Dr. Scott Kenworthy will deliver the 35th annual Father Alexander Schmemann lecture at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS], Yonkers, NY at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followd by a public reception.
Dr. Kenworthy is an SVOTS alumnus [M.A. ’96] and Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University, OH. The title of his address is “Saint Tikhon of Moscow (1865–1925) and the Orthodox Church in North America and Revolutionary Russia.”
Dr. Kenworthy came to Miami in 2001 as a post-doctoral fellow with the Havighurst Center, receiving his Ph.D. in History from Brandeis University during the first year of the fellowship. His research interests focus on the history and thought of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, particularly in modern Russia. His first book was The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1825 (Oxford University Press, 2010), which won the 2010 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. Currently, he is writing a biography of Tikhon Bellavin (1865–1925), who became Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. He is also working on a book on the controversy on the Name of God in early 20th century Russia and Mount Athos.
Dr. Kenworthy was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Romania, where he taught in the Faculties of Orthodox Theology at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca and the University of Bucharest. He has also had fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson Center), the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Social Science Research Council.
The lecture will be part of an Academic Convocation that includes the Commencement Ceremony for graduating Doctor of Ministry students. The graduating students, who comprise the Cohort of 2017, are the first group ever to have been enrolled in the hybrid D. Min. model, which includes both online courses and on-campus classroom intensives. [A full listing of members of the Cohort of 2017 is available online.]