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The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University


The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University fosters intellectual inquiry by supporting scholarship and teaching that is critical to the ecclesial community, public discourse, and the promotion of Christian unity.

The Center serves as a locus of curricular, research, and outreach activities related to the interdisciplinary study of Orthodox Christian traditions.


Fordham University has had a long and vibrant relationship with Orthodox Christian communities. The internationally renowned Orthodox theologian and historian, The Very Rev. John Meyendorff, was a Professor of Byzantine History at Fordham from 1967 to 1992, and for generations, Orthodox families have chosen Fordham as the school where students pursue a rigorous education that respects and encourages a deeper understanding of Christianity. 

The inaugural Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture was presented by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America in 2004. Orthodox Christian Studies was launched as an academic program in 2007 when the interdisciplinary minor was established. In 2009, His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch visited Fordham University and was awarded an honorary degree.  The Orthodox Christian Studies Center was officially founded by Professors George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou in 2012.


  • An Undergraduate Minor in Orthodox Christian Studies
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Sponsored Research Fellowships*
  • The Patterson Triennial Conference in Orthodox/Catholic Relations
  • The Annual Orthodoxy in AmericaLecture Series
  • Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought Serieswith Fordham University Press
  • TheOrthodox Christian Fellowship Student Club

Mission statement reviewed and unanimously approved by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center Advisory Council, June 2013.


Our program works closely with the Department of Theology and the Center for Medieval Studies in order to offer aninterdiscplinary approach to the study of Orthodox Christianity. Please visit their respective websites for more information.
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News and Events

The YouTube Video of Putin, Religion, and Ukraine panel is now available

On November 4, 2014, an international panel of experts convened at the Orthodox Christian Studies Center to discuss the complicated role that religion is playing in the tension between Ukraine and Russia, and the way in which religion is being used both to construct and resist a new 'East-West' divide.

For more about the panel, please read International Panel: Putin is Using Religion to Sustain War in Ukraine

To watch the video, please click here.

This panel discussion was made possible through gifts received from the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., the Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation, Inc., and donors to the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

Cambridge Scholar Argues Liturgy's Relevance
This fall, Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, made an argument for the relevance of the liturgy in today's world as part of the Orthodox in America Lecture Series, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate of human letters, honoris causa. For complete details, read the article on Fordham's news page.

To watch the ceremony and lecture, please visit 2014 Orthodoxy in America Lecture.

Putin's Unorthodox Orthodoxy

Pundits from both America and Europe have recently ascribed religious motivations to the actions of Vladimir Putin. Is Orthodox Christianity to blame for his militant incursions, reactionary policies, or anti-Western rhetoric?

To read the complete blog by George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, please click here.

"Heaven and Earth:Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Traditions"

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 7:30-9:00 p.m., The Glicker-Milstein Theatre in the Diana Center, 3009 Broadway

A concert featuring performances by:
Chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church
St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale, under the direction of Robin Freeman

Followed by a panel discussion with:
Spyridon Antonopoulos, City University London
Peter Bouteneff, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Nina Gilbetic, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School
John A. McGuckin, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary

Hostedand curated by Lisa Radakovich Holsberg, Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University

Seating is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat, please click here.

"Crisis in Ukraine"

Professor Olena Nikolayenko, Fordham University
Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 4:00 p.m., South Lounge, Lincoln Center Campus
Every day, dramatic and dangerous events are unfolding affecting Ukraine, Russia, Europe, and even the U.S.A. As the crisis escalates, find out what its causes are, where it's heading, and what solutions are possible.
Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the International Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, and the International Studies Club, with the generous support of a grant by Dean Robert Grimes.

"Yale Monastic Archaeology Project and Current Challenges to Archaeology in Egypt"
Stephen Davis, Yale University
Thursday, 10 April 2014, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Walsh Library 041, Rose Hill Campus

Prof. Davis will depict the state of excavations at Shenoute's White Monastery and others in the region, giving special attention to the challenges of doing archaeology amid political turmoil.

