Dr. John R. Hale, Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville, is an American archaeologist who has investigated ancient sites throughout the Greek and Roman world. A native of Indiana, he earned his BA degree at Yale University and his PhD in Archaeology at Cambridge University, where he reconstructed the evolution of the Viking long-ship. Major projects have included an interdisciplinary study of the Delphic Oracle in Greece, excavations of a Roman horse farm and early Christian basilica at Torre de Palma in Portugal, development of a new method for dating ancient concrete and mortar using C14 radiocarbon analysis, and rescue excavations of prehistoric sites in the Ohio River Valley.
In pursuit of archaeological remains underwater, Hale has participated in a survey of shipwreck sites from the Greek and Persian Wars in the Aegean Sea, and the mapping of a submerged Maya ceremonial center in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. He has published reports on his fieldwork in such journals as Antiquity and Scientific American, and has written a book on the triremes of the ancient Athenian navy, titled Lords of the Sea (Viking/Penguin). He has also recorded lecture series on a number of archaeological topics, currently available as DVDs from the “Great Courses” website of the Teaching Company. Hale’s current book project for Oxford University Press is At Break of Day: From the Greek and Persian Wars to the Rise of the West.
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1988. Professor Ehrman has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited thirty-one books, including six New York Times Bestsellers: Misquoting Jesus; God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer; Jesus Interrupted; Forged: Why the Bible’s Authors are Not Who We Think They Are; How Jesus Became God; and The Triumph of Christianity. His Introduction to the New Testament has been the most widely used textbook in colleges and universities for over twenty years. He has recorded eight lecture courses for The Great Courses (The Teaching Company). More than two million copies of his books and courses have been sold, and his books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.
Professor Ehrman’s work has been featured in the New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other print media. He has appeared on NBC’s Dateline, CNN, The History Channel, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, Fresh Air, other major NPR shows, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Colbert Report, and other top media outlets.
A widely sought after lecturer, and winner of numerous university awards and grants, Professor Ehrman is the recipient of the 2009 J. W. Pope “Spirit of Inquiry” Teaching Award, the 1993 UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, the 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Jerolyn E. Morrison is an anthropologist/archaeologist and potter who uses these disciplines to teach people about ancient Greek culture.
In 1997, Jerolyn traveled to Crete to learn how to collect and process raw clay to make pots with her mentor Jennifer Moody, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her archaeological and environmental work in Crete. Every year since, Jerolyn has returned to Greece to work on archaeological projects, until 2006 when she moved to Crete from the United States. In 2007, Jerolyn was awarded a Fulbright grant to explore ancient Greece cooking. The experiential program she developed, called “Minoan Tastes”, creates a living-type museum for culinary experiences by cooking in similar types of Minoan cooking pots and using the food ingredients that were available during the Bronze Age.
In conjunction with her passion, Jerolyn has been researching in Greece as a Bronze Age ceramic expert and a member of the publication staff for the Mochlos and Papadiokambos excavations in Crete and the island of Kos. Beyond Greek culture, Jerolyn has worked with local people in Scandinavia, Central and South America, and in Anatolia to learn about craft production and home cooking. These experiences have contributed to a more well-rounded world view of how people in the past and today live.
H. A. Shapiro is the W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology, Emeritus, in the Department of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of several books on Greek archaeology, myth, and religion, including Art and Cult under the Tyrants in Athens (1989), Personifications in Greek Art (1993), Myth into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece (1994), and Re-fashioning Anakreon in Classical Athens (2012). He has also curated exhibitions of Greek art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (Greek Vases from Southern Collections, 1981) and the Onassis Cultural Center in New York (Worshipping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens, 2008).
Bert Harrill, a biblical scholar and Professor of History and Classics at The Ohio State University, received his B.A. with highest honors in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament and early Christian literature from the University of Chicago. For over 25 years he has taught undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on the apostle Paul, in the different contexts of history, religious studies, theology, and divinity school faculties. Professor Harrill’s research profile in Pauline studies specializes on Greco-Roman social and family history. His books include Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Slaves in the New Testament: Literary, Social, and Moral Dimensions (Fortress Press, 2006), and The Manumission of Slaves in Early Christianity (Mohr Siebeck, 1995). He has served on the editorial boards of New Testament Studies, Journal of Biblical Literature, and the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary and Reference Library, a monograph series from Yale University Press. His teaching has received numerous awards, including ones from Ohio State University and Indiana University, Bloomington.
Panayoti Kelaidis, is a plant explorer, gardener and public garden administrator associated with Denver Botanic Gardens where he is Senior Curator and Director of Outreach. He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture. His travels have taken him throughout the world, including much of Europe from Spain to Turkey. He has lectured in over 140 cities in twelve countries, and has published widely in horticultural journals. He speaks Greek and has a broad interest in the culture, history and botany of Greece.