News Updates

Pre-Columbian Society Symposium

posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:10 PM by AIA DC

Each September, the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington D.C. hosts an annual daylong symposium, and this year - on Saturday, September 15, 2018 - they will be focusing on a particularly compelling topic: The Peopling of the Americas: Recent Research and Perspectives.

Bringing the most recent findings to their examination of the earliest peoples of our hemisphere will be six distinguished scholars: David J. Meltzer, James Adovasio, Jon Erlandson, Kelly Graf, David Kilby, and Jennifer A Raff.

For additional information about the upcoming symposium, see the attached document. Registration may be done by mail or through the Pre-Columbian Society's website:

2018 DC-AIA Elections!

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:05 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 10:17 AM ]

It is time for the 2018 election of officers and members of the Board of Governors.  In accordance with our Society's by-laws, all six officers serve annual terms and therefore always appear on the ballot. Eric Cline has opted to vacate his office as AIA Liaison in order to run for a position on the Board of Governors, and Elise Friedland has been nominated to replace him in this office.

Three of the nine positions on the Board of Governors, each with three-year terms, also expire this year and so appear on the ballot. Of these, two of the incumbents are standing for re-election, and Eric Cline is running for the third position.

Additionally, since former board member Diane Cline has moved into the position of Vice President, the President appointed Emily Egan to fill out the rest of that 3-year term (until May 2020). Since this appointment, however, still needs to be confirmed by vote of the entire membership, her position appears on the ballot as well.

Instructions:  Click here or see the link below to open up the ballot. At the bottom of each page is a forward arrow button that you must click on to move through the ballot. Once you have advanced past the last position (which is clearly marked as such), your ballot will be recorded. For any position, you may cast your ballot for the named candidate, or you may select the "write-in" option and enter the name of a candidate of your own choosing. The ballots are anonymous, and we ask you to please vote only once. 

Voting is Online:


Election results will be presented at the annual business meeting, scheduled for 7 PM on Thursday, March 1 in Room 0106 Francis Scott Key Hall, The University of Maryland, College Park.  The meeting will be followed by a DC-AIA Lecture by Dr. Art Trembanis of the University of Delaware.

Lecture and Exhibit at Howard

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:17 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 3:19 AM ]

Lecture: "Let Us Go Upon The Acropolis"
Lecturer: John W.I. Lee, Howard University
Date: Monday, September 17
Time:  7PM
Location: Browsing Room, Founders Library, Department of Classics, Howard University

John W.I. Lee is Associate Professor of History at UCSB. This talk is part of the ‘Black Classicism’ lecture series presented in conjunction with the “14 Black Classicists” exhibition hosted by the AD&A Museum and the UCSB Library.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the Argyropoulos Endowment in Hellenic Studies, and the departments of Classics and Black Studies.

John Wesley Gilbert (ca. 1863-1923) was born in Hephzibah, Georgia. He attended Paine College (Augusta, Georgia), then received his BA from Brown University in 1888. He was the third African American to graduate from Brown. As a Brown MA student in 1890-1891 he became the first African American to attend the fledgling American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). The ASCSA was founded in 1881 by a group of scholars from Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and other American colleges as a research and teaching center for Greek archaeology, literature, and history.

Drawing on Gilbert’s own writings and other contemporary documents, this talk examines the historical significance of Gilbert’s time in Greece. During his year as a student at the American School, Gilbert traveled throughout Greece, wrote a thesis on the demes (political subdivisions) of ancient Athens, and took part in the ASCSA’s excavations at the ancient city of Eretria.
After studying in Greece, Gilbert returned to the U.S. to teach at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. He was a leader in the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (now Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) and was an important voice for African American education and for racial equality and harmony in the U.S.

Sponsored by the Dr. Caroline Stark's Leadership Initiative Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States and the DC-AIA.

Biblical Archaeology Forum Lecture

posted Sep 5, 2017, 4:02 PM by AIA DC

Title:  "Sacred Writings on the Hereafter: An Early History of Hell and Heaven"
Speaker: Christopher Rollston, Professor, George Washington University
Date:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time:  8:00 PM
Location: Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Although Heaven is often mentioned within modern Judaism and modern Christianity, Hell is different. Christianity often focuses on it, while Judaism does not. The root cause of this difference is not modern, but ancient. It has to do with the dramatic differences between the Hebrew Bible (Tanach) and the New Testament on the subject of Hell. So if you are interested in hearing about the history of the hereafter, and how differently Heaven and Hell were understood by Jews and Christians of the early Common Era, this lecture is for you!

