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Since its founding in 1980, the International Catacomb Society has sponsored lectures that have brought scholars from around the world to lecture in the Boston area.

In November 1999, the International Catacomb Society announced their sponsorship of the Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the Department of Ancient Art. In 2005 the lecture series was permanently endowed. The series presents lectures and other programs dealing with the cultural, artistic, and religious history, and related archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world, primarily the Roman Empire and its provinces during the period of the 5th century B. C. E. through the 7th century A.D.

All recipients of a grant from the Shohet Scholars Program (established in 2002) are required to present a public lecture in the Boston area on the results of their grant-sponsored research.

Upcoming Lectures

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Previous Lectures

November 22, 2008, 7 pm, Sheraton Boston Hotel, SBL Annnual Meeting
Colum Hourihane, Director of the Index of Christian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
"Reinterpreting the Enigma: Pontius Pilate in Early Christian Art"
International Catacomb Society Lecture

October 5, 2008, 2 pm, Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Miranda Marvin, Professor of Art and Classical Studies, Wellesley College and author of Language of the Muses: The Dialogue between Greek and Roman Sculpture
"Looking at Ancient Sculpture with New Eyes"
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

April 6, 2008, 2 pm, Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jas Elsner, Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Visiting Professor of Art History and Classics, University of Chicago
"Pharaoh's Army Got Drownded": Some Reflections on Jewish and Roman Geneaologies in Early Christian Art
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

March 30, 2007, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Joseph Rife, Classics Department, Macalester College
Society, Ritual, and Death at a Port in Roman Greece: Finds from the Kenchreai Cemetery Near Corinth
Shohet Scholars Program Grant Recipient Lecture

November 19, 2006, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Marjorie Venit, Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland
Images of the Afterlife in the Monumental Tombs of Greco-Roman Alexandria
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

March 5, 2006, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jorge Silvetti of Machado Silvetti Associates; Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Principal in Charge of Design of the Getty Villa
Reimagining the Getty Villa
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

November 16, 2005, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sharon Salvadori
The Early Christian Orant: The Remaking of an Image in Late Antique Rome
Shohet Scholars Program Grant Recipient Lecture

April 3, 2005, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Richard Brilliant, Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities,
Columbia University
Hope that Unlocks the Gates of Hades: Roman Funerary Arts
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

March 21, 2004 , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Donald Kyle, Professor of History,
University of Texas, Arlington
Revisiting the Ancient Olympic Games: Gods, Athletes, and Spectators
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

March 2, 2003, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Adrienne Mayor, classical folklorist and author of The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times
Monster of Troy: Fossil Discoveries in Classical Antiquity
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

October 27, 2002, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
William Tronzo, Professor of Art History,
Tulane University
The Catacomb on Via Latina Twenty Years Later
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

March 10, 2002, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Olga Palagia, Professor of Classical Archaeology,
Department of Archaeologyand Art History, Athens University
Master of Classical Greek Sculpture: Scopas and Boston
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

January 13, 2002, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jodi Magness, Associate Professor,
Departments of Classics and Art History, Tufts University
Jerusalem in the Time of Herod the Great
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

December 3, 2000, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Thomas F. Mathews, The John Langeloth Loeb Professor of the History of Art,
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
A Clash of Gods: Christian versus Pagan Icons
Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

November 9, 1997, Andover Newton Theological School
Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University
Women as Leaders in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

November 9, 1995, Andover Newton Theological School
Leonard Rutgers, Utrecht University
The Jewish Catacombs of Ancient Rome: New Insights and Perspectives

October 23, 1994, Rosovsky Hall, Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel
Lisa Kahn, University of Tulsa
King Herod’s Caesarea: Political Dream or Religious Nightmare

March 7, 1993, Semitic Museum, Harvard University
Walter Persegati, Former Secretary General and Treasurer of the Vatican Museums
Michelangelo Rediscovered: The Cleaning of Michelangelo’s Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel

April 25, 1990, Hebrew College
Marisa de Spagnolis
The Ancient Jewish Congregation at Nocera

April 22, 1990, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Baldassare Conticello, Superintendent of Archaeology at Pompeii
Rediscovering Pompeii

October 6, 1987, Boston Public Library
Cornelius C. Vermeule III, Curator of Classical Art, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
The Graeco-Roman Background for Jewish Art in the Roman Empire

January 6, 1980, Boston Public Library
Estelle S. Brettman
Judaism and Christianity in the Catacombs of Rome

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