September 2017: Dr. Marta Ameri: “Ships from Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha:” Ancient South Asia and its Contacts with the West in the 3rd millennium BCE

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Sunday, Sept 17, 2017 at 3pm                                                  The Helen H. Loeffler Memorial Lecture Dr. Marta Ameri Assistant Professor of Art History, Colby College “Ships from Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha:” Ancient South Asia and its Contacts with the West in the 3rd millennium BCE The Harappan, or Indus Valley, Civilization, which flourished in India and […]

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October 2017: Dr. Scott MacEachern: Landscapes of Boko Haram: History, Violence and Wealth in Central Africa (image courtesy Christian Seignobos)

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Sunday Oct 15, 2017 at 3pm                               Archaeological Institute of America – English Lecturer Dr. Scott MacEachern Professor of Anthropology, Bowdoin College Landscapes of Boko Haram: History, Violence and Wealth in Central Africa The terrorist organization Boko Haram has inflicted huge amounts of suffering on Central African communities through the last decade. In the course […]

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November 2017: Dr. Alicia Boswell: Ritual Regalia of the Ancient Moche

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Sunday Nov 12, 2017 at 3pm Dr. Alicia Boswell Postdoctoral Fellow, Bard College Ritual Regalia of the Ancient Moche   In the last thirty years archaeological investigations on the north coast of Peru have produced a wealth of new information leading to nuances in our understanding of Moche sociopolitical organization (AD 200-800). These discoveries have […]

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December 2017: Dr. Larissa Bonafante: Nursing Mothers in Ancient Italy

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Sunday, December 3, 2017                                                              The Lynda Nilsen Memorial Lecture Dr. Larissa Bonafante Professor of Classics Emerita, New York University Nursing Mothers in Ancient Italy The image of the woman and child is so familiar to us in Western art from representations of the Virgin Mary with the Christ child that we tend to take […]

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January 2018: Dr. Megan Cifarelli: Sex, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity

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Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3pm                                             The Dr.Ester Grushkin Memorial Lecture Dr. Megan Cifarelli Professor of Art History, Manhattanville College Sex, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity For centuries, the study of ancient civilizations was dominated by an approach that focused on the accomplishments and lives of men, and a few extraordinary women who succeeded in masculine spheres […]

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February 2018: Patricia M. Salmon: Archeological Discoveries in Brewing: From the Ancients to Staten Island’s Nineteenth Century Brewery Barons

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Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3pm Patricia M. Salmon Curator of History (retired), Staten Island Museum Archeological Discoveries in Brewing: From the Ancients to Staten Island’s Nineteenth Century Brewery Barons   Ancient breweries have been discovered in Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, China, and elsewhere. Let’s look at the brewing past, both in ancient times and in […]

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March 2018: Dr. Anna Semon: Mississippian pottery production and use on the Georgia coast

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Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3pm                                     The Dr. George G. Hackman Memorial Lecture Dr. Anna Semon Director, North American Archaeology Lab, American Museum of Natural History Mississippian pottery production and use on the Georgia coast The Mississippian period (A.D. 200–1580) on the Georgia coast consisted of chiefdoms structured by a diverse landscape of […]

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April 2018: Dr. Michelle Damian: Maritime Trade Networks of Medieval Japan

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Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 3pm                                                          Archaeological Institute of America Dr. Michelle Damian Assistant Professor of History at Monmouth College Maritime Trade Networks of Medieval Japan   This study demonstrates that despite the political upheaval of Japan’s late medieval period (15th–16thc), trade connections within the Inland Sea region actually flourished, resulting in the beginnings […]

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Esther Grushkin Memorial Lecture Program

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Accomplished educator. Hebrew scholar. Dr. Esther Grushkin was an extraordinary woman with a passion for learning that she shared with students of all ages. It is in keeping with this love of learning that the JCC of Staten Island Dr. Esther Grushkin SAJE Lecture Series is being established in perpetuity by the Grushkin family. The […]

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April 2017: Unveiling the Greek Sphinx

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April 30, 2017, at 3pm             The Dr.Esther Grushkin Memorial Lecture Dr. Thierry Petit Unveiling the Greek Sphinx The Greek Sphinx always has been a fascinating topic. From the Renaissance to the present day there has been much speculation about the figure. Its encounter with Oedipus as well as the famous riddle are the main […]

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