Guest Speakers

William L. Fash

William L. Fash is Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1983. He worked on archaeological digs in Arizona and in Mexico, before coming to Harvard and with Barbara Fash, joining Professor Gordon Willey's project in Copan, Honduras, Central America in 1977. They have been working at Copan ever since, in a series of multi-institutional, multi-national, and interdisciplinary research efforts devoted to illuminating all aspects of ancient Maya life ways and culture history at one of its most renowned ancient cities. He was awarded the Order of José Cecilio del Valle by the President of Honduras in 1994, and selected to succeed his mentor, Gordon Willey, as Bowditch Professor in that same year. He served as Chair of Harvard's Department of Anthropology from 1998–2004, and as Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 2004–2011. He is the author of Scribes, Warriors, and Kings: The City of Copén and the Ancient Maya (1991, rev. ed. 2001), History Carved in Stone (1992, with Ricardo Agurcia), Copén: The History of an Ancient Maya Kingdom (2005, with E. Wyllys Andrews), The Ancient American World (2005, with Mary Lyons), Gordon R. Willey and American Archaeology: Contemporary Perspectives (2007, co-editor with Jeremy Sabloff), and The Art of Urbanism (2010, co-editor with Leonardo López Lujén).

Barbara Fash

Barbara Fash is Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions (CMHI) at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. She is an artist and museum professional (B.A Northern Illinois University, 1992, M.A., Harvard University, Museums Studies 2007) who has worked at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras recording, studying and conserving the sculpture carvings, with a special focus on the Hieroglyphic Stairway, since 1977. She designed and implemented the exhibits for the on-site Sculpture Museum highlighting the work of the Copan Mosaics Project, which she co-directs with William Fash. Her publications include Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual, and Power, with Lisa Lucero (2006) and The Copan Sculpture Museum: Ancient Maya Artistry in Stucco and Stone (2011). She curated the exhibitions, "Distinguished Casts; Curating Lost Monuments at the Peabody Museum," and "Fragile Memories: Archaeology and Community, Copan, Honduras, 1891-1900." She currently directs projects to three-dimensionally scan the Hieroglyphic Stairway and publish additional CMHI volumes. In 2008, Barbara and William Fash received the Hoja de Laurel del Oro from the government of Honduras in recognition of over thirty years of service in preserving and documenting Honduras' cultural heritage.

Ros Kerslake

Ros Kerslake has been Chief Executive of The Prince's Regeneration Trust since 2006. She joined the Trust from RegenCo Sandwell where she was Chief Executive of the Urban Regeneration Company leading the regeneration of a highly deprived and complex industrial area in West Bromwich, UK. Ros trained originally as a lawyer and spent a period in private practice before joining the oil industry as an in-house lawyer. Ros then moved into general management and in 1990 was appointed to the UK Board of Gulf Oil, ultimately as Director of Business Services. After a spell at Booker Group where she was responsible for Group Services worldwide as well as being heavily involved in the restructuring of the business, Ros moved to Network Rail (then Railtrack) in 2000 as Director of New Business. Promoted to Property Director in 2002 she ran Network Rail's substantial commercial property business.

Judikje Kiers

Judikje Kiers studied History of Art in Amsterdam (1981-1988) and worked at the educational department of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam from 1990-2001. In 2001 she became director of Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder / Our Lord in the Attic. Since 2009 she is also director of the Bijbels Museum / Biblical Museum in Amsterdam.

Lisa Yun Lee

Lisa Yun Lee is the Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the Art History, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is also the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society. She has published articles about feminism, museums and diversity and sustainability, and strategies for creating radically democratic space. She also writes for In These Times Magazine. She received her BA in Religion from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Duke University. Lisa also serves on the boards of the National Public Housing Museum, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Recent articles include, "Peering into the Bedroom: Restorative Justice at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum," in Janet Marstine, ed. Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century, (June, 2011);. and "Museums as Dangerous Sites," in Jennifer Sandlin, Brian Schultz, Jake Burdick, ed., Handbook of Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning Beyond Schooling, (December, 2009).

William C. Marlatt

William C. Marlatt co-founded Falmouth Heritage Renewal with Mr. Christopher Ohrstrom in 2001. Mr. Marlatt and Mr. Ohrstrom assembled a Board of Directors of leading restoration experts from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Savanah College of Art and Design, The University of Virginia School of Architecture, Lake Forest College, and other interested individuals to begin a restoration effort of early 19th and 19th century structures in Falmouth, Jamaica. Mr. Marlatt is an attorney practicing in Illinois and Virginia and led the organization through its formation and applications for tax status as a 501c(3) nonprofit. He has served on the Board of Directors of Falmouth Heritage Renewal and is the current President. Mr. Marlatt has been instrumental in working with the board of directors in creating a training facility and dormitory in Falmouth, creating relationships with colleges and universities who have participated in annual field schools sponsored by the University of Virginia, assisting in hiring Jamaican staff, and overseeing the operations of the organization. Mr. Marlatt is also currently trustee of the Grace Elizabeth Groner Scholarship Foundation. This foundation provides grants to Lake Forest College students to pursue off campus study through internships, service projects and international study opportunities.