• Susan Ashbrook Harvey

    Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Professor of History and Religion at Brown University

    Susan Ashbrook Harvey is Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Professor of History and Religion at Brown University. She specializes in late antique and Byzantine Christianity, with Syriac studies as her particular focus. She has published widely on topics relating to asceticism, hagiography, women and gender, hymnography, homiletics, and piety in late antique Christianity. She is presently working on biblical women in Syriac hymnography and homiletics, and the Syriac women's choirs that performed these works. She also continues to work on religion and the senses, in particular on the manner in which sensory rhetoric is used to heighten the emotional aspects of late antique religious texts. Liturgical lament, especially in Syriac and Greek, is another area of her current research. She became Director of the Program in Early Cultures at Brown in January 2018.

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LGBTQ+ and Orthodox Tradition

First panel session from the event “Seeking Harmony and Compassion: Pastoral Care and LGBTQ+ Orthodox Faithful,” held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus October 13, 2023. Panelists include Dr. Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Fr. Perry Hamalis, and Dr. Nina Glibetic. Opening introduction by Elena Paraskevas-Thadani. As Orthodox Christians, we are called, first and foremost, to love...

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