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Attend: Syriac and Armenian Summer School (July & August 2017: Collegeville MN)

Building on a successful program last summer, Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with HMML, announces two intensive five-week courses introducing Syriac and Classical Armenian language and paleography in summer of 2017. The program, sponsored and funded by Dumbarton Oaks, will be hosted at HMML. The summer school will run from July 10 to August 12, 2017. The audience is doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need to learn Syriac or Armenian for their research. Note that it is not possible to enroll in both courses.
Approximately ten places will be available in each course. Costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks. The selected participants will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from Saint John’s University (nearest airport: Minneapolis-St Paul). The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.
Course Offerings
The Summer School will consist of morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday, complemented by guest lectures and other learning opportunities, as well as social events and enjoyment of the beautiful 2700-acre campus with woods, lakes, and notable architecture.
Prior familiarity with basic Syriac or Armenian grammar is not a prerequisite but some preparation will be required before arrival, as directed by the instructors. The courses will include an introduction to paleography and to the study and use of manuscripts, especially those now available in the vHMML Reading Room from HMML’s vast collection of digitized Syriac and Armenian manuscripts.
Following this intensive course, students will be fully equipped to continue reading on their own or to enter reading courses at other institutions.
Kristian Heal, Brigham Young University (Syriac)
Sergio LaPorta, Fresno State University (Armenian)
Michael Pifer, University of Michigan (Armenian)
Salam Rassi, American University of Beirut (Syriac)

Application Procedure
Applications are due January 15, 2017. The application letter should include a description of the applicant’s academic background (including language skills) and an explanation for why learning Syriac or Armenian is important for future research and teaching. Letters should be no more than two single-spaced pages in length. Along with it the applicant should send a curriculum vitae. Graduate-student applicants should also supply a transcript of the graduate school coursework (or undergraduate transcript if the former is not available). Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately.
The application letter and recommendations should be addressed to Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Executive Director of HMML. Letters and other materials may be sent as email attachments to with “Syriac [or Armenian] Summer School” in the subject line.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of previous academic achievement, demonstrated need for intensive study of Syriac or Armenian, and research promise. Awards will be announced in late February 2017, and must be accepted by March 15, 2017.

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Source: Dr. Daniel K. Gullo

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