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LECTURE: Hatsheput: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

LECTURE: Hatsheput: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

LECTURE: Hatsheput: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015; 2:30pm

Chapter: Northern California (Berkeley)

Presenter: Dr. Kara Cooney, UCLA

Location: 110 Barrows Hall, U.C. Berkeley Campus. For parking suggestions and campus map please visit the Northern California Chapter website.

Description: Even with a healthy dose of beauty and sex appeal, women had a tough time ruling in the ancient world. Cleopatra used her famous attractiveness to marry a powerful man. Sobekneferu had to wait until there were no male heirs remaining in the royal line. "King" Hatshepsut gained her position as the regent and helper of a child king too young to rule. Hatshepsut was able to hold formal power during a reign of over two decades. How did she do it in a male-controlled society? UCLA's Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney examines Hatshepsut's reign in an attempt to show us the woman behind the statues, monuments, stelae, and obelisks.

About the Speaker: Dr. Cooney, Egyptologist and Assistant Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA, was awarded her PhD in 2002 by Johns Hopkins University for Near Eastern Studies. She spent time in the field on archaeological teams excavating at Deir el Medina, Dahshur and Thebes. A fellow curator for Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005, she was on the teaching staff at Stanford and Howard University. She participated in Discovery Channel's documentary series Out of Egypt, August 2009, and Egypt's Lost Queen.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt (Released Oct 2014) is Dr. Cooney's newest book. In addition to her many scholarly articles, she has also published The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period (2007).

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