Archaeology Professor, Co-director of Jezreel Expedition Named UE Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Posted: May 12, 2014
Jennie Ebeling, associate professor in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at the University of Evansville, was named the 2014 Outstanding Teacher at the University during UE’s 156th Commencement Exercises May 10.
Ebeling is co-director of the Jezreel Expedition, an archeological project in the Iron Age city of Jezreel, Israel. Co-sponsored by UE and the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at Israel’s University of Haifa, Ebeling leads a multi-national team of archeologists, researchers, and students from U.S. and Israeli universities. Under her instruction, students learn the latest archaeological field methods, interact with international scholars, and research prehistoric, biblical, and modern archaeology. Recently, the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) accredited the Jezreel archaeological field school, making it one of only 17 archaeological projects in the world to be certified by the RPA and the only project in the Middle East.
Known as Dr. E by her students, Ebeling joined the UE faculty in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Anthropology from Rutgers University in 1994, and her PhD in Archeology of the Near East from the University of Arizona in 2001. A former Fulbright scholar, Ebeling has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust to conduct research in ancient technology, food and drink in antiquity, and women in Canaan and ancient Israel. She has co-edited books such as New Approaches to Old Stones: Recent Studies of Ground Stone Artifacts and Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond and she is the author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times.
Ebeling teaches core courses focusing on archaeology of the Near East, Egypt, and Syria-Palestine. She also teaches upper-level seminar courses on ancient technology, religion, and women in antiquity. Those nominating Ebeling described her as inspirational, thought provoking, extraordinary, and approachable. Many students praised her teaching style. According to one, Ebeling “shines as a classroom instructor. She encourages students to pursue topics that fit their own interests and enthusiasm.”
Ebeling receives service award
Posted: December 3, 2013
Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling received the Charles U. Harris Service Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Baltimore on November 21. ASOR is the premiere learned society for archaeologists working in the Middle East; the Harris Service Award is given in recognition of long term service as an ASOR officer or Trustee. At the end of December, Ebeling will conclude a three-year term as ASOR's Vice President for Membership and complete nine years of service as an elected Trustee of the organization. Ebeling also founded the ASOR Junior Scholars Committee in 2004 and is currently working on several projects for the newly-formed ASOR Initiative on the Status of Women.
Local Author Event
Posted: November 18, 2013
Margaret McMullan (Creative Writing) and Jennie Ebeling (Archaeology and Art History) represented UE at “Local Voices: Conversations with Community Authors” at Evansville’s Central Library on Saturday November 16. Professors McMullan and Ebeling discussed their recent books as well as the writing and publishing process on a panel of eleven local authors. McMullan talked about "Sources of Light" and her other novels, and Ebeling discussed her book "Women's Lives in Biblical Times."
What do Italy and Scotland Have in Common?
Posted: November 14, 2013
Peter Humfrey, professor emeritus of art history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, will be the International Education Week Featured Speaker. The lecture will be held at 7 pm on Monday, November 18, in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center.
Humfrey is currently in the United States as guest curator of an international exhibition of Italian paintings from Glasgow Museums titled "Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums." His International Education Week lecture will focus on paintings from this exhibition and will also highlight the collectors who contributed to the formation of this great Scottish civic collection.
Humfrey is the author of numerous publications on Italian Renaissance art, including a monograph on Titian, and an introductory survey on painting in Renaissance Venice. He has served on the committees of several major international loan exhibitions, including at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
The Department of Archaeology and Art History and the Harlaxton Society have joined to invite Humfrey to guest lecture at the University of Evansville campus while he is in the United States. This invitation was extended in appreciation not only of his renown in the field of Italian Renaissance art, but also in celebration of his connection to our community. Humfrey taught at Harlaxton College from 1971-1974, during its first three years as the British campus of the University of Evansville.
Refreshments will be served immediately following Humfrey’s lecture.
Heidi Strobel Presents Paper at Conference
Posted: October 31, 2013
Last week, Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, presented a paper titled “Portraiture and the Art of Mary Linwood: Copy, Kitsch, or Canonical,” at the Women, Reputation, and Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century Conference sponsored by The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Interfaith Bread Festival: Bread in Religious Culture this Saturday
Posted: October 30, 2013
The Evansville community is invited to the Interfaith Bread Festival this Saturday, November 1, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center, Eykamp 251.
