Upcoming Lecture: The Goddess of Wine: Sex, Politics, and Intoxication in Early Etruria

AIA Central Arizona Society October Lecture

Title: The Goddess of Wine: Sex, Politics and Intoxication in Early Etruria

Speaker:Antony Tuck, University of Massachusetts Amherst

When: October 27, 2016, 6pm

Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Community Room. 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Few regions of the world are as closely associated with wine as is Tuscany. It’s tradition of viticulture extends back thousands of years to the time of the Etruscans. And within those earliest Italian cities, wine was employed as a vital political instrument, an essential facet of the complex social and religious tapestry of Etruscan life. Archaeological excavation at the site of Poggio Civitate offers a window onto the customs and beliefs associated with wine within this enigmatic population of early Italy. Not only does paleobotanical evidence point to the practice of viticulture at the site, the equipment associated with wine consumption reveals the faceted and nuanced way in which wine and intoxication was linked to the Etruscan fertility divinity, Uni. This associated between wine and fertility represents one of the central ways in which aristocratic behavior at the site sought to define and perpetuate its relationship to this essential Etruscan sovereignty divinity.

Anthony Tuck is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate. He is the recipient of Umass’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015 ad the author of several publications regarding his dig, including Vinum: Poggio Civitate and the Goddess of Wine (Montreal 2015).

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




Upcoming Lecture: Agatha Christie and Archaeology

AIA Central Arizona Society September Lecture

Title: Agatha Christie and Archaeology

Speaker: Irene Bald Romano, University of Arizona

When: September 22, 2016, 6pm

Where: Benedictine University, Community Room, Mesa Campus, 225 E Main St, Mesa, AZ

Dr. Irene Bald Romano brings to life Agatha Christie’s archaeological experiences and the cast of archaeological characters that inspired some of her fictional characters. Married to archaeologist Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie worked alongside her husband at famous Near Eastern sites such as Ur (where they first met and which inspired Murder in Mesopotamia, 1936), Nineveh, and Nimrud, places that have recently been in the news as targets of destruction by ISIS. Dr. Romano will present a glimpse of these sites as they were in the days of Mallowan and Christie and their current sad state.

Archaeologist Irene Bald Romano holds a joint appointment as Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Professor of Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She also has affiliated appointment in the Department of Classics and in the Religious Studies Program, and is the Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona.

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

For a a map of parking and the location of the lecture, click here:AIACASBenUMapIRomano Ur + Agatha Christie

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!