Meet Our Lecturers

John H. Walker

John H. Walker is Associate Professor of Anthropology with the University of Central Florida, and holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include political and social organization, landscape archaeology, common pool resources, the relationship between nature and culture, complex societies, agricultural intensification, Geographic Information Systems, ceramic analysis, experimental archaeology, the Amazon Basin, the Andes, and Bolivia. He currently works in the Amazon Basin, studying how pre-Columbian farmers engineered that environment, and how the pristine Amazon has in fact been managed and cultivated for thousands of years.  Dr. Walker’s current publication projects include River, Island and Field: A Historical Ecology of the Bolivian Amazon (in preparation).


Hector Williams

Hector Williams is Professor Emeritus of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and directs UBC’s archaeological projects at Stymphalos and Mytilene (Lesbos) in Greece; he has also worked at UBC’s excavations at Anemurium in Turkey and with the University of Pennyslvania’s Gordion Project and the University of Chicago’s excavations at Kenchreai, eastern port of Corinth. Professor Williams is also a maritime archaeologist and Past President and Trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. He has served as President of AIA Canada for four years, as Trustee of the AIA for seven years and on many AIA committees. He has been lecturing to local AIA societies since 1974 and has lectured AIA tours to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. His particular areas of interest are Greek cities, Greek sanctuaries, the Roman period in the eastern Mediterranean, maritime archaeology, and ancient lamps.  Professor Williams is the AIA’s Bass Lecturer for 2019/2020.


Peter H. Wood

Peter Hutchins Wood is Adjunct Professor of History with the University of Colorado- Boulder, and Emeritus Professor of History at Duke University.  He holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.), Oxford University (B.A.), and Harvard College (B.A.), and was a Rhodes Scholar.  His many research interests span early American history and the interactions of diverse cultures, race relations, American painting, and the history of documentary film.  He has published extensively, and received numerous awards and commendations for his work.  As the 2019/2020 AIA Steffy Lecturer, Professor Wood will be speaking on the ancient dugout canoes of the Mississippi-Missouri watershed.


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