HMML is hosting Dumbarton Oaks Research Library’s Syriac Summer Language School, July 2-August 3. This is the third year the program has been hosted by HMML. Ten doctoral students, recent PhDs, and early-career faculty members from around the world are enrolled in the five-week Syriac language course.
The school consists of morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday, complemented by guest lectures and other learning opportunities. Students and faculty are able to participate in social events and networking with their colleagues while enjoying Saint John’s University’s beautiful 2700-acre campus. The course includes an introduction to paleography and to the study and use of manuscripts; these manuscripts from HMML’s collections are now available in the vHMML Reading Room. The goal for the program is for participants to become proficient enough for basic reading and translating for research purposes.
Among the faculty members for the Syriac Language School are HMML executive director, Fr. Columba Stewart and HMML’s lead cataloger of eastern Christian manuscripts, David Calabro. They join faculty members Dr. Emanuel Fiano, from Fordham University in New York, New York and Dr. Jeffrey Wickes, from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions.