Father Columba spoke about HMML's preservation international preservation work on Here and Now, a public radio magazine program produced by NPR and WBUR in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed NPR to over 450 stations, across the U.S. with an estimated 4.5 million weekly listeners. The interview touches on some specific manuscripts we've helped preserve, including a Syriac manuscript from southeast Turkey that was found in Aleppo.
Read a transcript of the interview or listen to the interview online.
HMML places special priority on manuscripts endangered by political conflict. In a recent piece in The Atlantic, "The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts from ISIS," Italian journalist Matteo Fagotto travels with Fr Columba, detailing HMML's global preservation work in the face of religious extremism. Read the entire article in The Atlantic.
On Saturday, February 25, the BBC World Service talked to Father Columba about HMML's work with endangered manuscripts. HMML's history, the Benedictine tradition and HMML's work with Islamic communities in the Middle East were highlights of the interview. The story on HMML begins at the 33:10 mark.
Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. More information on our Research page.
Applications are still being accepted for the annual Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory (MMRL). The MMRL is a project designed by developed by HMML and the Center for Medieval Studies (CMS) of the Institute for Advanced Study in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities to provide guidance on the study of manuscripts. The laboratory is intended to provide practical guidance and training in the areas of text studies, text editing, palaeography, and codicology. The workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any institution as well as to faculty, independent scholars and other individuals interested in manuscript studies and having a background in classics, medieval studies, or library studies. See more online.
The earliest map (1698) of the Upper Midwest in the Saint John’s collections is included in the exhibition. The map accompanies a travel account by Father Louis Hennepin, OFM (1626-1705), a familiar name to many Minnesotans. Fr. Hennepin traveled into Wisconsin and Minnesota in the 1670’s. His report of the St. Anthony Falls was the first printed reference to this natural landmark. See the full announcement.
vHMML Reading Room is now live!
vHMML Reading Room is a game-changing research tool for anyone interested in manuscript studies, including bibliophiles, students, or scholars who use manuscripts for academic study. The initial collections available onvHMML Reading Room include representative samples of HMML’s vast microfilm and digital resources, including images from Malta, Iraq, Ethiopia, Syriac texts and the famed Timbuktu manuscripts. Collections will be added as quickly as cataloging allows. Start your research: https://www.vhmml.org/readingRoom/
HMML Executive Director Father Columba Stewart participated in the 14th annual international joint commission for theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches in Rome. The conference was the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. Father Columba was one of several scholarly members that presented papers at the meeting. See more on our News page.
A new international exhibition at the BOZAR Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels features three manuscripts from HMML’s Malta Study Center and reflects the cultural diversity that is the foundation of the Maltese identity. The exhibition, “Malta – land of sea,” is in collaboration with Heritage Malta and Arts Council Malta. The exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s original proposal for the United Nation’s Convention of the Law of the Sea, will be open between 17th February and 28th May of 2017. See the manuscripts and learn more on our News page.
Read the feature article about HMML’s work to preserve Timbuktu’s manuscripts in the December 19, 2015 issue of The Economist.>>
HMML Featured on KSTP News
KSTP Channel 5 News in Minneapolis featured our manuscript preservation work around the world, particularly in the Middle East, in a news report on Sunday night, March 13. Read the story and see the video from KSTP.
KVSC Radio features HMML
HMML's global manuscript preservation work was featured on KVSC, 88.9, in St. Cloud, in the their series Untold Stories . See more on KVSC's website.
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