Art History Scholar to Give Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at Grinnell College on May 3

Mary Miller sits on a stoopGRINNELL, Iowa —  Prominent and award-winning art history scholar Mary Miller will give the annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at Grinnell College on Thursday, May 3.

Her lecture, titled “Life and Death in the Ancient Maya City,” is free and open to the public. It will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with more than 500,000 living members in chapters at nearly 300 American colleges and universities. Newly elected members of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa, will be recognized at the lecture, as well as the winners of the annual Joseph F. Wall '41 Phi Beta Kappa Scholar's Award and Neal Klausner Sophomore Book Awards.

Miller is Sterling professor of the history of art and senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University. A specialist in the art of the ancient New World and curator of major international exhibits, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has delivered Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, as well as the Slade Lectures at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and joined the faculty that year. She has served as chair of Yale’s Department of History of Art and the university’s Council on Latin American Studies. She is also director of graduate studies in archeological studies and a member of the Steering Committee of the Women Faculty Forum.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Rosenfield Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college's website: Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

The college also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

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