Archaeologist Adrian Staehli, whose work has challenged conventional interpretations of nudity and the human body in ancient Greek and Roman art, has been named James Loeb Professor of Classical Archaeology at Harvard University, effective next Jan. 1.Staehli is currently lecturer and associate professor in the Archäologisches Institut at Universität Zürich, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2002. He joins Harvard’s Department of the Classics.“Professor Staehli is an engaged and accessible teacher with an alert and creative mind,” said Ingrid Monson, interim dean of arts and humanities in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “He has a solid grounding across the entire spectrum of Greek and Roman visual culture, and his work is at the cutting edge of art historical research into these antiquities. His work is provocative, promising to ignite scholarly debate and reinvent notions about the role of the ‘heroic nude’ in ancient art.”Staehli’s research focuses on sculpture and painting from the archaic Greek to the Roman imperial period, with particular attention to depictions of the human body. His close examination of ancient art’s reception in later historical periods has revealed much about the process by which subsequent analysts reach consensus on the value and meaning of antiquities. His scholarly publications range from technical differentiations of authentic and fake sculpture to treatments of antiquity in modern cinema.Staehli holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology, both from Freie Universität Berlin. Before becoming lecturer and associate professor at Universität Zurich in 2002, he served as a research assistant and lecturer there and at Universität Basel.Staehli has held visiting appointments at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif.; the Centre Gernet-Glotz at the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art in Paris; the Istituto Archeologico Germanico in Rome; the Centre Louis-Gernet at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; the Institut für Theaterwissenschaften at Freie Universität Berlin; and the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Classical Studies in London.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said today he will vote against a bill that cuts more than $38 billion from programs that help working families without calling for shared sacrifice by the wealthiest Americans. Sanders’ Statement:Bush-era tax breaks for the very rich were extended last December ‘ driving up the deficit. ‘Today, in order to reduce deficits that Republicans helped create, they now are slashing programs of enormous importance to working families, the elderly, the sick and children,’ Sanders said. ‘At a time when the gap between the very rich and everybody else is growing wider, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse. It takes from struggling working families and gives to multi-millionaires. This is obscene.’ While it is too soon to determine the exact impact the cuts will have on Vermont, Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said ‘there can be no doubt that these cuts will be devastating to working families in Vermont and throughout the country.’ At a time of soaring fuel prices, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) would be cut by $390 million. At a time when college education has become unaffordable for many, Pell grants would be reduced by an estimated $35 billion over 10 years, including a nearly $500 million cut this year. At a time when 50 million Americans have no health insurance, community health centers would be cut by $600 million and the Children’s Health Insurance Program would be cut by $3.5 billion. At a time when poverty is increasing, the Women Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition program for low-income pregnant women would be cut by $504 million. At a time when we have to put Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, federal funding for high-speed rail would be eliminated, representing a cut of $2.9 billion. Public transportation would be cut by nearly $1 billion, a 20 percent reduction. At a time when police departments are struggling with inadequate budgets, local law enforcement funding would be cut by $296 million. At a time when homelessness is increasing, public housing would be cut by $605 million. ‘This budget moves America in exactly the wrong direction,’ Sanders said. ‘While there is no question that we must reduce soaring deficits, it must be done in a way that is fair, which protects the most vulnerable people in our country, and which requires shared sacrifice. I will not support a budget that will cut programs for struggling working families, the elderly, children and the poor while expanding tax breaks for billionaires, maintaining corporate tax loopholes and increasing military spending. That is just plain wrong.’ In the coming weeks, Sanders said he will work with colleagues in the Senate and House on a deficit-reduction package that is fair to all, and does not balance the budget only on the backs of working families. Source: Sanders’ office, 4.12.2011