AIA News

April 13, 2020

Elise Friedland Awarded an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship

Elise A. Friedland, Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University, has received an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship for 2020-2021 to write a monograph, Classical Washington: Greece & Rome in the Art and Architecture of DC. The topic grows out of a special course with the same focus that she developed shortly after arriving at GW in 2008. For her first publication in this area, see “Pompeii on the Potomac: Constantino Brumidi’s Nineteenth-Century, Roman-Style Frescos for the Naval Affairs Committee Room in the United States Capitol,” in The Capitol Dome 56.1: 2–15 (available at

Dr. Friedland, a longtime member of the AIA, has served the Institute in a variety of roles. Dr. Friedland has served as President of the Central Florida Society and of the Washington, D.C. Society in addition to serving as an officer of both of those societies and an officer of the Ann Arbor Society. She has also served on the Lecture Program Committee, Societies Committee, the Society Outreach Grant Subcommittee, and the Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee. In 2013, Dr. Friedland was honored by the Institute when she became the recipient of the AIA’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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