On September 25, Sustainable Cultural Heritage MA students attended the American Academy’s special lecture series featuring renowned scholar of antiquity, Professor Mary Beard. Professor Beard’s famed ability to communicate to a broad audience was evident by the fact that it was standing room only in the packed auditorium. Her lecture, titled “The Classical Body: The Naked and the Nude,” explored how the human body is viewed in classical sculpture. Looking at nudes from ancient Greece and Rome and comparing them to more modern pieces, Professor Beard pulled apart the image of the body and challenged attendees to consider how enlightened the classical artists were. The event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: The Body.

In 2014, AUR presented Professor Beard with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She is the 2018-19 Lucy Shoe Merritt Resident in Classical Studies and Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome.

Reported by: Kristin Lochner