Member of the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
Board of Directors Advanced to Full Professor and
Department Chairperson at Macalester College
Dr. Nadya Nedelsky, a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary in Etna, CA, was advanced in the Spring of 2017 to the Rank of Full Professor and a second appointment as Chairperson of the Department of International Studies at Macalester College, a highly-ranked four-year undergraduate college in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has taught since 2002. Professor Nedelsky, a former Fulbright Scholar, received her doctoral degree at the University of Toronto.
Her most recent book is Defining the Sovereign Community: National Identity, Individual Rights and Membership in the Czech and Slovak Republics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). She has also co-edited and contributed chapters to several volumes for the Cambridge University Press, several entries for The Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press), and numerous refereed articles in professional and academic journals.
The Seminary is honored to have Professor Nedelsky as an active and much-valued member of its Board of Directors.
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St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
Participation in the First Northern
California Koha Summit
Two Teaching Assistants at the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary in Etna, CA, Archimandrite Father Gregory and Schemamonk Father Vlasie, participated in the First Annual Northern California Koha Summit at the Martha Riley Community Library in Roseville (a suburb of the State capital, Sacramento), on April 5, 2017. The day-long seminar and workshops centered on Koha, an integrated library system (ILS) used by public, academic, and special collections libraries to manage their resources and serve their students and users. The Seminary is presently cataloguing its holdings, which consist of over 15,000 volumes and periodicals, in the Koha ILS. The two attendees represented the seminary librarian, Archimandrite Father Patapios, at the summit.
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Seminary Lecture by the American
Poet Christopher Merrill
On April 1, 2017, the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary, which will shortly complete its first academic year of operation, hosted, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, an evening with the celebrated American poet Christopher Merrill. Merrill has been described by one of this country’s senior poets, W.S. Merwin, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, as “gifted, audacious, and accomplished.” His wonderful readings, commentaries, and exchanges with the small, intimate gathering at the seminary clearly averred Merwin’s assessment, and then some. The audience was enthralled by the presentation.
Merrill, Director of the prestigious International Writing Program and Professor of English at the University of Iowa, is internationally renowned, not only for his six collections of poetry, one of which, Watch Fire, was awarded the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, but for his five books of non-fiction, including his masterful and engrossing work on Mt. Athos, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, a place to which he has made frequent visits.
Professor Merrill is also a veteran of cultural diplomacy, having visited, lectured, and taught, primarily under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State, in more than fifty countries. He is a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and received a presidential appointment under the Obama administration to the National Council on the Humanities. In addition to such recognition for his work and many prizes for his poetry and books, which have been translated into some fourteen languages, Merrill was knighted by the French government into the Order of Arts and Letters.
Following his lecture, Professor Merrill spent several days at the nearby St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, attending services and visiting with Metropolitan Chrysostomos, whom he met through the State Department’s Fulbright program almost two decades ago, whereupon the two established a personal friendship and longtime correspondence.
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Photographs from Lecture on November 20, 2016 (see news entry below)
The seminary auditorium, which seats fifty, was filled to capacity for the Professor Satter’s lecture. Pictured are Metropolitan Chrysostomos, a professor at the seminary, introducing the speaker and the speaker taking questions from the audience.
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Journalist and Scholar to Speak at St. Photios Seminary
David Satter, former Moscow correspondent for the “Financial Times of London” and former special correspondent on Soviet affairs for “The Wall Street Journal” will deliver a lecture on contemporary (post-Soviet) Russia in the auditorium at the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Etna, on Sunday evening, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. Space may be limited, so we ask that those interested in attending contact the seminary at (530) 467-3544 (between 12 noon and 1 p.m. or between 6 and 8 p.m.) and leave a name and the number of attendees in their party. There is no charge for the lecture.
Professor Satter, a graduate of the University of Chicago and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and a fellow of the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Satter is the author of a plethora of articles in the popular press about Russia and—of special interest to the St. Photios Seminary students and faculty—the persecution and collaboration of the Orthodox Church in the Soviet Union and under Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. He has authored four major books on Russia, all published by Yale University Press, the latest entitled The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin.