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Spring 2008

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (web page)

January 31, 5:30 pm
Andrew Meadows, Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins: The American Numismatic Society
Coinage in the Hellenistic City
5th Floor Conference Room of the Italian Academy

February 8, 11:00 am
Nikolas Bakirtzis, Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
World Message, Sacred Meaning; The Fabric of Fortification Facades in Byzantium
5th Floor Conference Room of the Italian Academy

March 3, 6:30 pm
Hannah Cotton, Hebrew University of Jerusalum
The Birth of Jesus and the Documetns from the Judean Desert
Private Dining Room at Jewish Theological Seminar

March 10, 6:00 pm
Prof. Colin Renfrew, Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
The Destruction of the Past: Time to Say No
Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East

April 18, 11:00 am
Teresa Morgan, Oxford University
Belief in Graeco-Roman Religion
5th Floor Conference Room of the Italian Academy

September 19
Penelope Allison, University of Leicester
Investigating household practices: Pompeian case studies
5th Floor Conference Room of the Italian Academy

Department of Art History and Archaeology

April 24
Joanna Smith, Columbia University
Mediterranean Bronze Age Art in Perspective
832 Schermerhorn, 6:00 pm

Early China Seminar

The Columbia Early China Seminar is an inter-university forum for the study of China from the beginning of the Neolithic to the end of the Han dynasty (A.D. 220). All interested Columbia instructors and graduate students are welcome to attend the meetings. The current and past programs can be found at the seminar's homepage located at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/seminars/EarlyChina/ecs.html

May 3, 1:00 pm
Kent Hall 522 C

Li Xinwe, Institute of Archaeology, CASS
New Light on the Initial Stage of Social Prehistoric China

Zhang Changping, Hubei Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Technical Considerations about the Creation of Bronze Inscriptions in Light of the Zeng Bronzes from South China

Sun Qing-wei, Beijing University
New Discoveries and New Understanding of the Jin Marquis Cementary

Low Library Rotunda

May 12-25
Bites of the Big Apple Exhibit
The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Gotham. The Capital of the World.
Offering just a taste of the secrets, histosry and pulse of New York City is Bite of the Big Apple a free exhibit running from May 12-25 at Columbia University

Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (web page)

Thursday, February 7
Professor William Haviland, Professor Emiratus of Anthropology, University of Vermont
Art, Religion and Politics at the Ancient Maya City of Tikal. A look at public and private art and its role in society

930 Schermerhorn, 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 6
Dr. Robert Bonetti, University of Bologna
Worn and Inhabited Images: Abebuu Adekai and Funerary Practices among the Ga of Ghana
930 Schermerhorn, 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 17
Professor Jonathan Hay, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Africa via China
934 Schermerhorn Hall, 7:00 pm

Seminar on the Ancient Near East

Columbia University Faculty House
To make dinner reservations contact Serdar Yalcin (sy2226@columbia.edu) or (718) 817-3854

January 28, 5:30 pm
East Meets West: Bull Leaping, ortresses, and Chronology at Alalkh
Prof. Aslihan Yener, University of Chicago

February 19 Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Princeton University

March 3, 5:30 pm
Alexander V. Simonenko, Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Graves of the Sarmatian Nobility in Ukranie

March 25, 5:30 pm
Jodi Magness, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Archaeological Expressions of Jewish Ritual Purity

April 28, 6:00 pm
Irit Ziffe, Museon Ha-aretz, Tel Aviv, and Metropolitan Museum of ArtIn the Field of the Philistines: 'Diminished Sanctuaries' from a Temple Repository at Yavneh, Israel
**Room 934 Schermerhorn Building**

The Underground Lecture Series: What Archaeology Tells Us About Ancient Israel

Monday, February 4
Jerusalem in the Time of Herod
Jodi Magness, University of North California at Chapel Hill
Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard HallBarnard College
Sponsored by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and LionPAC

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Fall 2007

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (web page)

September 30
Graduate Student Conference
Rome in Extremis: Outsiders and Incendiaries in the Roman World
612 Schermerhorn, 9:00 am

October 5, 11:00 am
Prof. Irad Malkin, Tel Aviv University
Greek networks in the Archaic Mediterranean
5th Floor conference room, Italian Academy

October 12, 11:00 am
Prof. Henrik Mouritsen, King's College, London
The Power of the People in the Roman Republic: New Approaches to the Roman 'Construction'
5th Floor conference room, Italian Academy

November 9
Prof. Carol Lawton, Lawrence University
Votive Reliefs and Popular Religion in Ancient Athens
Time and location: TBA

November 16-17
Conference Spaces of Justice in the Roman World

December 5, 5:00 pm
Prof. Martin Goodman
Romans, Jews and Christians on the Names of the Jews
5th Floor Conference Room, Italian Academy
Sponsored by the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and the Jewish Theological Seminar

Tuesday Afternoon Colloquium Series 2007-2008 (web page)

Department of Classics
Colloquia are held in Hamilton 616 at 4:10 pm. Refreshments follow.

Department of Anthropology

Thursday, December 6, 4:10 pm
The Department of Anthropology and the Center for Archaeology
Dr. Yannis Hamilakis, University of Southhampton, U.K.
Dreaming Ruins
832 Schermerhorn Hall

Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (web page)

Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm
Dr Kristina Van Dyke, Associate Curator, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas Pots and Pieces: Pre-19th century Art History in Mali
The Franz Boas Seminar Room, 963 Schermerhorn Hall

Seminar on the Ancient Near East

Monday, October 15, 6:00 pm
Dr. Joan Oates, Cambridge University
Tell Brak: Life and Death at 4000 B.C.

Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 pm
Prof. Harvey WEiss, Yale University
The Tell Lailan 2006 Akkadian Palace: Imperialization and Collapse in North Mesopotamia
Columbia University Faculty House

Seminar schedule:
January 28 - AslihanYener, Chicago University
February 19 - Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Princeton University
March 3 - Alexander V. Simonenko, Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Science, Ukraine
March TBA - Jodi Magness, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill
April TBA

University Seminar on the Study of the Hebrew Bible

October 17, 7:00 pm
Christopher Rollston, Emmanuel School of Religion
Ammonites: The Epigraphic Record and the Hebrew Bible"
Faculty House, Columbia University

Future Seminars:
December 19 Susan Niditch, Amherst College
January 31 Simi Chavel, Princeton University
February 21 Christoph Levin, Munich University
March 19 Karina Hogan, Fordham University
April 10 Carolyn Shap, Yale Divinity School of Yale University
May 7 Judith Newman, Emmanuel College of Victoria University, University of Toronto

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Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (web page)

February 16, 11:00 am
Professor Joan Connelly, NYU
Excavationg Identity: Cypriot and Egyptian on late Hellenistic Yeronisos
Italian Academy, 5th floor, Conference room

March 2, 11:00 am
Professor Garrett G. Fagan, Pennsylvania State University
Roman Arenas and Crowd Dynamics
Italian Academy, 5th floor, Conference room

April 20, 11:00 am
Professor sheila Dillon, Duke University
Portraits as Exchange: Women and the System of Statuary Honors in Ancient Greece
Italian Academy, 5th floor, Conference room

April 27, 11:00 am
Professor Andreas Scholl, National Museum of Berlin, Director of the Collection of Classical Antiquities, Berlin
The Pergamon Altar: Sacrificial Site, Hero Tomb, or Victory Monument

May 1st, 11:30 am
Professor Francesca Rochberg, University of California Riverside
The Place of Babylonian Astronomy in the General History of Science

Department of Classics

TBA

Department of Art History and Archaeology

TBA

Early China Seminar

The Columbia Early China Seminar is an inter-university forum for the study of China from the beginning of the Neolithic to the end of the Han dynasty (A.D. 220). All interested Columbia instructors and graduate students are welcome to attend the meetings. The current and past programs can be found at the seminar's homepage located at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/seminars/EarlyChina/ecs.html

April 7, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
403 Kent Hall
Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Key Issues in the Origin of Ancient Chinese Civilization: Archaeological Research

Professor Robin Yates
Soldiers, Scribes, and Women: Literacy among the Lower Oredrs in the Early Empire

Geochemistry  Seminar

Januray 31, 1:30-2:30
Michel Barsoum, Drexel University
The mystery of the Great Pyramids of egypt: a partial solution
Geochemistry seminar room

Historical Archaeological Lecture Series

TBA

Howard Hibbard Forum

February 22, 6:15 pm
Nadja Aksamija, Wesleyan University
Architecture and Language in Renaissance Dubrovnik
612 Schermerhorn

March 26, 6:15 pm
Howard Burns, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Title: TBA
Co-sponsored by the Bettmann Lectures
612 Schermerhorn

March 28, 6:15 pm
Matthew Cohen, Washington State University, Spokane
The Brunelleschi Church of San Lorenzo in Florence: New Archaeological Evidence
612 Schermerhorn

April 26, 6:15 pm
Marco de Michelis, Instituto Universitario di Architectura, Venezia (I.U.A.V.)
Rudolf M. Schindler: An American Dream
Co-sponsored by the Collins/Kaufmann Forum
612 Schermerhorn

Museum Studies

April 17, 5:00-7:00 pm
Nancy Rosoff, Andrew Mellon Curator of Arts of the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum
From the National Museum of the American Indian to the Brooklyn Museum, Integrating Native Views into Museum Practice
951 Schermerhorn

Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

February 8, 7:00 pm
Prof. Federico Navarrete, Intituto de Investigaciones Historicas UNAM
Of Beheadings and Massacres: Mesoamerican and Andean Represenations of the Spanish Conquest
930 Schermerhorn Hall

April 5, 7:00 pm
Prof. Renato Gonzales Mello, Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas, UNAM
Peasants, Archaeologists, Architects and Painters: The Diego Rivera Collection and Museum of Mexican Antiquities
930 Schermerhorn Hall

Seminar on the Ancient Near East

January  18      
Barbara Helwing, German Archaeological Institute, Eurasian Section
Copper and Silversmiths on the Iranian Plateau: New Evidence about Early Metallurgy in Iran from the Joint Iranian-German Excavations at Arisman, Central Western Iran

February 21       
Josef Wegner, University of Pennsylvania
Excavations at the Tomb and Mortuary Complex of Senwosret III at Abydos
Columbia University Faculty House, 5:30 pm

March 6            
Dr. Alexander Pruss, University of Munich
How a Palace Became a Workshop: Recent Excavations at Tell Beydar, Syria
Columbia University Faculty House, 5:30 pm

March 21         
Dr. Andreas Schachner, Deutsches Archaologisches Institute, Istanbul-Abteilung
Between Balawat and the Tigris Tunnel: Reflections on the Art of the Period of Shalmaneser III
Columbia University Faculty House, 5:30 pm

April 11
Dr. Benjamin Arbuckle, Baylor University
Hunting and herding in the Central Anatolian Neolithic: An uncertain beginning to sheep and goat pastoralism on the Anatolian plateau
Columbia University Faculty HOuse, 5:30 pm

Seminar on Iranian Studies

March 29, 5:30 pm
Heyman Center
Continuity and Change in the Persian Empire: An Art Historian's Perspective
Please notify Sara Rohani if you will participate (sr2412@columbia.edu)

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Fall 2006

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (web page)

September 22nd and 23rd
The Roman and Water: Management, Technology, Culture
For more information and program, click here

Professor Amihai Mazar, Hebrew University
Excavations at Tel Rehov
October 4th, 6:30 pm
Location TBA
Sponsored by the Columbia Center for Archaeology

October 26
Professor Shaye Cohen, Harvard University
Alexander the Great and the King of Utopia: Folklore, Ethnics, and Law"
Italian Academy, 5th Floor Conference room, 5:00 pm

Department of Art History and Archaeology

The Bettman Lectures
Alexander Nagel
Anthropologies of the Image, ca. 1500
612 Schermerhorn Hall, 6:00 pm

Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Prof. Karl Taube, University of California
The Murals of San Bartolo: Creation Mythology at the Dawn of Maya Civilization
Thursday, September 28

Prof. Catherine Allen, George Washington University
Reframing the Loom: Andean Weaving as Discourse
Tuesday, November 2nd

Location: 930 Schermerhorn Hall, 7:00 pm. Wine and cheese at 6:30. Anyone interested can join for dinner with the speaker following the talk.

