Thursday, October 31, 2013

Robert Foster Cherry Award Lecture: New York University, November 19, 2013

The Dynamics of Discovery:
Unearthing Lost Histories of the Ancient World
By Joan Breton Connelly, New York University


Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5:00 pm, reception to follow
Hemmerdinger Hall
Silver Center for Arts and Science
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair accessible)

From excavation trenches to the history books, the discovery of new evidence and the ways in which this shapes what we call “knowledge” is an ever-dynamic process. Focusing on a series of recent breakthroughs, Professor Connelly takes us from the Acropolis of classical Athens, to the island sanctuary of Yeronisos off Cyprus in the final years of Cleopatra’s reign, to Failaka Island in the Arabian Gulf where descendants of Alexander’s armies kept Greek culture alive centuries after his death. New archaeological and textual discoveries turn conventional wisdom on its head as they rewrite history. The study of new evidence calls for teamwork, open-minds, and innovative thinking. The learning process itself is recreated.

The Robert Foster Cherry Award was created by Robert Foster Cherry who graduated from Baylor University in 1929.  As part of the selection process, award finalists give a public lecture at their home institutions as well as on the Baylor campus.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center for Ancient Studies at 212.992.7978, or at ancient.studies@nyu.edu


Presented by New York University CENTER FOR ANCIENT STUDIES
in conjunction with the
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE / DEAN FOR THE HUMANITIES / CENTER FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE / DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY / DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS