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.
John H. Oakley is the Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden Jr Professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Educated at Rutgers University (BS, MA, and PhD), he is a Classical Archaeologist whose main research interests are Greek vases and Roman sarcophagi. Greece is a second home to him, and his time living there includes a three-year stint as the Mellon Professor of Classical Studies at the American School of Classical Studies. He has also taught as an invited scholar in New Zealand, Freiburg (Germany), Brussels, and lectured widely. Among his many books are The Wedding in Ancient Athens, Picturing Death in Classical Athens, and The Greek Vase – the Art of the Storyteller.
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.
Maria Panagiotopoulou, is an award winning ornithologist and forester. The holder of a M. Sc. in Management of Protected Areas from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, and a M. Sc. in Evolutionary Ecology from Sweden’s Lund University, Ms. Panagiotopoulou has conducted research in the wetlands we will visit, and participated in numerous projects and studies in the protection of the wetlands and their biodiversity. Ms. Panagiotopoulou has published extensively in learned publications.
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.
Prof. Richard A. Billows is Professor of History and Director of Classical Studies Graduate Program at Columbia University. He specializes in Ancient Greek and Roman History and Greek epigraphy and is the author of several books, including Marathon: The Battle That Changed Western Civilization and Kings and Colonists: Aspects of Macedonian Imperialism. Prof. Billows received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.