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Henrietta Harvey lecturer discusses antiquity in Asia Minor

By Janet Harron | Oct. 3, 2011

Dr. Lutgarde Vandeput, the director of the British Institute in Ankara, Turkey, will deliver the Henrietta Harvey Lecture at Memorial University this Wednesday, Oct. 5.

An internationally-renowned archaeologist, Dr. Vandeput will discuss City Dwellers and Peasants in the Taurus Mountains, what she considers to be a good overview of the development of an ancient city and its territory from the Hellenistic period to late antiquity.

“The excellent preservation of these remains allows a real insight into life in antiquity in Southwest Asia Minor,” says Dr. Vandeput, who is making her first trip to St. John’s in order to deliver the lecture.

The lecture takes place Wednesday, Oct. 5, in A-1043 and begins at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome and free parking is available in lot 15B. 

In addition to the Henrietta Harvey lecture, Dr. Vandeput will speak to several undergraduate classes while in St. John’s. She will deliver a seminar to classics students on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in A-2073 and an archaeology seminar on Friday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in QC-2013.

Henrietta Harvey was a Nova Scotian who came to Newfoundland in 1905 to visit her aunt, Lady Whiteway, the wife of Newfoundland’s prime minister. A year later she settled in St. John’s as the wife of St. John’s businessman John Harvey. When she died in 1964, her will directed a substantial portion of her estate to Memorial University. The Henrietta Harvey lectureship is possible in any year where there are funds left over from the funding of the Henrietta Harvey research chair, the primary purpose of the endowment fund.