Meet Our Lecturers

Barbara Tsakirgis is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Vanderbilt University, and Vice Chair of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  She received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton, and her areas of specialization are Greek art and architecture, and the domestic architecture and social history of the Greek household.  She has excavated in Italy, Sicily, and Greece, and has been conducting excavations at the Athenian Agora since 1993.  She has written a number of articles for the American Journal of Archaeology, Hesperia, and Acta Hyperborea and is the author of The Domestic Architecture of Morgantina in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods (Morgantina Studies, vol. 6, forthcoming) and “Living Near the Agora: Houses and Households in Central Athens (in The Athenian Agora: New Perspectives on an Ancient Site, J. Camp and C. Mauzy, eds, 2009).  Professor Tsakirgis was an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer in 2008/2009.

Steven Tuck is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and History, Miami University, where he directs a summer study program in Italy and was named Outstanding Professor in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  He earned his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and a post-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State University.  His areas of specialization are Roman spectacle entertainment, and Roman imperial art and archaeology, especially ideological display.  He has conducted fieldwork, research and study tours in Egypt, England, Italy and Greece. He has published articles on Greek and Latin epigraphy, sculpture, architecture, and the monument program in the harbors of Portus and Lepcis Magna, and his recent publications include Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum (2006, University of Michigan Press), and “Representations of Sport and Spectacle in Roman Art” (in A Companion to Ancient Sport and Spectacle, Blackwell Publishing, 2011).

Dr. Anthony Tuck is with the Department of Classics and Center for Etruscan Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. and specializes in Early Etruscan culture and ancient textiles. He is the Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate (Murlo), Italy., and has held Fulbright and Lilly Fellowships. His main publications include "Poggio Civitate: The necropolis of Poggio Aguzzo (Bretschneider), and "Singing the Rug: Patterned Textiles and the Origins of Indo-European Metrical Poetry" (AJA).

Professor Jo Anne Van Tilburg is Director of the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP), Director of the UCLA Rock Art Archive, and a member of the U.S. National Landmarks Commission National Park System Advisory Board.  Her areas of specialization include style and iconographic analysis, typological analysis, and symbolism, and her study areas are Oceania, Polynesia, Micronesia, and California.

Marjorie S. Venit is Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Architecture with the University of Maryland. She holds her degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, Hunter College-CUNY (M.A.), and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, (M.A., Ph.D.), and her research focuses on tombs and their decoration in Ptolemaic and Roman-period Egypt, and Greek vase painting. She has received numerous awards and grants, and her main publications include "Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater of the Dead" (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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