The Interfaith Bread Festival seeks to bring together diverse communities through a common thread: Bread and provide an opportunity for people to present their cultural and religious traditions through the common staple of bread.
Groups from religious cultures will present their bread traditions, offering samples, recipes, and more!
Taste breads from various world religions and local Evansville kitchens; take home various bread recipes from other cultures.
Learn how bread is used in religious holidays.
Special pre-screening of “Bread Culture in Jordan” video created in part through Dr. Jennie Ebeling’s NEH Fellowship in Jordan, fall 2012. The video has recently been screened at the Middle East Studies Association’s (MESA) Film Fest held during their annual meeting in New Orleans.
The Interfaith Bread Festival is sponsored by the Department of Religious Life, the Department of Archaeology, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
Heidi Strobel Awarded Grant
Posted: October 28, 2013
Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, has been awarded a Yale University Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Research Support Grant. In the summer of 2014, she will use this grant to continue her research in England on textile artist Mary Linwood (1755-1845) after participating in the field school at Jezreel, Israel, directed by Jennie Ebeling, associate professor and Chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History.
Bread Culture in Jordan film part of MESA FilmFest
Posted: October 21, 2013
Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling represented the film "Bread Culture in Jordan" at the 30th annual Middle East Studies Association FilmFest in New Orleans, LA on October 12. The film was based on Ebeling's research while an NEH Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Amman, Jordan during the fall 2012 semester. This film will be screened as part of a Interfaith Bread Festival on the UE campus November 2, all are invited to attend. For those who cannot attend, the film is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJvlrpEmORU&feature=youtu.be.
Ebeling to Present on the 2013 Excavation Season at Jezreel on October 8
Posted: October 3, 2013
On Tuesday, October 8, 7:30-8:30 pm in Room 162 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building, Dr. Jennie Ebeling will present the findings from the 2013 season at Jezreel, Israel. Based on discoveries made during the 2012 survey season and the results of a LiDAR aerial laser scan, the Jezreel Expedition team opened up three excavation areas at Jezreel in May-June 2013 and uncovered the remains of a 4,500-year-old village, an Iron Age (biblical period) winery, and much more. Come learn about these exciting discoveries and opportunities to participate in the 2014 field season!
Jennie Ebeling to Present Results of the 2013 Season at Jezreel
Posted: August 14, 2013
Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling will present the results of the 2013 field season at Jezreel in "The View from Jezebel's Window: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Jezreel, Israel" on Sunday, August 18 at 7:00 pm at Temple Adath B'nai Israel, 8440 Newburgh Road. Refreshments to follow.
For four weeks in May-June, Ebeling and Jezreel co-director Norma Franklin of the University of Haifa led a team of approximately 35, including 12 UE students and alumni, in the excavation of Jezreel, in Israel's Galilee. The team uncovered remains of occupation dating back 4,500 years as well as a very large and well-preserved Iron Age winery dating to the period when Ahab and Jezebel lived at Jezreel ca. 9th century B.C.E. Learn about these and other exciting finds - as well as our plans for the future - this Sunday evening.
Alex Dryer Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Posted: June 25, 2013
Alexandria (Alex) Dryer, a University of Evansville junior from Columbia City, Indiana, has received a study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s most selective academic honor society.
Dryer, a classical studies and social studies education major, will use the $1,000 grant to spend the Spring 2014 semester at Harlaxton College, the University of Evansville’s British campus in Grantham, England. There, she will continue work on her capstone project for UE’s Honors Program, which focuses on the different reactions of the Roman government towards various religious cults of the time.
The grant will help cover Dryer’s travel expenses to Harlaxton and to sites such as the Temple of Sulis Minerva in Bath, England, and the Temple of Isis in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy.
“I was so surprised and honored to receive the Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grant,” Dryer said. “It will help me bring a new depth of knowledge to my project as well as new experiences in my undergraduate career.”
Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 study abroad grants each year to U.S. undergraduates with grade point averages of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The grants are designed to support students as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
UE Professors Participate in Round Table Discussion at SW Indiana Arts Council
Posted: June 17, 2013
On Friday, June 7, Associate Professor of Art History Heidi Strobel, Associate Professor of Theatre Eric Renschler, and Professor of Theatre Diane Brewer participated in a round table discussion at the Southwestern Indiana Arts Council. The discussion focused on the installation of Roger Stoller's "Vibrant River" sculpture on the facade of the Ford Center and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education in Evansville.
Heidi Strobel Authenticates Artwork at Yale University Center for British Art
Posted: June 12, 2013
On June 3, Dr. Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, authenticated an artwork by Mary Linwood (1755-1845) at the Yale University Center for British Art. Linwood created 65 large scale, embroidered copies of famous art works and installed them in her popular London gallery. Thirty-two of these works still exist and Yale’s art work, Tygress, is the only Linwood in the United States. Strobel will have an essay on Linwood’s replicas of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough in her upcoming compilation on gender and material culture.
UE-Sponsored Jezreel Expedition to Begin Inaugural Dig Season in Israel
Posted: May 8, 2013
University of Evansville students, alumni, and faculty will spend their summer exploring archaeological remains in northern Israel as participants in the inaugural Jezreel Expedition dig season.
Along with the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at Israel’s University of Haifa, the University of Evansville co-sponsors the Jezreel Expedition, an archaeological project founded in 2012. Jennie Ebeling, chair of UE’s Department of Archaeology and Art History, and Norma Franklin of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology serve as co-directors of the project.
From May 19-June 15, 12 UE archaeology students and recent graduates will join approximately 15 students from North American universities – including new Jezreel Expedition consortium partner Vanderbilt University – in excavating three areas of archaeological significance.
The ancient city of Jezreel overlooks the biblical “Way of the Sea,” the major east-west international trade route that linked the empires of Mesopotamia with Egypt. Previous excavations have revealed remains of a heavily fortified royal enclosure, possibly constructed by Ahab and Jezebel (as described in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament). The site appears to have been occupied from the fifth millennium BCE through the 20th century, so it allows scholars and researchers to study prehistoric, biblical, and modern remains.
Last summer, the Jezreel Expedition team undertook an intensive survey of the area utilizing a three-dimensional model of the terrain created with airborne laser scanning technology (LiDAR). Team members recorded points, features, and structures on the ground which, when integrated with the 3D model, generated valuable insights into the areas that most warrant exploration.
Based on the results of that survey, the team will open three excavation areas this summer: a historically uncultivated area near the spring of Jezreel believed to contain the remains of ancient buildings, an Iron Age wine press, and an area of exposed architecture dating to the age of Ahab and Jezebel.
“Last summer’s project was a huge success. Team members recorded 361 archaeological features – from Iron Age, Roman, and Byzantine tombs to water cisterns to caves modified for human use – and pinpointed the most promising areas for excavation,” said Ebeling. “The site is rich with archaeological and historical significance, and we look forward to beginning the inaugural dig season this summer.”
Students on the Jezreel Expedition earn undergraduate or graduate credit for participating in the dig, lectures, and field trips to Jerusalem, Nazareth, and other sites throughout Israel. The group stays on a kibbutz, a close-knit community of several hundred residents adjacent to the dig site.
“By participating in the Jezreel Expedition, students learn about the latest archaeological field methods, work alongside an international team of archaeologists and students, and investigate 7,000 years of history in a single site,” Ebeling said. “Staying on a kibbutz also provides a rare opportunity for cultural immersion: We swim in the community pool, attend concerts put on by residents, and are invited into people’s homes for coffee and conversation. Students say it feels like a giant family.”
The University of Evansville’s Department of Archaeology and Art History is one of the largest undergraduate programs in Mediterranean archaeology in the Midwest, and its 60 majors participate in summer excavations and internships around the world.
UE students and alumni participating in this summer’s Jezreel Expedition are current students Morgan Davidson, Kayla Kelley, Kaitlynn Mickus, Ashley Motes, and Michael Sullivan; 2013 graduates Samantha Kimsey and Benjamin Ollestad; and 2012 graduates Nate Biondi, Kelly Goodner, Michael Koletsos, Melanie Miller, and Hilda Torres.
