The American Research Center in Eygpt

ARCE Events

ARCE Events

ARCE sponsors a variety of educational activities and programs in the United States and in Egypt for its members and for the general public.

In Cairo, ARCE hosts weekly lectures on topics of historical and contemporary concern, as well as educational excursions to sites both within and outside of Egypt. ARCE offers short courses on subjects of interest to the wider public, such as Egyptology and Islamic art, and holds a series of symposia conducted in Arabic to facilitate exchange between Egyptian and foreign scholars.

The Center convenes an annual conference in the United States at which scholars are invited to present their research findings. This meeting provides an opportunity for ARCE members to hear about the latest scholarship on Egypt and network with professionals in the field.

ARCE's chapters, based in cities throughout the United States, sponsor diverse programs of their own, often in cooperation with local universities and museums.

ARCE's member institutions, which include virtually all North American museums and universities with research interests in Egypt, host exhibitions, educational courses, lectures, conferences, and symposia that offer the public the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the art, archaeology, history, politics, and religion of Egypt and the Near East.

Special Egyptian Exhibition, February 10 - November 11, 2018

Carlos Museum, Level Three, Regular Museum Hours 

The Egyptian galleries at the Carlos Museum are undergoing renovation. While this process is occurring, the Carlos Museum will host a special exhibition centered on the important role of cats in ancient Egyptian culture. This exhibit features many objects from the Brooklyn Museum, which is renowned for its Egyptian collection, as well as material from the Carlos’s own collection.

Chapter: Georgia


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Carlos Museum, Exhibition Galleries, Emory University 

Dr. Melinda Hartwig, Carlos Museum Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, leads visitors through the Divine Felines of Ancient Egypt exhibition. Dr. Hartwig did a great deal of coordinating and planning for this special exhibition. Further, Dr. Hartwig has been deeply involved with planning the renovation of the Egyptian galleries at the Carlos Museum.

Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Chapter: Georgia


Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. 

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall, Level Three, Emory University 

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Tasha Dobbin-Bennett, assistant professor of art history at Emory’s Oxford College, explores the fascinating and complex imagery of the ancient Egyptian divine being – Bes. Often presented as a bearded dwarf, Bes also displayed leonine aspects that were at once fearsome and protective. Not only worshipped at the lowest and highest levels of society, Bes was immensely popular across time – still intriguing audiences today.

Chapter: Georgia


Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m.

Jessica Tomkins, Egyptology PhD Candidate, Brown University

Boston University Shool of Theology, Room B19

Old Kingdom power is epitomized by the Great Pyramids, those huge monuments which were, and remain to this day, symbolic of the sheer might and power of the kings who dominate almost all surviving evidence. But what of those with lesser power, working underneath the king for the state at large - the men stationed throughout the provinces, running Egypt as local leaders and provincial administrators? The terms “nome” and “nomarch” are widely used in Egyptology as the basic framework for discussing and understanding the structure of provincial administration of the Old - Middle Kingdoms, despite the fact that these are much later Greek words. This talk traces the origins and problems of these terms, highlighting how their anachronistic application to the Old-Middle Kingdoms has served to obscure rather than illuminate our understanding of the mechanics of early provincial administration.

Chapter: New England


Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Peter F. Dorman, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago

The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead is an integral part of the long tradition of mortuary literature that descends from the earlier Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom and Coffin Texts of the Middle Kingdom. The transmigration of ritual spells from coffins of the Middle Kingdom to papyri of the New Kingdom was determined by major changes in burial custom, which also entailed experimentation with different materials that could most effectively be used in private burials. This lecture traces those burial changes, the evolution of textual transmission, the origin of illustrated vignettes, the central role of Theban region in the creation of this new funerary tradition, and the somewhat surprising end product—namely, Books of the Dead that could be afforded only by the wealthy elite.

LaSalle Banks Room, Oriental Institute, Chicago

Chapter: Illinois


Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Joseph Wegner

Meza Ethiopian Cuisine, 5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, Virginia

Chapter: Washington, D.C. 


Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Caroline Sauvage

Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

Chapter: Orange County California

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