December 11, 2009
Professor Roberta ErvineFor the first time St. Nersess Seminary will broadcast a lecture via live streaming video this Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30PM. Dr. Roberta Ervine, Professor of Armenian Studies at the Seminary, will present a lecture entitled, "How Armenians Read the Bible." Those unable to be present for the lecture will be able to view it live via the Seminary's website. The lecture will be broadcast live on USTREAM and will be available at 7:25pm by clicking www.ustream.tv/channel/snaslecture.
Professor Roberta Ervine
"Here at St. Nersess we have truly outstanding opportunities for learning and we have long wished to make them available to a wider audience," said Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Dean of the Seminary. "Broadcasting this Monday's lecture will achieve that while serving as a test case for fully interactive internet-based remote learning in the near future."
Our History Comes Alive
Professor Ervine, a specialist in the theological writers of the Armenian Church's great saints and teachers, will explore how Armenians traditionally understood and interpreted sacred Scripture. Ervine is admired for her gripping style of teaching. "When Dr. Ervine teaches about the people and events of Armenian Church history, she draws her audience in," said Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, who lives part of the year at the Seminary and serves as the community's spiritual father. "I always feel like our history comes alive," he said.
The Armenian Church Speaks to the World
Monday night's lecture will be the third in the Seminary's 2009-2010 Public Lecture Series, whose theme is The Armenian Church: A Distinctive Christian Voice. Armenian and non-Armenian speakers have been invited to reflect on the Armenian Church's particular experience and view of the Christian faith and its meaning for Armenians and the world at large today. Upcoming speakers will include His Holiness Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America; His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Patriarchal Vicar of the Syrian Orthodox Church of the Eastern United States; and Fr. Findikyan. The lecture series has been subsidized by the Edward and Anita Essayan Educational Fund of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
In a fascinating and spirited presentation three weeks ago, Dr. Maxwell Johnson, Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, delivered a lecture at St. Nersess Seminary entitled, The Gift of Armenian Sacramental Theology and Liturgy to the Wider Church. The lecture can be viewed on the Seminary's website.
Those attending Dr. Ervine's lecture will enjoy a reception and fellowship following the talk. Others who choose to participate remotely should go to the Seminary's website, www.stnersess.edu and follow the links there. For further information contact the Seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Seminary office at (914) 636-2003.