School of Art and Design Professor Sinclair Bell is lecturing this spring as part of Illinois State University’s Speaker Series.

Sinclair BellRace and representation in the Roman Empire
Sinclair Bell 
Classical archaeologist and art historian
“Race and Representation in the Roman Empire: African Athletes as Case Study”
Noon March 29
University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, Illinois

Classical archaeologist and art historian Sinclair Bell will explore how race and ethnicity were expressed by artists in the Roman Empire. His presentation, “Race and Representation in the Roman Empire: African Athletes as Case Study” will be at noon, Thursday, March 29, at the University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, in Normal.

Bell is an associate professor of art history at Northern Illinois University. His research focuses on the art and archaeology of the Etruscans, spectacles in the Roman imperial period, and the visual representation of slaves and foreigners in Roman imperial art. Bell has co-authored or co-edited five books: A Companion to the EtruscansFree at Last! The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman EmpireNew Perspectives on Etruria and Early RomeRole Models in the Roman World: Identity and Assimilation, and Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity. He is currently the book reviews editor for the journal, Etruscan Studies.