Meet Our Lecturers

Davide Tanasi

Davide Tanasi is Professor with the Department of History at University of South Florida, where he directs the Institute for Digital Explorations and he is P.I. of the Mediterreanean Diet Archaeology Project with the Institute for Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment. He specializes in application of innovative technologies for the study of archaeology of ancient Sicily and Malta. His researches in the fields of digital and biomolecular archaeology have generated groundbreaking results and numerous warmly received publications. In 2013-2015 he directed the excavations in the Roman catacombs of St. Lucy in Syracuse and since 2019 he is co-director of the Melita Civitas Roman project for the excavation of the Roman domus of Rabta in Malta.

Alaka Wali

Alaka Wali was the founding director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change from 1995- 2010 at the Field Museum.  During that time, she pioneered the development of participatory social science research and community engagement processes based in museum science.  Wali curates the North American collection, one of the Museum’s largest regional anthropology holdings. Her research focuses on the relationship between art and the capacity for social resilience and she has authored several books and monographs and published over 50 articles on a wide range of topics, including museum practice, political ecology, and urban anthropology.  Wali has curated numerous exhibitions, pioneering co-curated exhibitions with Native American contemporary artists.  She led the curation of the renovation of the North American Anthropology Hall, just opened in May 2022, which broke new ground for the Field Museum with a deeply collaborative approach that privileges the perspectives of Native American scholars, artists and community members.    

Bronwen Wickkiser

Bronwen Wickkiser is a Professor of Classics and the Department Chair at Wabash College. She is a specialist in ancient Greek history and culture, especially in the areas of medicine and religion. Her first book explores the appeal of healing deities in relation to the rise of Hippocratic medicine (Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece), while her second book examines the interrelation of sound, architecture, and music therapy in the sanctuary of a prominent healing god (The Thymele at Epidauros: Healing, Space, and Musical Performance in Late Classical Greece). She has also co-edited a book about Greek religion (Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context – Ritual – Iconography).

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.

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