Prof. Arthur Urbano of Providence College joins ICS Board of Directors in 2016

The International Catacomb Society welcomes Prof. Arthur Urbano to its Board of Directors.  Prof. Urbano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Providence College where he has been teaching since 2005. He received a BA with a double concentration in Classics and Italian Studies from Brown University in 1995. In 1999 he earned an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School where he studied New Testament and Christian Origins. In 2005 he earned his doctorate in Religious Studies from Brown University with a specialization in Early Christianity. Arthur's research focuses on the reception and adaptation of classical culture -- literature, art, and practice -- in early Christianity. His  doctoral dissertation explored the role of biographical literature in shaping intellectual identity and culture in late antiquity--a revised version was published in the Patristics Monograph Series by The Catholic University of America Press in 2013 under the title: The Philosophical Life: Biography and the Crafting of Intellectual Identity in Late Antiquity. In 2012-2013, he received the Shohet Scholars Grant for the project entitled Wisdom Made Visible: Iconography and the Fashioning of Philosophical Culture in Late Antiquity, a study of the role of art and portraiture in the fashioning of late ancient philosophical culture. He has published several book chapters based on this project and is planning a monograph on the subject. Arthur is also chair of the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange Committee at Providence College, which organizes a lecture and colloquium series on contemporary Jewish-Christian interreligious dialogue and he is also on the board of directors of the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center in Providence.