Jenifer Neils, the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts in the Department of Classics, is the recipient of the 2017 Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities. This award recognizes the outstanding scholarship of Case Western Reserve University faculty in the Humanities and their contribution to the University’s reputation. This is the first year the award will be offered with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office for Research and Technology Management. Recipients receive $5,000 to support their research and deliver a public lecture as part of the Baker-Nord Center’s spring program. Professor Neils will present “The Sauroktonos (Lizard-slayer) from Praxiteles to Charles Ray” on February 1, 2017.
Professor Neils is an internationally renowned scholar of the art of ancient Greece and Rome. Her many books include The Parthenon from Antiquity to the Present (2005); The Parthenon Frieze (2001); Worshipping Athena: Panathenaia and Parthenon (1997); and The Youthful Deeds of Theseus (1987). She has worked as a field archaeologist at several sites in Italy (Murlo, Acquarossa, Poggio Colla and Morgantina) and in northern Greece (Torone), and she is currently co-director at the important site of Segesta in Sicily. Included among her numerous prestigious fellowships and awards are grants from the American Academy in Rome, the Getty Research Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Center for British Art at Yale, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Onassis Foundation.
This will be her 37th and final year at CWRU, as Professor Neils moves to Athens to take up the directorship of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the first woman director in its 135-year history. “Jenifer is one of the world’s most distinguished scholars of the material culture of Ancient Greece,” said Peter Knox, Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. “We are delighted to be able to recognize her accomplishments with this award and to thank her for all that she has contributed to CWRU’s reputation as a great research university.”