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: By Appointment

Phone: 909/748-8492 Campus Ext. 8492

E-mail: lillian_larsen@redlands.edu

Lillian Larsen, portrait

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Pedagogy
  • Monastic Pedagogy
  • The Role of Rhetoric in Monastic Pedagogy
  • Early Christian / Monastic Rhetoric
  • Early Christian / Late Ancient / Monastic Gnomic Traditions
  • Early Christian / Monastic Geographies, Movement and Exchange
  • Greco-Roman / Early Christian / Rabbinic / Monastic Pedagogy - Material Remains
  • Ancient/Religious Geography and GIS 

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 160 World Wisdom
  • REL 206 The 'Other' Jesus
  • REL 242 Hellenistic Greek
  • REL 251 Women, Sexuality, and Western Religion
  • REL 260 Conemporary Faces of Ancient Christianity
  • REL 308 Christian Scriptures 
  • FYS Roots and Routes

Education

  • 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

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • 2009-Present Research Fellow, MOPAI (Early Monsticism and Classical Paideia) Lund University - Lund Sweden 
  • 2006-Present Associate Professor of Early Christianity, Department of Religion University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 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

  • 2014-Present Faculty Research Fellowship, Unversity of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 2013-Present LENS Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 2009-Present Riksbanken Jubileumsfond Research Award, Lund University - Lund, Sweden
  • 2012-13 LENS Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 2012 Outstanding Faculty Research Award, University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 2011-12 Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
  • 2010 Wabash Pre-tenure Faculty Summer Research Award, Wabash Institute – Wabash, IN
  • 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. "Isidore of Peluse: Monastic Mirror and Montage" in Collected Epistolography in Late Antiquity (Christiana Sorin, Brad Storin, and Ed Watts, eds.; Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Min(d)ing the Gaps: Digital Refractions of Ancient Texts" in The Ancient Worlds in a Digital Culture (Claire Clivaz, Paul Dilley, and David Hamidovic, eds.; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Early Monasticism and the Rhetorical Tradition: Saying and Stories as Schooltexts" in Education and Religion in Late Antiquity (Peter Gemeinhardt and Peter Van Nuffelen, eds.: Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. and Samuel Rubenson, eds. Rethinking Monastic Education (Cambridge: Cambridge Univesity Press, Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. "'Excavating the Excavations' of Early Monastic Education" in Rethinking Monastic Education (Lillian I. Larsen and Samuel Rubenson, eds.; Cambridge: Cambridge Univesity Press, Forthcoming).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Re-drawing the Map: Monastic Education as Civil Formation in the Apophthegmata Patrum" Coptica 22 (2014), 1-30.

Larsen, Lillian I. and Stephen Benzek, "Minding the Gaps: Exploring Ancient Landscapes through the Lens of GIS" Transformations 25 (2014), 23-36.

Larsen, Lillian I. "On Learning a New Alphabet...Using Classical Models:  The Sayings of the Desert Fathers and the Monostichs of Menander" in Studia Patristica 55. Leuven: Peeters Publishing, 2013.  Pp. 59-77.

Larsen, Lillian I. "Early Monastic Meals" in Meals and Religious Identity.  Edited by Matthias Klinghardt.  Texte und Arbeiten sum Neutestamentlichen Zeitalter.  Tubingen: A. Francke, 2012. Pp. 307-328.

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.

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.

Larsen, Lillian I, 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.

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

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

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

Encyclopia Entries, Introductions and Invited Reviews

Larsen, Lillian I. Review of "On Sketching the Invisible" by Andreas Westergren. Meddelanden fran Collegium Patristicum Lundense (2015), 147-150.

Larsen, Lillian I. "Introduction" in Geneologies of Rhetoric (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014), 1-11.

Larsen, Lillian I. "Education, Early Christian" in Encyclopedia of Gender and the Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. Review of Writing-Based Teaching Essential Practices and Enduring Questions, edited by Mary Chang. Teaching Theology and Religion (2011), 298-300.

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. "Virginity" in Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Natalie Kampen, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

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.

Larsen, Lillian I. "Disciples of Origen" in Westminster Handbook of Origen. J.A. McGucken, ed. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2004. Pp. 86-91.

