ENRICHMENT LECTURE STAFF
Dr. Catherine D. Vanderpool
Panel Discussion Cradle of Civilization
Astronomer Ted Pedas, Dr. Daniel Boorstin,
Dr. Catherine Vanderpool, Dr. Dionysios Simopoulos
Catherine Vanderpool is U.S. Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the foremost overseas research center for American graduate students and scholars of Hellenic civilization. She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and her master's degree and PH.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. After receiving her Ph.D. she lived in Italy and Greece for many years, teaching at Trinity College/Rome and College Year in Athens. She served as editor and publisher of the Athenian, a leading magazine for the foreign community in Greece.
More recently, in addition to her duties at the American School, she served as associate director of the school's "Democracy 2500 Project," which organized conferences in Athens and Washington on Athenian democracy. She also was exhibition coordinator for the traveling exhibition "The Birth of Democracy," which brought material from the American School excavations in the Athenian Agora to the National Archives in Washington in 1993.
Dr. Vanderpool has written a number of articles on Greek history, art, archaeology and travel for a wide range of publications. Her current scholarly work focuses on Roman portraiture, most recently on a group of portraits from the fourth century A.D. illustrating the transition between the pagan Graeco-Roman world to the world of Christianity and early Byzantium.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has, for more than a century, been at the forefront of showcasing Greece's classical antiquity and history through modern times for thousands of scholars. The school's Gennadius Library contains more than 100,000 volumes. Its archives hold the notebooks, diaries and letters of the renowned excavator Heinrich Schliemann as well as the manuscripts and letters of the Nobel Prize-winning poets George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis.
Dr. Vanderpool will combine her writings in archaeology with historical and scientific facts and the latest research and scholarly findings, as we voyage to the lands of antiquity.
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