August 31, 2009
This Fall St. Nersess Seminary will offer a weekly course introducing the life and writings of St. Ephrem the Syrian, a 4th-century poet whose hymns, prayers and other sacred writings became part of the theological foundation of the Armenian Church. The course will be taught by one of the world's leading experts on St. Ephrem, Dr. Edward G. Mathews, Jr, Professor of Early Christian Languages and Literature at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
The course will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-9PM at the Seminary, beginning on September 9.
St. Ephrem the Syrian portrayed in
a medieval Armenian manuscript
Professor Edward G. Mathews Jr.
Although St. Ephrem wrote only in Syriac, Armenians quickly became enthralled by the beauty and depth of his work. Several works of St. Ephrem were among the earliest writings to be translated into Armenian by St. Mesrob Mashdots and his collaborators in the early fifth century. Over the centuries, a number of St. Ephrem's precious writings were lost in their original Syriac, but survive thanks to ancient and meticulous Armenian translations.
Professor Edward G. Mathews Jr.
Professor Mathews will give a broad survey of St. Ephrem's writings, with particular emphasis on selected poetic and prose works, in translation, in order to convey an idea of the complexity of the individual and of the nature of his theology.
Professor Mathews has advanced degrees in Syriac and Armenian literature and theology, and has published a number of works concerning Ephrem and his contemporaries, including translations of several works from both Syriac and Armenian.
The course is open to the public. All men and women of faith, students of the Christian East, priests, deacons, choir members, and Church School teachers are encouraged to attend. Suggested donation for auditers is $150. For further information contact the Seminary by email or by phone: (914) 636-2003.
August 31, 2009
The first Monday of every month is “Armenian Symposium Day” at St. Nersess. All are invited to a true symposium--a gathering around a table where food and drink for both the mind and body are served, and where all “drink together” from the sources of Armenian culture and history. The word symposium comes from the Greek sympotein, which means to drink together.
The coordinator and the moderator of the Symposium is Professor Seta B. Dadoyan, Adjunct Professor of Armenian Language and Literature at St. Nersess.
Armenian Literary and Cultural Awakening
The theme of this year's Symposium is The Armenian Awakening: 200th Anniversary of the Re-Birth of the Modern Nation - Culture, Society, Politics. The theme is inspired by the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Armenian writer, Khachatur Abovian, the Father of East-Armenian Awakening. The occasion is also symbolic of the 200th of the re-birth of the nation and the beginning of the past two centuries of Modern Armenian history.
Dr. Dadoyan Brings Passion and Expertise to Armenian Studies
Professor Dadoyan has taught Modern Armenian Language, Literature and Culture at St. Nersess for three years. A philosopher by training, she was formerly on the faculty of the American University of Beirut. Dr. Dadoyan's interests include Armenian philosophy and Armenian cultural and intellectual history, especially in connection with Islam. She has lectured extensively in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, most recently at Columbia University, where she was Ordjanian Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies in 2002 and 2006. She is the author of six books and dozens of scholarly articles.
The Armenian Symposium is open to all interested. While conducted primarily in Armenian, accommodations will be made for interested partakers whose knowledge of the Armenian language is limited. Donations to support this and the Seminary's other educational outreach initiatives are greatly appreciated.
With the exception of September 28, the Armenian Symposium takes place on the first Monday evening of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The Fall term will focus on the East Armenian Awakening, whlie the Spring term will be dedicated to the West Armenian Awakening. The schedule and topics are as follows:
St. Nersess Armenian Symposium (Fall Term) September 28The East Armenian Cultural Awakening: An Overview The European Enlightenment. Armenians in the 17th-19th centuries under Ottoman, Persian and Tsarist rule. The Armenian Church. Nor Jugha/New Julfa. November 2Populism and LegaciesKhachatur Abovyan, Mikael Nalpantian and contemporaries. Armenian educational and cultural centers: St. Petersburg, Moscow. The Armenian Church under Tsarist control. Sayat Nova. December 7 Romantic Nationalism and the Formation of Eastern Armenian Culture Raffi, Patkanian. Society and landscape in Nar-Dos and Shirvanzade. East Armenian literature and music: Terian, Tumanian, Sundukian, Charents.For further information contact the Seminary by email or phone: (914) 636-2003.
WHO are these people? WHERE are these people?
We want to know WHO you are.
We want to know WHERE you are.
Since the first St. Nersess Conference was held almost 5 decades ago, two generations of some of the most dedicated, gifted, and talented young Armenian men and women have passed through her doors, whether in Evanston, Illinois or New Rochelle, New York. Many serve today as priests, deacons, altar servers, diocesan delegates, parish council members, Sunday School teachers, Armenian School teacher, board members of the Fund for Armenia Relief, the Ararat Center, the Armenian Church Endowment Fund and other bodies of the Armenian Church and community in North America. Many have become successful in their professions and careers. But most importantly, each and every individual participant belongs to the St. Nersess family and shares a relation with each other that is special and unique.
At this time of year as High Schools and Colleges graduate their senior classes and the summer conferences are about to begin again, a few St. Nersess folks, while looking at some of the group photos taken over the years, became nostalgic and offered the question, "I wonder what ever happened to---?". Well, it is time that we make every effort to find out.
St. Nersess Seminary has undertaken the project of collecting the names and e-mail addresses of everyone who ever attended a St. Nersess Summer/Winter Conference, or Deacon's Training Program. We want to update the database of our family members.
We are looking for every person who has ever attended at St. Nersess Summer, Winter, Christmas, or other Conference. We need to know:
Please send us an email today so that we can record you in the history of St. Nersess Seminary.
Remember, we are seeking out EVERY PARTICIPANT. We wish for no one to be left out, and no one will if we work together.