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IPCAA Students Garner Kudos

The Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA)—one of the country’s finest Ph.D.-granting programs in classical and Mediterranean archaeology—is physically housed in the Kelsey Museum. On any given day, IPCAA students can be found on every floor of the Museum: studying in the library, researching the collections, assisting curators on exhibitions, or working on one of the computers in the Kelsey’s Hosmer lab. Given our close connections with this interdisciplinary program, we are pleased to note here some of the awards, grants, and fellowships received by recent graduates of this program, as well as by some current students.

Elise Friedland (Ph.D. 1997), who is George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Scholar in Classical Studies in the Rollins College Department of Art, was just awarded a USIA/CAORC Postdoctoral Fellowship by the American Center of Oriental Research to spend just over two months at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman during the summer of 2000. She was also one of four faculty members awarded “Most Recognized Professor for 1999­–2000” by the Rollins College student body.

David Stone (Ph.D. 1997) received an award for Excellence in Teaching from a senior class honor society at Tulane University. He was also awarded a University of Wisconsin grant to display the slides from his lectures on a course Web site. David has accepted a visiting joint appointment in the U-M Department of Classical Studies and the Kelsey for 2000­2001, partly to replace IPCAA faculty member Susan Alcock, who has accepted an invitation to teach at Harvard for Winter Term 2001.

Bryan Burns (Ph.D. 1999) won a one-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Aegean Prehistory and has been appointed to a tenure-track position in the Department of Classics at the University of Southern California. His dissertation was one of fewer than thirty nominated for the Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Awards of 1999.

Jennifer Trimble (Ph.D. 1999) actually won one of four Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Awards of 1999 for her thesis “The Aesthetics of Sameness: A Contextual Analysis of the Large and Small Herculaneum Woman Statue Types in the Roman Empire.” She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Classics at Stanford University.

Among current students, Paul Legutko just successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Roman Imperial Ideology in the Mid-Third Century AD: Negotiation, Usurpation, and Crisis in the Imperial Center.” Molly Swetnam-Burland was awarded a Community of Scholars eight-month fellowship by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Jane Rempel has been appointed Editorial Assistant to the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient for 2000–­2001, under its new editor, IPCAA faculty member Norman Yoffee. Jeremy Hartnett has won a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. Melanie Grunow’s paper, “The Temple-Sacrifice Motif in Rome: Expressing the Emperor’s Pietas,” received Honorable Mention in the Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.