December 31, 2017

Shawqi Talia, lecturer, Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures; Robin Darling Young, associate professor, theology; and Ryann Craig, doctoral candidate, Semitics; were quoted in a Catholic News Agency story on University researchers working to preserve the culture of Christian communities who have left Iraq.  Catholic News Agency republished the story in December. 

Shawqi Talia, lecturer, Semitics, was quoted in an Assyrian International News Agency story on a Chaldean Catholic culture preservation project. Read more at


Ancient artifacts. Centuries-old legends. Prayers dating back to the time of Christ. An enemy seeking to destroy it all. And a team of dedicated scholars trying to save the memories before it’s too late.

It may sound like the start of the next Indiana Jones movie, but for the team behind the Christian Communities of the East Cultural Heritage Project, the reality of Christian communities disappearing from the Middle East is a pressing threat.

Faced with persecution at the hands of ISIS, more than a decade of war, and generations of economic struggle, these researchers are looking to record the memories and traditions of the Christian communities of Iraq before they are lost forever. ...

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