Spring Elections – Results

Good evening, everyone!  The spring elections for the Central Arizona Society of the AIA are now closed.  The results are as follows:

Vice-President – Almira Poudrier

Treasurer – Matt Simonton

By-Laws Amendment – Passed

Please congratulate our officers for their continuing hard work, and stay tuned for announcements regarding our upcoming 2016-2017 lectures!

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



Spring Elections

Good morning, everyone.  It is the middle of spring, and that means that it is time for our annual AIA Central Arizona Society (CAS) elections.  This year, the three positions that are available are those of Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The duties of each of the positions are as follows:

The Vice-President shall act as a supplementary agent for the other Officers in their respective roles. Support may include but is not limited to assisting the President through the administration of Society outreach programs, working with the Program Coordinator to make local arrangements for lectures, and aiding the Secretary with the development and production of any publications and newsletters. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall serve as President.

The Secretary shall maintain files with important Society documents, keep minutes of business meetings and Committee meetings of the Society, give notice to the membership of all meetings of the Society, supervise dissemination of information through other means such as e-mail, letters, flyers, and posters, maintain a website for the Society (if any), and keep a roster of membership. This roster must be updated based on the roster sent from the headquarters of the AIA. The Secretary is also responsible for receiving election ballots, tallying ballots, and reporting results at business meetings.

The Treasurer shall maintain all checking and banking accounts associated with the Society, and shall be responsible for making deposits, coordinating reimbursements, and issuing honoraria as necessary. The Treasurer shall provide a ledger recording of all financial transactions to the Executive Committee at each business meeting, and shall coordinate any tax-related documentation if such material is required.

Candidates for each position may be nominated starting today, and nominations may continue until Sunday, April 17th.  To nominate someone or self-nominate, please send an e-mail to aiacentralarizonasociety@gmail.com, indicating the name of the candidate and the desired position.  After April 17th, e-mail messages will be sent to the candidates asking for a brief (<250 word) biography, each of which will be posted on this site.  The election shall take place between April 24th and May 1st, and shall be conducted via electronic ballots sent to the e-mail addresses of each CAS member as they are registered with the AIA.  Please remember that you must be a current CAS member in good standing to be nominated and to vote, and also make sure that your e-mail is up-to-date with the AIA so that you don’t miss your ballot.

Good luck!

Upcoming Lecture: To Shake or Not to Shake: An New Interpretation of a Devastated Foreign Landscape Depicted at Luxor Temple

To Shake or Not to Shake: An New Interpretation of a Devastated Foreign Landscape Depicted at Luxor Temple
Speaker: Danielle Phelps, University of Arizona
February 25, 2016, 6pm
Pueblo Grande Museum

On the exterior western wall of Luxor Temple is a carved battle scene amongst the scenes that are depictions from Syria, dating to the time of Ramesses II (ca. 1291 to 1213 BCE). The scene portrays only a collapsing migdol (a type of Syrian settlement structure) and its associated vineyards and gardens, which appear broken and uprooted. There are no human or animal figures nor any hieroglyphs which would provide more information about why the ancient Egyptians would depict this type of scene. This presentation will examine the art historical significance of the devastated landscape and propose that the scene depicts the remains of a natural disaster, an earthquake, which the ancient Egyptians came upon during their military campaigns, whereupon they declared an Egyptian victory over the already ruined landscape.

Danielle Phelps is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation topic focuses on applying anthropological theory to ancient Egyptian mortuary practices. She received her M.A. in Art History with an emphasis on Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the University of Memphis in 2009. She has over eight years of excavation experience in Egypt and has been on several different excavations in Mexico, Italy, and the American Southwest. Her interests include the application of Geographic Information Studies (GIS) analyses to archaeological issues, bioarchaeological investigations, mortuary rituals and practices, and how all of these techniques and methods can be applied to the study of ancient Egypt.

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

For a link to directions to Pueblo Grande, click here: Pueblo Grande

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Upcoming Lecture: Masters of Prophecy: Religion, Identity, and the Fate of the Etruscans in the Context of Roman Italy

Masters of Prophecy: Religion, Identity, and the Fate of the Etruscans in the Context of Roman Italy
Speaker: Dr. Daniele F. Maras, Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia, Rome, Italy
January 21, 2016, 6:00 PM
ASU West Campus, Kiva Hall

The so-called mystery of the Etruscans rests on three major issues attached to their perception by ancient authors and the modern public: their inscrutable origins, their unparalleled language, and their peculiar religion. While the first two issues have interested especially ancient Greek sources and modern scholars, the features of Etruscan religious practices are a recurring motif of Latin literature. In fact, in the Roman world, the Etruscans enjoyed a long-lasting fame as clever seers, especially regarding their ability as haruspices, priests able to read future events within the entrails of sacrifice victims.

In the last centuries of paganism the so-called ‘Etruscan’ haruspices were among the most vigorous opponents of new religions, as in the case of early Christianity. This caused a reaction on the part of the Fathers of Church, who blamed Etruscan superstition, with special regard to divination. Thus, the last remains of independent Etruscan culture were eventually destined to vanish.

Dr. Daniele Maras holds his degrees from “La Sapienza” University of Rome, and specializes in Classical archaeology, Etruscology, Classical religion and mythology, Latin and Pre-Roman epigraphy, and ancient art history.  He has received various awards for his work, including being named a Corresponding Member of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia and Member of the Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni.  He has numerous works in preparation, and most recent publications include Numbers & Reckoning: A Whole Civilization founded upon Divisions” in The Etruscan World (J. MacIntosh Turfa ed., 2013).  Dr. Maras is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2015/2016.

For a printable PDF map of the location of this lecture, click here: ASU West Parking Map

Upcoming Lecture: Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum
December 3, 2015, 6:00 PM
Benedictine University, Community Room, Main Campus Building

During the Hellenistic period, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. until the establishment of the Roman Empire in 31 B.C., the medium of bronze drove artistic innovation. Sculptors moved beyond Classical norms, supplementing traditional subjects and idealized forms with realistic renderings of physical and emotional states. Bronze—surpassing marble with its tensile strength, reflective effects, and ability to hold fine detail—was employed for dynamic compositions, dazzling displays of the nude body, and graphic expressions of age and character.

Cast from alloys of copper, tin, lead, and other elements, bronze statues were produced in the thousands: honorific portraits of rulers and citizens populated city squares, and images of gods, heroes, and mortals crowded sanctuaries. Few, however, survive. This lecture, based on an exhibition of such material currently on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, explores the creation, context, and rediscovery of works of bronze from Hellenistic Greece.

Kenneth Lapatin is Associate Curator of Antiquities with the J. Paul Getty Museum. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), and his areas of specialization are ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology, historiography, forgery, reception, and luxury arts. He has conducted fieldwork in Caesaria Martima (Israel), Rome, and Corinth, and his main publications include “Chryselephantine Statuary in the Ancient Mediterranean World”, and “Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History”. Dr. Lapatin is the AIA’s 2009/2010 Joukowsky Lecturer.

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

For a printable PDF map of the location of this lecture, click here: Benedictine Map

For more information on Benedictine University, click here: Benedictine University

Lapatin Bronze