I Pity the Poor Immigrant: Celebrating the Gradually Un-forgotten Life and Work of Alice Kober
On May 23, 2023, Tom Palaima, University of Texas at Austin Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP), presented on Zoom this key-note opening lecture for the National Archaeology Week 2023 at Macquarie University, Australia, in connection with their exhibition Mysteries Revisited: From Ancient Codes to Comic Culture, which featured original research materials of Alice Kober from the PASP archives.
Archival materials from PASP were shipped to the continent of Australia in August 2022 to become centerpieces of the exhibition at the Macquarie University History Museum exhibition: Mysteries Revisited! From Ancient Codes to Comic Culture. 26 September 2022 – 31 March 2023. More information about this exhibition can be found at https://www.mq.edu.au/faculty-of-arts… . The show was extended through the summer by popular demand.
Palaima gave a Zoom lecture on May 21, kicking off national archaeology week in the land down under. He highlighted what the materials on loan reveal about how researchers attacked the problems of deciphering three related scripts and the as yet unidentified languages they represented as ‘visible speech’.
He also marked out the recent discovery made in April 2023 by Melbourne University Professor Brent Davis and UT graduate student Anthony Bronzo regarding how Kober’s voluminous work notes relate to her dense and detailed notebooks.