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Laetitia A. La Follette

History of Art & Architecture

laelaf@arthist.umass.edu

(413) 545-0634


E301B South College


Educated at Harvard-Radcliffe (B.A., Classics) and Princeton University (MA, Ph.D., Art and Archaeology), Laetitia La Follette specializes in the physical culture of the ancient Mediterranean.

Initially drawn to this area of the world by her love of languages (French, German, modern Greek, Italian), she discovered monuments spoke to her more powerfully than texts. Since her arrival at the University in 1987, Professor La Follette has developed two other passions, the teaching and learning of art history and the protection of cultural heritage.  As director of "A History of Art for the 21st Century," she produced, edited and contributed as co-author to this collaborative grant-funded e-text involving departmental and Five College colleagues. The multimedia online modules (funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the Davis Foundation) help students in introductory surveys of art history master skills and learn basic concepts.

As Vice President for Professional Responsibilities of the Archaeological Institute of America, she has helped coordinate testimony by archaeologists at the Washington, D.C. hearings of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Dept. of State, on new requests for and renewals of Memoranda of Understanding between the U.S. and such countries as Italy, Greece, Peru, Cyprus, Cambodia and China that seek to protect and promote archaeological heritage.

Research Areas

  • Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
  • Roman Religion, Roman Women
  • Computer Applications for Teaching and Learning
  • Cultural Heritage Policy

Publications

Books:

  • Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.
  • Teaching Art History with New Technologies. Reflections and Case Studies. Newcastle UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008; co-edited with A. Pappas and K. Wallace.Visiting professor, Univ. de Paris VII (2009); Whiting grant (2009), NEH summer stipends (2007, 1988); College Outstanding Teaching Award (2003); Davis Foundation (2003); FIPSE/US Dept of Education (1998-2002): Fellow, American Academy in Rome; Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Articles & Chapters:

  • "The Trial of Marion True and Changing Policies for Classical Antiquities in American Museums," Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property (2013), chapter 2.
  • “Parsing Piety: The Sacred Still Life in Roman Relief Sculpture," MAAR (Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome) (2011-2012), 15-35.
  • “Se parer en Vestale: un travail de funambule?” Parures et Artifices dans Les Mondes Antiques, eds.L. Bodiou, F. Gherchanoc, V. Huet and V. Mehl. Paris: l'Harmattan Collection "Histoire, texte et societe," 2011), 155-171.

Awards and Accolades

  • Visiting professor, Univ. de Paris VII (2009)
  • Whiting grant (2009)
  • NEH summer stipends (2007, 1988)
  • College Outstanding Teaching Award (2003)
  • Davis Foundation (2003)
  • FIPSE/US Dept of Education (1998-2002)
  • Fellow, American Academy in Rome
  • Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Courses Recently Taught

AH 100 & AH 115 Introduction to the History of Art

AH 302 Greek Art

AH 303 Roman Art (team-based learning class)

AH 370 Junior Year Writing

AH 701 Roman Sculpture

AH 791, AH 391 Death and Commemoration in Roman Art