Baylor Welcomes Dr. Joan Breton Connelly, Renowned Scholar of Greek Art and Religion

Sept. 24, 2012
Joan Brenton ConnellyJoan Brenton Connelly, photo courtesy of Dr. Connelly.

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2012) - Joan Breton Connelly, Ph.D., professor of classics at New York University, will present a lecture titled, "The Parthenon Revisited: Daughters, Democracy and the Ultimate Sacrifice."

Connelly is a renowned scholar of Greek art and religion and an archaeologist. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Connelly to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of State, where she served until 2011.

"Among her many awards and distinctions, her greatest honor is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and in 2010 to 2011 she was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University," said Nathan Elkins, assistant professor in the department of art at Baylor.

A field archaeologist, she has excavated in Greece, Kuwait and Cyprus where she directs the NYU Yeronisos Island Excavations. Her book, Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, was named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review.

The lecture will be at 5:00 p.m. Sept. 27 in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Nathan Elkins at 254-710-6382 or by email at

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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