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Welcome to the ARCE-NC Educational Outreach Page

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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 20 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 send e-mail to



Fall 2015 Lecture Series



October 11th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 20 Barrows Hall

Dr. Teresa Moore, University of California, Berkeley

Deir el Medina After Dark


November 15th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 20 Barrows Hall

Annual Souq begins at 1:30 PM

Dr. Steve Harvey, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Ancient Archaeologists: How the High Priests of Osiris transformed Abydos during the New Kingdom


December 13th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 20 Barrows Hall

Annual Souq begins at 1:30 PM

Kathy Hansen

Driving Pharoah's Chariots


January 10th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 20 Barrows Hall

Dr. Peter Brand, University of Memphis

21st Century Digital Technologies meet Pharaonic Information Systems: Using 3D Modeling and Digital Imaging to Record Ancient Inscriptions in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple


February 14th, 2015 2:30 PM  Room 20 Barrows Hall

Dr. Eugene Cruz-Uribe, Indiana University East

A Nubian Walked into a Christian Bar at Philae and Asked . . .


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


October 9, 2015, 11 AM-12 PM Department of Near Eastern Studies 254 Barrows Hall  UC Berkeley 

The Place of Ramesside Theology in Religious Evolution 

By Jan Assmann, Professor Emeritus of Egyptology University of Heidelberg 


The Foerster Lectures Committee,on behalf of the Berkeley Graduate Lectures Series,cordially invites you to a public lecture
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:10 p.m. Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street, Berkeley
(between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.)

By Jan Assmann, Professor Emeritus of Egyptology University of Heidelberg 

Immortality of the Soul-- An Ancient Egyptian Invention?

The lectures are free and open to the public.  No tickets are required.
For information, visit: grad , 
call: 510.643.7413, or e-mail:

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

Exhibition at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through December 6, 2015

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art exhibits more than 25 tapestries woven by artists at the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Giza, Egypt.  The tapestries in "An Accomplishment in Creativity: The Egyptian Children's Tapestries" were collected by David Williams in 1970s & 80s and comprise the largest exhibition of Wissa Wassef artworks in the USA since the Smithsonian traveling exhibit in 1974.  The exhibit includes work from masters such as Fawzi Mohamed, Karima Ali, Garya Mahmoud, Faika Nicolas and Ali Seleim.


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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