American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
About the E-Event:
The annual Open Meeting of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, postponed due to the pandemic, will take place on Thursday, December 10th in a new virtual format. You are invited to learn about the activities of the School from the spring of 2019 to the fall of 2020: the unusual format of the academic program, caused by the renovation of the School’s residence hall; our excavations in the Agora and Corinth; recent publications; new scientific discoveries in the Wiener Laboratory; and exciting archival shows in the exhibition gallery. Like the other foreign schools, we have developed a robust program of scholarly webinars which are now archived on our website. To meet these challenging times, the School has had to adapt and innovate but we continue to carry out our mission and to feel fortunate to be doing so in Greece.
Prof. Jenifer Neils, the Director of the School, will be the main speaker, and she will be joined, for the first time, by members of the academic staff who will discuss the diverse initiatives of the American School.
About the Speaker:
Jenifer Neils (A.B. Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D. Princeton University) is the Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens—the first woman to hold that position in the School’s history. Formerly the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, she served as Chair of the American School’s (academic) Managing Committee from 2012 to 2017. As a field archaeologist, she has excavated in northern Greece (Torone), Tuscany (Poggio Civitate), and Sicily (Morgantina), and she has published material from all of these sites. A former curator of ancient art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (1980–1986), she has organized two major exhibitions on the ancient world: Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens (1992) and Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (2003). As an art historian, she has written extensively on the Parthenon sculptures, Athenian vase painting, and iconography. Her most recent books are The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece (2008) and Women in the Ancient World (2011). Professor Neils has held a number of distinguished fellowships, including at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, the Getty Research Center, and the Center for British Art at Yale University. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, and she was the Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer of the Archaeological Institute of America, an institution for which she also served for four years as Vice President for Publications.