October 12, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — World-renowned archaeologist John McK. Camp II will give the talk, "The Agora and Athenian Democracy," on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the second event in this semester's Humanities Institute series, "Concepts in Context: Excavating Ancient Aegean Culture." It is co-sponsored by the Humanities Residential College and the department of classics.

A professor of classics at Randolph Macon College, Camp is director of the Agora Excavations in Athens, the longest continuing excavation in Greece.

"During the past two decades, Dr. Camp has developed into one of the leading authorities in Athenian and Classical archaeology. Furthermore, he has been excavating at that site for over 40 years, ever since he was a volunteer undergraduate excavator," said Stephanie Larson, associate professor and chair of classics at Bucknell.

"He has written numerous articles and authored two books on the archaeological history of Athens and the Agora. The Agora (or "marketplace") of ancient Athens was the center of economic, social and intellectual life of the ancient city as well as the birthplace of western democracy.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Camp to the University, and look forward to sharing his experience of four decades of excavating such a historically important site."

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With the faculty of Randolph Macon College since 1996, Camp holds his degrees from Harvard University and Princeton University. He has worked in the Athenian Agora since 1966 as an excavator and as assistant director; he was named director in 1994. His interests include water supply in ancient Athens and Greek epigraphy, the study of inscriptions.

Camp has taught and lectured throughout the United States and the world. He was the Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies from 1985 to 1996 and continues to teach there every spring.

The Charles H. Watts II Humanities Institute lecture series was established in 2006 by the CTW Foundation and its officers to honor the memory of Bucknell's 11th president. The Institute honors President Watts' love of the humanities, his dedication to learning, and his exceptional leadership at Bucknell by providing annual support for the interdisciplinary study of a selected topic of interest in the humanities. The Humanities Institute series will continue with two additional lectures in the spring semester.

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