David Schloen, professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of the University of Chicago, will speak on "Economy and Society in Ancient Israel" on Monday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Professor Schloen specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Levant (Syria and Palestine) from ca. 3000 to 300 BCE. Over the past two decades he has conducted archaeological excavations in Israel and Turkey. As a historian of ancient culture, his longstanding ambition has been to understand the structure and operation of the small kingdoms that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean region during the Bronze and Iron Ages and especially to explicate the interaction between day-to-day social practices and the shared metaphors and narratives that sustained, and were sustained by, those practices. He is the author of "The House of the Father as Fact and Symbol," which focuses on the Bronze Age (3000–1200 BCE), and he is currently completing a book entitled "The Bible and Archaeology: Exploring the History and Mythology of Ancient Israel," which explains how ancient artifacts, inscriptions and other archaeological discoveries shed light on biblical narratives. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund. Free and open to the public.