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Activities of Co-Founders

Activities of Co-Founding Directors
Aristotle Papanikolaou and George Demacopoulos have regular speaking engagements at academic conferences, colleges, and parishes throughout the country, discussing Orthodox Christian theology and history.  Below is a sampling of their recent talks.  If you would like more information or have a speaking request, please contact them at and

April 2014
Professor Papanikolaou will present at the conference, "God: Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilities," at the University of Chicago's Divinity School from April 9 to 11, 2014 

March 2014
Professor Papanikolaou will present at the conference, "Theorizing Religion in Modern Europe," organized by the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History for the spring of 2014. The conference will convene at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University on March 7 and 8, 2014.

November 2013
"The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity," Professor Demacopoulos will discuss his recent book as part of the speaker series presented by Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

"Colonized Desire: Demetrios Chomatenos' Proscirptions Against Sacramental Contamination," Professor Demacopoulos will offer the lecture at the annual Byzantine Studies Association of North America Conference, which is being hosted by Yale University in New Haven, CT, November 1-3.

October 2013
"War and Virtue,"
Professor Papanikolaou will present the keynote address at "Church and Empire: Being a Christian in the World," the 2012 Orthodox Peace Fellowship North American Conference, October 18 to 20, 2013, in Washington, DC.

"The Eusebian Valorization of Violence and Constantine's Wars for God," Professor Demacopoulos will present at "Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy," A Symposium Celebrating the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University, October 4 and 5, 2013.

September 2013
"The Papacy in Transition and the Future of Orthodox-Catholic Relations," Professor Demacopoulos will give a public lecture at the Museum of the City of New York hosted by the Order of Saint Andrew Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on September 19, 2013.

June 2013
Professor Papanikolaou will present, "Personhood and Virtue Ethics," at the international conference, "Can Orthodox Theology Be Contextual--II? Concrete Approaches from the Orthodox Tradition," Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 23-26 June 2013. This conference is co-sponsored in part by the Academy for Theological Studies, Volos, Greece and Fordham University's Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

May 2013
"Was St. Gregory the 'Great' a Theologian?" Professor Demacopoulos will speak at the North American Patristic Society 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on May 25, 2013.

"Tradition and Identity Formation,"
Professor Papanikolaou will present at the international conference: "Tradition and Innovation - Reflection on Different Streams of Orthodox Theological Thinking in Exile and its Impact on Ecumenical Dialogue," in Prague Czech Republic from May 17 to 19, 2013. The conference is organized by the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (PTF) in cooperation with the International Baptiist Theological Seminary (IBTS) and Jabok College 

April 2013
"Fasting: What is the point?" Professor Papanikolaou will speak at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford, CT as part of the James C. Rouman Lecture Series on April 21, 2013.

"Getting it Right: The Genius of the Creed," Professor Demacopoulos will speak at the St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY as part of their 100th Anniversary Lecture Series on April 17, 2013.

"History, Theory, Eastern Christian Text: What Postcolonial Critics and Scholars of Eastern Christianity can Learn from One Another," Professor Demacopoulos will speak at a Conference at Duke University honoring the retirement of Dr. Elizabeth Clark in Durham, NC on April 12, 2013.

"Living the Orthodox Life Today," Professor Demacopoulos will speak at the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas of Flushing, NY as part of their Lenten Lecture Series onWednesday, April 10, 2013.

"The Ethics of Theosis,"
Professor Papanikolaou will present two lectures in the Paul G. Manolis Distinguished Lecture Series at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA on April 8 and 9, 2013.

March 2013
"How Did We Get Them Bones? A behind the Scenes Account of the Return of the Relics of St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom," Professor Demacopoulos will address the Archons of the Metropolis of Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

"The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and What it Means for Orthodox Christians," Professor Demacopoulos will speak at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn, NY as part of their Lenten Lecture Series on March 27, 2013.

"A Eucharistic Asceticism: Union with God in the Eucharist in the Theology of John Zizioulas,"
Professor Papanikolaou will speak at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA on March 18, 2013.

"The Extraodinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Presence at Pope Francis' Installation as Bishop of Rome," by George E. Demacopoulos
"Amid the crush of news reports in thepast month that followed Pope Benedict's unprecedented resignation from the papacy, one of the most intriguing was the decision by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to attend Pope Francis' installation as Bishop of Rome. The occasion is being presented in the media as something that has not happened since the ecclesiastical schism that separated Christian East and Christian West in the eleventh century. But that characterization is almost certainly wrong--this is quite likely the first time in history that a Bishop of Constantinople will attend the installation of a Bishop of Rome. And this is a profoundly bold step in ecumenical relations between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics, one that could have lasting significance."

Published on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, on March 19, 2013.  Click on the link to read the entire column

February 2013
"Honest to God: Confession and Desire," Professor Papanikolaou will be the guest speaker at the Orthodoxy on Tap Series! Sponsored by Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston and St. George Antiochian Church of Boston on February 28, 2013.

"Pope Benedict: His Resignation and the Impact," Professor Demacopoulos is interviewed on ABC World News on February 28, 2013.

To watch the interview click here 

"Benedict and St Peter" To read Professor Demacopoulos' blog for the University of Pennsylvania Press on the significance of Pope Benedict's resignation, click here

Professor Demacopoulos will be the guest speaker at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford, CT as part of the James C. Rouman Lecture Series on February 17, 2013.

"The Necessity for Theologia: Thinking the Immanent Trinity in Anglo-Translated Orthodox Theology," Professor Papanikolaou will present at the conference Developpements recents en theologie trinitaire dans l'aire anglo-saxonne, Universite de Strasbourg, Palais Universitaire, on February 5, 2013.

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