In May, Thomas Howe, professor of art history and coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy, delivered a book-length manuscript of the publication of one of the most important ancient Roman gardens ever found - the Villa Arianna of Stabiae.
Howe assumed personal direction of the excavation from 2007 to 2010 and study afterward, and worked with more than a dozen authors and specialists to produce a model interdisciplinary study of the first garden to provide archaeological proof of the kind of “fictive thicket” garden, long known through the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the Empress Livia at Prima Porta outside Rome (pictured). The volume will be published as a monograph in the Quaderni of the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, both in Italian and English.
Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock received a Fulbright grant to fund her research on transgender communities and Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, India, during her spring 2016 sabbatical.
Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, had an article titled “Dog Eat Dog World” published in the July issue of Crufts magazine.
Allison R. Miller, assistant professor of art history, gave an invited lecture on January 8 at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The talk titled, “A Retreat from Naturalism: Re-thinking the Terracotta Warriors of the Han” was financed with funds from the European Social Fund and the Czech Ministry of Education.