Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Classical archaeologist Dr. Joan Breton Connelly will deliver the 19th annual Emanuel Levine History Lecture, presented by the Department of History at Rider University, on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Sweigart Auditorium on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. The event is free and open to the public.
A professor of Classics and Art History at New York University, Connelly will address the subject of “Unearthing the Lost History of Greek Priestesses.” Her work challenges long-held assumptions concerning the “invisibility” of women in ancient Greece, and brings together far-flung archaeological evidence for women’s leadership roles in the religious life of the Greek city.
Connelly is a classical archaeologist who has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus where, since 1990, she has directed the Yeronisos Island Excavations and Field School. She is the prize-winning author of Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, and has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In 2009, Portrait of a Priestess won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award.
Since 2003, Connelly has sat on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, of the U.S. Department of State, and is currently a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. She earned her Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, as well as a B.A. in Classics at Princeton University.
The Levine Lecture Series at Rider University began in 1991 in recognition of Dr. Emanuel Levine, a member of Rider’s Department of History for nearly 40 years who specialized in ancient history and archaeology. Over the years, the Levine Lecture Series has brought an impressive group of scholars to Rider, including historians who are leaders in their fields and are the recipients of prestigious prizes and awards for their scholarship including multiple Pulitzer Prize winners.