November 16, 2022
The Central Pennsylvania (University Park) Society is off to a great start for the 2022/2023 season! Ann E. Killebrew, President of the Society, shares an update with us below.
“With the arrival of the fall semester, public in-person lectures and student/community outreach activities resumed and exceeded pre-Covid participation numbers. Our featured November 1st lecture, “Not Black and White: Seeing and Naming Africans in Greek Art”, by Dr. S. Rebecca Martin (Boston University), was co-sponsored by several departments and programs at the Pennsylvania State University (Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Anthropology, and African Studies). At this event, we also honored a record-breaking 22 Penn State students as this year’s recipients of the AIA Matson Student Membership Fellowship (Photo 1). Also, for the first time in many years, the AIA-Central Pennsylvania Society co-sponsored International Archaeology Day outreach activities on October 15, 2022 with the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Matson Museum of Anthropology at Penn State. The first event, organized by Dr. Hannah Smagh (Penn State), gathered archaeologists from across the disciplines to talk about their experiences entering the field of archaeology as well as the methods used in and areas of their current research. This event showcased Penn State archaeological research in South and North America, the Classical Mediterranean, and Egypt. For the second event, Dr. James Doyle, director of the Matson Museum, hosted an open house of their collections and brought material out of storage to allow students and the community to get up close and gain hands-on experience with material from the ancient Americas, Asia, and the Mediterranean (Photo 2).”