Category Archives: Visual Culture

Graduate Group 10th Anniversary Celebration-April 4th and 5th

Friday April 4
5:30 Opening of A Curious Group in the Kaiser Reading Room, Rhys Carpenter Library
6:15 Drinks in the Cloisters, Thomas
7:00 Dinner in Thomas Great Hall
7:15 Welcome Catherine Conybeare

After-dinner speaker: Elizabeth Cropper, Ph.D. ’72
Dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery

Saturday April 5

9:00 AM -1:00 PM
Symposium Carpenter B-21

Featuring students from the Graduate Group’s first ten years:
Diane Amoroso O’Connor (Ursinus College)
Ben Anderson (Cornell University)
Nick Blackwell (American School of Classical Studies in Athens)
Andrea De Giorgi (Florida State University)
Rebecca Dubay (Kansas City Art Institute)
Matt Feliz (LaSalle University)
Eric Hutchinson (Hillsdale College)
Michael Jay McClure (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
Evrydiki Tasopoulou (Villanova University)

1:00 PM Lunch in Rhoads Dining Hall.
Speaker: Dale Kinney, Professor and GSAS Dean Emerita.

3:00 – 5:00 PM Memorial event for Professor Gridley McKim-Smith
Goodhart Music Room
Reception in Taft Garden

Ninth Biennial Graduate Group Symposium

Keynote speaker:
Kostis Kourelis, Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College
“The Membrology of Home: Tales from the Archaeological Underground.”

This week, and throughout the Symposium weekend, a complementary exhibit of domestic items from the Bryn Mawr Special Collections will be on view in the Kaiser Reading Room, Carpenter Library.

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November 12-Jonathan Conant

Jonathan Conant, Assistant Professor, Brown University
“Defying Attila: Slavery, Violence, and the Precariousness of Social Obligations in the Late Antique Mediterranean”
Monday, November 12, 2012, 5pm
Carpenter B21 (followed by a reception in the Quita Woodward Room)

In 443, Romans living along the empire’s Danube frontier defied the imperial administration and refused to accede to Attila the Hun’s demand that they surrender fellow citizens into captivity as the price of peace. At the same time, bishops throughout the Mediterranean—including Augustine of Hippo—found themselves confronted with the problem of free (or freed) Roman citizens being captured by slave traders and sold into bondage to their fellow Romans within the territory of the late Roman state. In light of the susceptibility of Roman populations to violent enslavement in late antiquity, this paper will explore fourth- and fifth-century conceptions of what members of a society owed one another, why, and how far those obligations extended.

This talk is held in connection with the Graduate Group seminar “Carthage: The View from Elsewhere”, and is sponsored by the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art.


February 2-Patty Gerstenblith (’71)

Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University
“Preserving the Past for the Future: Legal and Ethical Responses to the Looting of Archaeological Sites”

Bryn Mawr College
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
6:00 p.m. Thomas Hall, Room 110
Sponsored by the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art, Bryn Mawr College