New York.- Earlier this year, “Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism,” partnered with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece to support and announce two new scholarships awards for research in the following specialization areas: Byzantine Music, Classical Literature, Patristic Literature, Byzantine Art and Architecture, Iconography, “Mikrotechnia” (miniatures), New Testament Studies and Theology. American graduate students and senior scholars wishing to conduct research in Greece were eligible for the awards through the US-Greece Fulbright Exchange program.
After a highly competitive application process which involved academic peer review committees in Greece and Washington, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece announced that the recipients of FAITH-funded Fulbright Awards are Professor James C. Skedros (Professional Senior Lecturer/Scholar Research Award) and Mr. Brent Gilbert (Graduate Student Research Award).
“The Fulbright Program is unquestionably the premier international educational exchange program in the world. We (the Founders of FAITH) are very pleased to partner with the Fulbright Foundation to support US – Greek transnational cultural and educational exchanges and scholarly endeavors that promote Hellenism and an understanding of our Greek Orthodox faith in academia,” remarked Mr. George D. Behrakis, who is one of the Original Founders of the FAITH Endowment.
Since its inception in 1948 the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, has awarded scholarships to more than 4,700 Greeks and Americans and has offered free educational advising services for studies in the U.S. to thousands of individuals wishing to study in the USA. The Fulbright alumni family spans across all imaginable disciplines and includes Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients, prime ministers and heads of state, ambassadors, professors and scholars, judges, entrepreneurs and CEOs, doctors, engineers, primary/secondary educators and artists. Among the noted prominent Fulbright scholars alumni are Andreas Papandreou (former Prime Mininster), George Seferis (Writer & 1963 Nobel Laureate), Antonis Tritsis (former Minister of the Environment and Mayor of Athens), Alexis Solomos (Playwright-Director), etc.
James C. Skedros is the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, where from 1998 to 2002 he served as Acting Dean of Holy Cross. A graduate of Holy Cross, Dr. Skedros received his Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School in the History of Christianity. From 1996 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor of Orthodox Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His research areas include popular religious practices in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, history of the Byzantine church, Byzantine hagiography, pilgrimage, and Christian and Muslim relations. He has conducted field and archaeological research in Thessaloniki, Greece related to the veneration of St. Demetrios. He has served as co-chair for the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion as well as secretary for the Orthodox Theological Society in America. His publications include, “Festivals, Shrines, and the ‘Undistinguished Mob'” in Byzantine Christianity. A People’s History of Christianity (2006) “The Heroikos and Popular Christianity in the Third Century,” in Philostratus’s Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E. (2004), “The Cappadocian Fathers on the Veneration of the Martyrs” in Studia Patristica (2001), and St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki: Civic Patron and Divine Protector (1999).
Brent Gilbert, is currently a doctoral student and “Mellon-Helis Fellow” in the Department of Greek and Latin at the Catholic University of America. He is awarded the FAITH – Fulbright grant to conduct research for his doctoral dissertation: “The Image of God, Greek Medicine, and Trinitarian Polemic in Gregory of Nyssa’s De hominis opificio.” He has a Masters of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (summa cum laude) from St. Vladimir’s School of Theology. His Masters’ thesis topic is “Luke – Acts and Ancient Historiography: The role of Genre in Hermeneutics.”