner, Slave, and Saint: The Enslavement of St. Patrick” (September 23, 2013)
  • Meredith Riedel (Duke Divinity School), “The Unknowability of God: The Role of Scripture in the Orthodox Theology of Divine Darkness”  (November 7, 2013)
  • Jodi Magness (UNC Chapel Hill), “Samson in Stone: New Discoveries in the Ancient Galilean Village and Synagogue of Huqoq” (January 15, 2014)
  • Stephen Shoemaker (University of Oregon and the National Humanities Center), “The Apocalypse of Empire: Imperial Eschatology in Late Antiquity and Early Islam” (March 6, 2014)
  • Robin Darling Young (Catholic University of America), “The Second Life of Gnosis: Evagrius, Didymus, and their Revival of Origen in Late Fourth Century Egypt” (April 7, 2014)

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

  • Michael Penn (Mt. Holyoke College/National Humanities Center), “Changing Times, Changing Texts: Syriac Christian REactions to the Rise of Islam” (October 25, 2012)
  • Charlotte Roueché (Director, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College), “Performers and their audiences: locating the evidence” (November 14, 2012)
  • Robert Frakes (Clarion University), “In Search of the Collator of the Collatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum” (November 29, 2012)
  • Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University, Divinity School), “The Jewish New Testament” (February 20, 2013)
  • Annette Yoshiko-Reed (University of Pennsylvania), “When did the Rabbis become Pharisees?” (March 8, 2013)

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

  • Giovanni Cecconi (University of Florence), “‘Old’ and ‘New’ Paganism and the conversion of the Late Antique West: An Interpretive Model”
  • Cavan Concannon (ACLS Visiting Fellow in Classics and Religion, Duke University), “Not for an Olive Wreath, But Our Lives: Gladiators, Athletes, and Early Christian Bodies in Roman Greece”
  • Simone Beta (University of Siena, Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks), “Playing with words in Constantinople: the Collections of Byzantine Riddles”
  • Deborah Green (University of Oregon), “No Way Out: Chastity and Chastisement in God’s Garden” (Feb. 1, 2012)
  • John Gager (Princeton University), “Turning the World Upside-Down: An Ancient Jewish Life of Jesus” (Mar. 28, 2012)
  • Robin Darling Young (Notre Dame), “Melania in the Eyes of Evagrius” (Apr. 10, 2012)


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