Laetitia Amelia La Follette
Art History Program
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003
(413) 545-0634 (545-3595)
18 Dana Street
Amherst MA 01002
(413) 549-1517
 

EMPLOYMENT

  • 1994-present Associate Professor, Art History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Promotion and tenure awarded January 1994)
  • 1987-1993  Assistant Professor (Greek & Roman Art), Art History Program, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • 1989, 1990 (spring)  Visiting Asst. Professor of Greek Art, Mount Holyoke College
  • 1986-1987  Lecturer in Roman Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
EDUCATION
  • 1986  PhD, Princeton University, Dept. of Art and Archaeology                                                                                                                        Dissertation: Palladio and the Baths of Trajan Decius: The   Recovery of a Third-Century Bath Complex in Rome (advisor   P.E. Mottahedeh) Specialization: Roman Art and Architecture, Greek  Art and Architecture, Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • 1981  MA, Princeton University, Dept. of Art and Archaeology
  • 1977  BA magna cum laude, Harvard-Radcliffe, Classics
PUBLICATIONS
  • Art and architecture editor of some 40 articles in Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students (4 volumes, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1998).
  • "Aurelian Wall, Rome"; "Belvedere Pigna, Vatican"; "Palladio, Andrea" published in An Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology, ed. N. De Grummond (Greenwood Press, Westport CT 1996) 110, 146 and 842-3.
  • The Baths of Trajan Decius on the Aventine, published as Part I in Rome Papers ed. J. Humphrey (Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series number 11) (1994) 1-89.
  • "The Costume of the Roman Bride," ch. 3 in The World of Roman Costume, eds. L. Bonfante and J. Sebesta (Univ. of Wisconsin Press  1994), 54-64.
  • "A Contribution of Andrea Palladio to the Study of Roman thermae,"  JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians) 52 (1993) 189-198.
  • "Latin seni crines and The Hair Style of Roman Brides," Syllecta Classica 4 (1992) 43-48 (with Rex Wallace, Dept. of Classics, Univ. of Massachusetts).
  • Edited two Latin inscriptions in Tituli 6, La collezione epigrafica dei musei capitolini, ed. Silvio Panciera, (Rome 1987) 84-86, 329-330.
  • "The Chalkotheke on the Athenian Acropolis," Hesperia 55 (1986) 75-87.
  • "Le terme Deciane sull'Aventino," Archeologia Laziale 7 (1985) 139-144
In Press
  • Thermae Decianae" article in the Lexicon Urbis Romae, an international encyclopedia on the most important archaeological monuments of ancient Rome, ed. E.M. Steinby (Edizioni Quasar, Rome, Italy; 1st volume [A-C] 1993; 2nd vol.  [D-G] 1994; 3rd vol.  [H-O] 1996; 4th vol.  [P-S] 1998; 5th vol. [T-Z] forthcoming)
Review
  • Of E. Kunzl, Der romische Triumph. Siegesfeiern im antiken Rom, Munich 1988, in The American Journal of Archeology (95) 1991, 353-354.
Work In Progress
  • "The Arch of Gallienus and the Origins of Spolia" (article)
  • Imperial Architecture in Rome, A.D. 217-312: Reuse and Innovation, book under contract with Princeton University Press
REFEREE REPORTS
  • Served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) special initiative "Teaching with Technology"(reviewing 20 proposals in Art History, Cultural Studies, General Humanities and Music and Dance) December 1997
  • Reviewed book prospectus, An Introduction to Roman Architecture by D. Favro and F.K. Yegul, for Cambridge University Press (1993).
READER REPORTS
  • Read and commented on 3 new book chapters on Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art for the Tenth edition of H., Gardner's Art Through the Ages (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1995).
  • Read and commented on 4 chapters (Aegean, Hellenistic, Greek and 2 Roman) for A Global History of Art (author: Prof. M. E. Kampen) under contract with West Educational Publishing of Atlanta GA (1994).
PUBLIC LECTURES
  • "Teaching Art History in the 21st Century," Multimedia Session I, First Annual University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Conference, Boxborough, MA, 17 April 1997.
  • "A Case Study: An Electronic Resource for a History of Art for the Year 2000".  Digital Learning: Glossy Gadgets or 21st Century Chalk?, Annual Conference of the College Art Association, New York, NY, 14 February 1997.
  • "What Plaster Casts Can Tell Us", Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, 13 January 1997.
  • "The Princess and the Baths: An Archaeological Adventure on the Aventine," Archaeology Panel in Honor of the Centennial of the American Academy in Rome, New York, NY, 23 April 1995.
  • "The Glory of Greece: The Greek Temple," Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield MA, January 11, 1995 (Lecture in the Series, From Stone to Steel: Architectural Triumphs Throughout the Ages).
  • "The Roman Empire and the Sculpting of Space," Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield MA, January 18, 1995 (Lecture in the Series, From Stone to Steel: Architectural Triumphs Throughout the Ages).
