The Inaugural Marjorie S. Venit Memorial Lecture: H. Alan Shapiro, "Communicating with the Divine in Classical Athenian Art"

The Department is honored to announce the establishment of the biennial Marjorie S. Venit Memorial Lecture in Ancient Mediterranean Art History and/or Archaeology. The lecture is made possible by a generous provision by Dr. Venit, who passed away in 2017, and her family.  Flyer Image for Inaugural Marjorie Venit Memorial Lecture FlyerThe inaugural lecture, entitled "Communicating with the Divine in Classical Athenian Art," will be delivered on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5 pm by Dr. H. Alan Shapiro, W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology Emeritus in the Department of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. The lecture will take place in the lecture hall (Room 2203) of the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, and will be preceded at 3:30pm by tea in the atrium.

Parking is available for free in Lots 1 and JJ after 4 p.m. on the day of the lecture. Paid visitor parking is available on the upper deck of the Mowatt Lane Parking Garage. The campus of the University of Maryland is accessible as well by public transportation. Metrobus runs several lines through campus (83, 83X, 86, F6, J4, C8, R12, C2, C4) and a UM Shuttle (#104) regularly connects campus commuters to the College Park Metro Station, which connects both to Union Station (trains) and Reagan National Airport (planes).

For those seeking hotel accommodations, the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, is a 10-minute walk from campus.

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