$50,000 Fundraising Campaign for 2006
advance the prominence and visibility of Coptic Orthodox Christianity within
the academic community in
SoR is one of the top ranking in
create opportunities for MA/PhD students (200 at SoR) to specialize in all
branches of Coptic civilization: history, language, literature, art, art history, music, monasticism,
architecture, archeology, theology, patristics, texts, Christian Arabic
literature, daily life documents, Coptic role in political life, sociology, …
If CGU produced so many books, PhD dissertations, and graduates in Coptic studies when it was focused on the Nag Hammadi Library alone; imagine if it expands into those numerous fields of Coptic studies. Graduates in Coptic studies will be ambassadors of Coptology worldwide.
Visiting Professorship will be a step toward establishing a permanent Chair, a
Center for Coptic Studies at CGU and elsewhere, and MA/PhD programs in Coptic
The publicity and visibility that will be generated can convince an admirer of Coptology to endow a chair at CGU, UCLA, Loyola Marymount,
5. Coptic Youth will get excited about taking Coptology as a major, as a PhD topic, as a minor, or as elective. There is already evidence of that.
1. Gawdat Gabra:
First Professor at AUC rotating Chair of Coptic Studies. Author, coauthor,
editor, coeditor of about 10 volumes and 70 papers in German and English.
Former Director of
2. Other projects are on the list: A Supplement (and/or an update) of Coptic Encyclopedia.
3. CGU is supportive and will apply for grants (from government and foundations) to support projects that the Visiting Professor may lead.
4. Today’s success will enable future expansion toward the goal of an MA in Coptic Studies.
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St Shenouda Society:
Make check payable to: “St Shenouda Society.”
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