Meet Our Lecturers

Jennifer Gates-Foster is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds her degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) and the University of Virginia.  Her areas of specialization are the art and archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and she is currently the Ceramicist for the Bir Samut Excavation Project in Egypt, and Co-Director and Ceramicist for the Horvat Omrit Settlement Excavation Project in Israel.  Professor Gates Foster is an AIA Kershaw Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Kathleen Gibson is Professor Emerita with the Department of Orthodontics, University of Texas School of Dentistry, and holds her degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.) and the University of Michigan.  Her areas of specialization are the evolution and development of the brain and cognition in human and non-human primates; comparitive animal and human tool use and tool-making, evolution of language, and dental evolution.

Annette Giesecke is a specialist in the history, meaning, and representation (in literature and the arts) of ancient Greek and Roman gardens and designed landscapes. Her work extends to the influence of Near Eastern garden traditions on those of the West and the many cultural ‘uses’ of plants in antiquity: religious, culinary, medicinal, artistic, and technological included.

For her work Roman gardens, Dr. Giesecke was named the Archaeological Institute of America Jashemski Lecturer for 2013-2014. Her major publications include: The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome (Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard UP, Washington DC and Cambridge, MA: 2007), Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden (Black Dog Publishing, London: 2012, co-ed. with Naomi Jacobs and contrib.), The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: 2014), and The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity and the Garden (Artifice books on architecture, London: 2015, co-ed. with Naomi Jacobs and contrib.). With botanist David Mabberley, she is general editor, volume editor, and contributor for A Cultural History of Plants (6 volumes, Bloomsbury, London: anticipated release, 2018); and with Professor Khosrow Bozorgi, head and founder of the Center for Middle Eastern Architecture and Culture at the University of Oklahoma, she is editor and contributor for Blueprint for Paradise: Isfahan and the Choreography of Urban Change. 

Dr. Giesecke is Professor of Classics; Chair of the Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Faculty; Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; and Center for Material Culture Studies faculty at the University of Delaware. She holds her degrees from Harvard (Ph.D., M.A.) and UCLA (B.A). ​

Renee Gondek is Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Classical Studies at the College of William & Mary, and she holds her degrees from the University of Virginia (Ph.D.) and the University of Pittsburgh.    Her area of specialization is Greek vases and vase-painting, particularly the depictions of rites of passage (specifically marriage and death), imagery related to gender construction, and the utilization of pottery as dedicatory objects in religious sanctuaries and grave assemblages. Her current publication projects include "Athenian Wedding Imagery in Archaic and Classical Greek Vase-Painting," and she is also preparing a co-edited volume entitled "The Ancient Art of Transformation." She is affiliated with the University of Virginia, where she is a Steering Committee Member of a digital humanities project of ancient pottery (, and she is also a Visiting scholar at George Washington University and a researcher at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C.

Elizabeth S. Greene is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her research interests include the ancient economy, maritime connectivity, and archaeological ethics. Currently she is involved in the study of Archaic and early Classical shipwreck and harbor sites off the Turkish coast. Professor Greene's interest in the Mediterranean maritime environment extends to legal and ethical issues associated with the excavation and preservation of submerged cultural heritage.


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