Seminar on the Ancient Near East

October 25
Dr. Brian Boyd, University of Wales (Lampeter) and Columbia University
Human Bodies/Animal Bodies in the Later Prehistoric Levant
Columbia University House (117th St at Morningside Drive), 5:30 pm

November 1
Dr. Geoffrey Summers, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Excavations at Iron Age Kerkenes Dagh on the Anatolian Plain
Columbia University, 832 Schermerhorn, 5:30 pm

November 20    
Dr. Stephen Kroll, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Earth Urartu and Hasanlu
Columbia University Faculty House, 5:30 pm

December 5      
Jak Yakar, Tel Aviv University
Ethnoarchaeology of Nomadism, Semi-nomadism, and Transhumance in Turkey
Columbia University Faculty House, 5:30 

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Spring 2006

Department of Art History and Archaeology

The Bettman Lectures
Irene Winter
A Sky Chart on an Akkadian Cylinder Seal? Aby Warburg, esoteric iconography, and astral imagery in Mesopotamia
March 27, 6:00 p.m., 612 Schermerhorn Hall

Seminar on the Ancient Near East

The sixth and final meeting of the Ancient Near Eastern Seminar for the 2005-06 academic year will be:

Monday, April 24, 2006
Dr. Ellen Morris, Columbia University
"Mitanni Tamed? The Entrance and Acculturation of Particularly Prized Prisoners of War during the Mid-Eighteenth Dynasty"

Under Thutmose III, an unprecedented number of foreign captives were brought from the Syro-Palestinian area to Egypt to labor on state building projects and on temples, palaces, and private estates. Although textual sources documenting this practice have been well studied in the past, relatively little attention has been paid to artistic evidence. This paper focuses upon a distinctive group of laborers depicted in the tomb paintings of some of the most important officials of the mid-Eighteenth Dynasty. Images of these highly recognizable men appear in Egyptian art suddenly during the reign of Thutmose III and within a few generations gradually disappear from view. It is argued that these tomb paintings chart the dissemination and eventual assimilation of a specific group of prisoners, quite likely Mitanni, taken captive in one or more of Thutmose III’s northern campaigns. Significantly, this ethnic group briefly resurfaces in Egyptian art during the reign of Ramesses II. Distilled in the personage of a single prisoner, they are discovered at Abu Simbel – bound and once more destined for Egyptian soil.

The meeting will be held at the Columbia University Faculty House (117th Street at Morningside Drive; enter from 116th Street behind the Law School).


Early China Seminar

The Columbia Early China Seminar is an inter-university forum for the study of China from the beginning of the Neolithic to the end of the Han dynasty (A.D. 220). All interested Columbia instructors and graduate students are welcome to attend the meetings. The current and past programs can be found at the seminar's homepage located at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/seminars/EarlyChina/ecs.html

Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas

TBA

Historical Archaeological Lecture Series

Adrian and Mary Praetzellis
"After the Gold Rush: Historical Archaeology in California"

Deals with gold rush era archaeology from SF to Sacramento to the goldfields, and has buried ships, household collections, a Chinese boardinghouse, and some very dramatic mining sites.

April 20th at 5:00 p.m.
South Tower of Sulzberger Hall
(Sponsored jointly by the CCA and the Historical Archaeology Lecture Series)

Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (web page)

April 11
Professor Jean-Jacques Aubert
Lecture: "Dealing with the Abyss: The Rhodian Sea-law and the Making of Justinian's Digest"
11 a.m.
Italian Academy, 5th Floor Conference Room.

Department of Classics

We will again this year have a series of Wednesday noon seminars to present the results of our fieldwork in Egypt. These will begin at 12:10, last for 50-60 minutes, and be followed by a light lunch for those who can stay. Location: 617B Hamilton Hall

April 19
Roger Bagnall: The 2006 season at Amheida
This talk will give an overview of the areas of the site on which excavation and conservation work was carried out this year.

April 26
Anna Boozer: The House that Kept on Giving
More modest than the late Roman villa with the paintings, but rich in small finds and information, this house in the north part of the site was finished this year.

May 3
Raffaella Cribiore and David Ratzan: Poetry on the Walls
Elegiac couplets exhorting the young to practice rhetoric in verse, in red paint. A unique discovery.

Barnard Classics Department

Margarete Bieber: a pioneering career in Classics
On Friday, April 21 in 328 Milbank from 2:00-3:30pm the Barnard Classics Department will present a lecture/discussion about the life and work of the famous classicist/ancient art historian Margarete Bieber. Hans Peter Obermayer of Munich City College and Larissa Bonfante (a Barnard alumna and Columbia PHD who is now a distinguished professor at NYU) will lead the discussion. Refreshments will be served.

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