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Annual Lecture

The Cinelli Lecture Series

In tribute to the Foundation’s founder Count Ferdinando Cinelli and his wife Sarah, The Etruscan Foundation has established The Cinelli Lecture Series, a permanently endowed annual lecture series offered through the Archaeological Institute of America’s Lecture Program.

Current Lecture

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

2021-2020 Ann Steiner, the Shirley Watkins Steinman Professor of Classics at Franklin & Marshall College holds her PhD degree from the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archeology Bryn Mawr College (1981). Her areas of research specialization include the study of ancient ceramics from the Etruscan and Greek cultures. Professor Steiner is the Director of Research for the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and Excavations at Poggio Colla, Italy and serves on the Research Staff for the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Arcadia, Greece. Professor Steiner will present the twentieth Cinelli Lecture Program for the Montreal, Canada AIA Society entitled Uncovering The Place of Uni: Archaeological Excavations At The Ancient Etruscan Site of Poggio Colla In Italy on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM EDT (Eastern Time).
This lecture is a virtual online program event.
Lecture Abstract
The ancient Etruscans, who flourished in central Italy between the eighth and third centuries BCE, are among the most poorly understood people in the ancient Mediterranean. We know they influenced Roman religion a great deal, and their control of metal resources brought them enormous wealth. They left very few written records, and scholars still struggle to translate their language. Archaeological excavation has helped to develop a fuller picture of this enigmatic culture; this presentation will focus on results of excavations from 1995-2015 at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla, a sanctuary to the goddess Uni, where the speaker serves as a director. When excavation began, virtually nothing was known about the site including its ancient name; all that remained were scraps of ancient fortification walls, robbed-out tombs, and a flattened hilltop. The lecture takes the audience through the process of uncovering a monumental temple, at least ten votive deposits including a large cache of gold jewelry, and the discovery, on the last day of the last season of work, of one of the longest inscriptions ever found in the Etruscan language. The lecture emphasizes the process the excavation staff used to interpret the site from season to season as well as the final results and the questions that remain.

