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The School of Theology and Religious Studies Student Association


Upcoming Events

STRSSA Annual Vespers = 7 April, 6:15pm, Caldwell Chapel ... Prior to Vespers join us in the graduate student lounge (Caldwell 125) for a light reception beginning at 5:30pm. All are also encouraged to attend the Biblical Studies Roland E. Murphy Lecture (7:00pm, Happel Room = Caldwell 100).

Biblical Studies Roland E. Murphy Lecture = 7 April, 7:00pm, Happel Room (Caldwell 100) ... following STRSSA's Vespers, Dr. Amy-Joe Levine of Vanderbilt will deliver the lecture "Of Perals and Swine: Hearing Jesus' Parables through Jewish Ears." 

Religion & Culture Lecture = 12 April, 5:00pm, Happel Room (Caldwell 100) ... Dr. M. J. H. M. Poorhtuis of The Tilburg School of Catholic Theology will deliver the lecture "Fundamentalism and Postmodernism as Challenges to Interreligious Dialogue."


Student News

Bosserman, Christina (Biblical Studies). “Iconographic Illiteracy in the Hebrew Bible.” Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Society for Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. 20-23 November 2015.

Ralph, Allison (Church History). “Cyprian of Carthage’s Hybrid Model for the Body of Christ.” Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Society for Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. 20-23 November 2015.

Rodriguez, Maria (Biblical Studies).

“What’s in a ‘Word’?: kalam/kalima and rhema/logos as Expressions of God’s Word in Q. 3 and the Gospel of Luke.” Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Society for Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. 20-23 November 2015.

“The Underserved Suffering of Ayyub.” Biblica Interpretations in Islamic Contexts. The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom. 1-3 September 2015.

Paul Brazinski (Church History)

“Maximus the Confessor and Constans II: A Punishment Fit for an Unruly Abbot.” XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford. Oxford Patristics, Oxford, United Kingdom. 5-16 August 2015.

"Maximus Planudes and Boethius’ Byzantine Reception: Β?ος Βοηθ?ου" in Journal of History Studies 7.2 (2015) 1-12.

“Islamic Sacred Relics,” in Cakmak, Cenap [ed.], Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, forthcoming 2016).

“Imitation of Christ (Practice), Christianity” in Muessig, Carolyn [ed.], Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR): Medieval and Reformation Christianity, Volume I (De Gruyter: Berlin, forthcoming 2015).

“Tertullian,” in Hendrix, Scott & Okeja, Uchenna [eds.], Encyclopedia of World Religious Figures (ABC-Clio: Santa Barbara, forthcoming 2015).

Review: Cameron, Averil, Byzantine Matters, Princeton UP: Princeton, 2014, in Byzantion 85 (2015), Forthcoming.

Andrew Cuff (Church History)

"Duns Scotus and Jacques de Thérines on Free Will and the Word’s Assumption of Human Nature: Two Quodlibeta from Advent 1306," Philosophy and Theology at Marquette (2015).

"Man’s 'Very Special Habit' and God’s Agency in the Illumination Epistemology and Volition Theory of Bonaventure and Aquinas," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (forthcoming 2016)

Sayilgan, Mehmet Salih (Religious Studies).

“The Hijra and the Political Discourse on Syrian Refugees in Turkey.” Ways of Knowing. Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. 22-24 October 2015.

“Seeking Islamic Piety within the Secular: Turkey’s Spiritual Study Circles.” Sacred Literature Secular Religion. Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, United States. 1-3 October 2015.

Rahman, Rafiqur (Religious Studies). “Subaltern Studies: Re-envisioning Religious Studies as “Seen from Below.” Black Catholic Theological Symposium 26th Annual Meeting. St. Norbert’s College, De Pere, Wisconsin, United States. 15-18 October 2015.

Brantly Milligan (Moral Theology/Ethics) presented on "McLuhan, the Microphone, and Vatican II" at the McLuhan's Faith & Works Conference in October 2015 at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Marc Rugani (Moral Theology/Ethics) published the article "Whose Justice? Which Rationality?" in the Catholic Social Science Review. -- Marc V. Rugani, “‘Whose Justice? Which Rationality?’ in Catholic Debates on a Living Wage: John A. Ryan’s Canons of Distributive Justice as Locus of Contested Traditions of Enquiry,” Catholic Social Science Review 20 (2015);;jsessionid=DB6D78A16175C0CBA5088610321414B1?fp=cssr&fq=cssr%2fVolume%2f8980%7c20%2f.

Zachary Keith (Historical Theology) presented on "The Problem of enhypostaton in John Damascene: Why Is Jesus Not a Human Person?" at the XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford, UK in August 2015.

Tyler Sampson (Liturgy/Sacraments) presented on “A Model of Liturgical Formation in the Middle Ages: The Processional ‘Appendix’ to Vespers in Milan and Rome" at the international Societas Liturgica conference in Quebec in August 2015. Tyler also sat on a panel of young scholars that addressed the direction of liturgical studies in the academy and the church.

Montanaro, Andrew (Biblical Studies). “The Use of Memory in the Old Testament Quotations in John’s Gospel.” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting. Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 21-24 July 2015.

Fr. Rodrigue Constantin (Moral Theology/Ethics) presented on "Fasting in Isaach of Antioch" at the North American Syriac Symposium of CUA's Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures in June 2015; Fr. Rodrigue's translation of Isaac of Antioch's (5th C) text is the first English translation of his hymn on fasting.

Brett Smith (Historical/Systematic) presented a paper entitled “Luther and Aquinas on Merit” at the Martin Luther and Catholic Theology International Conference in Maynooth, Ireland in May 2015. The conference was an ecumenical gathering of European and American scholars in anticipation of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. A conference volume is planned to appear in time for the anniversary in 2017.

Sr. Chau Nguyen, O.P. (Systematic Theology)

presented on “'You are my garden, my sister, my bride’ (Song 4:23): A Marian Embodiment of the Song of Songs” at the College Theology Society Conference at the University of Portland in May 2015.

presented on “Contemporary Ecclesiological Questions in Light of Lumen Gentium and the Marian Mystery of the Church” at the Ecclesiological Investigations International Conference at Georgetown University in May 2015.

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General Announcements

Very often, job openings are made known to us at STRSSA and we gladly share them with students at all levels who may be looking for a way to pay for their studies or possibly even work after graduation. These opportunities can be found here:

Fellowships and Jobs for Students

Full Time Positions for Graduates

There is a new section of the webiste which provides resources for students. This section will continue to grow and change in the future. We are very excited for the opportunity to help students as they progress through the program.

2015-2016 Events

Always check the STRSSA Calendar for upcoming events!

Upcoming Washington Theological Consortium events can be found on this page.


April/May 2016

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thurs 7 April, 6:30pm (Caldwell Chapel) - STRS Prayer Event = STRSSA Annual School Vespers (a light reception will preced Vespers at 5:30pm in the graduate student lounge [Caldwell 125]).

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thurs 7 April, 7:00pm - Lecture = Biblical Studies' Roland E. Murphy Lecture: Dr. Amy-Joe Levine (Vanderbilt), "Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus' Parables through Jewish Ears."

!!STRSSA EVENT!! 12 April, 5:00pm - Lecture = Religion & Culture Lecture Dr. M. J. H. M. Poorthuis (Tilburg Univ), "Fundamentalism and Postmodernism as Challenges to Interreligious Dialogue.

!!STRSSA EVENT!! TBD April/May - STRSSA End of the Year Coffee Hour Series sponsored by Moral/Ethics & Liturgy