Textile Museum Lecture

posted Sep 2, 2017, 9:46 AM by AIA DC

From the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building to the architectural sculpture in Union Station, Washington, D.C.'s public architecture adopts and adapts both Greek and Roman models. In this lecture, Elise A. Friedland, GWU associate professor of classics and art history, will cover some of the city’s most famous buildings, noting their classical inspirations and analyzing how these architectural adaptations contributed to our founding fathers’ goal of making our nation’s capital a “New Rome.”

This program relates to the exhibition Foundations for a Nation: Architectural Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The event is free, but registration is required (see below).

Title"Greek and Roman Echoes in Early American Architecture"
DateWednesday, September 6, 2017
LocationThe GWU Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st St., NW (get directions)
** Register online or call 202-994-7394

National Geographic Explorers Festival

posted Jun 1, 2017, 9:22 AM by AIA DC

This year, the National Geographic Explorers Festival will bring together some of the word's most fascinating and groundbreaking scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers to share their latest ideas and discoveries. The flagship of the Festival will be a special VIP Saturday with a series of events enabling you to connect with -- and be inspired by -- these amazing innovators and change makers.

On June 17, National Geographic will be hosting a day-long event called Red Planet vs. Blue Planet: Where Do We Explore Next?, hosted by environmental anthropologist and Nat Geo 2011 Explorer of the Year Kenny Broad. Attendees will hear form notable speakers such as Bob Ballard, ocean explorer and discoverer of the Titanic; Sylvia Earle, legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; and Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station.

Event Information: Red Planet vs. Blue Planet
What:  A daylong session with some of the world's best explorers and storytellers, who will talk about the future of exploration on this planet and across the galaxy.
WhereNational Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
WhenSaturday, June 17 starting at 9:30 AM
TicketsStarting at $100 (lunch provided); use the code NATGEOFEST for $25 off your ticket

For more information, visit our website.

"World of Emotions" Exhibition in NYC

posted May 22, 2017, 8:54 AM by AIA DC   [ updated May 22, 2017, 8:57 AM ]

We want to bring to your attention the critically acclaimed exhibition "A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD" currently on view at the Onassis Cultural Center New York, in midtown Manhattan, until June 24th. It is truly a groundbreaking exploration of emotional life of mortals and the gods in ancient Greece and the contemporary reverberations. The exhibition brings together more than 130 masterpieces and fascinating objects from internationally renowned museums—including the Acropolis Museum, Athens; National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Musée du Louvre, Paris; British Museum, London; and Musei Vaticani, Vatican City—many on view in the United States for the first time, and some have never been seen before outside Greece. 

Together, these objects provide a timely opportunity to think about the role of feelings in our personal, social, and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions. Some of the stories imbedded in the works are not surprising: Paris’ passion for Helen, Medea’s fury, and Zeus’ lust, to name a few. Lesser-known stories conveying emotional states are exquisitely considered in terracotta pottery, stelae, sculpture, and metal. Among our favorites are: 

In Letter of Hikane, c. 50-75 AD, a mother writes on papyrus to her neglectful son, “Is it for this that I carried you for ten months and nursed you for three years, so that you would be incapable of remembering me by letter?” Timeless. 

The heads of Achilles and Penthesileia, 2nd century AD (see image above), survivors of a sculptural group, reveal the moment Achilles removes the helmet of his vanquished enemy, the Amazon Queen. In this moment, he holds her head, sees her beauty, and falls in love with her. Victory has turned to utter devastation. Life has left the valorous Queen. 

The exhibition, organized by three scholar-curators — Angelos Chaniotis of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.; Ioannis Mylonopoulos of Columbia University; and Nikolaos Kaltsas, director emeritus of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens – prompts questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society. 

The exhibition and public programs are free.

2017 Annual Howland Lecture - This Thursday!

posted Apr 23, 2017, 2:52 PM by AIA DC

The 2017 Annual Howland Lecture features Professor Steven Tuck of Miami University. He will be presenting: "Decorating the Emperor's Dining Room: Interior Decor, Imperial Ideology and Roman Literary Culture at the Villa at Sperlonga."
Where:   GWU's Elliott School, Room 213 (1957 E. St. NW)
When:    Thursday, April 27
Time:      Reception: 6:30 pm; Lecture: 7:00 pm

DC-AIA Election!

posted Feb 20, 2017, 7:31 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 7:41 AM ]

It is time for the 2017 election of officers and members of the Board of Governors.  In accordance with our Society's by-laws, all six officers serve annual terms and therefore appear on this year’s ballot. Three of the nine positions on the Board of Governors, each with three-year terms, also expire this year and so appear on the ballot. Of these, two of the incumbents are standing for re-election.  The third position is open, and the Nominations Committee has identified two qualified candidates willing to stand for election.

