Living Room Lecture: The Roman City of Jerash, Jordan
San Diego Archaeological Center: Documentary filmmaker Chris Boyd presents considerations on how archaeological material and concepts are presented to the general public through popular media, using an ongoing restoration project in Jerash, Jordan as a case study. Boyd discusses his background, and how he oriented his career toward independent film projects that cover archaeological topics. In highlighting his work in Jordan in 2019 for a joint archaeological project sponsored by the US State Department, Chris presents ways in which modern media — most importantly, short-form documentary work distributed online — is a crucial tool for disseminating academic archaeological work and educating the general public about its cultural value. Chris also considers ways in which archaeological projects around the world must utilize media as part of the new “Public Archaeology” focus, to maintain relevance in government policy-making and secure international funding. This event will be held on Zoom. Pay what you wish.