Courses & Workshops/Dec 12, 2016

HMML / ​Dumbarton Oaks Syriac and Armenian Summer School 2017

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HMML / ​Dumbarton Oaks Syriac and Armenian Summer School, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, July 10–August 12, 2017

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. 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)

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must be either enrolled doctoral students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or Armenian for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac or Armenian for their teaching and research. A basic familiarity with the Syriac or Armenian writing systems and principal script-forms will be presumed upon arrival. Those accepted into the program will be informed about resources to help them in their preparation.