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Travel to ancient Egypt and a time “when women ruled the world” with #Egyptologist @KaraCooney for the @KimmelCenter’s @NatGeoLive #SpeakerSeries on 3/18. More info at KimmelCenter.org.
KIMMEL CENTER CULTURAL CAMPUS PRESENTS
THE RETURN OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE SERIES WITH
AUTHOR AND EGYPTOLOGIST DR. KARA COONEY IN
WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD
MARCH 18, 2020
“Cooney provides welcome insights into pharaonic politics
while bringing numerous little-known Egyptian women to the fore.”
– KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Cooney discusses the women’s leadership…and speculates about what they
must have experienced…her stories of these remarkable women…will enchant
those wishing to imagine what ancient Egyptian court life was like.”
– PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, February 11, 2020) – The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is proud to present Dr. Kara Cooney, a National Geographic author and professor of Egyptian art and architecture, to the Merriam Theater on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. for the latest installment of the National Geographic Live Speaker Series “When Women Ruled the World.”
Cooney will offer audiences a fascinating and informative look into a time in ancient history when women ruled. Often neglected in the history books, these women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence are undeniable.
Cleopatra used her sexuality—and her money—to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King. Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Dr. Cooney shares some illuminating answers.
“Our National Geographic Live Speaker Series offers audiences a first-hand look into the lives and environments of Earth’s most mesmerizing facets and times,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “In the series’ latest speaker event at our Merriam Theater, Philadelphia audiences will travel back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, at a time when women ruled the world. Dr. Kara Cooney will lead audiences on this thought-provoking journey and engage in a chat back, allowing guests to become part of the show, asking their own questions and engaging with a real-life explorer.”
Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She has participated in digs with the Metropolitan Museum of New York, at the Royal Pyramid complex of Senwosret III, and the Theban Necropolis with Johns Hopkins University.
She appeared as a lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen and is a recurring team member of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth. Her book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Ride to Power in Ancient Egypt, was published in 2014, and she also wrote When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, which was published by National Geographic in 2018.
National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically-acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.
Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Paula Poundstone(March 7, 2020, Merriam Theater), An Evening with David Sedaris(April 4, 2020, Academy of Music), Ronan Farrow (April 8, 2020, Merriam Theater), and National Geographic Live: The Search for Life Beyond Earth with Planetary Scientist Kevin Hand (May 21, 2020, Merriam Theater).
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE: “WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD” WITH EGYPTOLOGIST DR. KARA COONEY
Kimmel Center Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater
March 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now starting at $24.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelcenter.org for more information.
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