This is an annual Lecture in honor of Paulinus Bellet, O.S.B. (1913-1987), member of the faculty of the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures from 1962 until his death in 1987. The lecture is presented by the generous support of a donor.

The first annual Bellet Lecture was presented on Thursday, October 27, 2016. This inaugural lecture was given by Mark Sheridan, O.S.B., CUA alumnus, professor and rector emeritus of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant' Anselmo, Rome.

About Paulinus Bellet, O.S.B. (1913-1987)


Fr. Bellet directed the Coptic program from 1962 until 1977 when he retired as professor, staying on as a lecturer in the department until his death in 1987. In addition to Coptic, he taught Classical Ethiopic and Biblical Hebrew. He also taught Catalan, his native language, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Fr. Bellet was a monk of the Abbey of Montserrat.

 

  • The 2019 Bellet Lecture Program

    Speaker, Dr. Sofía Torallas Tovar, Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago.

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    2:10 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

    Prof. Torallas Tovar meets with the Syriac Literature class (SEM 631) in the CNE Seminar Room (Mullen 036). Limited seating is available for other students who may wish to attend. Please contact Prof. Jeremy Brown (30brownj@cua.edu).

    5:00 p.m.

    The Fourth Annual Bellet Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Sofía Torallas Tovar, Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago.

    Lecture Title: "Scroll vs Codex: The Distribution of their Cultural Space in Late Antique Egypt."

    It is often said that with Christianity the codex book-format replaced the scroll. In fact, the scroll continued to be used for many purposes. This talk will describe the contest between codex and scroll for space in the literary, religious, political and cultural spheres in Late Antique Egypt.

    Location: McInerney Auditorium (O'Connell Hall).

    Reception immediately following in Heritage Hall.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    To request disability accomodations contact cua-semitics@cua.edu or 202-319-5084.

    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    12:40 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

    Prof. Torallas Tovar meets with the Readings in Coptic class (SEM 781) in the Coptic Seminar Room (Mullen 031). Limited seating is available for other students who may wish to attend. Please contact Prof. Janet Timbie (timbie@cua.edu).

     

     

  • The 2018 Bellet Lecture Program

    Speaker, Alberto Camplani, Professor of Ancient Christian Literature, Sapienza Università di Roma.
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    2:10 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

    Prof. Camplani is joining the Ethiopic Seminar in the CNE Seminar Room (Mullen 036); the topic of the discussion will be of wide interest to students in the Christian Near East. Limited seating is available for other students who may wish to attend. Please contact Prof. Aaron Butts (buttsa@cua.edu) for information.

    5:00 p.m.

    The Third Annual Bellet Lecture will be delivered by Alberto Camplani, Professor of Ancient Christian Literature, Sapienza Università di Roma.

    Lecture Title: "Setting a Patriarchate / Building the Memory of the Past: Use of Documents and Creation of Symbols within the Bishopric of Alexandria between the Fourth and Fifth Centuries."

    This lecture will deal with the documentary and literary tools—including civil and ecclesiastical documents, tales, and symbols—used by the episcopal chancery of Alexandria to preserve the memory of the past and to give the bishopric's history its main points of articulation.

    Location: Keane Auditorium (McGivney 106), CUA campus.

    Reception immediately following in McGivney Hall Foyer, 1st floor.

    This event is free and open to the public. To request disability accommodations, contact cua-semitics@cua.edu or 202-319-5084.
  • The 2017 Bellet Lecture Program

    Speaker, David G. K. Taylor, Associate Professor of Aramaic and Syriac, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.

     Wednesday, October 18, 2017

     2:10 p.m.--3:25 p.m.

    Prof. Taylor meets with the Syriac Literature class (SEM 631) in the CNE Seminar Room (Mullen 036). Limited seating is available for other students who may wish to attend. Please contact Prof. Aaron Butts (buttsa@cua.edu) for information.

    5:00 p.m.

    The Second Annual Bellet Lecture will be delivered by David G.K. Taylor, Associate Professor of Aramaic and Syriac, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.

    Lecture Title: "The Purgatorial River of Fire in Sixth-Century Syriac Theology."

    The developed doctrine of purgatory, familiar from Dante, emerged in western Europe in the twelfth century. It is often said that eastern Christianity had no concept of purgatory, but this talk will focus on teachings that are attested in certain sixth-century Syrian Orthodox writers about a physical and spiritual purging in a river of fire that would be obligatory for all before the Last Judgment. These writers were drawing on earlier Greek thought, and biblical imagery, although there are also some fascinating parallels with certain Iranian eschatological texts.

    Location: Keane Auditorium (McGivney 106), CUA campus.

    Reception immediately following in McGivney Hall Foyer, 1st floor.

    This event is free and open to the public. To request disability accommodations, contact cua-semitics@cua.edu or 202-319-5084.
  • The 2016 Bellet Lecture Program

    Speaker, Mark Sheridan, O.S.B., CUA alumnus, professor and rector emeritus of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant' Anselmo, Rome.
     
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

     
    12:40 p.m.—2:00 p.m.
     
    Fr. Sheridan meets with students in the Coptic and Syriac classes (SEM 531/631/681 combined) in the CNE Seminar Room (MUL 036); a limited number of students not enrolled in the class may attend. Contact Dr. Janet Timbie (timbie@cua.edu) for information.
     
     
    Thursday, October 27, 2016
     
    10:30 a.m.—12:00 noon
     
    Fr. Bellet's Research Collections will be available to visitors in the CNE Seminar Room (MUL 036).
    Contact Dr. Monica Blanchard (blanchard@cua.edu) for information.
     
    5:10 p.m.—6:15 p.m.
     
    The first annual Bellet Lecture will be delivered by Mark Sheridan, O.S.B., CUA alumnus, professor and rector emeritus of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant' Anselmo, Rome.
     
    Lecture Title: "Late Antiquity in Upper Egypt: Rufus of Shotep, a sixth century bilingual bishop in Upper Egypt, learned in both the Alexandrian exegetical tradition and the Greek rhetorical tradition"
     
    Location: Aquinas Hall Auditorium, CUA campus
     
    The lecture is open to the public. A light reception will follow.
     
    7:30 p.m.
     
    The Semitics faculty will join Fr. Sheridan for dinner at an off-campus location.