Other Regional Events


Events from Previous Years

Findings from the Archaeology Field School

October 13, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Emily Dickinson Museum Homestead

This program is free and open to the public, and is offered as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month.

On October 13, view Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist. Join us for a presentation at the Emily Dickinson Museum by the faculty and students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Archaeological Field School as they share their findings from their work at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Students will highlight pivotal discoveries that shed new light on the archaeological underpinnings of the Dickinson home. Find out firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!


Public talk by David Leslie, Senior Archaeologist

“Native American Life during the Early Archaic Period: A View from Northampton”

October 13, 2019
4:30 pm
Historic Northampton
46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA

Pre-registration required. Limited to 50. $5 Members and donors of Historic Northampton. $5 Friends of Forbes Library and students with a valid ID. $10 all others.

Sponsored by Mass Humanities, in partnership with the Forbes Library.

Last fall, in accordance with state and federal regulations, the MA Department of Transportation hired Dave Leslie, a lead archaeologist with Archeological and Historical Services, Inc., to conduct a preliminary assessment of an area in Northampton where a new roadway construction project is planned. His investigation included digging a series of small test pits, some of which uncovered Native American artifacts dating to the Early Archaic Period. This September Leslie returned to the site to conduct a more thorough excavation. In conjunction with Massachusetts Archaeology Month, Leslie will present his findings and explain what this site reveals about Native Americans during this time period. Learn more.


Dr. Russell Scott, Bryn Mawr College

15th Annual David Grose Memorial Lecture

“David F. Grose and the Glass from Cosa”

October 19, 2018
3:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center 240
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by Charles Grose and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics

Dr. Patty Baker, University of Kent at Canterbury

14th Annual David Grose Memorial Lecture

“Salubrious Spaces: Gardens and Health in Roman Italy (c. 150 B.C.-A.D. 100)”

March 5, 2018
5:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center S131
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by Charles Grose and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics

Dr. Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University and Harvard Art Museums

13th Annual David Grose Memorial Lecture

“Defeat in the Arena”

April 3, 2017
5:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center S131
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by Charles Grose and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics

Dr. Bernhard Blümich, University of Aachen

“The Magnetic Looking Glass. New Insights into Old Objects: Frescoes, Paintings, and Violins”

March 20, 2017
5:30 pm
South College W245
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass Amherst, with additional funding from the departments of Classics (Amherst College), Classics and History (UMass), Art History (the Amy M. Sacker Fund), and Classics (Mount Holyoke College), Art and Classics (Smith College) and the Smith College Art Museum.


Alessandro Naso, University of Naples Federico II, and Gretchen Meyers, Franklin and Marshall University

“Poggio Civitate: A Half Century of Discovery”

November 4, 2016
4:30 pm
Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor
UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Department of Classics Colloquium


Prof. Ray Laurence, University of Kent

“Studying Roman Cities”

September 14, 2016
4:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center S241
UMass Amherst

There are traces of hundreds, if not thousands, of Roman cities. How we approach this evidence varies from teams of scholars embedded for years to desk-based approaches. There is a continuum between these points, but how we approach the Roman city can dictate what we study and how we study urbanism. In other words, our starting point or position is as important as the methodology in creating an answer.


Prof. Ray Laurence, University of Kent

“Migration and Mobility in the Roman Empire”

September 13, 2016
5:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center S240
UMass Amherst

Migration is in the news on both sides of the Atlantic in the USA and in Europe. Yet, migration was a feature of the past and was the human dynamic that developed the cities of the Roman Empire. This lecture will explore the implications of this phenomenon for our understanding of Roman history.


Prof. Joseph Carter, University of Texas at Austin

“The Discovery of the Sanctuary and Mystery Cult at Pantanello (Metaponto, Southern Italy)“

April 21, 2016
5:00 pm
Beneski 107 (Piano Lecture Hall)
Amherst College

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Classics


Prof. Frances Paden, Northwestern University

April 12, 2016
2:00 pm
Historic Northampton
46 Bridge St., Northampton

Prof. Paden will lecture on her travels in Crete with the distinguished Smith graduate Harriet Boyd Hawes, the excavator at Gournia, Crete, in the early 20th century.


Prof. Bonna Wescoat, Emory University

12th Annual David Grose Memorial Lecture

“From the Vantage of the Victory: New Research on the Winged Victory of Samothrace“

April 4, 2016
5:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center 331
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by Charles Grose and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics


Dr. Gregory Nagy, Harvard University

11th Annual David F. Grose Memorial Lecture

“Song 17 of Sappho revisited (in the light of new supplements)”

March 9, 2015
5:00 pm
Bartlett 65
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by Charles Grose and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics


Dr. Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University

10th Annual David F. Grose Memorial Lecture

“Orientalism and Greek Identity on a Masterpiece of Athenian Vase-Painting”

March 13, 2014
5:00 pm
Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by Charles Grose and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics


Prof. Morag Kersel, DePaul University

“The Politics of Public Display: Archaeology, Museums and Artifacts from the Holy Land”

November 7, 2013
5:00 pm
Herter Hall 301
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by the UMass Department of Classics


Prof. Theresa Huntsman, Washington University, Saint Louis

“Sometimes You Can Take it with You: Etruscan Banquets and Burials at Chiusi”

October 10, 2013
5:00 pm
Herter Hall 301
UMass Amherst

Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Center for Etruscan Studies