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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.