"The Rhetoric of Defense and Display: Forensic and Epideictic Rhetoric in the New Testament"
George Parsenios, Princeton Theological Seminary
Thursday, 13 March 2014, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Walsh Library 041, Rose Hill Campus

Prof. Parsenios will discuss his work in using Greek rhetorical analysis on the speeches and dialogues of the New Testament, focusing on theGospel of John.

"Mystic, Mystical, Mysticism"
Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 11:45 a.m., Duane Library 140, Rose Hille Campus
Dr. Amy Hollywood of Harvard University gave a lecture titled "Mystic, Mystical, Mysticism." This event was cosponsored with the Fordham University theology department.

His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës
, and All Albania presented the Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

Sharing the Good News in a Multi-Religious Country: Theological Reflections on Other Religions

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
Lecture and Conferral Ceremony | University Church

For more information, you can download a pdf of the lecture watch a video of the event or read the article on Fordham's news page.

Fordham Installs FirstArchbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture
Fordham University and members of the Orthodox Christian community celebrated a milestone on Nov. 18 with the installation of Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., as Fordham's first Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture. For complete details, read the article on Fordham's news page or watch a video of the event.

Syria in the Crosshairs
Religion, Violence, and the Legacy of Exploitation in the Arab World

Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | 6:30 PM
McNally Amphitheatre | Fordham Law School | Lincoln Center Campus

March 2014 will mark three years since the Syrian civil war began. However, as a panel at Fordham University revealed, the cause of the unfettered violence in the region and how the world ought to respond still remain largely unclear.

The panel discussion featured:
Michael Wahid Hanna, Fellow at the Century Foundation
Nadieszda Kizenko, Associate Professor in the Department of History
at the University of Albany, State university of New York
Joseph Massad, Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and
Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and
African Studies at Columbia University
Christopher Awad, FCRH '14, Orthodox Christian Studies student

Moderated by George E. Demacopoulos, Professor of Historical Theology
Director and Co-Founder of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center

This event was possible because of support from the Fordham University Office of
Alumni Relations, the Deans of the Arts and Sciences, and the Department
of Theology.

For more details, read the article on Fordham's news page. You can also watch a video of the event.

Center Hosts Lecture Examining the Apocalypse in Byzantium
On October 15, Dr. Stephen Shoemaker, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon, offered a lecture, "The Apocalypse of John in Byzantium: Eastern Christian Reception of the Last Book of the Bible."

Center Co-sponsors Conference on the 1700th Anniversay of the Edict of Milan at Stockton College
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center partnered with the Interdisciplinary Center of Hellenic Studies at Richard Stockton College to host Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy on October 4-5.

Center Publishes Proceedings of the Second Triennial Patterson Conference, Orthodox Constructions of the West
Orthodox Constructions of the West, ed. by George Demacopoulos andAristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press, 2013)

Fordham Receives NEH Grant
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University has received a prestigious challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency and one of the largest funders of humanities programs in theUnited States. For complete details, read the article on Fordham’s news page.

Patterson Triennial Conference
The third installment of the Patterson Triennial Conference for Orthodox/Catholic Relations was a three-day conference entitiled Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine. The Conference was held June 11-13 at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus. Read about keynotespeaker, Stanley Hauerwas' lecture here.

Center Co-sponsors International Conference in Romania: "Can Orthodox Theology be Contextual? Concrete Approaches from the Orthodox Tradition"
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center, together with the Academy for Theological Studies (Volos, Greece) and the Romanian Institute forInter-Orthodox, Inter-Confessional and Inter-Religious Studies (INTER, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), cosponsored the international conference, "Can Orthodox Theology be Contextual? Concrete Approaches from the Orthodox Tradition", 23-25 May 2013, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. For a summary, read this article.

Orthodox Christian Studies Center awards first Graduate-Student Summer Research Fellowship
In the first installation of the Center's Summer Research Initiative, John Penniman (PhD student in Theology) was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship for his project, "Animal, Vegetable, Milk: Origen's Pauline Menu for Christian Paideia." You can read Mr. Penniman's proposal here.

