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When Women Ruled the World

March 27, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Wagner College, Foundation Hall, Manzulli Board Room
1 Campus Rd
Staten Island, NY 10301 United States

Lecture and Reception at Wagner College

A woman’s power in the ancient world (and perhaps even today) was always compromised from the outset, and this lecture will address the root causes of this social inequality. Given this social reality in the ancient world, how then did women negotiate their limited leadership roles? Were they able to rule “behind the throne” so to speak? How are we to find a woman’s power when it was so habitually cloaked by a man’s dominance? This lecture will address those questions and ask how much of this ancient reality still touches us today.

Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Specializing in social history, gender studies, and economies in the ancient world, she received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University. Her popular books include The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, and The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World. Her latest books include Ancient Egyptian Society: Challenging Assumptions, Exploring Approaches (Routledge, 2023) and Recycling for Death: Coffin Reuse in Ancient Egypt and the Theban Royal Caches (The American University in Cairo Press, forthcoming 2024).

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March 27, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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Sarah Scott
718 420 4528


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Wagner College, Foundation Hall, Manzulli Board Room
1 Campus Rd
Staten Island, NY 10301 United States
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718 420 4528
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