Academics

Lillian Larsen

Assoc Professor, Religion

Degrees: 2006, Ph.D., Columbia University, Religion – New York, NY; 2002, M.Phil., Columbia University, Religion – New York, NY; 1998, M.A., Catholic Theological Union – Chicago, IL; 1995, M.Div., Catholic Theological Union – Chicago, IL

Office: Religion , Larsen Hall #221

Office Hours: T/R 11-12 and by Appointment

Phone: 909/748-8492 Campus Ext. 8492

E-mail: lillian_larsen@redlands.edu

Lillian Larsen, portrait

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Early Christianity
  • Christian Monasticism
  • Ancient Education
  • Ancient/Late Ancient Trade and Travel
  • Ancient/Late Ancient Religious Exchange

Description of Research

My work at the University of Redlands is deeply rooted in pedagogical approaches formed in a broad spectrum of educational environments. I began my professional life as a secondary mathematics teacher. In rich ways, my experience in an urban classroom shaped questions that continue to inform both my teaching and my research. It was in this urban setting that I became interested in early monasticism as a locus of moral and civic formation. Throughout my PhD training at Columbia University, and now in my teaching at the University of Redlands, it is not coincidental that my focus has remained centered on Greco-Roman and Early Christian school settings. My current involvement in a large research grant with colleagues at Lund University in Sweden, centers on contextualizing Early Christian monasticism within a broader trajectory of Classical paideia. Closer to home, my work with faculty and students in the University of Redlands’ MSGIS program has added a spatial component to these investigations. Turning the tools of Geographical Information Science to historical ends, here I have particularly focused on finding new ways for visualizing early Christian and Monastic idealogical exchange within and across cultural and religious boundaries.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • REL 125 World Religions
  • REL 130 Church History: Heaven and Hell
  • REL 160 World Wisdom
  • REL 205 Christian Scripture
  • REL 207 Women in Early Christianity
  • REL 305 Search for the Historical Jesus
  • REL 306 Jesus in Text and Film
  • REL 242/JNST R Greek Language
  • FYS Roots and Routes

Education

  • 2009 Pres Visiting Research Fellow, Riksbanken Jubileumsfond Lund University - Lund, Sweden
  • 2006 Ph.D. Columbia University, Religion – New York, NY
  • 2002 M.Phil. Columbia University, Religion – New York, NY
  • 1998 M.A. Catholic Theological Union – Chicago, IL
  • 1995 M.Div. Catholic Theological Union – Chicago, IL
  • 1986 M.Ed. University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA
  • 1985 B.S. Wheaton College, Mathematics – Wheaton, IL

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 2004-2006 Course Developer/Instructor - "World Religions in NYC"
    Columbia University School of Continuing Education – New York, NY
  • 2002-2005 Literature Humanities Preceptor
    Columbia University – New York, NY
  • 2002-2005 Graduate Tutor, Church History/Early Christianity
    Union Theological Seminary – New York, NY
  • 2000-2002 Teaching Assistant, Religion
    Columbia University – New York, NY
  • 1986-1996 Secondary Mathematics Teacher
    Proviso East High School – Maywood, IL

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • 2010 Wabash Pre-tenure Faculty Summer Research Award,
    Wabash Institute – Wabash, IN
  • 2009-15 Riksbanken Jubileumsfond Research Fellowship
    Lund University – Lund, Sweden
  • 2009-10 Wabash Pre-tenure Faculty Teaching Fellow
    Wabash Institute - Wabash, IN
  • 2008-09 Faculty Research Fellowship,
    University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 2007 Robert Wood Lynn Teaching Award, Union Theol. Seminary
    New York, NY
  • 2005-06 Whiting Dissertation Fellowship
    Columbia University – New York, NY
  • 2002-05 Core Preceptorship
    Columbia University – New York, NY
  • 2001-02 FLAS Summer Language Fellowships (Modern Greek/Italian)
    Columbia University – New York, NY
  • 1999 Swedish Institute Fellowship
    Lund University – Lund, Sweden
  • 1998-04 Mellon Graduate Fellowships
    Columbia University – New York, NY
  • 1987-96 Outstanding Teacher Distinction
    Proviso East High School – Proviso, IL

Publications, Presentations and Panels

PUBLICATIONS

Larsen, Lillian I. “Resisting a Reclining Culture” in Meals in the Greco-Roman World, Volume One: Social Conflict, Experimentation and Formation at the Meal. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. “Early Christian Meals and Slavery” in Meals in the Greco-Roman World, Volume One: Social Conflict, Experimentation and Formation at the Meal. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian, with Alysa King and Diana Sinton. “The Spatially Interactive Literature Analysis System Study Tool: a GIS classroom tool for interpreting history.” International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. “Constructing and Deconstructing the Gospel of John” in Selected Essays for the Tenth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses. Lanham, MD: University Press of American, 2009

Larsen, L. I. “The Apophthegmata Patrum: Rustic Rumination or Rhetorical Recitation?” Meddelanden från Collegium Patristicum Lundense 22 (2008), 21-31.

