Meet Our Lecturers

HIlary Becker is Assistant Professor with the Department of Classics at the University of Mississippi.  She holds her degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her areas of specialization span Etruscan, Roman, and Greek art and archaeology, including ancient economy, ancient warfare, and Latin and Etruscan epigraphy.  Professor Becker is a principal investigator for the collaborative project in the Area Sacra di S. Omobono in Rome operated jointly by the University of Michigan (USA) and the Università della Calabria (Italy), and her recent work there has involved investigating the only pigment shop known from ancient Rome.

Sinclair Bell is a Classical Archaeologist and Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois, where he teaches courses on Greek, Roman and Egyptian art and architecture. He has excavated Etruscan and Roman sites in Italy and Tunisia and interned in museums in Germany and Greece. He studied Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford, the University of Cologne, and the University of Edinburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in Classics in 2004. Since then, he has given nearly fifty lectures and published five books and more than thirty scholarly articles, book chapters and reviews about the art and archaeology of ancient Italy.

Malcolm Bell, III is Professor Emeritus of Greek Art and Archaeology with the McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia.  He holds his degrees from Princeton University, and his areas of research are Classical archaeology, and Greek and Roman art and architecture, particularly that of Sicily.  Since 1980 he has been conducting fieldwork at the site of Morgantina in east central Sicilty, and has published The Terracottas volume of Morgantina Studies (Princeton, 1982); he is currently working on a volume on the city plan and public buildings in the same series.  Professor Bell is also interested in the influence of Classical art and architecture in the United States, and works in progress include a monograph on Vitruvius' influence on the design of the University of Virginia, and an article on the origins of the plan of Savannah.  Malcolm Bell, III is the AIA Norton Lecturer for 2014/2015

Rebecca Benefiel is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics at Washington & Lee University, and is also affiliate faculty with the Women's and Gender Studies Program there.  She holds her degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and conducted additional graduate study in epigraphy at L'Università di Roma, "La Sapienza".  Her fields of research include Roman social and cultural history, Pompeii (particularly graffiti), Latin epigraphy, Roman archaeology, Latin literature.  Professor Benefiel is a past AIA Olivia James Traveling Fellowship recipient, and In 2011 she was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Professor Andrea M. Berlin is the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She received an MA in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, and a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. She has been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean for over thirty years, working on projects from Troy in Turkey to Coptos in southern Egypt to Paestum, in Italy. Her speciality is the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great through the Roman era, about which she has written four books and over forty articles. Prof. Berlin is especially interested in studying the realities of daily life, and in exploring the intersection of politics and cultural change in antiquity. She is one of the Archaeological Institute of America’s most accomplished teachers and lecturers, having travelled to over 60 societies across the United States and Canada, most recently as the AIA’s 2008 Joukowsky Lecturer. In 2009 she was awarded the AIA’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


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