Additionally, one other board member resigned in the fall, and our president, Jorge Bravo, appointed Elise Friedland to fill out the rest of that 3-year term, until 2018.  Her appointment needs to be confirmed by vote, however, and so her position appears on the ballot as well.

Below you will find the background information on all the candidates for the 2017 Election of Officers and Members of the Board.  Please review it in preparation for casting your ballot.

There is one other matter for your consideration: The national AIA has requested that all local societies amend their by-laws to conform to recent revisions made by the National Council of the AIA, and while we are happy to comply, making this change also requires a vote of approval by our members.  Thus, you will also find on the ballot Proposal I: To Amend Article II of the Society By-Laws.  For your reference, the current version of Article II and the proposed revision are below.  You may also find a link to the complete set of the current by-laws here

Voting is Online:


Online voting will be available until 11:59 PM on March 8, 2017.

Election results will be presented at the annual business meeting, scheduled for 7 PM on Thursday, March 9 in Room 0106 Francis Scott Key Hall, The University of Maryland, College Park.  The meeting will be followed by the AIA Kress Lecture by Dr. Bjørn Lovén of Copenhagen University.

Background Information on Candidates for the 2017 Election

Washington DC Society of the AIA

PresidentJorge J. Bravo III (Incumbent) Asst. Prof., Classics Dept., UMD College Park. B.A. in Classics, Princeton; Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley. Excavated in Greece and Italy, now Co-Director of American Excavations at Kenchreai (Greece). Research interests in Greek cult, ancient athletics, visual culture. AIA service: member since 1991; Vice President, Minnesota Society, 2009-2010; Treasurer, Washington DC Society, 2013-2014, President, 2014-present.

Vice President: Sandra Scham (Incumbent) Near Eastern archaeologist and international development professional. Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Catholic U. Past Editor of Near Eastern Archaeology magazine. Co-editor and co-founder of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage. Lived in Middle East for 7 years. AIA service: AIA member for more than 40 years; Contributing Editor and Washington Correspondent for Archaeology magazine for the past 15 years; active in Washington DC Society since 2002; Board of Governors member, 2009-2012; Vice-President, 2014-present.

Treasurer:  Joseph B. Scholten – Associate Director, Office of International Affairs, Affiliate Associate Prof. of Classics, UMD College Park; Director of Maryland Study Centre at Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire, UK. M.A and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley; Fulbright and Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Author of The Politics of Plunder: Aitolians and their koinon in the Early Hellenistic Era. Research interests in Ancient Mediterranean History (particularly Hellenistic era politics and institutions), Greek and Roman topography, Greek and Roman Numismatics, Greek and Latin Epigraphy. Service: Managing Committee for the American School of Classical Studies; “Talking Head” for History Channel, National Geographic Channel. 

Secretary: Lucinda D. Conger (Incumbent) Retired reference librarian, US State Department. Harvard B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology, student of ancient Greek from 1989-2001. AIA service: joined AIA in 1992 (life member); Secretary since 2001; Board member, 1996-1999; Hospitality Committee 1998-2001; Member, Charles Eliot Norton Society (bequest to AIA).

Assistant Secretary:  Brien Garnand – Asst. Prof., Dept. of Classics, Howard University; research affiliations at both Harvard University Semitic Museum (ASOR Punic Project Excavations) and the University of Ghent (Bir Messaouda Excavations). More than 20 years of archaeological experience in the Central Mediterranean, ranging from research in the museum storerooms of Cambridge, Ann Arbor and Carthage, to field survey on Jerba, to excavations at Mt. Polizzo in Sicily. Studies relations between Phoenician and Greek colonies in North Africa and Sicily during the Archaic period, with a particular focus on ethnic identity as formed through religious practice.

AIA Liaison: Eric Cline (Incumbent) Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History, GWU; Director, Capitol Archaeological Institute.  Ph.D. Univ. of Penn. Assoc. Director (USA) of Megiddo (Israel) Expedition; Co-Director, Tel Kabri Project. AIA service: President, Cincinnati Society; founder, San Joaquin Valley Society and Society Trustee; Washington DC Society Board member, 2003-2006, 2007-2010; Vice President, 2006-2007; AIA Liaison, 2010-present.; many national AIA committees and lectureships.


Board of Governors, Position #1 (3-yr term, ending 2020)

Diane Cline (Incumbent) Asst. Professor of Classics and History, GWU. B.A. in Classics, Stanford; Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, Princeton; Fulbright and Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Author of National Geographic’s The Greeks: An Illustrated History and The Treasures of the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. AIA Service: Member since 1981; founded AIA chapter in Fresno, CA; AIA Regional Symposia Sub-committee (1997-2002); Fellowships Committee (2000-2002); and national lecturer. Research interests include digital humanities and studying the ancient Greek personalities of Pericles, Socrates, and Alexander the Great through social network analysis.


