Meet Our Lecturers

Keith Snedegar is Professor of History at Utah Valley University, and holds his degrees from Oxford University (D. Phil), the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Michigan.  His fields of research are the history of astronomy (including variable star astronomy and photometry) and archaeoastronomy, particularly of South Africa and African indigenous knowledge systems.  His awards include the 2009 Dudley Observatory Pollock Award for the History of Astronomy, and he is currently preparing a volume on Lost in the Stars: A.W. Roberts at the Intersection of Science, Mission and Politics in South Africa.  Professor Snedegar is the AIA's Webster Lecturer for 2014/2015

Janet Stephens is a professional stylist and cosmetologist based in Baltimore, MD, whose area of academic specialization is ancient and historic hairdressing.  She has published "Ancient Roman hairdressing: on (hair)pins and needles" (Journal of Roman Archaeology 21, 2008) and "Recreating the hairstyle of the Fonesca bust" (EXARC Journal Annual Digest, 2013).  She has given numerous presentations, including "The Scientifick Hairdresser: curling and coiffing in the Jeffersonian era", "Ovid’s Cosmetology: the hair science behind Amores 1.14", "Truthy or False-ish? Hair in Ancient Roman and Renaissance Female Portraiture", "Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Fiction to Fact", and "Vestal Virgin Hairstyling: recreating the seni crines".  Ms. Stephens was a 2011 Rome Prize finalist in Design.

Shannan Stewart is with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.), the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota.  Her areas of specialization are Hellenistic Pottery, the archaeology of domestic life, “Hellenization”, and Anatolia in the First Millennium B.C.E.

Dr. Lea Stirling is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Manitoba and holds a Canada Research Council Chair in Roman Archaeology. She co-directs excavations at the ancient city of Leptiminus, Tunisia and participated in fieldwork at Germa, Libya, Carthage, Tunisia and Roccagloriosa, Italy. She specializes in Roman Art and Archaeology, Late Antiquity and North Africa. She received her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan and held the position of President of the AIA-Canada from 2003-2004.

Richard Talbert is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor with the History Department of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He studied Classics at Cambridge University before becoming lecturer in ancient history at Queen’s University, Belfast, and then teaching at McMaster University.  As visiting professor, he has taught at the universities of Alabama and Princeton.  He has gained Guggenheim and other fellowships and awards, as well as securing extensive funding support for his work.  He is past President of the Association of Ancient Historians.  His historical interests within antiquity are broad and varied, ranging from Spartans and western Greeks to government and society in the Roman empire, and above all in recent years mapping, travel and worldview.  The establishment of Chapel Hill’s unique Ancient World Mapping Center followed his publication of the groundbreaking Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (2000).  Much of his latest major study Rome’s World: the Peutinger Map Reconsidered is a digital presentation due for publication by Cambridge University Press in spring 2010.  A recent volume co-edited by him and Kurt Raaflaub is Geography, Ethnography, and Perspectives of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (Wiley-Blackwell). 

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