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  • CNES Mourns Loss of Colleague Sheila McNally

    CNES mourns the loss of our colleague Sheila McNally, Professor Emerita of Art History, who passed away on September 24 at the age of 81. Professor McNally was a member of CNES from 1987 until 2004 (before and after those years she was in the department of art history) and was closely linked to our programs throughout her decades at Minnesota. She was a distinguished scholar and dynamic teacher whose research (ranging from the palaces of Roman emperors to the ancient silk trade to Coptic monasteries) took her all over the world. We will miss her presence in our community greatly. Contributions in her honor can be made to theSheila McNally Fellowship Fund (c/o the Department of Art History), which supports graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in Late Antique art and archaeology.

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  • Welcome Fall 2014 CNES Faculty!

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Ahearne-Kroll Ph.D. and Dr. Stephen Ahearne-Kroll Ph.D, will join the Classical & Near Eastern Studies Department in Fall 2014.

    Patricia Ahearne-Kroll joins the CNES faculty as assistant professor. Dr. Ahearne-Kroll's Doctoral training is in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, and rabbinic midrash. In 2010, Dr. Ahearne-Kroll received Ohio Wesleyan's Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers. Her courses include CNES 3204 The Dead Sea Scrolls and CNES 1201/3201 The Bible: Context and Interpretation.

    Stephen Ahearne-Kroll joins the CNES faculty as associate professor and Sundet Family Chair in New Testament and Christian Studies. Dr. Ahearne-Kroll's teaching areas include: New Testament studies, Hellenistic religions, Second Temple Judaism, gender in ancient religion, family in the ancient Mediterranean world, ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean world, ancient and modern hermeneutical theory, religious studies generally. His courses include GRK 5200 Biblical Greek and CNES 3072 The New Testament.

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  • Welcome Nita Krevans!

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nita Krevans as chair for the department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

    Thank you Chris Nappa for all your hard work and dedication serving as department chair for the past six years.
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