AIA Lecturer/Host: Nancy Wilkie
Nancy Wilkie is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has led numerous study tours throughout Asia and the Mediterranean. Nancy is William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, and served as co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration at Carleton College (Northfield, MN). From 1998-2002 she served as President of the Archaeological Institute of America, and in 2009-10 she was the AIA’s Charles Eliot Norton lecturer, one of the highest honors that the Institute bestows. In April 2003 the President appointed Nancy to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department on which she continues to serve. The Committee reviews requests from foreign governments for the protection of their cultural property and recommends a course of action to the U.S. State Department. In April 2013 she was elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, an organization dedicated to the protection of cultural property in times of armed conflict.
Nancy has directed archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal; led study programs in Nepal and Sri Lanka; and has lectured on several travel programs to India and Sri Lanka since 2001. Nancy has made numerous trips to Sri Lanka, including a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Archaeology at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1999). Her most recent research project is focused on the depiction of Hell in the Buddhist temples of Sri Lanka.