In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.



Current students

R. Benjamin Gorham

BA, Latin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
MA, Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona, 2012
PhD student
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Ben joined the graduate program at the University of Virginia in 2012 as the Mr. and Mrs. John H. Birdsall III Fellow at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Prior to his matriculation at UVA, Ben cultivated his interests in classical languages and archaeology both in the classroom and in the field. In Fall 2007 he studied at the Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy, where he focused on the transmission of classical languages and art and served as a teaching assistant for a course on Greek and Roman mythology. After graduating magna cum laude from UNC, Ben participated in the excavation of the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate at Murlo under the direction of the University of Massachusetts Amherst before enrolling in the Post-Baccalaureate Program at UNC to further refine his study of classical archaeology. In 2010 Ben joined the Master's Program in Classical Archaeology at the University of Arizona, where he taught undergraduate Latin and crafted a master's thesis on the liminality and permeability of Greek and Etruscan temple design under the advisement of Dr. Mary Voyatzis, Dr. Emma Blake, and Dr. David Soren. During his time at UA, Ben presented his paper "The Importance of Identity: Dynamis on the Ara Pacis" at the 2011 CAMWS conference.

At the University of Virginia, Ben is currently investigating the digital applications of archaeology and the creative implementation of Geographic Information Systems. He has excavated at Morgantina, Sicily, under the joint direction of UVA and Princeton, and he is constructing an interactive digital database which weds legacy data to modern excavation efforts. As a 2013 member of the Via Consolare Project, sponsored by San Francisco State University, Ben participated in the ongoing excavations of Pompeii's urban fabric. Under the direction of Dr. John Dobbins, Ben's dissertation research centers on the houses of Pompeii and examines the intersection of Roman urbanism and household studies.

Ben has served as a teaching assistant and grader for multiple courses on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology.