Meet Our Lecturers

Catherine Sease is the Senior Conservator for the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, and holds her degrees from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, and Bryn Mawr College, with additional studies at Wesleyan University and the University of Cambridge.  She has had a distinguished career as a conservator of archaeological materials, both in museums (including the the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Field Museum) and at excavations throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. Her indispensable volume, A Conservation Manual for the Field Archaeologist, was first published in 1987, is in its third edition, and has recently been translated into Chinese.  Catherine Sease was the 2008 recipient of the AIA's Conservation and Heritage Management Award.

Kim Shelton is the Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the present/future excavation and research program at the Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Kim previously taught for the University of Texas Classics department (2002-2005) and for nine years before that she was in a research position at the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece. Her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology is from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim works on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in general and Mycenaean pottery more specifically. She is working on a number of projects stemming from her work at Mycenae including the publication of Tsountas House, the earliest part of the Cult Centre and of Petsas House, a ceramic warehouse and domestic complex in the settlement currently under excavation.  She is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Neil A. Silberman is an author and heritage interpretation professional with a special interest in emerging trends and techniques for public engagement. He served for a decade as president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP) and as a member of the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee and Scientific Council. He served on the program committee of the last three ICOMOS General Assembly symposia and has also served as an ex-officio member of the US/ICOMOS board. In December 2015 he was named a Fellow of US/ICOMOS.

He is currently a managing partner of Coherit Associates, an international consultancy specializing in capacity building and participatory public heritage programs.  His books and edited volumes on heritage, archaeology, and their impact on contemporary society include:  The Oxford Companion to Archaeology (2012); The Future of Heritage (2008); Who Owns the Past? (2007); Memory and Identity (2007); Heritage, New Technologies, and Local Development (2006); David and Solomon (2006); Archaeology and Society in the 21st Century (2001); The Bible Unearthed (2001); Invisible America (1995); The Hidden Scrolls (1995); A Prophet From Amongst You (1992); Between Past and Present (1989); and Digging for God and Country (1982).

From 2004 to 2007, he served as director of the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation in Belgium. In 2008, he joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and became one of the founders of its Center for Heritage and Society. He also served as co-editor of its journal Heritage & Society (2008-2014) and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Cultural Property and the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies.

He has been awarded fellowships for his writing on the politics of archaeology and heritage by the Institute of Current World Affairs and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; he is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Tyler Jo Smith is Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology with the McIntire  Department of Art at the University of Virginia.  She holds her degrees from Merton College, Oxford (D.Phil.) and Davidson College, and her areas of specialization are Greek vase painting and iconography, the art and archaeology of performance, the art and archaeology of religion, and Anatolian archaeology.  Her current publication projects are The Art of Greek Religion (University of Pennsylvania Press), Greek Vases: Art, Society, and Meaning (Cambridge University Press), and Sir John Sloane’s Greek Vases (Archaeopress).

Janet Stephens is a professional stylist and cosmetologist based in Baltimore, MD, whose area of academic specialization is ancient and historic hairdressing.  She has published "Ancient Roman hairdressing: on (hair)pins and needles" (Journal of Roman Archaeology 21, 2008) and "Recreating the hairstyle of the Fonesca bust" (EXARC Journal Annual Digest, 2013).  She has given numerous presentations, including "The Scientifick Hairdresser: curling and coiffing in the Jeffersonian era", "Ovid’s Cosmetology: the hair science behind Amores 1.14", "Truthy or False-ish? Hair in Ancient Roman and Renaissance Female Portraiture", "Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Fiction to Fact", and "Vestal Virgin Hairstyling: recreating the seni crines".  Ms. Stephens was a 2011 Rome Prize finalist in Design.


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