Ancient Art Council Lecture: How Reisner Went Walking among Pharaohs

Egyptologist George Reisner

George Reisner transformed the field of Egyptian archaeology. Image courtesy of Peter Der Manuelian

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Presented by: Dr. Peter Der Manuelian, Barbara Bell Professor of Egyptology, departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Anthropology, and director, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Harvard University

Based on his new biography of George Reisner (1867–1942), the speaker examines the life and work of America’s greatest Egyptian archaeologist and his legacy of 43 years of successful excavations at 23 different archaeological sites in Egypt and Sudan (ancient Nubia). Leading the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, Reisner put American Egyptology on the world stage. The lecture considers Reisner’s life and impact within the context of Western colonialism, racism, and the soft power of early 20th-century archaeology. It also explores new visualization technologies, particularly at the Giza Pyramids, that Reisner’s work makes possible today.

Lecture cosponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt-Northern California

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This lecture is free, open to the public, and available in person and via livestream.

  • In person: Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor. Seating is limited and unassigned. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
  • Livestream: Register here to receive a webinar link.

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