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Stuart L. Wheeler Gallery Lecture Series

Thanks to the generous support of Mrs. Gertrude Howland, the Department of Classical Studies has sponsored an archaeology lecture each spring since 2009 in honor of Stuart Wheeler, founder of the Ancient World Gallery. Lectures on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art and archaeology complement the gallery’s collection and encourage the appreciation and study of the ancient Mediterranean world on our campus.

Past Lectures

2022, Tyler Jo Smith (Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia),"The Truth about Cats and Dogs: Pets in Ancient Greek Art"

2019, H. Alan Shapiro (W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology Emeritus and Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University), "The Tomb of the Diver at Paestum: The Greek Symposium in a Colonial Context"

2018, Lisa Pieraccini (Director of the M. Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley), "Collecting Etruscans for California: The Story of Philanthropist, Phoebe A. Hearst and Archaeologist, Alfred Emerson"

2017, Kathleen Lynch (Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati), “The Ancient Greek Symposium: Drinking Matters"

2016, Barbara Tsakirgis (Professor of Classics and History of Art, Vanderbilt University), "The Lives of Infants and Children in the Greek House and Household"

2015, Elizabeth Fisher (Professor of Classical Studies, Randolph Macon College), "The Most Exotic Odyssey: Bronze Age to Byzantine
Greek Trade to the Red Sea and Beyond"

2014, Joan Breton Connelly (Professor of Classics and Art History, New York University and Director, Yeronisos Island Excavations, Cyprus), "The Parthenon Enigma"

2013, Bill Caraher (’94, University of Richmond; Associate Professor of History, University of North Dakota), “Dream Archaeology”

2012, Gay Robins (Professor of Art History, Emory University), “Exploring Meaning and Function in Eighteenth-Dynasty Painted Tombs in Thebes”

2011, John Oakley (Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden, Jr. Professor, Classical Studies, The College of William and Mary), “The Influence of Greek Sculpture on American Gravestones”

2010, Carol Mattusch (Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University), “Lost Wax/Found History: Modern Technology and Ancient Industry”

2009, Bob Brier (Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University), “Mummification: Resurrection of a Lost Art”