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16th Annual Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference: Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 17 – Oct 21 all-day

Conference Theme: Industry and Our Immigrant Ancestors

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The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe: Cambridge, MA
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day
The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe: Cambridge, MA @ Harvard University - Barker Center | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States

It is often observed that “Byzantium,” as a state and culture distinct from the Roman Empire, was an invention of Renaissance and early modern scholarship. From the historical corpus of Hieronymus Wolf to the lexical work of Charles Du Cange, the achievements of early modern scholars are familiar landmarks in the story of Byzantine studies’ emergence as a discipline. Yet key questions about this early modern “invention” of Byzantium remain understudied. What did “Byzantine” mean—as a term, a concept, and a category—to early modern scholars and their audiences? Where and how did European intellectuals acquire texts and objects that we would now define as “Byzantine”? How did contemporary political, religious, and cultural currents shape their engagements with Byzantine materials? And how does the historical context of Byzantium’s emergence continue to influence Byzantine studies today?

“The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe” addresses these questions and others over two days of lectures and panels. This conference brings together a range of senior scholars, early career researchers, and advanced graduate students from across disciplines—including early modernists, medievalists, Byzantinists, and scholars of history, art, and literature—to evaluate the study of Byzantium in early modern Europe, and explore new approaches to this burgeoning field of research.

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Holy Nativity Annual Fall Conference: Langley, BC
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day
Holy Nativity Annual Fall Conference: Langley, BC @ Holy Nativity Orthodox Church  | Langley | British Columbia | Canada

A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics

We are excited to welcome Dr. Timothy Patitsas, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, as our speaker for this event. Dr. Patitsas will be speaking on his recent writing on ethical living in the Orthodox tradition, titled “A Feeling for Beauty.” Three sessions will be interspersed with vespers and matins services at Holy Nativity.

First Session: A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics
Second Session: Eros, Agape, and the Mystery of the Twofold Anointing
Third Session: Shame and Sacrifice: The Practical Goals of Orthodox Soul Therapy

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Childcare and dietary substitutions may be available, email us

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Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) 30th Annual Conference: Chicago, IL
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day

His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be among the speakers at the 30th Annual Conference of Orthodox Christian Laity [OCL] on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Bishop Paul will update participants on the work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Other speakers include Father Frank Marangos, Former Dean of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity, New York, NY; Former National Director of Religious Education and Executive Director of Communications for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; CEO and Founder of OINOS Educational Consulting; and Managing Director of O’Mara Ferguson, who will speak on “Finding Our Voice: Orthodox Leadership for the 21st Century.” Father Hans Jacobse, Pastor of Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Ft. Myers-Naples, FL, Editor of the Orthodoxy Today web site, and Director of the American Orthodox Institute, a research and educational organization concerned with cultural and moral issues of the day, will speak on “The Challenge of Secularism in the Local Parish.” “Religious Pluralism, Fundamentalism and Contested Identities in North American Orthodox Christian Religious Life: The Case of the Greek Orthodox Church in America” will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Frances Kostarelos, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University, Chicago, who has written on issues related to religion and served as a consultant for the Greek Archdiocese.

Accommodations are being provided by the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Detailed information and registration forms are available on-line. For more information:

OCAMPR 2017 Annual Conference: Somerset, NJ
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day
OCAMPR 2017 Annual Conference: Somerset, NJ @ Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cultural Center | Franklin Township | New Jersey | United States

2017 Conference: “Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit”

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Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) National Conference: Boston, MA
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) National Conference: Boston, MA @ Taj Hotel Boston  | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

HAWC is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nationwide network whose mission is to identify and harness the tremendous talents of Hellenic American Women. HAWC encourages awareness of public policy issues and promotes women who wish to play leadership roles in their communities, the nation and their professional fields of endeavor. HAWC sponsors regional conferences, lectures, debates and seminars by prominent scholars, government officials, and experts on various issues of interest to its membership.

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Annual Metropolis of Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians Conference
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day
Annual Metropolis of Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians Conference @ Varied | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Host Parish:
Annunciation Cathedral of New England
514 Parker Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02120
Rev. Fr. Demetrios E. Tonias, Ph.D., Cathedral Dean
“A Choral Setting in Greek and English of the Divine Liturgy for the Greek Orthodox Church” by Constantine Limberakis, Archon Primikirios
Conference Music will be available for purchase at all Conference Rehearsals.
*Please note that this choral setting of the Divine Liturgy uses the English Translation that has been newly approved by the Holy Eparchial Synod. For this year’s Conference we will be chanting mostly in English.

Conference Area Music Rehearsals:
August 13, 2017, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Annunciation Church, 7 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA
Boat cruise hosted by the Annunciation Church to follow at 6:00 pm
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Additional 2017 Conference Area Music Rehearsals will be scheduled in the coming months
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Guest Conductor: Constantine Limberakis, Archon Primikirios – Annunciation Cathedral, Boston, MA
Guest Organist: Roberto Poli – Annunciation Catherdral, Boston, MA
Youth Choir Guest Conductor: TBA

Since Boston is central to the Federation, most participants will be able to commute to the Conference. Rather than reserving a block of rooms at Boston room rates in November, members of the Federation have graciously offered to open their homes to out-of-town guests. If you are coming to the conference and need somewhere to stay, please contact Cindy Rodolakis at or by phone at 413-575-8269.

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