Shirley Schwarz Prizewinners Announced
Posted: May 6, 2013
The Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Shirley Schwarz Prize for Research in Art History: May 2013 graduates Kevin Kay (archaeology) and Hilary Waltz (art history). Kevin's paper is entitled "Dissociative Cognition and Transcendental Sociality in Chauvet Cave" and Hilary's paper is "The Vanishing Savage? 19th Century American Attitudes Toward Natives and the Work of George Catlin." Both will attend graduate school in fall 2013: Kevin will begin the MPhil program in Archaeological Research at Cambridge University, UK and Hilary will enter the MA program in Art History at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Congratulations Kevin and Hilary!
Winner of the Jezreel Logo Contest
Posted: April 30, 2013
We are excited to announce the winner of the Jezreel Logo Contest, Andrew McFeaters. Andrew is a University of Evansville archaeology alumnus who earned an MA in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a specialty in Professional Archaeology. His interest in battlefield archaeology accords well with our own research interests at Jezreel! Congratulations, Andrew!
Department of Archaeology and Art History Announces Award Recipients
Posted: April 26, 2013
The Department of Archaeology and Art History is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Browning-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Award and Art History Internship Award. Sophomore archaeology majors Morgan Davidson and Katie Mickus have been awarded $500 each to support their participation in the 2013 Jezreel Expedition field season, and freshman art history major Elizabeth Long has been awarded $500 to support her summer internship at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, OK. Congratulations to the winners of these new awards!
Archaeology and Art History Majors Present at NCUR
Posted: April 25, 2013
Three of the twelve UE students who presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held April 11-13 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin were archaeology and art history majors!
Alexandra Cutler: “Scams and Shams: The Importance of Forgeries in Archaeology.”
Samantha Miller: “Evolution of the Villanovans to the Etruscans Through a Transition in Societal Beauty.”
Hilary Waltz: “The Savage Indian? 19th Century American Attitudes Toward Natives and the Work of George Catlin.”
Congratulations to these May 2013 graduates!
Dr. Kaiser receives Dean's Teaching Award
Posted: April 24, 2013
We are very pleased to announce that Associate Professor of Archaeology, Alan Kaiser, was awarded the Dean's Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Evansville yesterday! This award recognizes Dr. Kaiser's commitment to student learning and mentoring during his twelve years at UE. Congratulations, Dr. Kaiser!
Archaeology Alumna to Demonstrate "Archaeology!" App this Thursday!
Posted: April 16, 2013
On Thursday April 18 from 12:20-1:00 p.m. in Hyde Hall 8, archaeology alumna Lieryn Holly and Marco Falzoni will demonstrate their app “Archaeology!” Come try out the app on various devices and chat with the developers about apps, the realities of owning a small business and more. Feel free to bring your lunch; dessert will be served.
Heidi Strobel to Speak at Reitz Home
Posted: April 15, 2013
Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, will be giving a lecture on national and local images of World War II icon Rosie the Riveter at the Reitz Home on Monday, April 15. The talk will be at 7 pm and will be followed by a reception. Admission is $5.00/non-members, $2.50/students and is free to members.
Her lecture stems from an oral history project she conducted in 2008-2009 and an encyclopedia entry on Rosie the Riveter published by Oxford University Press in American National Biography.
Strobel earned her BA degree in European History from Kalamazoo Coilege and her MA degree and PhD in European Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, The Artistic Marriage of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818): How a Queen Promoted Both Art and Female Artists in English Society, was published in 2011.
Heidi Strobel Elected to Reitz Home Museum Board
Posted: March 18, 2013
Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, has been elected to the Board of the Reitz Home Museum.
Archaeology major receives research award
Posted: March 18, 2013
Benjamin Ollestad, senior Archaeology and Sociology- Anthropology specialization double major, was presented with the inaugural Hanns G. Pieper Sociology and Criminal Justice Senior Research Award. Ollestad's research, entitled "Infidelity among College Students" was selected from a competitive field of senior research projects from Sociology and Criminal Justice majors. This award is named in honor of Dr. Hanns G. Pieper, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, for his dedication to promoting independent student research in Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Dr. Kaiser is one of the 2013-14 Recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award
Posted: March 6, 2013
The Institute for Global Enterprise has announced the 2013-14 recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award. As a UE Global Scholar, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment.
