The Coulson lectureship was established in 2006 honor of the late Professor William D.E. Coulson. Dr. Coulson was Professor of Classics at University of Minnesota, and Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. His excavation work included Nichoria, with the Minnesota Messenia Expedition, Naukratis in Egypt, and Kavousi and Halasmenos in Crete. He published broadly, including important work on the Dark Age pottery of Messenia.
'Willy' always encouraged breadth in archaeological studies: he used the multi-discipline approach which includes natural sciences, philology, and history for his archaeological research and in teaching about archaeology; his research interests were also broad, encompassing the Bronze Age of Crete, Iron Age Messenia, Classical and Hellenistic Greek sculpture and literature, and late period Egypt, to name a few. He was a mentor to many current archaeologists, and a great friend.
The inaugural lecture will be given in Richmond, VA where Dr. Coulson went to high school, and where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Coulson, were long-time members of the Richmond Society. The Coulson lecture is given to one society annually.