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“The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: How the Translator of the Vulgate Became a Slavic Apostle" Lecture
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Glagolitic LettersThe Department of Catholic Studies and the Russian and East European Studies Program will be co-sponsoring the lecture "The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: How the Translator of the Vulgate Became a Slavic Apostle" by Dr. Julia Verkholantsev on Feb. 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, University Center.

Dr. Verkholantsev is an Associate Professor of Slavic Language and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published two books, including The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: The History of the Legend and its Legacy or, How the Translator of the Vulgate Became a Slav, as well as several articles. The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome studies the medieval belief that St. Jerome was the author of the Glagolitic letters and Roman Slavonic rite.

Dr. Verkholantsev describes her topic:
The lecture is based on my forthcoming book (Fall 2014, Northern Illinois U Press), in which I explore the history of the medieval belief that St. Jerome invented the Glagolitic letters of the Slavs and translated the Bible and the Roman liturgy into Slavonic. I investigate the emergence of this legend in Dalmatia and the circumstances of its spread to Bohemia and Poland. Now largely forgotten, the legend of the Slavic descent of St. Jerome was used by political and religious leaders from Rome to Bohemia and beyond for nearly five hundred years until it was debunked by eighteenth-century scholars. I examine this belief within the context of wider European historical and theological thought and show that it had an effect far beyond the Slavic world.

Dr. Verkholantsev's research interests focus on cultural history, the history of ideas, linguistic culture, and early modern and medieval literacy.

About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America’s oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society, or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.

Seton Hall is the first university in the eastern United States to create a Department of Catholic Studies. In December 2013, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University on the occasion of the establishment of the Department of Catholic Studies. This makes Seton Hall the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.

For more information please contact:
Brittany Venturella
(973) 275-2175


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