Symposium on the Occasion of Helene J. Kantor's Centennial

October 4 & 5, 2019
Symposium on the Occasion of 
Helene J. Kantor's Centennial
Co-Sponsored by:
Ancient Egyptian  Heritage & Archaeology Fund

Friday, October 4, 2019

Keynote Lecture

"Helene Kantor and Aegean-Near Eastern Connections: 
An Update from the West"
Tom Tartaron, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Chair, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group
University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Welcome Remarks

JJ Shirley, PhD
Managing Editor, Journal of Egyptian History
Book Review Editor, JARCE
Vice-President, ARCE-PA

"Helene Kantor and the African Origin of Egyptian Civilization"

Peter Lacovara, PhD

Director, Ancient Egyptian Heritage & Archaeology Fund 

"Helene J. Kantor (1919-1993) and Her Contributions to Iranian Art and Archaeology"

Abbas Alizedeh, PhD

Director, Iranian Prehistoric Project

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

*Paper read by Peter Lacovara

"Achaemenid Jewelry in Classical Greece"

Jasper Gaunt, PhD

Independent Scholar

"An Ivory of the Flame and the Frond Style from Arslantepe"

Holly Pittman, PhD

Bok Family Professor in the Humanities
Department of Art History

University of Pennsylvania

Curator, Near East Section, Penn Museum

"Helene J Kantor and the Aegean-Egyptian Interconnections: 
Theoretical and Methodological Background of Her Work and Its Legacy"
Uroš Matić, PhD

The Austrian Archaeological Institute

*Read by JJ Shirley

"Leaping Trends in Stone: Imagery from Egypt and the Near East"

Daniel Warne

Onondaga Community College

"The 'International Style' in Egypt"

Beth Ann Judas
, PhD
President, ARCE-PA

Brief Closing Remarks 

Peter Lacovara

Biography of Helene J. Kantor
Helene J. Kantor (July 15, 1919-January 13, 1993) was one of the last of the great generalists of the ancient world. She studied under Henri Frankfort at the University of Chicago and completed her Ph.D. in 1945. She accepted a Research Assistant appointment in the Oriental Institute that same year and became Assistant Professor in 1951, becoming Professor in 1963. She published articles and papers and taught classes in Iranian art and archaeology, Mesopotamian art and architecture, art and architecture of Egypt, and Aegean art, with precise understanding and insight into each area. 

Her scholarly contributions to the field of ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology are enormous. Her, The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium B.C., was a groundbreaking study of interconnections in the ancient word ad showcased her broad knowledge of the region. Professor Kantor conducted fieldwork at Nahal Tabur, Beth Yereh, and Nahariya in Israel and at Chogha Mish, Chogha Banut, and Boneh Fazili in Iran. Helene Kantor received the prestigious Schimmel Prize for her profound lifetime academic achievements. After her death, the Archaeological Institute of America established the Helene J Kantor Memorial Lecture in 2004.