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Inaugural Murnane Lecture Will Feature British Museum?s Strudwick
For release: Oct. 31, 2006
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The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Department of History at the University of Memphis will host the inaugural Murnane Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Nigel Strudwick. Strudwick holds the 2006-07 Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the U of M, and he is the assistant keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum in London.

 Strudwick will give an illustrated talk on “Texts from the Pyramid Age: the Written Records of the Old Kingdom” Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the Mitchell Hall Auditorium.  A reception at 6:30 will precede the lecture. Both events are free and open to the public.

 The lecture will focus on texts that have survived from the Old Kingdom.  Strudwick will look at different types of texts and fit them all into their social, artistic, and historical contexts. 

 Strudwick is on leave from his position at the British Museum in London, where he is the curator of the sculpture collection, traveling exhibitions, and technological issues.

 He received his Ph.D. degree from Liverpool University.  Strudwick has published a number of books, including Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum; Catalogue of a Traveling Exhibition 2006-08; Texts of the Pyramid Age; Thebes in Egypt, with H.M. Strudwick; and his dissertation work, The Administration of Egypt in the Old Kingdom.  He also has written many scholarly articles on various topics in the field of Egyptology. 

 The lecture series honors Dr. William J. Murnane, a U of M professor and internationally known Egyptologist who died in November 2000.  After receiving degrees from the University of Chicago, Murnane did field work for many years at the Karnak Temple near Luxor, Egypt.  After joining the U of M’s Department of History in 1987, he taught courses in Egyptology and ancient history while continuing his field work on the Great Hypostyle Hall in the temple at Karnak.

 For more information, call Alyssa Wilson in the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at 901-678-2555.

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