Book of the Dead Exhibit Events and Lectures

 


LECTURES AND TALKS


Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm:  Foy Scalf (Oriental Institute, Unviersity of Chicago)
Members' Preview Party
Event Location: Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm:  Foy Scalf (Oriental Institute, Unviersity of Chicago) and Rita Lucarelli (University of California, Berkeley)
A discussion of Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt
The Seminary Co-op
Event Location: The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore | 5751 S Woodlawn Ave | Chicago, IL 60637 | See map: Google Maps
For more details visit our Event Calendar
Audio from this event can be heard on the Open Stacks podcast of The Seminary Coop.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Foy Scalf (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
"Reviving the Book of the Dead: New Insights into Ancient Egyptian Religious Literature"
*A 30 minute tour of the special exhibit Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt will begin at 4:15 pm. A signing of the exhibit catalog will take place from 4:45 pm-5:15 pm. The talk will begin at 5:15 pm.
Sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt
Event Location: Oriental Institute, LaSalle Banks Room

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Emily Teeter (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
Gallery Talk: Communicating with the Beyond in Ancient Egypt
Event Location: Oriental Institute, Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery
Join Emily Teeter, Egyptologist and Research Associate of the Oriental Institute, as she explores the many ways that people in ancient Egypt communicated with the gods and with their deceased relatives and friends. This talk will highlight objects in the gallery that document the astounding ease with which people communicated with the beyond, and will address the social impact of that communication.

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Foy Scalf (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)
Gallery Talk: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Join the Head of the Research Archives, Foy Scalf, PhD, for a discussion about the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead inside the special exhibit Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt. His talk will focus on how the ancient Egyptians used magical texts to join the company of the gods. The talk will be highlighted by two Book of the Dead papyri on display in their entirety - each over 30 feet in length.
Event Location: Oriental Institute, Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm: David Silverman (University of Pennsylvania)
Lecutre: "The Other Book of the Dead"
Event Location: Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall
David P. Silverman
Eckley B. Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Collection, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Book of the Dead (the modern term for the ancient Egyptian Book of Going Forth in the Day) is usually described as a roll of papyri with inscribed funerary texts that often included illustrated vignettes. From the New Kingdom on, it became part of the equipment Egyptians wanted for their Afterlife. The spells, however, were not limited to papyri and appear on coffins, figurines, jewelry, amulets, chests, shrines, wrappings, shrouds, tomb walls, etc. The lecture focuses on this latter group and its use of these magical texts.
6:30-7:00 p.m. Pre Lecture Tour/Registration | 7:00-8:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion | 8:00-8:45 p.m. Reception
For further information or to register for this free event, visit Eventbrite.


CURATOR TOURS


Saturday, October 21, 2017
Tour 1: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunchtime Tour for Humanities Day
Tour 2: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunchtime Tour for Humanities Day
Event Location: Oriental Institute
Join curator Foy Scalf for a tour of the newest research on the Book of the Dead and explore how through text and elaborate imagery Ancient Egyptians sought to live forever as gods.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tour 1: 3:00-3:30 pm
Tour 2: 3:30-4:00 pm
Event Location: Oriental Institute
Please join us for the unique opportunity to receive a special half-hour guided tour of the Oriental Institute special exhibit "Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt" from the exhibition curator, Dr. Foy Scalf. Registration is strictly limited to 15 people per tour. Please meet in the Oriental Institute Lobby and check in upon arrival. Register here.


ADULT/FAMILY PROGRAMS


Course: Hieroglyphica: The History of Egyptology (8 weeks)
This course is a hybrid course and has simultaneous online and on-site sections.
On-site class: This course will run for eight weeks every Thursday from October 5 to November 30 (no class on Thanksgiving Day) at 5:30-7:30pm at the Oriental Institute Room 210.
On-line class: October 5-December 3, 2017

Course Description:
By the 3rd century BCE, Egypt had already gained an international reputation as the source for wisdom and learning. Pilgrims from across the ancient Mediterranean traveled to Egypt to study ancient texts in its schools and temples. This fascination has continued until the present day and it has been formalized by the academic discipline of Egyptology. In Hieroglyphica: A History of Egyptology, students will explore the history of Egyptomania by tracing its origins in the ancient world to the modern scholars of today through readings, lectures, and discussions. This course is a hybrid course with onsite and online components. Onsite classroom lectures and discussions will be recorded and uploaded for viewing through the online Canvas course.

Instructor: Dr. Foy Scalf, Head of Research Archives, Oriental Institute

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Naperville Cemetery Walk
Saturday, March 17, 2018 and Saturday, March
31, 2018

Tour 1: March 17, 2018, 2:00-3:00 pm
Tour 2: March 31, 2018, 2:00-3:00 pm
Event Location: Naperville Cemetery
Do you know that you can visit Egyptian Revival buildings and landmarks right here in Chicago’s suburbs? Join Egyptologist Foy Scalf for a 1-hour walk at Naperville Cemetery to explore obelisks, mausolea, even an Egyptian temple, and other Egyptian-style grave markers. Group will meet in front of the office of the Naperville Cemetery (705 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540). Register here.