Dr. Alan Kaiser, associate professor of archaeology, will travel to Israel and Jordan during the coming summer to accomplish three curricular and research goals that will help him spread a greater understanding of global issues related to the Romans in the Middle East to students on the UE campus and beyond. First, he will collaborate with the Jezreel Expedition by lending his expertise in GIS techniques and Roman material culture to help interpret the artifacts and features the students will uncover, as well as to lead weekend tours of some of the local Roman sites. Second, he will travel around Israel and Jordan to conduct further research for his developing textbook on Roman archaeology. Third, he will use his findings to make the ARCH 106 (Introduction to Roman Archaeology) course more appealing to Middle Eastern students.
UE Graduate Develops New Archaeology Game App
Posted: November 29, 2012
What can you do with a degree in archaeology? For University of Evansville alumni, the answers include working in fields as diverse as historic preservation, museum curatorship, and academia — and now, video game production.
Today, 2009 graduate Lierin Holly-Falzoni and her husband, Marco Falzoni, will preview their new mobile game app, “Archaeology!,” and publicly pledge to donate part of the proceeds to UE’s Browing-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Endowment. The game demo and signing of a memorandum of understanding will take place at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, November 29 in Room 71 of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.
Holly-Falzoni and her husband run Zombie Cricket Studios, a Bloomington, Indiana-based video game company currently focused on game applications for Apple and Android mobile devices. The company is wrapping production on “Archaeology!,” its first full-sized game app, with an expected completion date of early 2013. Five percent of profits from the game will benefit the Browning-Miller Endowment, which provides funds for UE archaeology students to participate in fieldwork, internships, or other educational experiences around the world.
The inspiration for the game began when Holly-Falzoni took a job at the Mackinac State Historic Parks in Michigan, spending the summers of 2008 and 2009 as an archaeologist on a dig that was open to the public. Every day, she fielded questions from hundreds of visitors who were intrigued by the thought of finding artifacts, but knew little about the archaeological process.
The experience inspired Holly-Falzoni to answer those questions through a game that is “fun, interactive, and will captivate a much larger audience in today’s tech-driven world,” she said. “If our game is played by even a tiny percent of the app market subscribers, and if a tiny percent of those people become interested enough to read up on the archaeological process or go visit a dig, then I will consider our game a success. The whole goal is to demystify archaeology to as many people as possible.”
“I came out of my time at UE with a deeply instilled drive to educate the public about archaeology,” Holly-Falzoni added. “There was a constant focus through all of our classes on how to write dig proposals, funding proposals, and papers for people outside of our field. While most students agree that this is not necessarily the ‘fun’ or ‘glamorous’ aspect of archaeology, it is by far the most essential.”
For more information on Zombie Cricket Studios, please find them on Facebook.
Snyder Concert & Lecture Series Welcomes Archaeologist David Ilan
Posted: November 5, 2012
The University of Evansville is proud to announce that David Ilan, director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, will be the next speaker in the 2012-13 Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series.
Ilan’s lecture, presented in partnership with Temple Adath B’nai Israel, is titled “Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Israel and Why They Matter.” He will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11 at Temple Adath B’nai Israel, 8440 Newburgh Road in Evansville. The lecture is free and open to the public.
A native of Los Angeles, Ilan has lived in Israel since 1976. He earned a PhD in archaeology from Tel Aviv University and has excavated at a number of important sites in Israel, including Tel Arad and Tel Megiddo (biblical Armageddon). Ilan is currently the director of excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel.
His work at the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology focuses on the land of Israel and the world of the Bible. His publications deal with a wide range of subjects, including northern Israel in the early Iron Age (the biblical period of the Judges), the archaeology of death, and the problem of antiquities plunder and trade.
One of his most recent publications is a chapter in the volume Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond (Brill, 2011), co-edited by Jennie Ebeling, chair of the UE Department of Archaeology and Art History.
Made possible through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of the University of Evansville, the Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series was created in 1997 to bring speakers or performers of national or international renown to Evansville at no cost to the public. The concerts and lectures in this series span a wide variety of topics, and are aimed at both the Evansville and campus communities. Events are free and open to the public.
Additional support for Ilan’s lecture comes from the Bronstein Foundation, Casino Aztar, and the Evansville Courier & Press.
For more information on the Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series, please visit www.evansville.edu/speakers.