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4 May 2022: Dr. Kathleen Sheppard Speaks at ARCE-Chicago

Register here for Dr. Kathleen Sheppard’s ARCE-Chicago talk at 5pm Central on 4 June 2022 titled ‘The work I have so often dreamed of’: The Career of Caroline Ransom Williams, 1898-1952.

Caroline Ransom, in her time, was an influential figure in the history of Egyptian art and archaeology, but today she is not well-known. Some have argued that her work was not as important as many other of her colleagues, and so she is not as worthy of study. However, in her time at institutions like the University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1898-1952, she established herself as a cornerstone of the discipline. I will discuss the life and career of Caroline Ransom in detail in order to demonstrate that her foundational work—the work she so often dreamed of—built the discipline of Egyptology in the United States in its earliest days.

Dr. Kathleen Sheppard is Associate Professor at Missouri S&T in the history and political science department. She is the author of two monographs: The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Egyptology (Lexington, 2013), and Tea on the Terrace: Hotels and Egyptologists’ Social Networks, 1885-1925 (Manchester UP, 2022) which is an analysis of the role of hotels in the development of the Western discipline of Egyptology. She also edited the collection of letters between Caroline Ransom Williams and James Henry Breasted in the archives of the Oriental Institute (Archaeopress, 2018). Sheppard earned her PhD in history of science from the University of Oklahoma in 2010.

27 April 2022: Dr. Anne Austin Presents for YELS

Dr. Anne Austin presented her research, “Revealing the Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt,” for the Yale Egyptological Lecture Series. You can read an open-access publication on this topic here.

23 April 2022: Congratulations to Dr. Julia Troche

Congratulations to ARCE-MO VP Dr. Julia Troche on her election to the American Research Center in Egypt’s Board of Directors! We are proud of her accomplishment and excited for the perspective she will bring to the Board.

Dr. Julia Troche presenting “Imhotep: From Man to Myth” at the ARCE AM 2022. Photo credit= Dr. Kathleen Sheppard

20 April 2022: ARCE-MO at ARCE

Several ARCE-MO Members are presenting at the ARCE Annual Meeting in Irvine, CA, from 22-24 April 2022. Mark your conference schedules for these presentations. A full schedule can be found here.

ARCE-MO members in attendance at ARCE’s Annual Meeting in Irvine, CA: [L to R, *= ARCE-MO Board Members, + = presenters] Dr. Anne Austin*+, Dr. Kathleen Sheppard*+, Dr. Lisa Haney*+, Dr. Sara Orel, Dr. Nicola Aravecchia+, and Dr. Julia Troche*+

19 April 2022:

Read a Mind’s Eye profile about ARCE-MO VP Dr. Julia Troche here. The article covers her teaching philosophy, latest book release, archaeological work, Egypt in sci fi and more!

22 March 2022:

Listen to a KSMU interview with ARCE-MO VP Dr. Julia Troche about her book, “Death, Power, and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms,” published by Cornell University Press.

21 March 2022:

ARCE-MO Director Dr. Kathleen Sheppard presents on Monday, 21 March 2022 at 8pm Central/ 7pm Mountain for the Egypt Study Society. Her talk is titled “Women’s Work: Maggie Benson, Janet Gourlay, and the Temple of Mut at Karnak.” Description: “In 1896, Margaret Benson, known to her friends as Maggie, began excavating at the Temple of Mut, in Karnak, near the village of Luxor, Egypt. She was the first woman to be granted official permission to excavate in Egypt, making this a groundbreaking season. She also centered the work of the excavation at the Luxor Hotel, about 2 miles away from the site. The Luxor Hotel was comfortable, well-appointed and heavily British. Benson therefore made it a center of knowledge creation and dissemination for the excavation. Benson was not the first archaeologist to do this, but she was the first woman to do so, and the hotel setting would have a major impact on the excavation and her life going forward. This talk will detail Benson’s three years of excavation and staying at the Luxor Hotel, culminating in the first major publication of the site, The Temple of Mut in Asher (1899) with her partner Janet Gourlay.” Visit the ESS’s Event Page for viewing instructions.

18 March 2022:

ARCE-MO Director Dr. Kathleen Sheppard’s book, Tea on the Terrace: Hotels and Egyptologists’ social networks, 1885-1925, is available for pre-order and will be out this summer.

11 March 2022:

ARCE-MO is thrilled to announce Vice President Dr. Julia Troche’s nomination to the ARCE Board of Governors! Congratulations! We know that she will be an invaluable addition to the Board.

The election will take place at the Annual Meeting in Irvine next month. If you are an ARCE member, you will receive instructions from ARCE National about the election process.

Her bio:
“Dr. Julia Troche (nominated Elected Governor) is currently the director of undergraduate studies and teaches in the Department of History at Missouri State University. She specializes in courses on ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, archaeology and ancient history, world history, and sometimes Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs. She co-founded both the American Research Center in Egypt, Missouri Chapter (where she serves as vice president) and the annual Missouri Egyptological Symposium. Her first book, published with Cornell University Press in 2021, is titled “Death, Power and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms” and explores the social, religious and political ramifications of the deification of certain special dead. Her research also explores material culture (e.g. funerary cones and epigraphic graffiti studies), education in ancient Egypt, contemporary pedagogies of teaching ancient history and Egyptomania—the obsession and appropriation of ancient Egypt throughout history. She is committed to advocating for students, early career scholars, and contingent faculty, and fostering inclusive spaces for learning about the ancient world. Dr. Troche received her PhD in Egyptology & Assyriology from Brown University in 2015, and her BA in History from UCLA in 2008.”

8 March 2022:

ARCE-MO Director Dr. Anne Austin was featured in ARCE’s International Women’s Day video, #BreakTheBias.

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