College of Scranton to host Fall Lecture within the Humanities

Stewart to talk Oct. 21

Father Columba Stewart, O.S.B., government director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s College, will ship The College of Scranton’s Fall Lecture within the Humanities on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. within the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Heart. He’ll current “Recovering the voices of our ancestors: preserving the world’s endangered manuscript heritage.”

The College will bestow an honorary diploma upon Father Stewart on the lecture, which is open to members of the College neighborhood and invited visitors.

“By way of his drive and initiative, Father Columba has rescued, saved, digitally archived and shared with the world historic non secular texts that have been in jeopardy of being misplaced perpetually,” mentioned Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., president of The College of Scranton. “We’re delighted to acknowledge his lifelong dedication each to the Church and to the preservation of the world’s non secular historical past by bestowing upon him an honorary diploma.”

Father Stewart was named HMML’s sixth government director in 2003. In that function, he travels extensively all through the Center East, Africa, Japanese Europe and South Asia cultivating relationships with communities possessing manuscript collections from the early medieval to early fashionable durations. Though HMML’s authentic efforts focused primarily Christian collections in varied European areas, below Father Stewart’s management, HMML’s non-European manuscript preservation initiatives have elevated from one venture in Lebanon to initiatives positioned in additional than a dozen international locations. Throughout this time, HMML has photographed tens of 1000’s of manuscripts in most of the world’s most harmful and difficult-to-reach locations and given precedence to preserving the manuscript collections of persecuted or endangered minorities.

“Father Columba believes it is very important protect these early Christian and interreligious and intercultural paperwork, manuscript and artifacts from our previous as a result of they assist us perceive not solely these particular societies and cultures, but additionally as a result of they assist us perceive extra absolutely our connectedness as human beings,” mentioned Gretchen J. Van Dyke, Ph.D., affiliate professor of political science at The College of Scranton, who first met Father Stewart when she was a Resident Scholar on the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Analysis in Collegeville, Minnesota, through the 2018-2019 educational yr.

Since 2003, Father Stewart has secured greater than $11 million in funding from main non-public foundations and authorities businesses, together with the Arcadia Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Basis, Henry Luce Basis, Institute of Museum and Library Providers, and the Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities. These funders have fueled HMML’s elevated area operations and supported the creation and enlargement of HMML’s on-line platform, the biggest and most complete digital assortment of manuscripts ever created. The web collections can be found to registered customers to flick through tens of 1000’s of manuscripts for free of charge. Underneath his management HMML additionally accomplished a record-setting capital marketing campaign in 2017 that raised greater than $20 million to help HMML’s digital manuscript preservation targets and renovate HMML’s services in Collegeville.

Underneath his management, HMML was awarded the 2011 Nationwide Medal of Honor from the Institute of Museum and Library Providers, the best award a library can obtain in america. Father Stewart was named by the NEH because the 2019 Jefferson Lecturer within the Humanities, the best honor the federal authorities confers for distinguished mental achievement within the humanities.

Fr. Columba has been featured on many nationwide and worldwide media shops, together with the CBS Information program 60 Minutes, BBC World Information, PBS’s Faith and Ethics Newsweekly in addition to in The Economist, Harvard Journal, Smithsonian Journal, NEH’s Humanities Journal, The Wall Road Journal and The Chronicle of Larger Schooling. In December 2019, he wrote a canopy story for America particularly highlighting the lengthy Benedictine dedication to protect historic texts all over the world.

Father Stewart earned his bachelor’s diploma from Harvard Faculty and his grasp’s diploma from Yale College. After additional research at Saint John’s College Faculty of Theology, he earned his D.Phil. from the College of Oxford, England. He professed vows as a Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, in 1982 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1990. In 1989, he joined the school of the graduate Faculty of Theology and undergraduate Division of Theology at Saint John’s College. He additionally at present serves because the Benedictine in residence on the Collegeville Institute.

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