National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Joan Breton Connelly

Affiliation: New York University

Joan Breton Connelly is a classical archaeologist with excavation experience throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus.  Since 1990, she has directed the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition, leading an interdisciplinary investigation of the island’s ecology, geomorphology, archaeology, history, and maritime connectivity. Connelly was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work in Greek art, myth, and religion.  She has had two books named to the Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and her book, The Parthenon Enigma, won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in 2015. Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2007) also won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award.  Connelly has also been honored with the AIA’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NYU’s Lillian Vernon Chair for Teaching Excellence, and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching Award. She has also lectured on AIA Tours in the eastern Mediterranean. 

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