Syriac: Preserving an Endangered World Culture

(February 1 to March 2, 2018)

In the West Atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall

For nearly two thousand years, Christians across the Middle East and Asia have shared a common heritage through Syriac language and culture. Many of these communities face the threat of extinction today. In response, this exhibit showcases the enduring presence of Syriac culture around the globe. The exhibit features historical reproductions as well as items from the family collection of Rev. Dr. P.K. Geevarghese, priest of the first Indian Orthodox parish in Tennessee.

The exhibit is curated by Charlotte Lew (Divinity Library), Stephanie Fulbright (MTS’17), Julia Liden (MTS’18), and Prof. David Michelson (Divinity & Classics and Mediterranean Studies), with assistance from the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery. It is on display from February 1 through March 2, 2018 in Cohen Memorial Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Sponsorship has been provided by Vanderbilt Divinity School, The Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, and the Program in Classics and Mediterranean Studies, Vanderbilt University. For further information and online images of the exhibit, visit the exhibit website.

A reception and gallery talk will take place on Saturday, February 24 from 2-4 p.m. Please RSVP here by February 19.