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The lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Western Massachusetts Society and honors the late Haydenville resident Phyllis Williams Lehmann. A field archaeologist and professor of the history of art at Smith from 1946 until her retirement in 1978, Lehmann was internationally known for her successful excavations in Samothrace, where in 1949, she unearthed a life-size marble statue of a winged Nike - the goddess of victory - dating from the second century B.C.

Recent Lehmann Lectures

October 6th, 2015

26th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

"Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt"

Kara Cooney, Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA

Time/Location: 5:00pm, Graham Hall, BFAC, Smith College




November 13, 2014

25th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

"The Invisible Acropolis: Democracy and the Senses in Classical Athens"

Richard Neer, William B. Ogden Distinguished Professor in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies and the College, University of Chicago


5:00pm, Graham Hall, BFAC, Smith College



April 17, 2014

24th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

"Water Nymphs and a Palmgrove: The So-called 'South Agora" at Aphrodisias"

Andrew Wilson, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, Oxford University


5:00pm, Graham Hall, BFAC, Smith College




September 20, 2012

23rd Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

"Passing Children Through the Fire: Ritual Infanticide in the Ancient Mediterranean"

Sarah P. Morris, Professor of Classical Archaeology and Material Culture, University of California at Los Angeles

Time/Location: 5:00pm, Graham Hall, BFAC, Smith College



April 5, 2012

22nd Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

"The Shipwreck of Odyssseus: Problems in the Imagery of Geometric Greek Art"

Jeffrey Hurwit, Professor of Art History, University of Oregon, Eugene

Time/Location: 5:00pm, Graham Hall, BFAC, Smith College




March 24, 2011
21st Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture
"Herculaneum: Living with Catastrophe"
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill,
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the British School at Rome
5:00 pm, Graham Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Living with Myths in Pompeii and Beyond"

Paul Zanker, Professor of Classical Archaeology
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
5:00 pm Location: Weinstein Auditorim, Wright Hall, Smith College

Paul Zanker, professor of classical archaeology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, will discuss the art and power of myth in Pompeii. Through a consideration of Pompeian murals depicting Aphrodite/Venus and Dionysus/Bacchus celebrating life’s pleasures and happiness, Professor Zanker will illuminate the world of myths through an analysis of the images with which people surrounded themselves.

Paul Zanker’s research interests involve the archeology and culture of the Hellenistic-Roman period and late antiquity. His publications, in an impressive range of languages including German, Italian, French, English and Modern Greek include The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus, Pompeii: Public and Private Life (Revealing Antiquity), and The Mask of Socrates: The Image of the Intellectual in Antiquity. He is a graduate of the University of Freiburg, Breisgau and has achieved certification Archeologia Classica. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Berkeley and The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; a Visiting Member at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton and the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin; and professor at the Universities of Göttingen and of Monaco of Bavaria. He has also directed the German Institute of Archeology in Rome, and is a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaft, the British Academy and the Academia Europaea, London. Read more about Professor Zanker's work, and the lecture, here


Monday, September 22, 2008
"Godsbodies: Imagining and Representing the Divine in Ancient Greece"
Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge

This talk will explore the problems of presenting anthropomorphic gods and the various approaches to the problems adopted by classical artists. The Greeks thought of their gods as having the same form as humans, but just how like humans the gods were became a major issue. Plato and others criticized the notion that the gods should be presented as no more moral and no more impervious to passions than men and women were. But this issue of how properly to represent the gods was difficult for the visual arts, too. On the one hand the statues of the gods needed to make the gods like humans if human viewers were to be able to see in them a real personality; on the other hand the images needed to set themselves apart from and superior to men. Professor Osborne read Classics at Cambridge and did his doctoral research there under Anthony Snodgrass. He taught Ancient History at Oxford University (Magdalen College and Corpus Christi College) prior to taking up a Chair in Ancient History at Cambridge in 2001. He has published widely on topics in Greek History, Greek Art, and Greek Archaeology. He has served as President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (2002-2006) and is currently Chairman of the Council of University Classical Departments. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006.


The Fate of Art in War and Commerce

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"Classical Temptations: The Fate or Art in War and Commerce"
Margaret M. Miles, Professor of Art History and Classics, University of California, Irvine

An expert in landscape archaeology and the comparative archaeology of imperialism, Miles is the author, most recently, of Art as Plunder: the Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property (Cambridge, 2008). Her lecture will address such questions as: Does art have a natural home? Who should own art? Doesn't art belong in a museum? These are very old questions, posed by Cicero in a famous court case in which he prosecuted a passionate collector of art. But collecting Greek and Roman art has proceeded apace for many centuries since, and art has often been taken as plunder in war or by force of commerce. Americans in the late 18th and 19th century were keenly interested in the art and architecture of Greece and Rome, and this led to the founding of new museums, American excavations and research abroad. Recent repatriation of stolen art has raised the old questions again, and added new ones. Should Greek and Roman art be "collected" today?


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