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Bat of Minerva Interview with Prof. Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the Departments of History and Classical and Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies presented the Frederick and Catherine Lauritsen Lecture in Ancient History

"Who's Who in the "Royal" Cemetery at Vergina, and Why it Matters"

Jonathan M. Hall (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1993) is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Greek History in the Departments of History and Classics and in the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997), for which he was awarded the APA's Goodwin Award in 1999, Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture, (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Prize from the University of Chicago Press, and A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200-479 BCE (Blackwell, 2007), and has written numerous articles and reviews on the social and cultural history of archaic and classical Greece. His teaching is focused on Greek history, historiography, and archaeology. He was a recipient of the Quantrell Teaching Award in 2009.

While he was on campus for the Lauritsen Lecture, Prof. Hall participated in a Bat of Minerva video.

The Bat of Minerva is a regional cable interview show produced and directed by Peter Shea, who received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and has worked as an instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University in Mankato. For about 14 years, the Bat of Minerva has featured thoughtful people, including many scholars, talking about their life journeys, trajectories, stumblings. From these conversations, hints emerge about the landscape of the academy, the varieties of scholarly and thoughtful lives, and also about what kind of energy or passion or annoyance keeps people thinking and working, year after year.

The Bat airs at midnight between Saturday and Sunday on Minneapolis/Saint Paul regional channel 6, serving the Twin Cities metro area. Over the years, many IAS collaborators, fellows and guests have been "batted" and their conversations with Peter can be viewed in their entirety.