Three University of Richmond faculty members will showcase their expertise as a part of the Science Museum of Virginia’s latest exhibition, “Pompeii: The Immortal City”, an exhibit that allows guests to step back in time and discover the Roman civilization of Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

UR faculty members will present during Lunch Break Science, a free program at the Science Museum of Virginia that showcases scientists’ and experts’ knowledge to the public. All events take place noon-1 p.m. at 2500 West Broad Street.

Experts and programming includes:

kitchen inlineJune 12 · In the Shadow of Vesuvius: Living with Active Volcanoes with David Kitchen

David Kitchen, associate professor and dean in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, is a volcanologist and geologist with expertise in climate change, earthquakes, and natural disasters. He is the author of Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action and was recently awarded a NASA education award to help develop a new course in global climate change.

zim-damer-inlineJune 26 · All About Pompeian Graffiti with Erika Zimmerman Damer

Erika Zimmerman Damer, associate professor of classical studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies, is an expert in Roman graffiti who is currently working on the Ancient Graffiti Project, a digital resource and search engine for locating and studying graffiti of the early Roman empire from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. She is also conducting first-of-its-kind research in Rome on women depicted in ancient graffiti.

laskaris-inlineAugust 7 · Health and Disease in Pompeii with Julie Laskaris

Julie Laskaris, an associate professor of classical studies and an expert in ancient medicine, is the author of The Art is Long: on Sacred Disease and the Scientific Tradition which explores science, magic, and medicine and the influence of fifth-century medicine on both sophistic rhetoric and medical traditions.


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For more details on Lunch Break Science and Pompeii: The Immortal City visit, and contact Lindsey Campbell at to connect with these experts.

Associate Dean, Professional Education & Special Programs
Associate Professor, Continuing Studies
Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau
Climate Change
Earthquakes & Natural Disasters
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Chair, Department of Classical Studies
Ancient Medicine
Gender in Antiquity
Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Roman Poetry of the Augustan Period
Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity
History of the Body
Roman Graffiti