St. Mark’s Coptic Museum Open House
On Saturday March 25 doors will be open for the public to participate in an afternoon of Museum tours, a handbell performance, and a mosaic workshop. Do mark the day in your calendar!
St. Mark’s Coptic Museum and St. John’ Don Mills Anglican Church Hand Bell Ringers are collaborating to offer A Cross-Cultural Experience Through Art and Music as part of Myseum Toronto Annual Intersections Festival 2017. We are celebrating Canada’s 150’s anniversary in many ways!
What is Myseum Toronto? No, “Myseum” is not a typo! It is a non-for-profit organization which makes possible in an innovative way to experience and celebrate Toronto’s history, art and artefacts in many different ways and places, online, at events and exhibitions all year long. The annual festival is held in March. The city of Toronto is The Museum with a multiplicity of museums, galleries, and historical sites — including St. Mark’s Coptic Museum.
The programme at St. Mark’s:
Time: 1pm to 7 pm
Venue: St. Mark’s Coptic Church & Museum, 41 Glendinning Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario
Museum Tours: 1pm to 6.30pm in our recently renovated space
Mosaic Workshop 1.15 – 3.30 led by Akram and Fadia Gabra from Glass Mosaics Canada. Register online. Numbers limited! Age 8 to seniors. This a fun workshop where you can create either a 150 year of Canadian pine tree or a Coptic geometric design
MOSAIC WORKSHOP ONLINE REGISTRATION Numbers limited! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mosaic-workshop-cross-cultural-experience-through-art-and-music-tickets-31604276241
Interactive Hand Bells concert: 3.45 to 5pm with music from different cultures.
Refreshments served all afternoon.
Complete Festival Schedule of events and exhibitions www.myseumoftoronto.com/intersections.
COPTIC STUDIES IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
Preserving the heritage and advancing global knowledge of Coptic studies.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Arts Endowment Campaign for Coptic Studies Friday, March 31, 2017 7:00 – 8.30pm St. Michael’s College, Alumni Hall Rm 100, 121 St. Joseph Street. Reception to follow at the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies 8.30-9.30
Since 2006 the U of T Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations has been offering two courses in Coptic studies (language, archaeology, art monasticism, history) each academic year .This was made possible thanks to the generosity of St. Mark’s Coptic Church, The Coptic Churches of Southern Ontario and private members of the Coptic Community. The campaign aims to raise funds to have a permanent degree offering in Coptic Studies.
The campaign will be publicly launched on Friday March 31
KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Digital Coptic Old Testament: Towards the Virtual Reconstruction of a Unique Linguistic, Literary, and Religious Monument. Dr. Frank Feder Project Director and Senior Researcher, Digital Edition and Translation of Coptic Sahidic Old Testament. Göttingen University, Germany.
The manuscripts of this most ancient bible are not only dispersed in museums, libraries, and monasteries around the world, and in most cases have survived in fragments only, for over 100 years scholars have struggled in vain to reconstruct the Coptic Old Testament. In order to accomplish this gigantic task, the Göttingen project will make full use of the technical advancements of the digital age. Its research focuses on developing a web platform and building a comprehensive database of the Coptic Biblical manuscript. In the future, anyone interested will be able to browse the manuscript leaves hat have been virtually reassembles as codices (books), and to read the text on German, English, and Arabic translations.
ALL WELCOME. FREE ADMISSION BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register before March 24, 2017 at www.insertwebsite.ca
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The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Coptic Studies Symposium
April 1, 2017 9am – 5.15pm
Coptic Heritage: Saint Shenoute the Archimandrite and the Extraordinary Scope of His Writings
Co-sponsored by The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies, and The University of Toronto Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
5 Bancroft Avenue, Room ES142
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Stephen Emmel, Department of Coptology, Münster University, Münster, Germany and Secretary, International Association for Coptic Studies.
“Shenoute the Archimandrite: The Extraordinary Scope (and Difficulties) of his Writings”.
The late-antique Egyptian monastic leader Shenoute (ca. 348–465) left behind him an extraordinarily large corpus of writings, seventeen (or more) volumes of collected works. Although multiple copies of this remarkable body of Coptic literature existed in the library of Shenoute’s monastery in the medieval period, those copies survived into the modern era only in tatters, which along with the remains of all the monastery’s many other manuscript books became scattered among some two dozen museums and libraries on three continents. During two centuries of work among these scattered remains, Coptologists have succeeded in identifying 4,350 pages from about one hundred parchment codices containing the works of Shenoute.
A project to publish a complete critical edition of the works of Shenoute began formally in 2000, organized by myself in close cooperation with Bentley Layton. I will report on the progress of this project and discuss some of the many interesting and quite varied subjects that are treated in Shenoute’s writings. From the fragmentary but nonetheless extensive remains of his corpus, it has become possible to recover remarkable biographical information about Shenoute, as well as to gain unusual insight into his thought and leadership. His writings are a mine of information not only about the internal life and discipline of Shenoute’s monastic institution, but also with regard to religious and other societal circumstances in the territory of the nearby district capital, Panopolis (modern Akhmim). Shenoute himself was personally active in promoting social justice in this wider society
SPEAKERS AND TOPICS
- “The Bohairic Literary Corpus of Apa Shenouda: scope and language”
Hany Takla, President St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, Los Angeles
2.“Shenoute’s Discourses and Late Antique Rhetoric”
Professor Zlatko Pleše, Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3. “Coptic Emotions: Evidence from Shenoute the Great”
Professor Andrew Crislip, History Department, University of Virginia Commonwealth
4. “Shenoute’s Rhetorical Syntax: a Structural Approach”
Professor Ariel Shisha-Halevy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
5 “Biblical Themes and the Founding of the White Monastery Federation”
Professor Janet Timbie, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
- “Besa’s Magical Transformation of Shenoute”
Professor Anne Moore, University of Calgary, Calgary
7. “The Life of Aaron: Sources and Intertextuality”
Professor Jitse Dijkstra, University of Ottawa
PRE-REGISTRATION ONLINE (closes on March 27, 2017)
Follow instructions below http://cscopticstudies.weebly.com/symposium-2017.html
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REGISTRATION 9am- 9.40 am April 1, 2017 at venue
Cash or cheque addressed to “Canadian Society for Coptic Studies” (we do not accept payment by credit payment)