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403. Cultural Anthropology[X]
1Name:  Dr. Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway
 Institution:  Bryn Mawr College
 Year Elected:  1993
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  403. Cultural Anthropology
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1929
Brunilde Ridgway is the Rhys Carpenter Professor Emerita of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. Born and educated in Italy, she received a Laurea in Lettere Classiche from the University of Messina in 1953. Earning her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Bryn Mawr, she joined the faculty there in 1957 as an assistant instructor and remained at the College until her retirement in 1994. Dr. Ridgway is a meticulous scholar, a dynamic and dedicated teacher and a passionate advocate of modern critical appreciation of ancient art. With a specialty in Greek sculpture, her understanding of the cultural context and talent for guiding the mind and eye have made seminal contributions to modern awareness of the meaning and quality of ancient works of art in civic, religious and architectural settings, and their impact on contemporaries as well as postclassical generations. In addition to a vigorous teaching and lecture schedule, Brunilde Ridgway is the author or coauthor of sixteen books, including a now three-volume set entitled Hellenistic Sculpture which covers the period from 331 to 31 B.C. She has also published 101 articles and 124 book reviews and, from 1977 to 1985, served as Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Archaeology. She delivered the 1981-82 Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome and the 1996 Sather Classical Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ridgway is the recipient of the 1988 Gold Medal from the Archaeological Institute of America and of honorary degrees from Union College and Georgetown University. Her teaching awards include the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (1981) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's National Gold Medal as well as the title of Pennsylvania Professor of the Year (1989). Dr. Ridgway was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society in 1993. In 2006 she was awarded the Society's 2006 Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities for her work "The Study of Greek Sculpture in the Twenty-first Century".
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