Leslie Preston Day ’66 Appointed to Named Chair in Classics

Posted September 16th, 2009 at 4:59 pm.

dayClassical archaeologist Leslie Preston Day ’66 has been named the Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College. She is the first woman to hold the post.

Day, who first taught at Wabash as a visiting assistant professor in 1977 and joined its permanent faculty as an assistant professor in 1983, has employed about 40 Wabash students as interns at her excavation site at Kavousi, on the island of Crete. Her first student intern, Tom Brogan, graduated from Wabash in 1988 and later followed Day’s footsteps to Bryn Mawr’s Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, from which he earned his Ph.D. in 1999.

A prolific scholar, Day has published five books and has another five in progress. Her work in Kavousi has been funded by grants from the National Geographic Society, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Packard Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota. In 2005, she was appointed to the the Whitehead Professorship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

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