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In 2009 UM alumni Mike and Mary "Bickie" McDonnell of Memphis made a generous gift of $250,000 to establish the Mike and Mary McDonnell Endowment in Classics. The endowment's first priority is the support of study abroad opportunities for Classics majors, and more than two dozen of our students have benefitted from their help since the first funds were donated. This year, the McDonnells' have committed another $250,000 to the endowment. We are beyond grateful for this support for Classics, and are excited to make direct experience of the sites of ancient Mediterranean culture available to even more of our students. You can read more in this article from the UM Foundation.
Dr. Becker will talk about one aspect of her wide-ranging research in Etruscan and Roman archaeology and economic history in this "case study" focused on the trade in pigments in ancient Roman.
A reception will follow in the Farrington Gallery on the first floor of Bryant Hall.
Dr. Carlos Noreña, Chair of Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, will present a multimedia look at the public image of the emperor and the allocation of material resources under the Roman emperor Severus Alexander. Join us Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 in Bryant 209.
The lecture is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics For information about accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger at firstname.lastname@example.org and 662/915.7097.
A University of Mississippi class focusing on “Who Owns the Past?: Ethics in Archaeology” recently traveled to New York to learn about the financial, legal and political considerations in the ongoing international battle to properly preserve ancient artifacts.
Hilary Becker, assistant professor of classics, teaches the 300-level class made up of Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College students. Over spring break, the class visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art, and Christie’s Department of Ancient Art and Antiquities, among other educational attractions in New York.
“This is an opportunity to look at ethical dilemmas, using current events and case studies involving antiquities and ancient sites,” Becker said. “There are cases like the famous Elgin Marbles that once graced the Parthenon, but they’re in London now. The fact that they’re in London means millions of people can see them each year, but the Greeks think they should be in Athens because they would attract people there, and the marbles are also part of their heritage.”
Professor Wilkie, a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, is president of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.
The lecture is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Mississippi/Memphis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. For information about accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger at email@example.com and 662/915.7097.