IEAA Events - Fall 2019


The Egyptian Gallery is CLOSED. It will reopen October 21, 2019.

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, 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 Fall 2019 

Dr. Annie Shanley

Third Annual Alumni Lecture

"The God of Confusion? An Examination of Seth in New Kingdom Expressions of Royal Ideology."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Annie Shanley

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.

Location: Arts and Communication Building, Room 310

Annie Shanley, PhD, is Assistant Registrar at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her M.A. in Art History (Egyptian art and archaeology concentration) at the University of Memphis in 2007, and her PhD in Egyptian Art from Emory University in 2015. Her dissertation focused on the use of the god Seth in the New Kingdom. Her other research interests include ancient Egyptian glass, faience, and metal production and provenance studies (tracking the history of ownership). Dr. Shanley has worked at several sites in Egypt, including the tomb of Parennefer at Luxor and the palace of Amunhotep III at Malqata with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Joint Expedition.


While Egyptian deities are ubiquitous in ancient art and texts, there is a tendency for modern audiences to discuss the gods using broad generalizations that fail to capture their complex natures. The god who has suffered most from this is Seth. In an effort to understand Seth's true nature as viewed by the ancient Egyptians, Dr. Shanley re-examined original source material from royal monuments of the New Kingdom. These lend new insights to our understanding of special relationship between the kings and the gods – a relationship based on reciprocity. 

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

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Innovation Drive / Fogelman Garage.

Dr. Peter Brand

Fourteenth Annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture

"Using Emerging Technologies and 3D Modeling to Record Inscriptions on the Giant Columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Peter Brand

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.

Location: Fountain View Suite, University Center room 350

Dr. Peter Brand, Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Memphis, will present an illustrated lecture showing how he uses digital imaging, 3D modeling, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and other emerging technologies to record ancient inscriptions and reliefs on the columns of  the Great Hypostyle Hall in the temple of Amun-Re at Karank in Luxor, Egypt.  Dr. Brand is current director of the Great Hypostyle Hall Project of the University of Memphis, which was begun by his teacher, friend and mentor, the late Dr. William J. Murnane, Jr.

This free public event is co-sponsored with the Department of History and will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

For additional information about the lecture and the speaker, click here.

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