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ALPHA kicks off season of lectures

ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity has announced its 2013-2014 Lecture Series. Founded in 1971, ALPHA is dedicated to the study of archaeology, literature, philosophy, history and art of the ancient world.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures are presented at 7:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building on the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb.

The first lecture in the series, to be presented Sept. 12, will be “The Byzantine Art Treasures of Orthodox Monasteries from Mount Sinai to Meteora to the Holy Mount Athos and Beyond.” Professor Emeritus Dimitri Liakos, NIU, will lead the audience on a visual journey to some of the Greek Orthodox monasteries that were established during the Byzantine Empire (ca. 330-1453) and are the current repositories of some of the most glorious works of art from that civilization.

Before the lecture, an informal dinner will take place at the Hillside Restaurant, 121 N. Second St., DeKalb. For dinner reservations of for more information, call Liakos at 815-787-6478.

The remaining schedule follows:

• Lecture 385: “George Pullman, the Man and the Town: An Experiment in Utopian Capitalism”

Sept. 19

Michael Devine, retired teacher

• Lecture 386: “Early Christian Churches in Rome”

Oct. 3

Christina Nielsen, assistant curator for Late Antique, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago

• Lecture 387: “Decorative Standardization, Social Status and Urban Tenancy in the Apartments of Roman Ostia”

Oct. 17

Katharine A. Raff, Mellon curatorial fellow in Roman Art, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago

• Lecture 388: “Fires of Etruria: Bronzes of the Ancient Etruscans”

Nov. 7

Tereh L. Walkup, research associate, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago

• Lecture 389: “Mary, The Human Mother of God: Her Presence, Role and Significance in the Orthodox Church and in Byzantine Art”

Nov. 14

Father John E. Artemas, pastor-protopresbyter of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, DeKalb, and Professor Emeritus Dimitri Liakos, NIU

• Lecture 390: “The Long Lost Tomb of King Herod the Great at Herodium”

March 6

Professor Ralph Burin, Department of Art History, Harper College, Palatine

• Lecture 391: “When the Greeks Ruled: Egypt After Alexander the Great”

April 3

Mary Greuel, assistant curator of Ancient Art, Art Institute of Chicago       

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