DAY 1: Thursday, Febrary 21

5-7 PM Opening Reception: COOR HALL 4th FLOOR

7-8 PM Viewing of Le Miracle (1997) 43 minutes

DAY 2: Friday, February 22 (Memorial Union 236 Mohave)

8:30-9 Coffee

9  Opening Remarks

9:15-10:25 Session 1: Wisdom from Coptic Texts

David Bertaina, University of Illinois Springfield:
“A Prince with no Power? Coptic Patriarchs & Fatimid Caliphs”

Bernadette McNary-Zak, Rhodes College:
“Smiling with Grace: On the Death of Antony”

10:40-12:25 Session 2: Orthodox Communities in North America

Roy R. Robson, Penn State Abington:
“A ‘Community of Young Old Believers:’ Tradition and Acculturation among American Old Believers 1955-75.”

Nina Shultz, American Theological Library Association:
“Slaviq: an expression of Native Alaskan Orthodoxy”

Kseniya Medvedeva, Freie Universität Berlin:
“Specifics of contemporary Orthodox monasticism in North America”

12:25-2:00pm      Lunch

2:00-3:10              Session 3: Orthodoxy, Health, and Healing

Eve Levin, University of Kansas:
“P(r)aying for a Miracle”

Diana Dukhanova, Holy Cross:
“The Continuum of Piety and the Problem of Russian Orthodox Pronatalism: A Comparative Historical Analysis”

3:25-4:35              Session 4: Sergei Bulgakov

Caleb Henry, University of Toronto, University of St. Michael’s College: “Prolegomena to any Future Sophiology: Sergius Bulgakov’s Early Critique of Kant”

T. Allan Smith, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies: “What’s in a Name? Bulgakov’s Filosofiia imeni

6:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Memorial Union 236 Mohave)

Thomas Bremer, University of Münster:
Orthodoxy in Ukraine: A Theological Perspective

DAY 3: Saturday, February 23 (Memorial Union 236 Mohave Room)

8:30-9:00 Coffee

9-10:45 Session 5: Orthodoxy in Transnational Contexts

Talia Zajac, University of Nottingham: “Reims MS 15 and the Cults of the Holy Popes Clement and Julius: Examining the Narrative of King Henri I’s 1049 Marriage Embassy to early Rus’ in its Manuscript Context”

Heather Bailey, University of Illinois Springfield: “Prêtres, Popes, and Le Pape (Priests, Popes, and the Pope)”

Matt Miller, University of Northwestern: “American Orthodox Philanthropy:  Global and Local Ventures since 1989” 

11:00-12:10 Session 6: Resistance in Imperial and Soviet Russian Contexts

Eugene Clay, Arizona State University: “Russian Spiritual Christian Prophecy in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Case of Maksim Rudometkin”

Ileana Orlich, Arizona State University: “Russian Orthodoxy and Stalinist Ideology: Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Solzhenitsyn’s In the First Circle

12:10-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:40 Session 7: Russian Nuns

Gwyn Bourlakov, University of Kansas: “The Practice of Female Monasticism in 18th-Century Siberia”

William Wagner, Williams College: “Female Monasticism in Revolutionary Times: The Nizhnii Novgorod Convent of the Exaltation of the Cross, 1917-1935”

2:55-4:05 Session 8: Orthodoxy in War and Revolution

Scott Kenworthy, Miami University, Ohio: “The Law of Separation of Church from the State and from Schools (Jan. 1918) and the Freedom of Conscience in the Soviet Union”

Nadieszda Kizenko, University at Albany, “Confession in Revolution:  The Transformation of Penance and Practice”


School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies of Arizona State University

The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies at Arizona State University

Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies at Ohio State University

Hilandar Research Library at Ohio State University