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Speaker Bio: Michael L. Thomas is an Associate Provost, Director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and a Professor of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas. He holds the Richard R. Brettell Distinguished University Chair. Thomas received his Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the Director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy from 2011 to 2019. He also has taught at SMU, the University of Michigan, and Tufts University. 

He has excavated in Italy for over 25 years where he co-directs two projects: the ongoing Oplontis Project in Torre Annunziata and the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project which is now in publications phase. A collaborative and interdisciplinary project between UT Dallas and UT Austin, the Oplontis Project is a leader in the implementation and utilization of Digital Humanities.

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