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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.


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