Meet Our Lecturers

Morag Kersel is with the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University, and holds her degrees from Cambridge University (Ph.D.), the University of Georgia (M.H.P.), the University of Toronto (M.A.) and Queen’s University (B.A.H.).  Her areas of specialization are Eastern Mediterranean and Levantine Prehistory, cultural heritage protection and policy (trade in antiquities, museum practice, and archaeological ethics), and archaeological field school teaching methods.  She is co-director of both the Following the Pots Project in Jordan and the Galilee Prehistory Project in Israel.  Dr. Kersel is the AIA Wilkie Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Nam Kim is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and holds his degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D.), New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania.  His research interests include the archaeology of East and Southeast Asia, complex societies and state formation, exchange networks, urbanism, and warfare.  He is the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Co Loa Archaeological Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, and is an Honorary Member of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology.

Turi King is Professor of Public Engagement, as well as Reader in Genetics and Archaeology at the University of Leicester, and Director of the Forensic and Ancient Biomolecules (FAB) Group.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Leicester (MSc and PhD), and her fields of specialization are genetics and its implications for archaeology, history and geography, and genetic genealogy and forensics.  Professor King led the international research team involved in the DNA identification of the remains of Richard III, and she is also leading the project carrying out the whole genome sequencing of Richard III.  She is also currently leading a project examining the genetic legacy of the Vikings in the north of England. Professor King is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2018/2019.

"I was trained in Aarhus, Leicester, Cambridge, Winnipeg, Athens and Rome. Currently, I am Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. I have recently finished a five-year collaborative research project, "The Emergence of Sacred Travel (EST): Experience, Economy, and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage", funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research's Sapere Aude research excellence programme. Since 2016, I have been Work Package Leader in the Horizon2020-funded "CoHERE: Performing and Representing European Identities" project, working on the role of Classical Antiquity in constructions of European and national identities. I also have a variety of administrative roles, such as directing the PhD Programme in History, Archaeology and Classical Studies in AU's Graduate School of Arts, and the research programme "Classical Antiquity and its Heritage"in the School of Culture and Society.

My research interests lie broadly within the study of visual culture in the ancient world, the material culture of ancient pilgrimage, late antique art and archaeology as well as the contemporary "consumption" of heritage. My first monograph, Making and Breaking the Gods. Christian Responses to Pagan Sculpture in Late Antiquity, was published in October 2013. Current projects include monographs on Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage and Classical Antiquity and European Identitites, both for Routledgeas well as anthologies on Going, Gathering and Giving: Economies of Sacred Travel in the Ancient World (co-edited with Anna Collar, to be published with Brill's "Religions in the Greco-Roman World" series), and Sacred Treasures. Collecting and Inscribing Art in Ancient Sanctuaries (co-edited with Jane Fejfer, to be published with Routledge's "Image, Text and Culture in Classical Antiquity" series)."

Professor Kristensen is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2018/2019.

Annette S. Lee is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers (NSW) research and programming initiative with three decades of experience in education as a teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, professional visual artist, and researcher. The overarching goal of NSW is to communicate the knowledge that indigenous people traditionally practiced a sustainable way of living and sustainable engineering through a living and participatory relationship with the above and below, sky and earth. We hope to inspire all people to have a rekindling or deepening sense of awe and personal relationship to the cosmos.

Currently Annette is an Associate Professor of Astronomy & Physics at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), Director of the SCSU Planetarium, and an Indigenous STEM consultant for Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College.  Annette is mixed-race Native American and her communities are Ojibwe and D(L)akota. Particular focus will be on examples, tools, and strategies of this interdisciplinary and intercultural, community based research, the Native Skywatchers initiative.  Professor Lee is the 2018/2019 AIA Webster Lecturer.

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