The Wild West Meets Rome: Roman Architecture at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha (1898) | Lecture by Elizabeth Macauley

New Perspectives on National Pavilions at World Fairs: The Institute for the Study of International Expositions (ISIE) Lecture Series



4 to 5 p.m., Feb. 27, 2023

4-5 p.m. MT

The Institute for the Study of International Expositions (ISIE) presents its 2023 Speaker Series: New Perspectives on National Pavilions at World Fairs, which focuses on country/region-specific presentations and representations at past world fairs. The ISIE Speaker Series Inaugural Lecture will be held online via Zoom (with previous registration required).

The goal of the series is to share and support exposition scholarship across disciplines and to provide the opportunity to exchange ideas with everyone interested in international expositions, from scholars, researchers, participants, and developers to those who cherish the memory of having visited one.


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About the Speaker

Elizabeth Macauley

The second lecture of the series is “The Wild West meets Rome: Roman Architecture at The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha (1898)” by Elizabeth Macauley, associate professor and executive officer of the Liberal Studies Program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She is interested in the gardens and architecture of the Middle East and North Africa in the Classical and Islamic periods, as well as in their reception. She has conducted research as a field archaeologist and ceramist in Italy, Jordan, Greece, Syria and Egypt. Macauley serves as deputy director of Manar al-Athar, a free image resource for the study of the Middle East. Currently she is the chairperson of the governing board of, the world’s mos- visited art history website, and she serves as the contributing editor for Arts of the Islamic World. She is also a member of the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America.


About ISIE

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The Institute for the Study of International Expositions is a new global interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in the design, promotion, reception and consequence of the world’s fairs and expositions held since 1851. Though rooted in the history of architecture, science, diplomacy, art and technology, our members hail from many disciplines and we welcome the participation of all those interested in exploring the many intersecting aspects of international expositions. Our first major event, the online symposium International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future, held this past March, was attended by over 75 people from more than 15 countries.This event served as a wonderful launching pad.

Visit the ISIE website for a series of new initiatives currently in the works, including an upcoming publication from the symposium, evolving the ISIE website into a valuable networking and disseminating tool for those involved in researching and planning international expositions, and the speaker series.



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