Distinguished Lecture Series


Sponsored by the The Morgan Family Foundation. A reception will be held before each lecture at 5:00 p.m. Lectures will begin at 5:30 p.m, in Building 500, Room 106


Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Adam Smith (Cornell University), "The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility, and Sentiment in the Bronze Age Caucasus"

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Chris Tilley (University College London, UK), "Landscape in the long durée: materiality and embodiment"

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Suzan Shown Harjo (Morning Star Institute) "Repatriation: An Improbable Journey to a Revolution in Museum Policies"

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading, UK)

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Himanshu Ray (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)


Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Richard Hodges (American University of Rome), "Escaping Enver Hoxha's Shadow"

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Chris Gosden (University of Oxford), "English Landscapes and Identities"

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Cyprian Broodbank (University of Cambridge, UK), "The Making of a Middle Sea: The Ancient Mediterranean in Comparative Perspective"

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Luis Jaime Castillo Butters (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru) "Modeling the World: Pre-Columbian Architectural Models as Metaphors of Place, Landscape and Belonging"


Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Gary Urton (Harvard University), "The History of Heritage-Making at the Inca Place of Origin"

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - Sue Alcock (Brown University), "Working at a Wonder of the World: The Archaeological Paradoxes of Petra (Jordan)"

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Jigen Tang (Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), "Anyang Archaeology in the First Decade of the 21st Century"

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Paul Lane (Uppsala University, Sweden) "Placing the Anthropocene: Can Archaeology Really Help Save the Planet?"

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Tim Winter (Deakin University, Melbourne) "Heritage Conservation in an Age of Shifting Global Power"


Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Martin Hall (University of Salford), "Mediated Meaning- Objects in Contention"

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Carla Sinopoli (Curator of Asian Archaeology, Professor of Anthropology- Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan), "When Heritage Harms: Site Protection and Destruction at Vijayanagara, India"

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - Francesco Bandarin (UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture), "The Past as Hostage: Heritage, Conflicts and International Organizations"

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Pedro Paulo A. Funari (Brazilian Professor of the Department of History, University of Campinas, Brazil), "Archaeology, Dictatorship, and Human Rights in Latin America"



Thursday, October 13, 2011 - Felipe Criado-Boado (Institute of Heritage Sciences), "The Heritage Was Something Else"

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - Daniel Potts (University of Sydney), "Archaeology and heritage in the Persian Gulf states: Past and present asymmetries"

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - J.H. Willem (Leiden University), "Global Challenges for Archaeological Resource Management and the Crisis in World Heritage"

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - Anthony Snodgrass (University of Cambridge), "The Parthenon Divided" 

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Gustavo Politis (CONICET:INCUAPA, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires), "The Socio-politics of Argentinean archaeology in the last 50 years: between democracy and dictatorship"


Thursday, November 4, 2010 - Mechtild Rössler (UNESCO), "World Heritage -- A Global Responsibility"

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Webber Ndoro (World Heritage Fund, Midrand at DBSA), "Managing Africa’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Challenges"

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - Xingcan Chen (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), "Cultural Heritage Protection in China: Challenge and Opportunities"

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Mihriban Özbaşaran (Istanbul University), "Archaeology and Society: ‘Aşıklı, the 10,000 Year-Old Site’ as the Meeting Point"