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Caroline Schroeder, Religious and Classical Studies, gave a public lecture on "Children and Childhood in Coptic Monasticism" at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany.

Alan Lenzi, Religious & Classical Studies, published "A Six-Column Babylonian Tablet of Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and the Reconstruction of Tablet IV," co-authored with Amar Annus (Tartu University, Estonia), in Journal of Near Eastern Studies. He also co-organized and presided over a session entitled "Propaganda, Divination, and Empire" at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Tanya Storch had the article "Ten Years of Experience Teaching Dream Analysis at the University of the Pacific" published in the Spring 2011 volume of Dream Time, a journal published by the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She gave a keynote address about Daoist Theory of 5-Elements, based on her recently published book, Mastering the 5-Elements, at the Qigong Convention in Los Angeles, July 30-August 2, 2011. Dr. Storch has secured a donation of the Tripitaka (Buddhist Bible which counts several dozen volumes) from the University of the West in Los Angeles to the University of the Pacific.

Carrie Schroeder presented "The Ties that Bind: Monks, Children, and Emotions" in a workshop on the Monastic Family in Early Christianity at the International Patristics Conference at Oxford University in August 2011.

Alan Lenzi published Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction. Lenzi is the editor of the volume and its main contributor.

Tanya Storch had the book Mastering the 5 Elements, co-authored by Jeff Primack, published by Press On Qi Productions in Florida.

Spreading Buddha's Words in China : The Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon
Picture Courtesy of College of Humanities , The University of Arizona

Dr. Tanya Storch presented her paper “Between Fei Changfang and Sengyou: Who Tells the Truth about the Earliest Catalogues of Chinese Tripitaka?” at the 1st International Conference on the Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon, on March 26, 2011. Approximately 20 experts from the United States, Europe, mainland China, and Taiwan participated. This was the first such conference initiated by China, marking that country’s changing approach to Buddhist studies, which were suppressed in the past. The conference was inaugurated by the Ambassador and Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Qiu Shaofang. “His presence and inauguration speech sent a clear signal that a new era in studying Chinese Buddhism has really begun,” said Dr. Storch.

Carrie Schroeder has been awarded a Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to spend the 2011-2012 academic year conducting research at the Institute for Egyptology and Coptology at Göttingen University, Germany. Through an international competition, the Foundation selects researchers in all disciplines to spend time researching in Germany. The Fellowship is open only to scholars within 12 years of earning their doctorate, so recipients must be within 12 years of finishing school but also have a significant record of accomplishment. In 2009, 70 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships were awarded to scholars in the U.S., and only one of those was awarded in Theology.

Based on their earlier collaboration in English, Alan Lenzi and Amar Annus (Tartu University) published an introduction to and translation of the ancient Babylonian Poem of the Righteous Sufferer in Estonian. Annus provided the poem's translation, and Lenzi provided the introduction (as translated by Annus).

Tanya Storch had her article "Is Communism to be blamed for China's Religious Policy?" published in the online peer-reviewed journal, World History ConnectedRead Article. She also had the article "On the Importance of Teaching Dream Analysis to College Students" published in Symposium: A Journal of Russian Thought, v. 15 (2010), pp. 1-19; and another article, "Ten Years of Experience Teaching Dream Analysis at the University of the Pacific," accepted for publication in the journal DreamTime, which is published by the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Carrie Schroeder presented the paper "How Interdisciplinarity and the Advent of Gender and Cultural Studies Have Re-invented Monastic Origins:  Shenoute as Test-Case" at the Winter 2011 meeting of the American Society of Church History in Boston (January 8, 2011).

Alan Lenzi presented his paper "Advertising Secrecy, Creating Power in Ancient Mesopotamia: How Ancient Scholars Used Secrecy to Gain Social Capital" at the national meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Atlanta, GA in November 2010.

Carrie Schroeder has received the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher Award for Pacific for 2010. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and their institutions. Factors for selection include demonstration of exceptional teaching, recognized concern for students and colleagues, significant contributions to scholarly life, and high professional and personal standards. "Carrie is incredibly deserving of this honor," said Dr. Thomas Krise, Dean of the College of the Pacific. "She is a dedicated teacher, prolific scholar, and energetic member of the University community." Learn more.

Carrie Schroeder delivered a lecture titled "Child Sacrifice in Early Egyptian Monasteries" at Duke University and presented the paper "The Perfect Monk: Ideals of Masculinity in the Monastery of Shenoute" at the conference "The Future of Coptic Studies" held at Wake Forest University. Both events took place in September 2010.

Dr. Tanya Storch presented her paper "Religions and Missionaries in the Pacific, 1500-1900" at the World History Association Conference in San Diego in June 2010.

Dr. Alan Lenzi had his article "Invoking the God: Interpreting Invocations in Mesopotamian Prayers and Biblical Laments of the Individual" published in Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 129.2. He has also recently contributed the article on Erech, identified as the ancient city of Uruk in southern Iraq and mentioned in Genesis 10:10, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

Dr. Lenzi had his article "The Metonic Cycle, Number Symbolism, and the Placement of Psalms 19 and 119 in the MT Psalter" published in the April 2010 issue of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. His book Ludlul Bel Nemeqi: The Standard Babylonian Poem of the Righteous Sufferer was published in the State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Series. His collaborator is Amar Annus of Tartu University in Estonia. The book is a new text edition of the 480-line poem, based on 54 clay tablets and fragments.Carrie Schroeder

Dr. Carrie Schroeder was selected as a winner of the distinguished Graves Award in the humanities for 2010-2011. The grant money will support research toward her book about children in fourth- and fifth-century Christian ascetic and monastic environments. The Graves Award, issued biennially, was established to reward "outstanding accomplishment in actual teaching in the humanities by younger faculty members."

Learn more about the Graves Award and Dr. Schroeder's research.

Dr. Schroeder has also been elected to the board of the North American Patristics Society, a scholarly society of more than 850 members devoted to the study of early Christianity. Dr. Schroeder's article "Children in Early Egyptian Monasticism" was published in Children in Late Ancient Christianity, edited by Cornelia Horn and Robert Phenix, and published by Mohr Siebeck.

Blue Moon Literary and Art ReviewIn April, Dr. Tanya Storch participated in a prose and poetry reading for the authors of the fifth volume of the Blue Moon Literary and Art Review at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery in Davis, CA. Her collection of religious spiritual poetry was published in the magazine's spring 2010 volume. She also did the Buddhist poetry translations (from the medieval Korean to Russian) for the Russian translation of the Korean novel The Nebulous Dream of the Nine being reprinted in St. Petersburg, Russia.