Upcoming Event

The Women’s International Forum in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations is pleased to present a talk by Prof. Joan Breton Connelly:

“Cultural Diplomacy from the Trenches: An Archaeologist’s View”

Dr. Connelly directing excavations at Yeronisos, Cyprus – teaching NYU students

Date: Tuesday January 30, 2018

Time: 1:15 p.m. -2:20 p.m.

Venue: UNHQ, CR3

Summary of the lecture:

Young American archaeologists may travel to the Mediterranean and Middle East in search of the ancient past but, in the process, they receive a crash course tutorial in the present – and all its geo-political, strategic, and diplomatic complexities.  In this talk, Joan Breton Connelly shares her experiences within the trenches of Greece, Cyprus, and Kuwait, and in the museums of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, across a dynamic forty-year career as a field archaeologist.

Returning season after season to remote village contexts, archaeologists “grow up” within their local communities and are shaped by them.  Across nearly 30 years of digging on the small islet of Yeronisos off western Cyprus, Connelly has become a committed advocate for the preservation of cultural heritage within her village of Peyia, where she was named an Honorary Citizen in 2000.  Here, Connelly has pioneered eco-archaeology, integrating environmental fieldwork with archaeological excavation toward the common goal of preserving both natural and cultural resources.  Engaging local school children and the adult communities in the thrilling process of discovery, Yeronisos has become a beacon for life-enhancing cultural exchange. Back home, Connelly has served on the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee (2003-2011), giving yet another perspective on Cultural Heritage preservation and policy making.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Breton Connelly is a classical archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University.  In 1996, she was awarded a MacArthur fellowship for her work in Greek art, myth, and religion.  A field archaeologist, Connelly has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus where, since 1990, she has directed the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition.  She is an honorary citizen of Peyia Municipality, Cyprus.

Her Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2007) was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.  It won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award and was named best scholarly book in Classics and Ancient History by the Association of American Publishers.

Her most recent book, The Parthenon Enigma, won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for best book in the Humanities for 2015.  It was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.  The U.S. edition (A.A. Knopf) has now been joined by editions published in the U.K., Greece, Taiwan, and China. Complete bio in www.womensinsternationalforum.org

Example of Prof. Connelly´s work:

ABC’s “Born to Explore” television show featuring our Yeronisos Island Excavations in Cyprus http://vimeo.com/52106113 When you get the prompt for a password, type in: EXTERNAL

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Women’s International Forum (WIF)

Patron: Mrs. Catarina Vaz Pinto, Spouse of the Secretary- General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

Executive Board:

Sofia Herrera Cubillo (Costa Rica),President, Faika Zaki (Egypt) and Sonia de Meza-Cuadra (Peru), Vice Presidents, Pamela Jacovides (USA), Anna van Oosterom (the Netherlands), Miriam Oueslati Khiari (Tunisia), Tanya Rattray (Jamaica), Dace Mazeika (Latvia), Ingrid Ružičková (Slovakia), Lista Damayanti Djani (Indonesia), Manipreet Tina Kaur Koonjul (Mauritius), Latica Tomašić (Austria), Padma Akbaruddin (India), Zarina Varukatty (Singapore), Adriana Arriola (Paraguay), Mongolmaa Dorjnamjaa (Mongolia), Amy Gertze (Namibia).

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