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Past Lectures
2020-2021 Hillary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classics at Binghamton University-SUNY, Binghamton, New York holds her PhD degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007). Her areas of research specialization include Etruscan, Roman, and Greek art and archaeology; ancient economy; ancient warfare; pigment trade; Latin and Etruscan epigraphy. Dr. Becker will present the nineteenth Cinelli Lecture Program for the Richmond, Virginia AIA Society entitled The Etruscan Helmets from Vetulonia: New Evidence for the Life of an Etruscan Soldier on Thursday, February 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Jepson Hall, 221 Richmond Way, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia 23173.
2020-2021 Maurizio Forte, Professor of Classical and Visual Studies at Duke, Durham, North Carolina hods his Ph.D in Archaeology (Etruscology) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1993).
Dr. Forte’s research specializations include Cyberarchaeology, Digital Archaeology, Etruscology, Classic Archaeology, Remote Sensing Archaeology, Virtual Archaeology to mention but a few among many topics that lend to a broad spectrum of research areas. Dr. Forte will present the eighteenth VIRTUAL Cinelli Lecture Program for the AIA Society: Kansas City/Lawrence entitled Vulci: The New Urban Archaeological Excavations on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM (central time).
2018-2019 Claire L. Lyons is Curator of Antiquities with the J. Paul Getty Museum and holds her degrees from Bowdoin College and Bryn Mawr College (MA and PhD). Her areas of specialization are the art and archaeology of pre-Roman Italy, Etruria and Magna Graecia, Greek vase painting, the rediscovery and reception of classical antiquity, 19th century photography, and cultural heritage policy. Awards received by Dr. Lyons include the AIA Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Lyons will present the seventeenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of Northern New Jersey (Montclair) entitled, Painting Etruscan Temples and Tombs on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Montclair State University, Montclair New Jersey.
2017-2018 Rex E. Wallace is Professor of Classics with the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present the sixteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of Cincinnati, Ohio entitled, The Etruscan Stele of Vicchio on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 PM in the Cincinnati Art Museum, Fath Auditorium, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
2016-2017 Nicola Terrenato, PhD, the Esther B. Van Deman Collegiate Professor of Roman Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan will present the fifteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania entitled, The Earliest Gateway of Rome: Recent work at Sant’Omobono in the Forum Boarium at 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Cathedral of Learning, Room 249, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
2015-2016 Erik Nielsen, President Emeritus, Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland will present the fourteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of New York City, New York entitled, I Principi Etruschi di Murlo (The Etruscan Princes of Murlo) at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the “Casa” of the Friends of Italy (FAI), Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011. Tel: (212) 998-8739.
2014-2015 Ili Nagy, PhD, Professor Emeritus from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington will present the thirteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society San Diego, California entitledVotive Terracottas in ther Archaeological Context: the Case of Cerveteri at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 13, 2015 at San Diego State University, SD State Arts & Letters Building, Room 101, San Diego, California 92115.
2013-2014 Lisa Pieraccini, PhD, The History of Art Department’s Visiting Scholar in Ancient Art at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California will present the twelfth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society Milwaukee, Wisconsin entitles The Ever Elusive Etruscan Egg on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sabin Hall / Room G90, 3413 North Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2012-2013 Alexandra Ann Carpino, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona will present the eleventh lecture program for the Archaeological Institute of America’s Society Nashville, Tennessee entitled Etruscan Faces: From the Symbolic to the Real on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Nashville Parthenon, 250 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.
2011-2012 David Soren, Regents Professor of Anthropology and Classics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona will present the tenth lecture program for the Central Arizona Chapter of the AIA Society entitled The Mysterious Sacred Spring of the Emperor Augustus on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM. The lecture will be held in Neeb Hall (room 105), 920 South Forest Mall, Arizona State University (Tempe Campus), Tempe, Arizona.
2010-2011 Dr. Francesco de Angelis, Associate Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology with the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia, University, New York will present the ninth lecture program for the Washington Society AIA entitled Myths and Social Life in Etruscan Tombs: The Hellenistic Urns from Chiusi on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM at Maggiano’s, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
2009-2010 Dr. Giovannangelo Camporeale, Presidente dell’Istituto di Studi Etruschi e Italici, of Florence, Italy will present the eighth lecture program for the Los Angeles, California AIA Society entitled Narrative, Myth, Society in the Early Etruscan Culture on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.The lecture will be free of charge to the public but a ticket must be obtained in advance to access the lecture program. Tickets are available either by phone (310) 440-7300 or via the Getty web site at: www.getty.edu/visit
2008-2009 Professor Nancy T. de Grummond of Florida State University presented the seventh lecture program for the Rochester, New York AIA Society entitledLooking at Divination: Themes of Prophecy in Etruscan, Greek and Roman Art on April 16, 2009 at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
2007-2008 Professor Jocelyn Penny Small of Rutgers University presented the sixth lecture program for the Dallas, Texas AIA Society entitled The Art of Etruscan Art on February 19, 2008 at the Meadows Museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
2006-2007 Professor Richard De Puma of the University of Iowa presented the fifth lecture program for the Cleveland, Ohio AIA Society entitled Etruscan Goldon March 14, 2007 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio.
2005-2006 Professor P. Gregory Warden of Southern Methodist University presented the fourth lecture program for the Washington, DC AIA Society entitled Cult, continuity and cultural identity at the Etruscan settlement of Poggio Colla (Florence) on October 10, 2005 at the American University Faculty Club in Washington, D.C.
2004-2005 Professor Anthony Tuck of Tufts University presented the third lecture program for the Boston, Massachusetts AIA Society entitled The Singing Rugon March 18, 2005 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
2003-2004 Professor Helen Nagy of the University of Puget Sound presented the second lecture program for the Madison, Wisconsin AIA Society entitled Etruscan Demons of the Underworld on October 28, 2003.
2002-2003 Professor Richard De Puma of the University of Iowa presented the inaugural lecture program of the Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology for the Detroit, Michigan AIA Society entitled The Forgeries of Etruscan Art on April 10, 2003.