Board of Governors, Position #2 (3-yr term, ending 2020)

Maryl Gensheimer (Incumbent) Asst. Professor, Dept. of Art History & Archaeology, UMD College Park.  B.A. in Art History, Williams College; M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.  Excavated in Turkey and Italy, with current projects at Oplontis and Stabiae (Italy).  Research interests in Greek and Roman archaeology, particularly in the city of Rome, on the Bay of Naples, and in Asia Minor; Roman urbanism and social history; experiential aspects of Roman art and architecture; Roman baths; Roman gardens and villas.  AIA service: member since 2006; Chair, Student Affairs Interest Group, 2013-2016; Board Member, DC Society, 2014-2017; National Lecturer, 2015-2017; Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, 2015-2018; Fellowships Committee, 2015-2018; Chair, Women in Archaeology Interest Group, 2015-2018. 


Board of Governors, Position #3 (3-yr term, ending 2020)– Two Candidates:

Lisa Kahn – Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, GMU. B.A., Art Education, SUNY New Paltz; MA, Classics, SUNY Albany; Ph.D., Art History and Classical Archaeology, BU. She has excavated in France, Portugal, Cyprus, Israel, and Italy. Currently affiliated as a research director for the Pompeii Food and Drink Project, Pompeii, and as a co-director for publications in the excavations of King Herod’s Palace at Caesarea Maritima, Israel. Research interests: King Herod’s Temple at Caesarea, Maritima, ancient glass, experimental archaeology (specifically in the subjects of ancient beer and kiln technology). Publications include: Herodian Innovation: the Glass Industry, Journal of Near Eastern Archaeology 77.2 (2014); “Recreating and Firing a Greek Kiln” (with John C. Wissinger) in Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, ed. Kenneth Lapatin (2008). AIA service: Lecture program; university representative on Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Stephanie Layton-Kim – Asst. Professor, Department of Greek and Latin, Catholic University; Adjunct Faculty, New York University’s Washington, DC study center. B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Humanities, GWU; M.A. in Classical Archaeology, FSU; Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology, UVA. Excavation and research association with the Roman, Etruscan, and Medieval excavation site of Cetamura del Chianti in Italy since 2003. Publications on Cetamura include “Etruscan Bucchero Pottery from Cetamura del Chianti (Gaiole)” in Etruscan Studies and “Bucchero Pottery” in The Sanctuary of the Etruscan Artisans at Cetamura del Chianti. Research interests: Etruscan visual culture, ancient performance, play, and games, Etruscan ceramics; curatorial work with CUA’s ancient ceramics collection.  AIA service: Member since 2006, Vice President of the Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America 2008-2009.


Board of Governors, replacement position, (term ending 2018)

Elise Friedland – Associate Prof. of Classics and Art History, Dept. of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, GWU. Published a co-edited volume, The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters Press), a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological Report Series), and is first-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (2015, OUP). AIA Service: President (Central Florida Society, the Washington, DC Society), national AIA Lecture Program Committee, Societies and Membership Committee, Society Outreach Grant Sub-Committee, and Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee.  2013 recipient of the AIA’s national Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.


Background Information for Proposal I: To Amend Article II of the By-Laws

A)   Current Text of Article II of the By-Laws of the Washington DC Society: 

Article II


2.1       The Washington DC Society shall at all times function under the auspices of the Archaeological Institute of America (hereinafter referred to as AIA) and shall not adopt changes in these bylaws which would conflict with the Charter and Regulations of the Archaeological Institute of America.

B)   Proposed Revised Text of Article II:

Article II


2.1       The Society is an independent entity.

2..2      The Society is affiliated with the Archaeological Institute of America (hereafter referred to as the AIA or the Institute) through the granting of a Charter issued by the AIA after an acceptance vote by the AIA Council.

2.3       The Society has agreed to the following stipulations:

a) To promote the AIA's mission;

b) To function within the guidelines of the AIA and not to adopt any regulations that conflict with those of the AIA;

c) To engage in no activity that would damage the name of the AIA or undermine its mission, including engaging in transactions that remove artifacts from public and scholarly access;

d) To maintain a membership consisting of a minimum number of persons as required by the AIA, currently 35.

2.4       The Society understands that failure to follow these stipulations can result in the revoking of its Charter by a vote of the AIA Council. If its Charter is revoked, the Society loses its affiliation with the AIA and the right to use the AIA name.

The Ottoman Endgame

posted Feb 20, 2017, 7:14 AM by AIA DC

Seats Still Available! Reserve Yours Today!

To register for "The Ottoman Endgame," click here by Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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