Brian E. McConnell is Associate Professor in Art History. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Brown University, and he has conducted archaeological field research in Sicily for over two decades. Recent publications focus on the art and architecture of the Archaic and Classical periods at ancient Palikè and the historiography of early explorations of the island's cultural and natural resources. At FAU, he has taught subjects ranging from ancient to modern, including graduate seminars on Picasso, Minimalism, Chiura Obata, and Art & Human Rights, and he directs the Classical Studies Program in the D.F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters. He has co-directed an FAU study abroad program in southern France, taught on FAU's summer program in Florence, Italy, and he directs the current summer program at ancient Palike, an archaeological site in Sicily near the city of Catania.