IEAA Events - Fall 2022

The Egyptian Gallery is OPEN.

Important Safety Guidelines for your museum visit: masks and social distancing are strongly recommended. 

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.

Events for Fall 2022

Some of events below will take place online. All programs are free, but online registration may be required.

Sixth Annual IEAA Alumnae/Alumni Lecture


Mark Janzen

"Merenptah or Ramesses II: Who Commissioned the Battle Reliefs at Karnak Temple?"

A Public Lecture by Dr. Mark Janzen

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Lecture: 7:00 PM CST
Reception: 6:15 PM CST
Location: Fountain View Suite (University Center Room 350)  


Mark Janzen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. He will present the results of his team’s recent fieldwork at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt. Dr. Janzen earned his doctorate in the Department of History at the University of Memphis in 2013. 

Following Ramesses II’s sixty-seven-year rule, his son, Merenptah, succeeded Ramesses to the throne. Ramesses had already decorated most of the walls of the great temple of Amun at Karnak leaving only a few potential locations for his son to embellish. On a corner wall, next to where the first peace treaty in history is carved, celebrating the self-claimed victory of Ramesses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh, is a series of scenes of battles at fortified towns.  During four seasons of epigraphic fieldwork, conducted under the auspices of the Great Hypostyle Hall Project of the University of Memphis and under the supervision of Dr. Janzen, scientific examination and reproduction of these scenes has revealed that although the name of Ramesses II survives in a text at the top of the wall, Merenptah was responsible for these battle reliefs. This lecture will expand on the project’s research since 2016 and discuss its future goals.

Dr. Janzen received his PhD in History, with a concentration in Ancient History (Egyptology), at the University of Memphis in 2013. His dissertation focused on the depiction and treatment of foreign captives as represented in the New Kingdom.  Dr. Janzen has lectured and published on his work using photogrammetry and sociospatial analyses to interpret Egyptian history.

For more information, contact Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran (lcorcorn@memphis.edu) or call the IEAA at 901.678.2555.

Pay parking ($3.00 per hour) is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin garage.

Ancient Egypt Family Day on the Internet


AnubisComing to a computer near you! 

Join us for a fun and FREE online public event with lots of fun and interesting activities for all!

Content will be available from April 18 through September 30, 2022.

This year we also have links to resources for educators and parents.