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orion ORION: PSCO Announcement
PHILADELPHIA SEMINAR ON CHRISTIAN ORIGINS
in its 35th year
an Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar
under the auspices of the
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Department of Religious Studies
Box 36 College Hall, Philadelphia 19104
TOPIC FOR 1997-98: TEXTUAL COMMENTARY AS SOCIAL PRACTICE
Megan Williams (Princeton University) email@example.com
Jay Treat (University of Pennsylvania) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Kirkegaard (University of Pennsylvania) email@example.com
Beth Pollard Lisi (University of Pennsylvania) firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania) email@example.com
For 1997-98, the PSCO will bring together scholars of early Judaism, early
Christianity, and the Greco-Roman world to examine interpretation as a
social practice in the Mediterranean world from Philo of Alexandria
through Augustine of Hippo. Our focus is on textual commentaries and
related texts. In order to make sense of commentary writing in late
antiquity, we wish to situate it within the context of ancient modes of
reading, ancient modes of construing the relation of text and meaning, and
ancient modes of transmitting knowledge, as these can be reconstructed
within particular communities and cultures.
THE FIRST MEETING OF 1997-98 will be held on Thursday, September 25, from
7-9 pm in the Woody Room on the second floor of the Van Pelt Library at
the University of Pennsylvania. Persons wishing to dine with other
participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Duhring Wing
(just north of the small parking lot behind Irvine Auditorium, 34th and
Spruce Streets). We normally eat at the Food Court in the building at
3401 Walnut Street, although any change of plans will be posted in a note
on the outer door to Duhring Wing.
25 September 1997
Maxine Grossman, University of Pennsylvania
"Textual Strategies, Authoritative Voice, and the Dead Sea Scrolls."
This first presentation of the year will introduce the methodological
issues of textuality, interpretation, and authority to the seminar and
will then show how these issues play out in interpretive texts of the
Dead Sea Scrolls.
6 November 1997
David Dawson, Haverford College
"Early Christian Interpretation"
Robert Lamberton, Washington University
"Interpretation in the Neo-Platonist Tradition"
James O'Donnell, University of Pennsylvania
"Christian Interpretation in Late Antiquity"
For detailed directions to the meetings and for further information, visit
the PSCO web site:
Jay C. Treat manager, Instructional Computing
440 Williams Hall voice: (215) 898-9892
The University of Pennsylvania email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia PA 19104-6305 www: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jtreat/