  • "The Arch of Gallienus: Reuse and Innovation in Third Century Roman Architecture," Five College Faculty Seminar in Late Antiquity, Smith College, February 10, 1993.
  • "A Contribution of Andrea Palladio to the Study of Roman thermae,"  First International Conference on Roman Baths, Bath, England, 31 March 1992.
  • "Spolia before Constantine", Friday Noon Seminar Series, Department of Classics, Princeton University, 27 March 1992.
  • "Rustication in Rome: Antiquarian Revival or Ancient Deconstruction?", invited lecture, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, 26 March 1992.
  • "Claudian Rustication: Antiquarian Revival or Anti-classical Innovation?"  Cosmic Vault and Kaisersaal: Panel on Architectural Symbolism in the Roman World, 1st-2nd centuries,  Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Washington, D.C., 21-February 1991.
  • "Costume and Ritual Initiation: The Headdress and Hair Style of the Roman Bride," Colloquium on the Role of Costume in Roman Art, Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston MA, 30 December 1989.
  • "Reuse and Renewal in Late Antique Rome," Five College Seminar on Late Roman and Byzantine Studies, organized for the Fifteenth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 27 October 1989.
  • "The Brides in the Villa of the Mysteries at Pompeii," Fifth Colloquium of the Association internationale pour l'etude de la mosaique antique (AIEMA), North American Branch, Baltimore MD, 28 April 1989.
  • "The  Arch of Gallienus : Evidence for Changing Architectural Standards in Third-Century Rome," Colloquium on Imperial Roman Architecture, Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Antonio TX, 29 December 1986.
  • "The Double Life of An Augustan Gate," Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Classical Association, Pittsburgh PA, 11 October 1986.
  • "Behind Glass and Under Wraps: A Look at Current Restoration in Rome," Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Tampa FL, 17 April 1986.
  • "The Baths of Trajan Decius on the Aventine: A Correction to the Forma Urbis Romae," Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington DC, 29 December 1985.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORK
  • 1981                    Athenian Agora Excavations, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, director T.L. Shear, Jr., Athens, Greece
  • 1978 and 1979    Tel Akko Excavations, Hebrew University/University of Haifa Project under the direction of M. Dothan, Akko, Israel
  • 1975                    Halieis Excavations, Indiana University team under the direction of W. Rudolf, Halieis, Greece
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
  • 1997-8  Faculty Grant for Teaching, awarded by the Council on    Teaching, Learning and Instructional Technology [CTLIT] and the Center for Teaching [CfT], University of Massachusetts-Amherst for the development of a website for Art History 100 ("Introduction to the History of Art: Ancient through Renaissance"), the Fall 1997 General Education survey class (enrollment: 200 students)
  • 1996-7  Professional Development Grant in Instructional Technology for Academic Development, awarded by the President's Office, Univ. of Massachusetts for the Art History CD-ROM project
  • 1996-7  Faculty Grant for Teaching (CTLIT and CfT, Univ. of Mass.) for the Art History CD-ROM project
  • 1996-7  Five Colleges, Inc./Pew Charitable Trusts grant for the development of a pilot CD-ROM for use in introductory art history surveys
  • 1996-7  Teaching Development Grant for participation in "The Faculty and Teaching Assistant Partnership Project Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom", Center for Teaching, Univ. of Mass.
  • 1995-98  Faculty Research Grant, University of Massachusetts (for research on Roman urbanism in Southern France)
  • 1995  Five College, Inc./Pew Charitable Trusts Grant to run a Five College Faculty Seminar on the revision of Introductory Curriculum in Art History and to begin an ancillary CD-ROM project focussing on a multicultural approach in introductory surveys
  • 1994-95  Lilly Fellow, University of Massachusetts Center for Teaching
  • 1992  Fellowship from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
  • 1991-92  American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid
  • 1991  NEH Travel to Collections Grant
  • 1991  American Philosophical Society Grant
  • 1991  CAA Art History Travel Grant for Annual Conference
  • 1988-90  Faculty Research Grant, University of Massachusetts
  • 1988  NEH Grant to participate in the NEH Summer Seminar on Roman costume held at the American Academy in Rome
Graduate
  • 1986,1985  Late Antique Studies Grants (Princeton)
  • 1985-1986  Kress Fellowship/Princeton University Grant-in-Aid
  • 1984-1985  Spears Grant for Mediterranean Travel
  • 1982-1984  Kress Fellow in Classical Art & Archaeology, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
  • 1978-1982  University Fellow, Princeton
  • 1977-1978  ITT Fellow, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • American Academy in Rome
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • College Art Association of America
  • International Association for the Study of Roman Baths
  • North American Branch, Association internationale pour l’etude de la mosaique antique (AIEMA)
COURSES TAUGHT

Undergraduate Lecture courses

  • Introduction to the History of Art
  • History of the Decorative Arts
  • Greek Art
  • Roman Art
  • Roman Cities
Undergraduate/Graduate seminar
  • The Role of Cybertechnology in Art History
Graduate Seminars
  • Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome
  • Problems in Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture
  • Roman Painting
  • Ancient Roman Painting and Relief Sculpture
  • The Creative Reuse of the Past in Roman Art
  • Rome and Nature: a love-hate relationship?
ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE
  • Director-Coordinator and Principal Investigator, Art History Electronic Project. 1996-present
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, Western Massachusetts Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, 1997
  • Director, Five College Faculty Seminar on Introductory Curriculum in Art  History (Spring 1995) plus Ancillary CD-ROM Project (Summer/Fall  1995)
  • President, Western Massachusetts Society, Archaeological Institute of  America, 1994-1996
  • Member, Committee on the Future of Old World Archaeology in Higher Education, Archaeological Institute of America, 1995-98
  • Member, Teacher Search Committee, University Child Care, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Spring 1994
  • Board member, Child Care Advisory Board, Univeristy Child Care,  University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September 1993-June 1994
  • Vice-President, Western Massachusetts Society, Archaeological Institute  of America,1991-1993
  • Director, Undergraduate Art History Program, University of  Massachusetts, Amherst, 1988-1991
  • Vice-President, Executive Council, Society of Fellows of the American  Academy in Rome, 1990-1992.
  • Editor, Newsletter, Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome, 1986-1990
  • Member, Local Arrangements Committee, Fifteenth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October  26-29,1989
  • Organizer and Chair, Colloquiuim on the Role of Costume in Roman Art,  Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston,  Dec. 30, 1989
  • Secretary, Executive Council, Society of Fellows of the American  Academy in Rome, 1988-1990
  • Member, Executive Council, Western Massachusetts Society,  Archaeological Institute of America, 1987-1991
  • Organizer, Colloquium on Imperial Roman Architecture, Annual Meeting of  the Archaeological Institute of America, San Antonio TX, Dec. 29,  1986
REFERENCES
  • Professor M.T. Boatwright, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, Durham NC 27706, tel. (919) 684-5076
  • Professor Larissa Bonfante, Department of Classics, New York University, Washington Square, New York NY 10003, tel. (212) 998-8590
  • Professor E.J. Champlin, Department of Classics, Princeton University, Princeton NJ 08544, tel. (609) 258-3959
  • Professor Walter B. Denny, Art History Program, Bartlett 3l7B, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-3595
  • Professor David Grose, Department of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Herter Hall, Amherst MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-4608
  • Professor Fikret K. Yegul, Art History Department, University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106, tel. (805) 893-8060


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