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Welcome to the ARCE-NC Lecture Series

ARCE-NC presents free lectures open to the public on a monthly basis to promote a better understanding of Egyptian art, culture and religion both historic and contemporary in association with the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley Campus.

We receive almost no outside funding and rely upon donations as our primary source of revenue. Lectures include such expenses as speakers honoraria and transportation fees and occasionally audio-visual equipment rental fees as well. Attendees are requested to make a donation at the door to help defray these costs. If you would like to make a donation to support our work, please use our DONATE! page to donate via PayPal (either use your PayPal acount or any credit card) or send a check in any amount made out to "ARCE/NC" to


        The Treasurer ARCE/NC
        439 Buena Vista Avenue

        Redwood City, CA 94061

American Research Center In Egypt Northern California Inc

Upcoming Lectures & Events

The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Department of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley Lecture Series

All lectures are on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in 110 Barrows Hall, U.C. Berkeley Campus except where noted.

Parking is available in U.C. lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends for a fee. Ticket dispensing machines accept either $5 bills or $1.00 bills. Parking is available in Parking Structure B on Bancroft between Hearst Gym and Kroeber Hall and just across the street from the University Art Museum. Parking is also available under the shops on Bancroft opposite Barrows Hall. There is a parking structure under the Student Union further west on Bancroft. A map of the campus is available online at
For more information please call 650-367-8339 or send e-mail to


Fall 2014 Lecture Series




November 2, 2014 2:00 PM in Alameda, CA (address to be supplied after payment)

Chapter Fundraiser

Tea With Amelia Peabody, A Tribute To Elizabeth Peters (Dr. Barbara Mertz)

Cost $45 pre-order only (for information contact Student discount available.


The tea will consist of a Victorian sandwich and cakes platter as well as tea and accompaniments per table. Guests are encouraged to wear period dress. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. There will be an opportunity to be photographed with "Tetisheri" as a keepsake of the event.


To reserve one of sixty places at Amelia's table via Paypal, click the DONATE! button and order in multiples of $45 for each place you wish to reserve. After Paypal has confirmed your payment you will receive a confirmation for your order and directions to the event. To order by check, download the reservation form and mail your form and check made out to ARCE-NC in increments of $45 to

ARCE-NC, 439 Buena Vista Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061-2407.


Last year's event was sold out early, so reserve your space early.


Download event flyer PDF


November 9th, 2014  Annual Holiday Suq begins at 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Lecture

Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, University of Memphis

Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt: The Case of Herakleides


December 14th, 2014  Annual Holiday Suq begins at 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Lecture

Dr. Janice Kamrin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Registrars at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo: Past, Present and Future


Spring 2015 Lecture Series



January 11th, 2015 2:30 PM

Dr. Kara Cooney

Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egpt


February 15th, 2015 2:30 PM

Dr. Nicholas Reeves

Topic to be announced


March 1st, 2015 2:30 PM

Dr. Nigel Strudwick, University of Memphis

Tomb Robbers of Thebes


April 19th, 2015 2:30 PM

Dr. Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol

Afterglow of Empire: The Third Intermediate Period


May 10th, 2015 2:30 PM

Dr. Greg Marouard, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

The Harbor of Khufu on the Red Sea Coast


Local Ancient Egypt Related Exhibits and Lectures not sponsored by ARCE-NC

Ancient Art Council

The Ancient Art Council is dedicated to supporting Ancient Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

For all those who share an interest in ancient art and the preservation and promotion of antiquities and culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, the Ancient Art Council offers lectures by noted archaeologists, curators, and historians; exclusive tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions; travel to other museums and ancient sites; receptions and opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts of ancient art. You will find information and lecture information at the link below:

Middle Kingdom statue of Seneb

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are trying to acquire the wooden statue of Seneb for its collections. The cost is $600,000. The campaign to raise the money will last from December through June of 2014. Contributions can be made through the Chapter or via the Ancient Art Council

ARCE-NC represented at the opening of the new permanent exhibit of African Art

From left to right: President Al Berens, Treasurer Barbara Berens, member and museum staff member Barbara Wilcox, Newsletter Editor Gary Parks, and Past President Bob Bussey

Expanding Views of Africa

The newly installed galleries of African Art is the vision of curator Barbara Thompson. It is a walk back in time with powerful contemporary visions of Africa giving way to art from the past ending in the Egyptian room at the end of the exhibit. It places Egypt squarely as an African influence, unlike many exhibits where Egypt is treated in a Mediterranean context. Computer touch screens and smart-phone links allow the viewer to get expanded views of the displays.

Cantor Arts Center

328 Lomita Drive

Stanford University Campus

Museum Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM, open until 8 PM on Thursdays

Contact Al Berens by email at for further information on ARCE/NC events or by mail at 439 Buena Vista Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061.

2012 The Board of Directors, The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter. All rights reserved.

Contact Information:

ARCE Northern California Chapter
439 Buena Vista Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94061
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Al Berens, President (650) 367-8339

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