AIA Lecturer/Host: Joan Breton Connelly

Archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University

Joan Breton Connelly is Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University. An archaeologist who has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus (where she has directed the Yeronisos Island Excavations and Field School since 1990), she focuses her fieldwork on the impact of the conquests of Alexander the Great and cross-cultural exchange in the Hellenistic East. A graduate of Princeton University and Bryn Mawr College, Professor Connelly was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996. The Archaeological Institute of America has honored her with its Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and James R. Wiseman Book Award for Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2009). In January 2014, Knopf will publish her widely anticipated The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made It.