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), her fieldwork focuses on the impact of the conquests of Alexander the Great and cross-cultural exchange in the Hellenistic East. She majored in Classics at Princeton University and holds a Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from 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 as well as its James R. Wiseman Book Award for Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2007), also named a “Notable Book of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review and winner of the Association of American Publishers’ Award for Best Book in Classics and Ancient History. Her latest book, The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made It (2014), was honored with the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for best book in the Humanities and was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by the New York Times. Professor Connelly has recently taught courses on Apollo and Artemis sanctuaries (such as on Delos and Despotiko), Greek sculpture (for which the quarries on Naxos and Paros are key), and ancient Thera (Santorini) and its volcanic destruction. She has lectured to excellent reviews on two previous AIAsponsored trips in the eastern Mediterranean.