Spring Elections – Candidate Bios

Good afternoon, everyone!  The nominations are in, and we have two candidates running for officer positions this year – Almira Poudrier is running for the position of Vice-President, and Matt Simonton is running for the position of Treasurer.  Their biographies are found below.

Ballots shall be mailed out via E-mail on April 24th, and voting shall conclude on May 1st.  Your vote is important, so please respond when the online ballot appears.

Good luck to our candidates!

Almira Poudrier:

Dr. Almira Poudrier is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Greek from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Classics from SUNY Buffalo. Her research interests include Greek history and religion, particularly the material culture of religious space and cult described in Herodotus. A specialist in teaching first-year Latin, she teaches many of the lower division Latin courses at ASU as well as frequent courses in ancient Greek and Roman language, myth and culture. As faculty sponsor of Solis Diaboli (the Classics club on campus), and as liaison for Apples + Archaeology, she organizes classroom visits and several outreach activities both on and off campus.

Matt Simonton:

Matt Simonton is Assistant Professor of History in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at ASU. He specializes in the history of Archaic and Classical Greece, particularly the area of politics. Matt received his BA in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD, also in Classics, from Stanford University. He has been a member of the faculty at ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences since 2013. He has served as Treasurer of the Central Arizona chapter of the AIA for the past two years and has enjoyed it immensely. If elected Treasurer again, Matt will continue to work hard to bring exciting speakers to AIA lectures and to find new avenues for fundraising and support.




Upcoming Lecture: The Greek Theatrical Mask as Enduring Object and Symbol

The Greek Theatrical Mask as Enduring Object and Symbol
Speaker: Al Duncan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
April 21, 2016, 6pm
ASU West Campus, Kiva Hall

The masks worn in classical Greek theater, made of linen and other perishable materials, have left no direct evidence in the archaeological record. However these material objects, in their time, were the most durable aspect of an ephemeral theatrical performance. Their unique material and aesthetic qualities initially made masks, along with other theatrical wear, enduring signifiers of individual dramas. Eventually, such commemorations evolved into the paired comic and tragic masks which we understand today to symbolize the arts in general.  This talk explores the place and function of these theatrical masks at the intersection of literary and material culture.

Al Duncan is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This year he is completing a manuscript entitled “Ugly Productions” that explores the role of aesthetics in mediating genre within fifth-century Athenian theater.

For a printable PDF flyer for this lecture, click here: Duncan Flyer

For a a map of parking and the location of the lecture, click here: ASU West Map