A special lecture in honor of James and Jenny Russell has been established by the Archaeological Institute of America. James Russell is Professor Emeritus of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Russell served as President of the Institute from 1992 to 1994 and was the first person from outside the United States to hold that post since the organization’s founding in 1879. He was also the Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer for 1995–1996.
Russell has had a long and celebrated career in classical archaeology. He is, perhaps, best known for his work at Anemurium, a small Roman and Byzantine city on the south coast of Turkey. Between 1970 and 1987, Russell directed excavations at Anemurium, exploring a variety of public and private buildings dating from the second to the seventh century. Research conducted at Anemurium and subsequent analysis of artifacts discovered there have shed new light on the city’s economy and social life.
In addition to his work at Anemurium, Russell is also known for his research and teaching in the fields of Roman and early Byzantine art and archaeology, Greek and Latin epigraphy, Roman Palestine, the Roman army, and early Christianity.
The James and Jenny Russell Lecture will be given annually on a topic of archaeological interest. The inaugural Russell Lecture was given at the Vancouver, British Columbia, Society, but thereafter, the location of the lecture changes from year to year, and all of the AIA’s Local Societies are be eligible to host the lecture.
The James and Jenny Russell Lecture was generously funded by an anonymous donor.