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  • Congratulations to Fulbright Recipients Emily Parrent and Theresa Chresand

    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, April 16, 2015--Seven seniors at the University of Minnesota have been awarded grants to study and teach abroad following graduation by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Three were awarded study grants that will allow them to conduct research with faculty at foreign universities, one will complete a Masters degree, and three will work as teaching assistants in English language classes. The Fulbright grants cover all travel and living expenses for one academic year.

    Emily Parrent, a student in the University Honors Program and the College of Liberal Arts from Crystal Lake, Illinois, will complete an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. A major in both French/Italian and Classical Civilization, she will continue her studies of languages, paleography, and archaeology to develop skills to complete a Ph.D. and future research medieval history.

    Theresa Chresand, a 2014 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and the University Honors Program, majored in Greek and Latin and has been continuing her studies at Cambridge University. As an undergraduate she studied papyrology and became involved in the Ancient Lives project, working with Professor Nita Krevans to crowd-source the transcription of thousands of fragmentary texts. She will continue her research on Greek papyri in Vienna, Austria at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek and other archives.

    The Fulbright Program was created and funded by Congress in 1946 to promote international good will through the exchange of students and scholars in all areas of education, culture, and science. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
    Students at the University of Minnesota and recent graduates who are interested in the Fulbright Student Program should see the web-site at and contact Timothy Jones in the Office of National and International Scholarships (

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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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