AIA Lecturer: Elise Friedland
The George Washington University
Elise A. Friedland is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the George Washington University. Her research focuses on Roman sculpture, especially that produced and displayed in the Roman Near East, and the role of religious statuary in cultural exchange. She has published a co-edited volume, The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters Press) and a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological ReportSeries). She is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture and is currently at work on a second monograph, Seeing the Gods: Sculptures, Sanctuaries, and the Roman Near East. In 2013, Prof. Friedland was awarded the AIA’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. For the AIA, Prof. Friedland has served as President of the Central Florida Society and of the Washington, D.C. Society in addition to serving on the Boards of both of those societies. She has also served on Lecture Program Committee, Societies and Membership Committee, and the Society Outreach Grant Sub-Committee. From 2009-2013, Friedland served as Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the AIA’s sister organization, the American Schools of Oriental Research.