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Orthodoxy in America Lecture Series

2019 Orthodoxy in America Lecture

Theological Education in the 21st Century

Presented by
Very Rev. Dr. John Behr
Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 6 p.m.
McNally Auditorium | 140 West 62nd Street | New York City

A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Online registration requested. Register now.

The Orthodoxy in America Lecture at Fordham University is the largest annual lecture of its kind and the only one housed within a university setting. In addition, the annual lecture series is the only one to explore the Orthodox tradition as it intersects with the American religious experience. And since it is housed within a Roman Catholic institution, the lecture series provides an unparalleled opportunity for an advanced ecumenical conversation about the common issues facing the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions.

2018: Helen Evans

Presenting Byzantium in the Modern World

Presented by

Helen Evans, Ph.D.
Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 23, 2018

Today, as the study of the past is questioned, it is critical to consider ways to present Byzantium so that the relevance of its art, religion, and culture are recognized in the modern world. Exhibitions using the visual voice of the empire and its related cultures can demonstrate the inaccuracy of Edward Gibbon’s long-lasting, negative definition of the state. This talk considers modern presentations of Byzantine art with special emphasis on American contributions to effectively defining the lasting importance of the empire the Romans ruled from Constantinople from 330 to 1453.

Read about the event on Fordham News.

2017: David Bentley Hart

Orthodoxy in America and America's Orthodoxies

Presented by David Bentley Hart
Research Fellow at The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

September 26, 2017

This lecture reflects on the degree to which Orthodoxy in America, under pressure from convert communities and the society as a whole, might be seen as bringing about a new phase in Orthodox identity, or even (for both good and ill) a new Orthodox synthesis. Is the emerging American expression of Orthodoxy truly Orthodox, or is it more truly American? Or, conversely, is Orthodox identity a single thing, or does it emerge anew in every new cultural setting?

Watch a video of the lecture and read about the event on Fordham News.

2016: Vera Shevzov

Vera Shevzov, Professor of Religious Studies, Smith College

"Religion in America through Orthodox Eyes: The Travelogue of a Nineteenth-Century Russian Orthodox Thinker"

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Watch a video of the lecture and read about the event on Fordham News.


2014: Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, and presented the Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture on September 30, 2014, University Church, Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University.

Read the lecture or watch a video the lecture and degree ceremony.

2014: His Beatitude Anastasios

On Tuesday, 28 January 2014, His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës, and All Albania delivered the lecture "Sharing the Good News in a Multi-Religious Country: Theological Reflections on Other Religions" at the University Church on the Rose Hill campus.

For more information, please read the article about the lecture. You can also read the lecture or watch a video of the event.

2012: Very Rev. John Anthony McGuckin

"How the Philokalic Tradition Came To Modern America - And What America Made Of It"

Presented by: The Very Rev. John Anthony McGuckin.
Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielson Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies, Columbia University
Director, Sophia Institute, the William and Maria Spears International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture
Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 6 p.m.
Fordham University Rose Hill Campus
Tognino Hall, Duane Library

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2011: David Tracy, S.T.L., S.T.D.

"A Reflection on Contemplation, Speculation and Action in Orthodox Theology"

Presented by: David Tracy, STL, STD
Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago
Monday, 28 November 2011, 6 - 7 p.m.
Fordham College at Lincoln Center
12th Floor, Lowenstein Building

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2010: Robert F. Taft

"Perceptions and Realities in Orthodox-Catholic Relations Today: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future"

Presented by Robert F. Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of Oriental Liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome

Read the lecture. The lecture has also been published in the book Orthodox Constructions of the West.

2009: His All Holiness Bartholomew

"Discerning God's Presence in the World"

Presented by: His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch.

You can read about his visit, read a transcript of the lecture or view the video of the lecture.

2009: Rev. Dr. Stanley Harakas

"The Future of Orthodox Christianity in America: A Normative Approach"

Presented by: Rev. Dr. Stanley Harakas, the Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology, Emeritus, at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

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2008: Susan Ashbrook Harvey

"Women’s Voices Bearing Witness: Biblical Memories in Ancient Orthodox Liturgy"

Presented by: Susan Ashbrook Harvey, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University
Tuesday, 26 February 2008, 6 p.m.
Fordham University
McNaly Amphitheatre 140 West 62nd Street

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2007: Rev. Dr. Andrew Louth

"Heart in Pilgrimage:  St. Augustine's Reading of the Psalms"

Presented by: Rev. Dr. Andrew Louth
Durham University
14 June 2007
University Church
Fordham University

For more information, read the article about the event. You can also read the lecture.

This paper is also published in Orthodox Readings of Augustine.

2006: Albert J. Raboteau

"In the World, not of the World, for the Sake of the World: Orthodoxy and American Culture"

Presented by: Albert J. Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion at Princeton University

Tuesday, 4 April 2006 6 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham University Law School (Lincoln Center)

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2005: His Grace Bishop Kallistos Ware of Diokleia

"Ecological Crisis: Ecological Hope Our Orthodox Vision Of Creation"

Presented by: His Grace Bishop Kallistos Ware of Diokleia

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2004: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

“The Dynamics of the Orthodox Faith in Contemporary America”

Presented by: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

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