"The Arab Spring and the Future of Christianity in the Middle East"
A panel discussion featuring: John Entelis, professor of political science and director of Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, Michael Wahid Hanna, fellow at The Century Foundation, Mark Salah Morgan, Esq., president of Coptic Lawyers Association, YuriJ.Pacheo, FCRH'13, moderated by George Demacopoulos, co-founding director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University.
MONDAY, 8 APRIL 2013 | 6 PM

For complete details, read the article on Fordham's news page

"All Things are Clear and Open that are in the Divine Scriptures": Interpretative Ideals and Polemical Purposes in Byzantine Exegesis
Professor Tia Kolbaba (Rutgers University)
Monday February 4, 2013 at 5:15pm in the Faculty Lounge of the McGinley Center, Rose Hill.
Learn more here

Rev. John McGuckin offered 2012 Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture

november 14, 6:00PM, Tognino hall,Duane library, rose hill
"The Way of the Pilgrim:  How the Orthodox Philokalic Tradition Came to Modern America--And what America Made of it"  The Very Rev. John Anthony McGuckin is the Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History, Union Theological Seminary; Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies, Columbia University; Director, Sophia Institute, the William and Maria Spears International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture. Rev. McGuckin was introduced by William G. Spears, Chairman and Founder, Spears Abacus.  To read more click here.  Video of Fr. McGuckin's Lecture can be found here

Center Co-Director Publishes new Book Exploring Orthodoxy and Democracy
Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou publishes new book The Mystical as Political:  Democracy andNon-RadicalOrthodoxy (University of Notre Dame Press). Learn more here

"The Internal Lives of Biblical Figures in Early Byzantine Christian Hymns"
Professor Derek Krueger, October 22
Monday October 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm in the O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library, Rose Hill.  Derek Krueger (Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor, University of North Carolina atGreensboro, and President of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America) offered a lecture on the internal lives of biblical figures in the hymns (kontakia) of St. Romanos the Melodist.

International Symposium on Maximus the Confessor: Knowing the Purpose of Everything Through the Power of The Resurrection
October 18-21, 2012 Belgrade, Serbia
Fordham's Orthodox Christian Studies Center will be collaborating with the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade,the Chair of OrthodoxTheology of Münster University, and Pontifical Lateran University. Featured speakers include Andrew Louth, David Bradshaw and Paul Blowers.  More details about the conference can be found here.
Upcoming Conference: "Ecclesiology and Nationalism in a Postmodern Era"
May 24-27, 2012. Volos, Greece
Fordham's Orthodox Christian Studies Center is sponsoring this upcoming conference in Volos, Greece. This conference seeks to investigate and address the problem of religious nationalism in the modern Orthodox Church. Paper topicsinclude the origins of religious nationalism, globalization, and autocephaly. Featured speakers include Bishop Kallistos Ware and Metropolitan John Zizioulas. More details aboutthe conference can be found here. The conference will be simultaneously translated in both English and Greek.

“The Baptism of Constantine and his Plans for the Imperial Succession”
Dr. Timothy D. Barnes
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at5:00. Room 140 Duane Library, Fordham University's RoseHill Campus.  
"The End of Sacrifice? CulticTraditions and the Early Eucharist."and "Making a Killing: the Suicide of Judas in Early Christian Art." 
Rev. Canon AndrewMcGowan and Dr. Felicity Harley McGowan
On Monday, March 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM respectively in Room 041 in Walsh Library on the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University, Fordham's Christianity in Antiquity program and Orthodox Christian Studies program will present two lectures. The first lecture will be given by Reverend Canon Andrew McGowan, who is Warden and President of Trinity College at Melbourne University in Australia. His research interests include North African Christianity and the origins ofthe Eucharist.

