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Welcome to the ARCE-NC Educational Outreach Page

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 call 650-367-8339 or send e-mail to


Spring 2015 Lecture Series



February 15th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 254 Barrows Hall

Dr. Nicholas Reeves

The Gold Throne of King Tutankhamun



March 22nd, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 254 Barrows Hall

Dr. Nigel Strudwick, University of Memphis

Tomb Robbery in Ancient Thebes; Textual and Archaeological Evidence for the Indiana Jones of the Past



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


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

Colloquium | February 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

Nikolaos Lazaridis, California State University, Sacramento

Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

In this paper I will discuss some recent results from North Kharga Oasis Survey team’s epigraphic work and the National Endowment for Humanities-funded project “Ancient travelers’ inscriptions from Kharga Oasis, Egypt”. I will concentrate on ancient rock graffiti and pictorial carvings from a number of rock sites in the sandy area north of Kharga Oasis. These lonely spots in the western desert were used in antiquity as camping sites and stopovers for ancient travelers using the routes that connected Kharga to Dakhlah Oasis, or even further westwards, to Libya. The studied epigraphic material provides us with valuable information about the uses of these desert routes, traveling practices, as well as the identity and background of the ancient travelers who chose to leave their marks on these rocks.


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.

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 2:00 PM


Dr. David Silverman

Ancient Egyptian Masterpieces: Sculpture in Wood


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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