AIA Lecturer/Host: Benjamin R & Karen P Foster

Benjamin R. Foster (A.B. Princeton, Ph.D. Yale) teaches ancient, medieval, and modern Near Eastern history at Yale, and is a well-known lecturer to general audiences and alumni groups. He is the author of several hundred publications, mostly on the ancient Near East. He says, “Ethiopia is not only a birthplace of the human race, it offers an astonishing variety of cultures, including distinctive local forms of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, all of which have left their mark on this fascinating land.”

Karen Polinger Foster A life member of the AIA and past president of the New Haven local society, Karen Polinger Foster (A.B. Mount Holyoke, Ph.D. Yale) teaches ancient art and archaeology at Yale and lectures widely to professional and general audiences. She is the author of numerous books and articles, especially on artistic interconnections, and has worked on digs in Egypt, Syria, Italy, and France. “This custom-designed journey to Ethiopia,” she says, “takes us to a fascinating but rarely visited land of great archaeological and cultural importance through the ages.”