Thesecond lecture will be given by Dr Felicity Harley McGowan, the Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Medieval Art at Melbourne University in Australia. Her research focuses on early extant images of the Crucifixion as well as the survival of Classical artistic traditions in Christian iconography.
"John Chrysostom on the Biology of Madness and the Pathology of Sin" 
Dr. Wendy Mayer, February 13
On Monday, February 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the McGinley Center on the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University, Dr. Wendy Mayer of Australian Catholic University will give a talk titled "John Chrysostom on the Biology of Madness and the Pathology of Sin."  All are welcome.  Reception to follow.  Co-sponsored by the Theology Department and the Center for Medieval Studies.

"A Reflection on Contemplation, Speculation and Action
in Orthodox Theology
Dr. DAVID TRACY, November 28
On Monday, November 28, 2011, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Dr. David Tracy, Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago, will give a talk titled "A Reflection on Contemplation, Speculation and Action in Orthodox Theology" at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus on the 12th floor of the Lowenstein Building. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of University Mission and Ministry, the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, the Department of Theology, the Office of Development and University Relations, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Avery Cardinal Dulles of the Society of Jesus Chair in Catholic Theology.

"Borders and Perspectives: (Orthodox) Christian Art and Iconography"
Dr. Davor Dzalto, November 16
On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Davor Dzalto, professor at the University of Nis in Serbia, will give a talk titled "Borders and Perspectives: (Orthodox) ChristianArt and Iconography" at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in Duane Library, Room 351. Read more about Dr. Dzaltohere.
"Land of Unlikeness: Poetry & Prayer"
Scott Cairns, April 26-27
On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 6:00 PM, Orthodox poet and writer Dr. Scott Cairns will give a talk titled "Land of Unlikeness: Poetry & Prayer"at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in Duane Library's Tognino Hall. On the following day, he will give a poetry reading at 2:30 PM at the Lincoln Center campus in McMahon Hall. Read about Scott Cairns here.

"War & Peace:  An Orthodox-Catholic Conversation"
Loyola Marymount University, March 25-26
On March 25-26, 2011, Fordham's Orthodox Christian Studies center co-sponsored "War & Peace:  An Orthodox-Catholic Conversation" at the Huffington Ecumenical Institute of Loyola Marymount University. Read about the event here.
"Orthodox Constructions of the West"
Patterson Triennial Conference for the Orthodox-Roman Catholic Dialogue
This year’s Triennial Patterson Conference, “Orthodox Constructions of the West,” was held from June 28 to June 30, 2010. Read about the conference here.
Conference on Contextual Theology at the Academy for Theological Studies in Volos, Greece 
June 3-6, 2010
From June 3 - June 6, 2010, the Orthodox Christian Studies Program co-sponsored the conference "Neo-Patristic Synthesis or 'Post-Patristic' Theology: Can Orthodox Theology Be Contextual?" in Volos, Greece. A list of speakers for the conference is available here. The presentation of papers can be viewed here.For additional information, please visit the Academy'swebsite.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Honorary Degree from Fordham University
October 27, 2009

The Spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians visits with students and bestows his blessing upon Fordham's Orthodox Christian Studies Program. Read the Story here. View the degree Ceremony here. View the Patriarch's address here. View pictures of the ceremony here. View pictures of the student gathering here. Read the Fordham Magazine article here.
Announcing The Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture
The Chair is funded by the Jaharis Family Foundation

Fordham announced at the event that it has received a $2 million gift to establish the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture. The gift comes from the Jaharis Family Foundation, which provides grants to arts, cultural and religious institutions. (Read the rest of the article from Inside Fordham here.)  

  "This seeking for the common fundamental Christian faith in our times, when we faithful have been divided into many Christian confessions, can be performed only through dialogue in love and truth."
— Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  "Today we know that unity can be achieved through the love of God only if the Churches want it together, in full respect for the traditions of each for necessary autonomy."
— Pope John Paul II

The Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture was established with a most generous gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Program website was initially developed with the support of The Virginia H. Farah Foundation.

*Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed by scholars affiliated with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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