Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Dr. C. Brian Rose on “Archaeology, Museums, and War in the 21st Century.”

Monday, February 19, 2024 at 6pm CT on Zoom:


As always, our talks are free and open to the public, and we thank our partners at the University of St Thomas Department of Art History for supporting our event on Zoom.

Dr. Rose touring troops in the Penn Museum (source Penn.Museum)

About the talk: The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria during the last 16 years have profoundly influenced who we are and what we do as scholars dealing with the art and material culture of antiquity. This talk draws heavily on my own experiences with museums, foreign wars, and archaeology, beginning with a discussion of the ways in which the past now dominates the present, and followed by an overview of cultural heritage destruction and preservation programs in conflict zones. This leads to the subject of museums and repatriation requests in an age of increasing nationalism.

About the speaker: C. Brian Rose is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania in the Classical Studies Department and the Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World. He is also Peter C. Ferry Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section of the Penn Museum, and was the museum's Deputy Director from 2008-2011. He has served as the President of the Archaeological Institute of America (2007-2011) and currently serves as director of the Gordion (Turkey) excavations. From 2003 to 2007, he directed the Granicus River Valley Survey Project, which focused on recording and mapping the Graeco-Persian tombs that dominate northwestern Turkey, and he served as co-director of excavations at Troy between 1988 and 2012. He is the author or editor of seven books and over 70 articles, as well as co-editor of 19 volumes of the results of the Troy Excavations.

From 1987 to 2005 he taught in the Classics Department at the University of Cincinnati, serving as head of the Department from 2002-2005, and as Cedric Boulter Professor of Classical Archaeology. Rose received his B.A. from Haverford College, and his Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University in 1987. He was a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome from 2001 to 2019, having served as both Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. In 2017 he was elected President of the American Research Institute in Turkey and concluded his term of office in January of 2023.


For nearly a decade, Rose has also offered pre-deployment education and training for armed-forces personnel bound for Iraq and Afghanistan to emphasize cultural heritage awareness and protection. Soldiers learn about the regions’ historical backgrounds, heritage and resources, site recognition, emergency salvage, and conservation. He currently serves on the advisory council of the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, and on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).


Rose received the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America in 2015. He has also received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the American Academy in Berlin, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the American Research Institute in Turkey. In 1994, he and his collaborator, Manfred Korfmann, received the Max Planck Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute and the Austrian Archaeological Institute.

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