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IEAA Events - Spring 2017

  • NEDtalk, Dr. Suzanne Onstine - April 19, 2017  (McWherter Library, Room 226, 4:00 pm)  
  • Public Lecture, Erika Feleg, M.A. - April 27, 2017
  • Fourteenth Annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture, Dr. David P. Silverman - February 2, 2017
  • Public Lecture, Dr. Gay Robins - February 21, 2017
  • Ancient Egypt Family Day - February 25, 2017

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, as part of its mandate as a Tennessee Center of Excellence, presents programs and educational events for the public. The IEAA brings world-renowned Egyptologists to the Mid-South for lectures and symposia. In addition, educational events are offered to schoolchildren and their families. Occasionally, the Institute also sponsors educational tours to Egypt.

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology provides trained graduate student docents for groups wishing a guided tour of the ancient Egyptian and African ethnographic exhibitions in the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. In addition, the Art Museum and the IEAA are sometimes able to provide guided tours of the Contemporary exhibitions at the Art Museum.

To schedule a tour once the museum reopens, contact the Art Museum at 901.678.2224.

Note: All groups are required to contact the Art Museum in advance and are strongly encouraged to schedule a docent-guided tour.

Events for Spring 2017 

Theban Tomb 16

"Recent Work in Theban Tomb 16, Luxor, Egypt."

 A NEDtalk by Dr. Suzanne Onstine

 Thursday, April 19, 2017

 Lecture: 4:00 p.m.

 Location: Ned R. McWherter Library, room 226, University of Memphis

Erika Feleg

"Reconstructing Eternity: Recent Epigraphic Findings in the Forecourt of Ramesses II at Luxor (Egypt)."

 A Public Lecture by Erika Feleg, M.A.

 Thursday, April 27, 2017

 Lecture: 4:30 p.m.

 Reception: 3:45 p.m.

 Location: Art and Communication Bldg., room 310
          University of Memphis

Erika Feleg, M.A.,
 is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of History at the University of Memphis. She travels regularly to Egypt to work with Dr. Peter Brand's epigraphic project in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak. Her interests include the later New Kingdom, especially the reign of Ramesses II, Ramesside temples, and ancient Egyptian grammar. She receiver her M.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis in 2011; her masters thesis is entitled: Features of the early relief decoration of Ramesses II at the Karnak Hypostyle Hall and the Ramesside forecourt at Luxor Temple.

Ms. Feleg returned from Egypt earlier this semester and will present the findings of her most recent work on the Forecourt of Ramesses II at Luxor Temple.


David Silverman

Photo: University of 
Pennsylvania Museum

  Fourteenth Annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture

 "The Legacy of Tutankhamun."

 A Public Lecture by Dr. David P. Silverman

 Thursday, February 2, 2017

 Lecture: 7:00 p.m.

 Reception: 6:15 p.m.

 Location: Fountain View Suite, University Center (room 350)
          University of Memphis

David Silverman, PhD,
 is Eckley B. Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-in-Charge for the Egyptian section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. A world-renowned scholar, his areas of specialization include the language, religion, history and archaeology of ancient Egypt.

Professor Silverman will speak on his personal and professional experiences as curator for the original Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit in 1977 - the exhibition that inaugurated the modern phenomenon of the "blockbuster" exhibition - and its enduring impact on American culture, and beyond. He was also involved in the more recent international blockbuster exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Dr. Silverman received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. He served previously as a curator at the Field Museum in Chicago and as a visiting professor at the L'École Pratique of the Sorbonne in Paris and at Harvard University. Professor Silverman has directed and co-directed several field expeditions at sites throughout Egypt and he has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards. His publications as author or editor include more than twelve books, both popular and scholarly, and over seventy articles and reviews on Egyptian language, art, and religion. Titles include: Akhenaten and Tutankhamun: Revolution and Restoration, Religion in Ancient Egypt, Searching for Ancient Egypt, and an edited volume, Ancient Egypt, which has authoritative and very readable essays on various topics related to ancient Egyptian culture and civilization.

The year 2017 marks his 40th at the University of Pennsylvania, and starting January 23rd, Professor Silverman will teach a free online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization." The course is offered through Penn's Online Learning Initiative via the Coursera platform. The five lectures will cover, among other topics, how Egyptians understood time, gods and goddesses and mummies, and will use the Penn Museum's vast artifact collection, showcasing more than 1,000 items to give learners a visual cue.

For more information about Dr. Silverman, read the online article by Michele Berger "Q&A: Egyptologist David Silverman on King Tut, Hieroglyphs and His Time at Penn" (Oct. 27, 2016).

This free public lecture and reception will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Zach Curline Garage. 


Gay Robins


  The Egyptology Graduate Student Association, the Department of History and the IEAA present 

 "Memory and Identity at the Elite Tombs of Amarna."

 A Public Lecture by Dr. Gay Robins

 Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 7:00 p.m.
 Reception: 6:15 p.m.

 Location: UC Theater, University Center (room 145)
          University of Memphis

Gay Robins, PhD,
 is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Michael C. Carlos Museum Faculty Consultant for Ancient Egyptian Art. Her areas of specialization include composition, style and proportion in Ancient Egyptian art, as well as issues of gender, sexuality, identity and memory.

The site of Tell el-Amarna, also known as "Amarna," was chosen as the location of pharaoh Akhenaton's new city, which he dedicated to his one god, the Aton. In addition to being the political and religious capital of Egypt for a period of approximately 20 years, Amarna was also the intended burial ground for the royal family and his court. Egyptian tombs served many functions, not least of which was the perpetuation of the name and identity of the person buried there. Dr. Robins will share with us her insights into how the art of the Amarna period tombs contributed to this goal.

Dr. Robins earned her doctorate at the University Oxford in the UK and is a world renowned scholar specializing in ancient Egyptian art. She has published several books and numerous articles, including the popular titles The Art of Ancient Egypt and Women in Ancient Egypt. 

This free public event will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin Garage.



Family Day at the Egyptian Institute

Coming in February 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Treat the family to fun-filled activities inspired by Ancient Egypt at the University of Memphis.

Join us at the University Art Museum of the University of Memphis.