For release: February 18, 2014
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The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis and the Tennessee
Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt will co-host the 11th annual Legacy
of Egypt Lecture Friday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Fountain View Room. Dr.
Kathlyn "Kara" Cooney, associate professor of art and architecture at UCLA , will
present an illustrated lecture at 7 p.m.
A 6:30 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. Both events are free and open to the
public. Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University
The lecture will present Cooney's research on the monetary motivations for tomb robbery
and the recycling of burial goods in a time of political crisis during Egypt's 21st
Dynasty (ca. 1075-945 BCE).
Cooney received her BA from the University of Texas and her PhD in Near Eastern Studies
from Johns Hopkins University. Before her faculty appointment to the Department of
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Cooney was a Kress Fellow at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Cooney has published on the scarabs and ostraca in the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art and numerous articles and books on the funerary art of ancient Egypt, with an
emphasis on the economic impact of funerary goods.
She hosted six episodes of her own Discovery Channel documentary series, Out of Egypt,
and has appeared as a frequent guest on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555 or visit http://www.memphis.edu/egypt.