Anderson University’s Real Life Indiana Jones Named a Fellow in The Explorers Club

Anderson University Professor Dr. Candace Weddle Livingston helps excavate an ancient Etruscan tomb. The Greenville native was accepted as a fellow in the prestigious Explorers Club.

Anderson University is celebrating the achievement of a professor of art history and archeology recently accepted into the world’s most celebrated and prestigious organization devoted to exploration and scientific inquiry.

Dr. Candace Weddle Livingston is now a Fellow in The Explorers Club, an organization founded in 1904 “to unite explorers in the bonds of good fellowship and to promote the work of exploration by every means in its power.”

The Explorers Club counts Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first men to summit Mount Everest, as Fellow members, along with Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, and moon walkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

“This is the culmination of a dream I’ve had since I was a kid and saw ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in the movie theater,” Dr. Livingston said. “I never thought it would be possible in reality. But here I am.”

(To read more about Dr. Livingston’s work, click here.)

Dr. Livingston was accepted into the organization based on her academic credentials, professional reputation and extensive accomplishment in the field of archeology. Her interests, research and scholarship includes a focus on Etruscan, Roman and early Christian art and history. Her research and speaking engagements have taken her to 39 countries on four continents – and she’s visited six of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

“If there is an opportunity to travel, learn new things and experience the world and its cultures – whether that means a bluegrass festival in my home state or a trip abroad – I am on board,” Dr. Livingston said.

A native of Greenville, Texas now living in Greenville, South Carolina, she organized Anderson University’s participation in a joint archaeological project with Baylor University – known as the San Giuliano Archeological Research Project – where students can attend a summer field school in Italy to gain hands-on training in archeological methods while excavating 6th century BC Etruscan tombs and a medieval fortress. She hopes her Fellowship in The Explorers Club will open up opportunities to raise money to support these efforts.