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October 6, 2010

UMBC Celebrates Ancient Studies Week, October 9-15

Chelsea Haddaway
Communications Manager

The Ancient Studies department at UMBC will present Ancient Studies Week from October 9-15, 2010.

The highlight of Ancient Studies week will be an October 13 lecture by Betsy Bryan entitled “Cultic Revelries in the Egyptian New Kingdom.” Bryan is the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, and is a Near Eastern Studies Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent book, The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, was published in conjunction with a National Gallery of Art exhibition of the same name.

Her lecture will explore the festivals of drunkenness celebrated in Thebes during the Egyptian New Kingdom between the years 1470 B.C.E. and 1100 B.C.E. Most information pertaining to these festivals comes from the excavation of a “hall of drunkenness” discovered on an expedition to the Temple of the goddess Mut at South Karnak, the location of a festival during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. It will be held at 4 pm in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery and is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Humanities Scholars Program & Humanities Living Learning Community, Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs, and the Department of Visual Arts. Admission is free of charge.

To kick off Ancient Studies Week, students are invited to join the Ancient Studies department on October 9 on a day trip to Philadelphia. While there, participants will visit the Cleopatra, The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt exhibit at the Franklin Institute and the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Registration and payment is required for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Humanities Scholars Program & Humanities Living Learning Community.

An additional Ancient Studies Week lecture will be given on October 11 by Laura Cripps, professor of archaeology at Howard County Community College, who will share her experiences excavating in Scotland in a lecture entitled, “Becoming Roman: Acculturation and the Aedui in Roman Gaul.” It will take place at noon in Fine Arts 215. That evening at 6 p.m., Theofanis Giotis, president of PMI Greece, will speak about his Acropolis Museum Project in the University Center Ballroom. Registration is required for this event.

The final Ancient Studies Week event will take place on October 15 when the student recipients of excavation scholarships, Taylor Teske, Pablo Clemente and Catherine Pasqualoni, will present their summer work in Fine Arts 450 at noon.

To register for events, contact the Ancient Studies Department at 410-455-6265.

Posted by chelseah at October 6, 2010 11:05 AM