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In Memoriam: Professor Louis Flam t r A g n Creati in the Bronx, Inspired by Lehman College An oversized vine bearing luscious, brightly colored fruit, giant bugs, and a comparatively tiny cat welcome those who take the 4 train to Lehman College each day—buy few know how this playful mosaic came to adorn the walls of the Bedford Park Blvd-Lehman College subway stop. Transylvanian-born artist Andrea Dezsö, a professor at Hampshire College in Northampton, MA, and a resident of Jackson Heights, Queens, created the design in 2006 after winning an MTA competition. Once she learned which subway stop she was designing for, Dezsö set about getting to know the neighborhood and drew inspiration from what she saw at Lehman College. “The Lehman campus is very Associate Professor of Anthropology Louis Flam passed away on February 18, 2016 from diabetes-related complications. He was 71-years-old. Flam joined Lehman College in 1992 and made a significant impact on the lives of both students and colleagues. An outstanding educator, he won the Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award (“Teacher of the Year”) in 2004. Alongside his work and research at the College, Flam carried out archaeological excavations in rural and remote regions of Pakistan. Flam was a native of Clifton, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at Rutgers University in 1967, and in 1981, his Ph.D in South Asian Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1982 through1988, he served as Director of the Archaeological and Anthropological Research Center, Institute of Sindhology, University of Sindh in Pakistan. Flam began directing the Sindh Archaeological Project in 1975 when he was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and continued his work in the field until 2010. The majority of his manuscripts and publications concerned his research on the Harappan Civilization in the Sindh Province, including his dissertation The Paleogeography and Prehistoric Settlement Patterns in Sindh, Pakistan (ca. 4000-2000). Aside from a large settlement survey of this area, Flam worked to detect changes between the modern flow of the Indus River and the ancient river course. His team was the first to document the presence of the now extinct Nara Nadi river course, which had a role in ancient settlement when it first came into being in the third millennium BC. Flam also uncovered extensive irrigation systems produced by the Indus Civilization in the areas of Kohistan and Kirthar. Changes in the river over time, documented by Flam and his team, provided important evidence for changes in settlement patterns. 34 Lehman Today Flam worked at a number of other archaeological sites during his four decade career, including: Seistan, Afghanistan; Salmon Ruins, New Mexico; the Eleanor Site (ENMU 883), Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; Ban Chiang, Thailand; and on islands off the coast of Kuwait. He spent many years excavating at the site of Ghazi Shah, located in the Dadu District of Pakistan, investigating both earlier components of the Amrian Phase and later ones of the Indus Valley Civilization. Flam had an abiding love for the people and culture of Pakistan that lives on in his work. During his career, Flam was funded by a range of organizations and institutions, including the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Ford Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Leakey Foundation. He also received a Fulbright-Hays Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship and four Fulbright Research Grants. Prior to joining the Lehman staff, Flam taught briefly at Rutgers University and Union College. Much beloved by his students at the College, his most popular courses were Ancient Peoples and Cultures, Excavation at the Lehman College Site, and Peoples and Cultures of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Unbeknownst to most who knew him, Flam had been battling diabetes since childhood. Despite the many hardships brought on by the illness, he never complained and continued to teach at Lehman until the week before his death. “Louis was so loved by his students and colleagues,” said Victoria Sanford, chair of the anthropology department. “He was generous, courageous, and humble about his many accomplishments. He will be missed by all who knew him.” beautiful, with a lot of plants and trees, but the rest of the area is not unlike where I live in Queens, with a lot of tall, grey buildings,” she said. “I wanted to create an island of color with a lot of fanciful—but friendly—plants and insects.” With local children in mind, she decided to toy with scale, and indeed the giant berries recall Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book, w. “I wanted the mosaic to be a springboard for the imagination, for people to daydream and think of beautiful, imaginary places,” she added. Called Community Garden, the mosaic won Best American Public Art 2007. Dezsö also paints, creates large-scale installations, and illustrates Op-Ed pieces for The New York Times and Harper’s; she ɕѱ䁥Ʌѕ܁ɅͱѥѡЁѥQ) ɽѡ́ɥх̀ɥ́ɕѡ͕ٕѠ)ѥݡ́ӊé͕ٕѥ́́Օͽѡѡ)؁Ʌѕqȁٕѡх́ݥѠɅݥt͡ͅ()Q1݅́ͅۊéЁɅ䁥ѼɕѥՉ)иḾͥѼɕєѡȁՉݽɭ̰х䁄)ͅȁѡ U9d ɽ՝5х չ )͕ѥݡх́хɥѕѽɥ́Mͼ)ɕѕəհɅ́ͅѡЁɹ́݅)ѡUѕMхѕ́䁥 ՍɕаIq$ݽձٔ)ЁѼѡ͔ѡȁɽ́$eЁѡͅ)Ёѡ1 ѽ$ݽɭٕ͵)չѥѡЁгt͡ѕq Ё չɑ́ѥ)䁙ٽɥє̻t()1Q((((