Larsen, L. I. “Virginity.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Natalie Kampen, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Larsen, L. I. Invited review of From Monastery to Hospital: Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity, by Andrew T. Crislip. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75.4 (2007): 1016-1018.

Larsen, L. I. “The Apophthegmata Patrum and the Classical Rhetorical Tradition.” Studia Patristica. Leuven: Peeters, 2007.

Larsen, L. I. “Disciples of Origen.” Westminster Handbook of Origen. J.A. McGuckin, ed. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2004. Pp. 86-91.

_____. “Virtue.” Westminster Handbook of Origen. Pp. 214-216.

Larsen, L. I. “Ørkenfedrenes Apophthegmata og den klassiske Retoriske Tradisjon.” Meddelanden från Collegium Patristicum Lundense 16 (2002).

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Larsen, Lillian I. “A Profile of Eucharistic Origins: Monks, Meals and Meanings.” Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Atlanta (20-22 November 2011).

Larsen, Lillian I. “A Grammar of Monasticism.” The Small World of Late Antiquity. Uppsala University. Uppsala, Sweden (22 May 2010).

Larsen, Lillian I. “Paul in Paradise: The Late Antique Legacy of the Apostle.” Reimagining Pauline Legacies. Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University. Baylor, Texas (23-25 April 2010).

Larsen, Lillian with Jessica Jones. “Epistolary Exchange: Using Letters as a Tool for Exploring Late Ancient Landscapes.” Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Washington, D.C. (14-18 April, 2010).

Larsen, Lillian I. “Grammar and Monasticism.” Hebrew University, Institute for Advanced Studies. Jerusalem (25 February 2010).

Larsen, Lillian I. “Resisting a Reclining Culture.” Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. New Orleans (21-24 November 2009).

Larsen, L. I. “Education in the Desert: Monasteries as Schools in Early Christian Egypt.” Guest Lecture. Collegium Patristicum Lundense. Lund University, Sweden (5 October 2009)

Larsen L. I. and Samuel Rubenson. "Early Monasticism and the Classical Heritage." International Symposium on Orthodoxy and Innovation in the Greek Speaking World. University of Copenhagen. Copenhagen, Denmark (5-7 June 2009).

Larsen, L. I. "Implementing SILAS: Exploring the Future of Using GIS to Study the Past." Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas (23-28 March 2009).

Larsen, L. I. “Early Christian Meals and Slavery.” Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Boston (22-24 November 2008).

Larsen, L. I. “Holiness and Healing in the Apophthegmata Patrum.” Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Boston (22-24 November 2008).

Larsen, L. I. “The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context.” University of Redlands Alumni. Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum. San Francisco (31 May 2008).

Larsen, L. I. “Reading Rhetoric in the Apophthegmata Patrum.” Meeting of the North American Patristic Society. Chicago (22-24 May 2008).

Larsen, L. I and Bill Huntley. “The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context.” University of Redlands Alumni. San Diego Natural History Museum. San Diego (3 November 2007).

Larsen, L. I. “Re-reading the Apophthegmata Patrum.” International Conference on Patristic Studies. Oxford University (6-10 Aug 2007).

Larsen, L. I. “Staging Stories: Re-figuring Social Strata Among Late-Roman, Monastic Non-elites” Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Washington, D.C. (18-21 Nov 2006).

Larsen, L. I. “Reading the Apophthegmata Patrum in light of Monastic Material Culture.” Meeting of the North American Patristic Society. Chicago (24-26 May 2006).

Larsen, L. I. “The Apophthegmata Patrum and the Classical Rhetorical Tradition.” Inaugural Lecture of the New York Patristic Society. Fordham University (27 Jan 2006).

Book Reviews

Larsen, Lillian I. Review of Writing-Based Teaching Essential Practices and Enduring Questions, edited by Mary Chang. Teaching Theology and Religion (Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. Invited review of Alexandria: A Cultural and Religious Melting Pot, edited by George Hinge and Jens A. Krasilnikoff. Meddelanden från Collegium Patristicum Lundense 25 (2010), 102-3

Larsen, Lillian I. Invited review of From Monastery to Hospital: Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity, by Andrew T. Crislip. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75.4 (2007): 1016-1018.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Collegium Patristicum Lundense
  • International Association of Patristic Studies
  • North American Patristic Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature

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