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FALL 2017 LECTURES

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November 18, 2017
Dr. David P. Silverman
Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, NELC, University of Pennsylvania
Curator, Egyptian Section, Penn Museum




"The Afterlife of Egyptian Kings"




Anthro 345
3:30 pm



Abstract:

Egyptian pharaohs went to great lengths to prepare their final resting places, and these architectural monuments could take various shapes, such as mastabas, pyramids, and rock cut graves.  In addition to containing the ruler’s mummified body, these tombs also became a storehouse for all the necessities the kings required for their journey to what lay beyond.  They represented a microcosm of the environment in which royalty would spend eternity. This lecture will focus on what we know and don’t know about the necessities that the pharaohs would require in order to reach this goal and maintain their existence in this new and eternal cosmos.

Biography:
Dr. David P. Silverman is the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology and Curator of Penn Museum’s Egyptian Section, and one of the leading authorities on the civilization of ancient Egypt. He received his B.A. with honors in Art History from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Silverman has curated and co-curated numerous exhibits at the UPenn Museum, and elsewhere. He was the national curator, advisor, and academic content creator for the the Franklin Institute’s 2007 blockbuster exhibition “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.” He was also responsible for the curatorial content in the original 1977 “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibit. and served as Curator in Chicago at the Field Museum. Dr. Silverman has directed several field expeditions at sites throughout Egypt. His extensive publications include numerous books and articles on Egyptian language, art, and religion. The Athenaeum Society of Philadelphia presented him with a Literary Award for his books Searching for Ancient Egypt and Ancient Egypt. He has received many awards and honors, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Penn Research Foundation, and The Michela Schiff-Giorgini Foundation. Dr. Silverman was a visiting professor at both L'École Pratique at the Sorbonne in Paris and Harvard University. 

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December 16,  2017
Lecture & Holiday Party
Dr. Jennifer Houser Wegner
Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, NELC, University of Pennsylvania
"An Unusual Libation Basin in the Glencairn Museum"
Anthro 345
3:30 pm
(with holiday party post-lecture)
ARCE-PA welcomes ARCE-PA members and ARCE-PA friends who would like to share their favorite dishes with us! Please email info@arce-pa.org to let us know if you would like to bring some food to the post-lecture party.

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January 27, 2018 *SPECIAL LECTURE*
Emad Khalil, PhD
Professor of Maritime Archaeology; Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies and Research; Executive Director for the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage; Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University.  
"The Marsha Bagoish Underwater Project"
Anthro 345
3:30pm

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February 10, 2018 **FREE LECTURE**
Peter van Minnen, PhD
Professor, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati
"Alexandria in the Age of Augustus: The View from Cleopatra’s Palace"
Anthro 345
3:30pm

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March 24, 2018  **Korsyn Lecture & UPM Egypt Culture Day**
Melinda Hartwig, PhD
Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
"Every Tomb Tells a Story"
Anthro 345
3:30pm

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* 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).