Spring 2022 Events

April 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

KotrositsMarch 2 @ 1:30 - 3pm via Zoom   “Minor Languages: Diaspora, Trauma, and Reading the Ancient World
Speaker:  Dr. Maia Kotrosits, Research Associate, Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies (University of Waterloo).
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Description: How do we read for that which hardly appears? This talk will explore diaspora theory and studies of trauma as strategies for navigating the problems and erasures of dominant histories. Building on the work of Rey Chow and Ann Cvetkovich, this talk will specifically address the way dominant languages, grids, and categories render certain experiences ephemeral or insubstantial, and offer a reading of some early Christian texts to illustrate the ways attention to “minor languages” can refigure our pictures of the past.

Miller, PeterMarch 9 @ 1:30 - 3 pm via Zoom   "Usual Labors and the Wealth of Philosophy: Syriac Monastic Education”
Speaker: Peter Miller, Doctoral Candidate, Univ. of Iowa Religious Studies and Classics
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Description:  Dadisho of Qatar, a seventh century monk and author, wrote that the work of the monastery was threefold: mind, body, and soul. How did Syriac-speaking monks train these three dimensions of the self, teach new members, and leave behind the old ways of the world? In this presentation overviewing his dissertation research, Peter will highlight the ways that Syriac monasteries intersected with village schools and theological academies to situate for themselves a unique place in the religious and academic world of Mesopotamia. Peter will outline the major developments of the East Syriac monastic tradition and highlight the educational dimensions of the mind, body, and soul among these Christian ascetics between roughly 500-800 CE.

Shallman, JohnApril 7th @ 5pm | 107 EPB Building – Sonia Sands Lecture: "The Past is Now, On My Return from Siberia and Quest for Human Destiny"
Speaker:  John Shallman, Shallman Communications
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John Shallman will take us on a little journey, starting with his time at the University of Iowa including the inspiring lectures and teachings of Professor Jay Holstein. Shallman will discuss his book about the human condition which was inspired by Dr. Holstein’s class, Quest for Human Destiny.  Finally, Shallman will share about his career and family, including the discovery of his grandfather's 100-year-old manuscript, his grandfather's exile to Siberia, and how faith in family helped illuminate his present and future. 

Curtis, EdwardApril 13 - Colloquium "Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Mde a Home in the American Midwest"
Speaker: Edward E. Curtis, IV, 
William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
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The American Midwest is often thought of as uniformly white, and shaped exclusively by Christian values. But this view of the region as an unvarying landscape fails to consider a significant community at its very heart. Muslims of the Heartland uncovers how the first two generations of Midwestern Syrians created a life that was Arab, Muslim, and American, all at the same time. Author Edward Curtis reveals the central role of Iowa in this story, sharing new discoveries about the Mother Mosque of Cedar Rapids and the men and women who built it.



April 27, 1:30-3 p.m via Zoom   "Reading the Bible on Turtle Island"
Speakers:  T. Christopher Hoklotubbe, Cornell College and Danny Zacharias, Acadia Divinity College
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What difference does one’s indigenous heritage and culture make in interpreting Christian Scriptures? Indigenous biblical scholars T. Christopher Hoklotubbe and H. Daniel Zacharias will introduce audiences to the history and unfolding constructive project of North American Indigenous interpretations of biblical texts or “Turtle Island Hermeneutics.” Hoklotubbe and Zacharias will discuss how Indigenous concepts, ceremonies, experiences, lifeways, and stories have informed how Indigenous Christians have interpreted biblical texts in affirmative and life-giving ways and the cultural tensions that remain in such practices.