Thomas G Palaima
Thomas Palaima, director of the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory, received the MacArthur (1985-90) fellowship for his work in Aegean prehistory and early Greek language and culture. He also held Fulbright fellowships in Greece (79-80), Austria (92-93), and Spain (2007) for his work on the use of writing in Bronze Age Greece, and the study of written sources in prehistory and ancient history.
For twenty-five years he has taught honors and graduate seminars, written scholarly articles and lectured widely on the human experience of war and violence, ancient and modern, and its consequences. He has actively collaborated in two major national NEH projects directed at helping military veterans and their families and communities: Ancient Greeks Modern Lives (2010-2013)and The Warrior Chorus (2015-2017) and was an organizer, lecturer and panelist in the Cleveland Humanities Festival "Remembering War" in winter-spring 2016.
He has lectured, written and taught extensively on the subjects of ancient writing systems, the reconstruction of ancient culture, decipherment theory, Greek language, war and violence studies, ancient religion, ethnicity, feasting ritual, kingship ideology and practice, ethics and leadership, song as an important means of communicating social criticism, and Dylanology.
Since 1999 he has been a regular commentary writer for the Austin American-Statesman and a regular reviewer and occasional feature writer appearing in the Times Higher Education, Texas Observer, Michigan War Studies Review, Essays in Criticism and the Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared on NPR (national, Austin and Boston), on Wisconsin Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.