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Cecelia Lahiff''18 Art History and Classics major will present her paper titled "Wet Stars: Ancient Conceptions of Astronomy in Golden Age Latin Poetry" at the Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Conference.

Saturday, March 25, 3:15 pm in LL 13  of Harkins Hall. The conference features the best original research from our brightest students.


Painting Professor Heather Leigh McPherson will exhibit her work at Grin Gallery in a solo show titled "Tip of the Nose"  from March 18-April 15, 2017.
Reception March 18, 6-9pm
March 18 - April 15, 2017
60 Valley Street, Unit 3
Providence, RI 02909
p. 401 272 0796
Open Saturdays 12PM - 5PM, and by announcement, appointment, and chance.​

​​art-club-making-her-mark.jpgThe Providence Art Club is hosting an exhibition "Making Her Mark, The Women Artist of the Providence Art Club 1880," from March 5 to March 31 with a symposium​ on March 25​. ​​Michael Rose'13 Art History major​ currently works as Gallery Coordinator at The Providence Art Club. ​Art History Professor Deborah Johnson and Emeritus Art History Professor Alice Beckwith will ​both give lectures at the exhibit. Please keep watch for an update on the times for these lectures. Download more information.​

The 8th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in the Slavin Center. This event is a chance to showcase the excellent scholarly, creative, and service work that Providence College students are doing on campus, in the community, and indeed, around the world.  The Celebration has grown each year, and features students from all class years and from many different departments and disciplines.


The Work of ASCSA-Affiliated Project leads to first Pre-Neolithic Artifacts on display in Crete. Professor Thomas Strasser and Eleni Panagopoulou co-directed the Plakias Mesolithic Survey.​ Professor  Strasser conducted research this summer at the Asphendou Cave Petroglyph Project in Crete. This research is funded by the Rust Family Foundation, Providence College.
Ancient tools discovered by Strasser team displayed. Stone tools dating back at least 130,000 years that were found on the Greek island of Crete during archaeological research led by a Providence College faculty member are being displayed for the first time in a museum in Crete. The discoveries are significant as they push the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean back by more than 100,000 years and have implications on the colonization of Europe and beyond by early African hominins, our pre- Homo sapiens ancestors.
In 2008 and 2009, Dr.Thomas F.Strasser,professor of art history,led a team of archaeologists and geologists, and several PC undergraduate students,on the Plakias Survey in Crete.It was the first project to identify Mesolithic and Palaeolithic artifacts in datable geologic contexts.The team explored caves in the area around the town of Plakias and discovered stone tools that included traditional microliths,spines,denticulates,end scrapers,and percoirs,as well as bifaces(hand axes),cores,and cleavers. 
Some of the artifacts are now exhibited in a museum in the 16th century church of St.Francis in the western Crete city of Reythmynon.