_____. "Virtue" in Westminster Handbook of Origen. Pp. 214-216.

Seminars and Lectures

Larsen, Lillian I. "Pedgogical Parallels in Palestinian Monasticism: Re-drawing the Map." Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem (October 23, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Asceticism." Faculty Research Seminar. University of Torino. Torino, Italy (June 19, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Excavating the Excavations." Invited Presentation. Education Workshop, Institute for the Study of Antiquity. New York University. New York, NY (May 5, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. "'Excavating the Excavations' of Early Monastic Education." Keynote Address. Lund University. Lund, Sweden (October 12, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Re-imagining Monastic Education." Course Lecture. Education in Late Antiquity. University of California - Riverside, CA (January 23, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. "The Letters of Isidore." Epistolography Workshop. University of California - San Diego. La Jolla, CA (January 16, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Molding Minds and Mending Monks." Invited Lecture. Theology Luncheon. Loma Linda University (April 2, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Excavating the Excavations: Mapping Monastic Education in Egypt." Forum Lecure. University of Redlands Faculty Forum. Redlands, CA (January 17, 2012).

Larsen, Lillian I. and Steve Benzek. "The Aesthetics of Data Driven Maps." Mapping Aesthetics Workshop. NACIS Meeting. Portland (October 17, 2012).

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

Larsen, Lillian I. "On Learning a New Alphabet...in Coptic." St. Shenouda Coptic Society Conference.  UCLA (July 19, 2014).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Tables at Table: The Rhetoric of Early Monastic Meal Practice." Society of Biblical Literature. Baltimore, MD (November 25, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. and Steve Benzek. "Min(d)ing the Gaps: Digital Refractions of Ancient Texts." Society of Biblical Literature. Baltimore, MD (November 23, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Early Monasticism and the Rhetorical Tradition: Sayings and Stories as Schooltexts." Invited Paper. Lichtenberg College. University of Gottingen (June 13, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Voice and Caricature in teh Desert Fathers: Bringing Life to the Larger than Life." Meeting of the North American Patristic Society. Chicago (May 25, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I.  "Paul's Emissaries: Re-presenting the Lives and 'Acts' of Early Christian Women." Meeting of the AAG. Los Angeles (April 10, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Re-drawing the Map of Early Monasticism." Swedish Institute. Istanbul (February 27, 2013).

Larsen, Lillian I. and Steve Benzek. "Sketching People - Re-presenting Places." Mapping People Mapping Places. University of Redlands (October 30, 2012).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Education and Egyption Monasticism." St. Shenouda Coptic Studies Conference. UCLA (July 18, 2012).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Re-imagining Religious Landscapes through the LENS of GIS."  LENS Summer Institute: Mapping Communities. University of Redlands (June 13, 2012).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Apophthegmata in the Classroom." Sharing Ancient Wisdoms Conference. Stockholm University (June 7, 2012).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Cartographic 'Re'-Presentation: Maps as Discrete Refractions of Ancient Texts." Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. New York (February 25, 2012).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Exploring Ancient Landscapes through the 'LENS' of GIS." Applied Geography Conference. University of Redlands (October 21, 2011).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Meals and Monastic Identity." Meals and Religious Identity. Dresden Technical University (June 17, 2011).

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

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

Larsen, Lillian I. and Jessica Jones. "Epistolary Exchange: Using Letters as a Tool for Exploring Late Ancient Landscapes." Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.  Washington, D.C. (April 15, 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 (April 23-25, 2010).

Larsen, Lillian I. 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. (April 14-18, 2010).

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

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

Larsen, Lillian I. "Reading the Body: Community as Rhetorical Register." Invited Paper. Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. New Orleans, LA (November 23, 2009).

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

Larsen Lillian 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 (June 5-7, 2009).

Larsen, Lillian I. "Early Monastic Libraries." Early Christianity Colloquium. Lund University. Lund, Sweden (May 26, 2009).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Service and Development

  • 2013-Present Digital Humanites Advisory Working Group - North American Patristics Society
  • 2010-Present Rhetoric of the New Testament - Steering Committee
  • 2014 Monastic Education in Egypt - Cairo-Luxor-Nile River Valley-Alexandria
  • 2013  Early Christianity in Asia Minor - Istanbul
  • 2013  Ancient Education Workshop - University of California Davis (Co-facilitator)
  • 2012  Mapping Aesthitics Workshop - NACIS Meeting (Co-facilitator)
  • 2012  NEH Mapping Movement Workshop - University of Redlands
  • 2010  UVA Summer Geospatial Institute - Scholars' Lab-University of Virginia
  • 2009  Early Christianity in Ephesus (and its Environs)-Seljuk/Pergamon/Hieropolis - Nordic Network for the Study of Early Christianity
  • 2007  Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement (SPACE) - Geography Faculty, UCSB
  • 2006  Early Christianity in Syria-Aleppo/Antioch/Damascus - Nordic Network for the Study of Early Christianity
  • 2005  Early Christianity in Roman Athens-Athens - Nordic Network for the Study of Early Christianity
  • 2002  Early Christianity in Egypt-Alexandria/Cairo/Sinai - Nordic Network of Early Christianity  

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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