“Ruling Culture” book talk on May 13

This year our May event will be held in partnership with the Charlottesville Society of the AIA: a book talk and Q&A with UVa’s Fiona Greenland (Sociology & Anthropology), author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021). This new book situates the emergence of national symbols and icons in Italy’s longer historical entanglements of cultural elites, state officials, and tombaroli (‘tomb robbers’). The event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 6 pm EDTClick here to register!

Schedule change and “Ruling Culture” book talk registration

This week’s lecture on ancient DNA by Dr. Melinda Yang (UR Dept. of Biology) has been postponed to next year. Our next event will be on May 13, co-sponsored with the Charlottesville AIA: a book talk and Q&A with Dr. Fiona Greenland (UVA Dept. of Sociology), author of the new book Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy. See the registration link for more details!

“Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Please join us for a webinar lecture by Jeremy Pope, Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary: “Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Thursday, March 18, 6:00 pm

Click here to register for the Zoom webinar

Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies

Webinar on Etruscan soldiers

Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 6 pm for a webinar presentation of the AIA’s Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology. Hilary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classics at Binghamton University, will present “The Etruscan helmets from Vetulonia: new evidence for the life of an Etruscan soldier.”

Click here to register for the Zoom webinar

Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies

Spring 2021 events

Our spring lectures will again be on Zoom, co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies. For each lecture, a UR Zoom webinar registration link will be posted here and sent to our email list about one week before the lecture. Registration for our annual spring member event (this year a Zoom book talk and author Q&A, see below) will be available here in March.

Thursday, February 11, 6 pm
Hilary Becker (Binghamton University), “The Iconography of a Life in Arms: The Etruscan Soldier at War, at Home, and at the Tomb” (Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology)

Thursday, March 18, 6 pm
Jeremy Pope (The College of William and Mary), “Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Thursday, April 15, 6 pm (This lecture has been postponed to next year)
Melinda Yang (University of Richmond), “Using ancient DNA to study human history – perspectives on East Asia”

SPRING MEMBER EVENT
Thursday, May 13, 6 pm
Book talk and Q&A with Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia), author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021).

[Registration details will be available here in April.]

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Curator’s Webinar on Thurs. 12/3

View of the Naos of the Decades installed in Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photograph by David Stover, VMFA

On Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm, Dr. Peter Schertz (Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) will give a behind-the-scenes curator’s talk about the exhibition currently on view at the VMFA, through 18 January 2021.

Register here for the Zoom webinar

This free webinar presentation is co-sponsored by the AIA Richmond Society and the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies.

For more information about the Sunken Cities exhibition at the VMFA, see https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/treasures-ancient-egypt/

“Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East” webinar lecture on Thurs. 11/12

Join us on Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm for a webinar presentation of this year’s Nancy Wilkie Lecture in Archaeological Heritage:

Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, Director for the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University, will present “Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East”

Register here for the Zoom webinar

Abstract:
Archaeological sites are looted for the value of artifacts that are sold onto the international art market. The acceptance of undocumented, possibly looted, artifacts by the market and, in particular, by museums, means that we lose the contextual evidence needed to understand and reconstruct the past and knowledge of whether an object is authentic or a forgery. As we now know, the looting of archaeological sites in the Middle East and elsewhere may also help to fund armed conflict and terrorism. This lecture will explore the intersection of these issues and the legal and ethical responses that are intended to reduce the incentives to traffic in looted archaeological materials and thereby promote preservation of the archaeological heritage.

Click here for free registration on Zoom. Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies.

“Re-membering Osiris”

Osiris statuette, as seen in video for Sunken Cities at the VMFA

Join us on Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 pm for a webinar lecture hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in connection with the Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities exhibition.

Dr. Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will present “Re-Membering Osiris: Overcoming Death in Ancient Egypt.”

Register here for the Zoom webinar.

2020-2021 Schedule

We are later than usual in announcing our 2020-2021 lecture schedule but excited about our first-ever line-up of live online webinars, co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies. For all but the first lecture, which will be hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the UR Zoom webinar registration link will be posted here and sent to our email list one week before the lecture.

Sunday, October 25, 2:30 pm
Robert Ritner (University of Chicago), “Re-Membering Osiris: Overcoming Death in Ancient Egypt” (co-sponsored with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in connection with the Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities exhibition). Register here.

Thursday, November 12, 6 pm
Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University), “Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East” (Nancy Wilkie Lectureship in Archaeological Heritage)

Thursday, December 3, 6 pm
Peter Schertz (Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at VMFA”

Thursday, February 11, 6 pm
Hilary Becker (Binghamton University), “The Iconography of a Life in Arms: The Etruscan Soldier at War, at Home, and at the Tomb” (Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology)

Thursday, March 18, 6 pm
Jeremy Pope (The College of William and Mary), “Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Thursday, April 15, 6 pm
Melinda Yang (University of Richmond), “Using ancient DNA to study human history – perspectives on East Asia”

Details for our annual May event will be determined in March or April.

“Sunken Treasures from Ancient Egypt” – VMFA exhibition opening lecture, July 9

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Photo: Jérôme Delafosse © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

On Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm, Franck Goddio, Founder and President of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology, will present (online) the opening lecture for the Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Register here: https://www.vmfa.museum/calendar/events/opening-talk-sunken-treasures/.