The North American Syriac Symposium will be held at Catholic
University in Washington June 21-24. The conference will
bring together more than 100 professors, graduate students
and scholars from around the world for discussion of the
language, literature and cultural history of Syriac
Christianity, which has its homeland in the Middle East.
"A lot of people in the West don't necessarily know about
this area of Christian heritage," said Robin Darling Young of
Catholic U.'s School of Theology and Religious Studies. "But
these are the very communities under threat in the Middle
East today because of war, political disruption and militant
Islamic groups, such as ISIS."
The conference also will include a special exhibit of texts,
artifacts and photographs from Catholic U.'s
Semitics/Institute of Christian Oriental Research Library.
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