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The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has issued a plea for support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which are in danger of being defunded by the current administration. Academics, such as historians, art historians, and archaeologists, often depend upon funding from the NEA and the NEH for their research and projects.

"The Arts and Humanities are a vital part of our cultural identity and enhance the quality of our lives. They connect us to the past, they speak to us in the present, and they are our legacy, our gift to the future. Investing in them is never a waste, and we strongly urge that both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities continue to receive federal funding." http://www.arce.org

If you would like to show your support for the continued funding of the NEA and the NEH, please follow this link and sign the petition, "Preserve the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities": https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/preserve-national-endowment-arts-and-national-endowment-humanities

Please visit the NEH's website to see the wide range of projects that they support: https://www.neh.gov

The NEH is an active participant and proponent for the preservation of our cultural heritage and our archaeological sites world-wide. Please visit the link below to see some of the projects that the NEH currentl supports and has supported over the years.

Please visit the NEA's website to see the wide range of projects that they support: https://www.arts.gov


June 10, 2017
ARCE-PA's Fourth Annual Mini-Seminar
"Queenship Through the Ages"


Dr. JJ Shirley, Managing Editor, The Journal of Egyptian History

Dr. Ann Macy Roth, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, New York University

Dr. Kelly-Anne DiamondVisiting Assistant Professor, 
Department of History, Villanova University

"New Kingdom Queens: The Ascending Gender Paradox"

This lecture will give an overview of queenship in the New Kingdom, but will also examine how some queens employed gender to support their political goals.

Dr. Beth Ann JudasPresident, ARCE-PA
"Queenship in the Age of the Ptolemies"

The Greco-Egyptian concept of Ptolemaic queenship is, in some ways, very different from the earlier pharaonic view of the office.  While we know very little about the individual pharaonic period queens and their personalities, we have a better sense of the women who wore the crown during the Ptolemaic period. 

The historic documents issued in Egypt combined with commentary by Greek historians have also provided some insight on these women and their influence and power.  The Macedonian-Greek Ptolemaic rulers merged the Macedonian concept of queenship with the traditional Egyptian roles to create a new hybrid concept of the office, which culminated in the last ruler of Egypt, Cleopatra VII.

Rainey Auditorium
1pm -6pm

Entrance Fees for the Mini Seminar are:

Pre-Registration via PayPal (The link to Paypal is below), or at the door at the April & May lectures
General $20
Penn Museum Members $15
ARCE-PA Members, UPenn Staff/Faculty, & Students With ID $10

Fees at the Door on June 10, 2017
General $25
Penn Museum Members $20
ARCE-PA Members, UPenn Staff/Faculty, & Students With ID $15

PAYPAL LINK for Pre-registration:

Pre-registration Prices
Prices in effect until 6/7/17

* Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (unless otherwise stated).

* Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated).