Ancient Pompeii to be focus of Romano Lecture


Barbara Kellum, a scholar in the visual culture of the ancient Roman world, will deliver this year's Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the President’s Reception Room in the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. A reception will follow her lecture, “The Stuff of Which Dreams are Made: The Phantasmagoric Imagery of the House of Vettii, Pompeii.”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will focus on one of the most sumptuously decorated houses in Pompeii and present an interpretation of its myriad of imagery as a celebration of its owners’ transformation from slave to wealthy free man.

Kellum, professor of art history at Smith College, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at the University of Southern California, a master’s in history of art from University of Michigan and a doctorate in art history from Harvard University. Kellum’s field of expertise is the visual culture of the ancient Roman world and her publications focus on topics ranging from imperial building complexes to the shop-signs and graffiti of Pompeii.

A recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, Kellum is currently completing a book on the visually complex monuments commissioned by wealthy, upwardly mobile former slaves in the Roman world.

The Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture Series was endowed in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Romano to sponsor lectures given by noted speakers in history, economics, art history and medicine. This year, Barbara Kellum features as guest speaker at the invitation of Binghamton University’s Art History Department.

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Last Updated: 9/17/13