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Associates, archaeology lecture on April 15

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College will host a Monmouth Associates luncheon and an archaeology lecture on April 15.

MC students who participated in Alternative Spring Break programs in Nashville, Tenn., and in Monmouth will discuss their volunteer experiences at the Monmouth Associates luncheon at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in the Stockdale Center. The program is free; a buffet lunch costs $9. Reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2316 by April 12, by e-mail at, or online at

A free shuttle van transports passengers from two locations to every Associates luncheon. The van will stop at the Faith United Presbyterian Church parking lot at 11:45 a.m. and at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square at approximately 11:50 a.m. It will return to both locations immediately following the program. Shuttle reservations should be made by calling the above number.

Sinclair Bell, an assistant professor at the School of Art at Northern Illinois University, will present the archaeology lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.

Titled “Fans and Fame in the Roman Circus,” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the MC Classics Department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

“Charioteers assumed a highly visible presence in Roman society and have been much studied, yet the fans whom they inspired remain largely overlooked and poorly understood,” said Bell.

His talk will draw upon a wide range of literary, artistic and archaeological evidence in reconstructing and reclaiming the interactive experience of the sport’s various kinds of followers.