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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.

Due to circumstances beyond our control lectures will be in  Room 254 Barrows Hall until further notice.

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 send e-mail to


Spring 2015 Lecture Series



April 19th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 254 Barrows Hall

Dr. Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol

Afterglow of Empire: The Third Intermediate Period



May 10th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 254 Barrows Hall

Dr. Greg Marouard, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

The Harbor of Khufu on the Red Sea Coast



No Meetings in June or July



Fall 2015 Lecture Series



August 9th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 110 Barrows Hall

Dr. Bestsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University

Topic to be announced



September 20th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 110 Barrows Hall

Dr. Anne Austin, Stanford University

Textual and Osteological Indicators of Disease and Health at Deir el Medina



October 11th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 110 Barrows Hall

Dr. Peter Piccione, University of Charleston

Topic to be announced



November 15th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 110 Barrows Hall

Annual Souq begins at 1:30 PM

Dr. Steve Harvey, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Topic to be announced



December 13th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 110 Barrows Hall

Annual Souq begins at 1:30 PM

Kathy Hansen

Egyptian Chariots


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

Egyptological Lectures

April 2015

Department of Near Eastern Studies

254 Barrows Hall


Monday, April 13, 5:30-6:30 PM

Kasia Szpakowska (University of Swansea)

From the Outside Looking In: Digitization of Ancient Egyptian Objects and Entities

In this presentation I will provide an overview of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE, centered at Swansea University, Wales. At the core of the project is the development of a relational database about liminal entities or demons. We hope it will prove useful to Egyptologists and scholars of other religions at one level, and the general public at another. At this pilot stage we are focussing on a limited range of objects from a limited time span: coffins, wands, headrests, figurines and manuscript (usually papyrus). As with all archaeological databases, the core materials are often fragmentary, necessitating complex relationships with the data pertaining to the fragment, section, and objects, with each type having its own idiosyncratic challenges. Part of the goal is to link with existing databases such as the Book of the Dead Database of Bonn University.

Sponsored by the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Wednesday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 PM

Willeke Wendrich (UCLA)

Ancient Egypt Online: Data, Metadata and Quality of Information

Addressing the presentation of ancient Egyptian materials online, Wendrich (UCLA) will discuss standards, metadata and the limitations of metadata, the use of data aggregation, the quality of information online, and the problem of image rights.

Sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities and the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Monday, April 20, 5:30-6:30 pm
Luigi Prada (University of Oxford)

Learning to Write Egyptian in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Egyptian Schooling between Indigenous Tradition and Greek Innovation.

School teaching and the training of scribes in Graeco-Roman Egypt have been thoroughly investigated by modern scholars with regard to literacy and education in Greek. On the other hand, the other side of schooling in Egypt’s bilingual society, i.e., that in Egyptian, has received little attention, and no comprehensive modern study has yet been devoted to it.

This talk will give an overview of the complex reality of Egyptian schooling at this time, making use of both published and unpublished sources. Abundant textual material survives from the Graeco-Roman period, which shows how Egyptian school training continued to thrive well into the Roman period side-by-side with its Greek counterpart, and sometimes even mingling with it. Still showing substantial continuity with teaching traditions of pharaonic times, Egyptian school practices partially re-invented and adapted themselves to the new cultural and linguistic reality of Graeco-Roman Egypt. From this time, textual evidence including both basic and advanced teaching material is attested in all indigenous contemporary scripts of Egyptian (hieroglyphic, hieratic, and demotic), with the addition of mixed material too––be it Egyptian texts transliterated into the Greek alphabet (what will lead to the origin of Coptic), or texts actually translated into Greek.

Sponsored by the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Department of Near Eastern Studies

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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 successfully acquired this statue. Congratulations and thanks to our members who donated to the acquisition.


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.

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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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