NHSTalks Stories || Episode 12
A Story of Philhellenism: The History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
October 20, 2020
Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Archivist, ASCSA
Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan is the Archivist of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and has worked in its archives since 1994. Dr. Vogeikoff-Brogan holds a Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and is a specialist in Hellenistic art, pottery, and architecture in Athens and Crete. She has participated in archaeological fieldwork at Mochlos, Trypitos, Corinth, Thasos, and in the Nemea Valley and has published widely, including historical articles based on School archival material. Dr. Vogeikoff-Brogan has directed numerous archival and digitization projects for the School funded by the U.S. Department of Education (D.O.E.), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). She has been responsible for the cataloguing and promotion of the School’s archival collections. Dr. Vogeikoff-Brogan is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Canadian Archivists Association, the European Commission of Preservation and Access, and the Greek Archival Society.
John McK. Camp II, Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations, ASCSA
John Camp is Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College. He holds an A.B. in Classics from Harvard University (1968) and an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University. Dr. Camp is regarded as the foremost expert on the topography of Athens and Attica. His long association with the American School’s Athenian Agora excavations dates back to 1966 when he joined the staff as an excavator. He continued as Agora Fellow in 1972, then as Assistant Director from 1973, and has served as Director since 1994. He was also the School’s Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies from 1985 to 1996. Dr. Camp has published and lectured widely, and he has received many awards and honors for his work, including the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae of the American School.
Jack L. Davis - Co-Director of the Nestor of Excavations at Pylos, Professor of Greek Archaeology, University of Cincinnati, Former Director of the ASCSA
Jack L. Davis is a former Director of the American School and Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati. He is an expert in Bronze Age archaeology and archaeological survey and received the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2020 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement. Dr. Davis has directed or co-directed archaeological surveys and excavations at locations across Greece and Albania, including the Nemea Valley, Kea, Messenia, Dyrrachium, and Apollonia. He is currently the co-director, with Dr. Sharon R. Stocker, of the Palace of Nestor Excavations at Pylos, responsible for the recent discoveries of the famous Griffin Warrior grave and two previously unknown tholos tombs.
William T. (Rob) Loomis - President of ASCSA's Board of Trustees
Rob Loomis is President of the American School’s Board of Trustees and the Managing Partner of Loomis Associates, a family business. Earlier, he was a trusts and estates lawyer in Boston and a visiting professor of Classics and Ancient History at Union College and the University of Michigan. He has published two books (The Spartan War Fund and Wages, Welfare Costs and Inflation in Classical Athens) and a number of articles on topics in Greek and Roman history, law, economics, epigraphy, numismatics, and textual criticism. He holds A.B., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard. An alumnus of the American School (Summer Session 1965, Regular Member 1967–1968, Associate Member 1988–1990), he has been a Trustee since 1975 and an ex officio Overseer of the Gennadius Library since 2015. He served as Secretary (1979–2017) and Acting President (2015–2017) of the Trustees before being elected President in 2017.