As a grad student in history, one of the required classes we must take is a research seminar, where you and a few other grad students help a professor with research and learn how to do it yourselves. The topic varies from professor to professor, but this one is with the classical/early church historian. We're studying the excavation of the monastery of St. Euthymius in Palestine, and the interesting personalities connected to said excavation. Part of the course also includes understanding early church history, particularly in the East.
As such, our reading list includes Bp. Ware's The Orthodox Church
, a couple of books on early church monasticism, and Derwas Chitty's The Desert a City
Nice set, huh?
Our professor is also in contact with Bp. Ware, since the latter knew Derwas Chitty, one of the main people we're looking at in the course.
My professor, for the record, isn't Orthodox himself, but his wife is.