Mar 20, 2012

"Virtualizing the Past: Rome Reborn"

(Newport News, Va.) - The 6th Annual Elizabeth Frances Jones Lecture in Classical Studies will host University of Virginia Professor Bernard Frischer on Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in Gaines Theatre. Frischer’s lecture “Virtualizing the Past: Rome Reborn” is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Frischer is professor of classics and art history and the director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory (VWHL) at the University of Virginia, which applies 3-D digital tools to simulate cultural artifacts and sites. A leading digital humanist and author of books on virtual heritage, the classics and the survival of the classical world, Frischer's work has been featured by The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, BusinessWeek, Forbes magazine and the BBC, among others.
About VWHL
In recent years, humanists in many disciplines have utilized 3-D digital technologies to capture and model their objects of study, from humble artifacts such as vases or furniture to entire cities such as ancient Rome. Three-D has become a new and powerful form of scholarly expression and communication. The mission of the VWHL is to apply these new tools not only as interactive illustrations, but also as heuristic instruments of discovery. For more information, visit

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