Events

Mithras at Caesarea Maritima

Spokane, WA

Speaker: Dr. Jane DeRose Evans (Temple University) Title: Mithras at Caesarea Maritima Abstract: A warehouse converted to a Mithraeum (a sanctuary to the Persian god Mithras) was excavated by Robert J. Bull in 1973 at Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. This lecture will present the findings of the publication team, including when […]

Beyond the Gospels: Creating a Visual Identity for the Virgin Mary in Late Antique Egypt

New York

Dr. Sabrina Higgins (Simon Fraser University, B.C.) The Virgin Mary is an enigmatic Biblical figure, one who rises from relative unimportance in the canonical gospels to become one of the most prominent figures in Christianity. The theological discourse that culminated with the declaration of Mary as Theotokos (‘God bearer’) at the Council of Ephesus in […]

Pompeii on the Potomac

Spokane, WA

Constantino Brumidi’s Roman-Style Wall Paintings for the US Capitol Dr. Elise Friedland (George Washington University, D.C.) The US Capitol—America’s central federal building—echoes ancient Greece and Rome, not only in its architecture and architectural sculpture, but even in its decorative murals. This talk presents new research on the 1858 fresco cycle in the Senate wing’s Naval […]

Continuity and change in Etruscan religion under Roman hegemony

New York

Dr. Kevin Dicus (University of Oregon) Roman imperial ambitions began with the occupation of Italy. The Etruscans, once the dominant civilization, experienced great cultural and political upheavals. Foreign traditions, goods, and belief systems entered their territories, challenging and changing their ways of being. Scholars have referred to the process as “Romanization”: conquered peoples adopt Roman […]

An Archaeologist, World War II and Prehistoric Thailand

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA

Dr. Cyler Conrad (University of New Mexico) The popular Hollywood film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, portrays an important series of events for prisoners of war during World War II in Thailand, also known as the infamous China-Burma-India theater of conflict. While the film’s creative story garnered acclaim and praise after its release in […]

Wine jars and jar makers of Cyprus

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA

Dr. Gloria London (Independent Scholar, Seattle WA) Lecture in Memory of Dr. Sarah Keller A Danish police officer, who volunteered for the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, spent his spare time documenting traditional technologies, especially those related to pottery production, farming, and bread. Knud Jensen recorded over 60 pitharia, the immense jars for fermenting […]