November 14, 2012

MacArthur Fellow Connelly Speaking at Frist Nov. 20

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Performance Central series will present a talk by archeologist Joan Breton Connelly entitled “Recovering the Ephemeral: Archaeologies of Performance in the Ancient Mediterranean World,” on Tuesday, November 20, at 5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Frist Campus Center’s Film and Performance Theater on the Princeton University campus.

A member of Princeton’s Class of 1976 and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work on Athenian myth, cult, and image, topics explored in her forthcoming book, Parthenon Revisited, Ms. Connelly is a professor of classics and art history at New York University and director of NYU’s Yeronisos Islands Excavations program, which hosts projects dedicated to both archaeological research and ecological preservation. As a field archeologist she has excavated in Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus.

Ms. Connelly’s 2007 book, Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (Princeton University Press), was hailed as “eye-opening” and “engrossing” by The New York Times, which named the publication a “Notable Book of the Year.” The book was also honored with the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Prize, and a Professional and Scholarly Press Award for Best Book in Classics and Ancient History.

This event is being presented by the Lewis Center’s Performance Central series which presents high profile lectures, readings and performances from artists and thinkers across various art forms. Having presented Grammy Award-winning vocalist Moya Brennan of the Irish band Clannad earlier this month, the series will bring the musical comedy improvisational work of the group Baby Wants Candy to the Berlind Theater at McCarter Theater Center in March.

To learn more about other upcoming events in the Performance Central series and the over 100 public events offered each year at the Lewis Center for the Arts visit