New York University’s Joan Breton Connelly will deliver “The Dynamics of Discovery: Unearthing Lost Histories of the Ancient World,” the Robert Foster Cherry Award Finalist Lecture, on Tuesday, November 19, 5 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East (enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place [wheelchair accessible]).
The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the Dean for the Humanities, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Department of Art History, and the Department of Classics.
From excavation trenches to the history books, the discovery of new evidence and the ways in which this shapes what we call “knowledge” is an ever-dynamic process. Focusing on a series of recent breakthroughs, Connelly’s lecture will take us from the Acropolis of classical Athens, to the island sanctuary of Yeronisos off Cyprus in the final years of Cleopatra’s reign, to Failaka Island in the Arabian Gulf where descendants of Alexander’s armies kept Greek culture alive centuries after his death.
The Robert Foster Cherry Award was created by Robert Foster Cherry, who graduated from Baylor University in 1929. As part of the selection process, award finalists give a public lecture at their home institutions as well as on the Baylor campus. Connelly, a professor in NYU’s departments of Classics and Art History, was named a finalist this spring; the winner will be announced in April 2014.
The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.992.7978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street)
NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies was created in 1996 to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past. Directed by Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Matthew S. Santirocco, and supported largely through endowment, the Center’s activities include: interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses; scholarly lectures and workshops, including annual Lewent Conferences and Ranieri Colloquia; research and travel grants for students; occasional visiting scholars; and summer seminars for college faculty from across the United States (in collaboration with the Faculty Resource Network). The Center also produces occasional publications.