Shouvlin Hall, Wittenberg University
200 W Ward Street
Springfield, OH 45504
Dr. Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom of Wittenberg University will present this lecture on the monastic residence at Wadi Natrun. The Desert Fathers of Egypt were the first Christian monks to establish a community in the fringes of the desert. Wadi Natrun, ancient Scetis, was home to thousands of monks from 500-1100 CE. Archaeological work in the region at the Monastery of John the Little demonstrates monastic life in multi-roomed homes with spectacular wall paintings and complex kitchen facilities. Dr. Brooks Hedstrom will present Egyptian monasticism under the Islamic caliphate in the tenth century CE.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A cash wine bar opens at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6 pm, and lecture at 7 pm. Dinner is $22, with a $5 discount for first-time guests. The dinner and lectures are held in Shouvlin Hall at Wittenberg University. Please send questions or reservation requests to Janet Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gary Linn at 937-390-3506.