Assumption and the AIA Present Lecture on the Goddesses of War and Love in Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Cultures
Assumption College and the Archeological Institute of American (AIA) will present a lecture on the evolution of the goddesses of love, war, sex, and victory, from origins in Mesopotamia, through Classical Greece and Rome. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center on the Assumption campus, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.
This presentation by Dr. Budin is cosponsored by the Human Arts Series, along with the History and Women’s Studies programs at Assumption College.
Stephanie Lynn Budin, Ph.D., will present “War, Love, Victory: From Inanna/Istar to Venus Victrix.” as part of the annual Robert L. Scranton Lecture. This annual lecture was established in 1999 by the Friends of Robert Scranton, a Greek archaeologist who taught at Illinois College, Vassar College, Emory University, and the University of Chicago. Dr. Budin’s research focuses on women’s roles in ancient societies from the commonplace to the divine.
Each Scranton Lecturer is chosen by the AIA Committee and explores topics related to archaeology and how they reflect Scranton’s teachings and publications, as a way to honor the former professor.
Dr. Budin received her M.A. and Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Temple University, Rutgers University, and the University of Oregon and has written or edited seven books, as well as multiple articles and book chapters.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College