Schmemann Lecture & D.Min. Commencement

by Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE on January 3, 2018

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Father Alexander Schmemann

Father Alexander Schmemann

SVOTS – 3/1/18

The 35th Annual Father Alexander Schmemann lecture (30th January 2018) will focus on the centenary anniversary of the enthronement of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow. Dr. Scott Kenworthy, seminary alumnus (M.A. ’96) and associate professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University, Ohio, will be our guest lecturer. The title of his address is: “St. Tikhon of Moscow (1865–1925) and the Orthodox Church in North America and Revolutionary Russia.” The lecture will be part of an Academic Convocation that includes the Commencement Ceremony for graduating Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) students. The graduating students, who comprise the Cohort of 2017, are the first group ever to have been enrolled in the hybrid D.Min. model, which includes both online courses and on-campus classroom intensives. (View a full listing of the names of Cohort of 2017 and the titles of their final D.Min. project titles, here.)

Dr. Kenworthy came to Miami in 2001 as a post-doctoral fellow with the Havighurst Center, receiving his Ph.D. in History from Brandeis University during the first year of the fellowship. His research interests focus on the history and thought of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, particularly in modern Russia.

Dr. Kenworthy’s first book was The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1825(Oxford University Press, 2010), which won the 2010 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. Currently, he is writing a biography of Tikhon Bellavin (1865–1925), who became patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. He is also working on a book on the controversy on the Name of God in early 20th-century Russia and Mt.


Dr. Kenworthy was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Romania, where he taught in the Faculties of Orthodox Theology at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca and the University of Bucharest. He has also had fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson Center), the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Social Science Research Council.

The free and public lecture will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of The John G. Rangos Family Building. A public reception will follow.

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