AIA Lecturer/Host: Benjamin R & Karen P Foster
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer Benjamin R. Foster is professor of Assyriology in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale. Although his research is concentrated in ancient Mesopotamia, he has broad-ranging intellectual interests and teaches in the Humanities Program at Yale. Among his books are an exciting, authoritative translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh and Civilizations of Ancient Iraq (written jointly with Karen Polinger Foster), winner of the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2010 Felicia A. Holton Book Award. His lively lectures are popular with undergraduates and alumni alike.
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer Karen Polinger Foster is a specialist in the art and archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age, with particular interests in the luxury products of Minoan Crete. At Yale, she teaches Aegean and Near Eastern Art in the Departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and History of Art. Dr. Foster has excavated in the Near East and Europe, and is the author of over seventy articles and book reviews. Her articles treat various aspects of Bronze Age art and iconography, including studies of the wall painting programs from Thera (Santorini). A member of the Archaeological Institute of America, she has been lecturing on the AIA’s national circuit since 1984, and has lectured on two previous AIA Tours in the Mediterranean.