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Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81 Endowed Chair for Regional Studies

The Burke Chair is an annual appointment that supports outstanding teaching and research on the Upstate New York region.
The appointment is for both Colgate faculty and leading scholars in and/or on the Upstate New York region. The Burke Chair teaches two courses during his or her appointment and provides lectures open to the campus and the community. Established in 2006 by Stephen Burke '80 and Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81, this chair is supported by an endowment fund created to support and recognize outstanding scholars whose research interests focus on Upstate New York.

Current Chair

elizabeth-marlowe-profileElizabeth Marlowe
, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, has been named the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Professor Marlowe holds a PhD in Art History from Columbia University. At Colgate she teaches courses on Roman Art and Medieval Art History and on Museum Studies. Her research and publications on classical art offer new readings of key monuments from late antique Rome. Early in her career Liz’s article “Framing the Sun: The Arch of Constantine and the Appropriation of the Roman Cityscape” earned her the College Art Association’s Arthur Kingsley Porter prize for the best article by an emerging scholar in the history of art and architecture, and since then she has published widely in a range of prestigious journals. Her recent work has focused on ancient art historiography’s largely uncritical reliance upon a small canon of archaeologically undocumented artworks. Shaky Ground: Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art(2013) calls for greater epistemological consciousness in the writing of Roman art history. The book advocates shifting the focus of the field away from long-famous artworks in museum collections (many of which have been heavily restored to live up to modern aesthetic ideals; others may even be forgeries) to more recently-discovered works whose archaeological contexts are better documented. At Colgate Liz was instrumental in creating the new Museum Studies minor, which she directs.  Her current teaching and research explore issues central to Museum Studies through a close examination of a range of important museums in New York’s Upstate region.

Past Chairs

Dr. Andrew Pattison
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Read more about Andy Pattison

Randy Fuller
Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies. Read more about Randy Fuller 

Dr. Wyatt Galusky
Associate Professor of Humanities at Morrisville State College. Read more about Wyatt Galusky

Christopher Henke
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University. Read more about Christopher Henke

Dr. Judith Wellman
Professor Emerita at State University of New York at Oswego and Principal Investigator at Historical New York Research Associates. READ MORE about Judith Wellmen

Nicole Simpson 2011-2012 Associate Professor of Economics at Colgate.

Faculty Research Funding

Beyond the Burke Chair, we seek to encourage faculty scholarship on, or directly pertaining to, the upstate region of New York by providing support for both the costs of research as well as a stipend award for the Colgate faculty investigator. READ MORE about faculty research funding


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