Congratulations to our own acquisitions librarian VK McCarty, who will be presenting this Friday, December 7 at the annual conference of the Sophia Institute. VK will speak on “Anna Komnene’s Alexiad: Legacy from the Good Daughter (Kale Thugater);” in it she explores family relationships revealed in this epic narrative written by a 12th C Medieval female historian. The Institute’s fellows organize an annual conference and publish a collection of essays based on the conference proceedings. This year’s conference will explore “Family, Marriage and Love in Eastern Orthodoxy,” and will be held from 9 am until 6 pm on the campus of Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway @ 121st St, New York. NY 10027).
From the website: Housed at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, the Sophia Institute encourages research into the Eastern Orthodox tradition – its history, thought, liturgical and spiritual cultures – as well as issues of its ecumenical and social – ethical engagement with the contemporary world. The Institute is an independent Orthodox educational charity that serves as a gathering force for contemporary Orthodox scholars, theologians, spiritual teachers, and ethicists.
VK has been acquisitions librarian at General Seminary since 2000; she earned a master’s degree in theology (cum laude, 2011) and is an associate of the Community of the Holy Spirit. Pilgrimage has held a special place in her life for many years; favorite destinations have included: the Holy Land, Hagia Sophia, several Russian monasteries, and Canterbury. She recently edited “Through the Gates into the City: a metropolis, a seminary and a chapel,” currently serves as Acquisitions Librarian at The General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, and enjoys Biblical languages, ballet and Byzantium. At the Keller Library, VK manages acquisitions and explains serials to the reference librarian, among many other responsibilities. Congratulations, VK, and break a leg! See this for more information! Sophia Family Flyer-1