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For Immediate Release: February 12, 2014

International Theologian and Scholar to Speak at Providence College

Providence, R.I. – Providence College will host a lecture given by internationally known Patristics scholar, Dr. Ilaria Ramelli on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105. (on campus)

The lecture, entitled “The Legitimacy of Slavery? Greek Philosophy, Ancient Judaism, and Early Christianity: the Role of Asceticism” will explore the position on slavery by the major religious and philosophical groups of the Roman empire and the of role of ascetics in opposing the legitimacy of slavery.

Ramelli is a leading scholar in the areas of Patristics and Early Christian Studies. She currently serves as professor of Theology and Bishop Kevin Britt Chair in Dogmatics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She also holds positions at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and Durham University, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between classical philosophy and the theology of the Church Fathers. She is the author of numerous articles and books, her most recent titled The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis: A Critical Assessment From the New Testament to Eriugena (Brill 2013).

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the College’s Theology, History, and Philosophy departments, as well as the Development of Western Civilization Program. For more information, contact Dr. Arthur Urbano, associate professor of theology at (401) 865-1351 or


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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