Kara Cooney — egyptologist, archaeologist and associate professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA — will offer a multimedia experience at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the National Geographic Live: “When Women Ruled the World” event. The event will focus on female leaders from the ancient world and how their power became compromised from the start.
Specializing in craft production, coffin studies and economies in the ancient world, Cooney was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She produced a comparative archaeology television series, Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is available online via Netflix and Amazon.
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt is Cooney’s first book and draws on her knowledge of Egypt’s ancient history to craft an illuminating biography of its least well-known female king. As an archaeologist who spent years at various excavations in Egypt, Cooney draws from the latest field research to fill in the gaps in the physical record of Hatshepsut.
Tickets may be ordered online, by calling 570-577-1000, or by visiting a Campus Box Office location, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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