2019 Guest Teachers

Introducing: Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Elizabeth Wayland Barber received degrees from Bryn Mawr and Yale, then taught archaeology, linguistics, cognitive science, and sometimes Greek at Occidental College for 37 years, before retiring 11 years ago. Best known for her work in salvaging and reconstructing prehistoric cloth and clothing in the Old World, she has worked chiefly on developing new interfaces between archaeology and linguistics (decipherment; archaeology of brain and language; evolution of modes of transmitting information, especially via myth, ritual, dance, writing, clothing), and on the origin and development of textiles and dress in western Eurasia. She published 5 books and many articles on these subjects. Since retirement, she wrote her “life-work” book, The Dancing Goddesses (W.W. Norton, 2013), which integrates massive East European ethnographic, historical, and archaeological materials that trace the origins of European folkdance back to the first farmers of Europe, in the Balkan Neolithic; and she helped prepare a major exhibit of the UCLA Fowler Museum’s magnificent collection of Southeast European folk costumes, organized to show (what else?) their deep archaeological roots. She continues to write about European (especially Slavic) folklore and costume and to direct a small folk dance troupe at Oxy.

Research interests include the interfaces between archaeology and linguistics, cognitive archaeology (archaeology of brain and language; evolution of myth, ritual, dance, writing and other modes of transmitting information), the origin and development of textiles and dress in western Eurasia, archaeological decipherment, and problems of adult second language acquisition.


Introducing: Marion Boyce

Marion Boyce

Marion Boyce is an internationally renowned costume designer working across film and television in Australia and overseas. She was nominated for an Emmy and a Costume Designer’s Guild Award in 2008 for her work on The Starter Wife.

In 2014, Marion won the AACTA award for Best Costume Design in a Television Series for her work on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 2. In 2015 she won the AACTA award for Best Costume Design on a Feature Film for her work on The Dressmaker and was also nominated for an AACTA award for Best Costume Design in a Television Series for her work on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 3. In 2017 Marion was nominated by the 19th Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Period Film for her work on The Dressmaker.

Boyce’s credits include the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Series 1, 2 and 3, The Hollowmen, The Starter Wife and Nightmares And Dreamscapes. Films include Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, Joey, Zeus and Roxanne, The Dressmaker, and the television movies Hercules, Salem’s Lot, The Echo of Thunder, Noah’s Ark and Moby Dick. More recently Marion has designed a number of touring Exhibitions, including Miss Fisher Series 2 & 3 and The Dressmaker, which is currently showing in Albury.

Marion designed and curated an exhibition for The National Trust of South Australia, “The Age of Elegance” and designed and curated an Exhibition from her private collection, “The Bowerbird and The Bride,” which is currently touring regional Australia.


Guest Teacher History

2018     Kevin Jones

2017     Jez Roth

2016     Luca Costigliolo

2015     The Tudor Tailor: Ninya Mikhaila & Dr. Jane Malcolm-Davies

2014     Candace Kling

2012     Shelly Foote

2011     Robin Netherton & Charlotte Johnson

2010     Shawna Trpcic & Shelly Foote

2009     Bess Chilver, Sally Queen, & Lynn Sorge-English

2008     Joan Severa

2007     Elizabeth Stewart Clark & Sally Queen

2005     Andrea Schewe and Martha McCain