SAMR Spring Lecture Series 2021: Après le deluge: plagues, propaganda, and the mobility of the divine

Please join SAMR members in a lecture series this Spring devoted to the exploration of ancient ritual responses to questions that have filled our minds, hearts and news feeds over an extraordinary year. Four speakers have generously accepted our invitation to explore contemporary issues, including disease, identity, mobility and disempowered cultural groups through the lenses of ancient ritual practice. Mark your calendars!

All sessions will be held at this ZOOM address.


March 4th at 12 noon EST

“Osor-Hapi: North African Cult Paradigms during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods.”
Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin
Fulbright Postdoctoral Researcher
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem-Institute of Archaeology


March 18th at 7pm EST

“Fighting a Post Modern Monster: Plague and the Delphic Oracle.”
Dr. Michiel van Veldhuizen
The University of North Carolina, Greensboro


April 8th at 7pm EST

“Pharmapolitics and the Early Roman Expansion: Gender, Slavery, and Ecology in 331 BCE.”
Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Princeton University


April 22nd at 7pm EST

“Water, Blood, and Wine: Iconography of the Old Testament on Medieval Portable Altars.”
Dr. Sarah C. Luginbill
University of Colorado, Boulder
medievalportablealtars.com