A Montana Egypt Nexus

Lepsius: ruins of eastern Thebes, Karnak in the mid 19th century
Lepsius—"Monuments of Egypt and Ethiopia" ["Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien"] 1849-56 University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Ideas for Creating an Egyptian Study Group

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Missoula, Montana
6 November 2007

Hello Egypt Enthusiasts,

Thank you for signing up to explore the idea of joining an Egypt study group. I have lots of ideas for your consideration but will stick with preliminaries first.

  • I envision a monthly meeting. Potential topics are endless: share ideas, questions, photos; review books; watch and critique videos; and present topics to one another.
  • We'd need a website, newsletter and maybe a message board or wiki, which I can set up.
  • Potentially we could travel to exhibitions, the ARCE annual meeting in Seattle next April 25-27, and even to Egypt.

To open a chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt [ARCE] [www.arce.org] here in Montana is my fervent wish. Emory University in Atlanta hosts the U.S. headquarters. Membership helps ARCE's work but also offers learning opportunities and events for members. Becoming a chapter sounds approachable [www.arce.org/chapters/chapters.html]: "Chapters are formed of individuals who share a professional or layman's interest in Egypt's art, archaeology, history, politics, and culture..." but the regulations I found on Chicago's site are rather daunting. [arcechicago.com/pdfs/chapterregulations.pdf]

While we consider setting up an ARCE chapter, we can skip the formalities and create our own group.

Initial meeting logistics call for picking a workable time for everybody and figuring out where and how to share media presentations. Because of my day job I am only free on weekends and evenings. I was allowed to play hooky from my software job only for the MOLLI class.

In case you are wondering where I'm coming from, I've enjoyed a lifelong interest in egyptology. An Art History background flavors my perspective, endless fascination keeps me studying ancient Egypt for pleasure, and the fates let me trek around Egypt for four weeks in 2003. Whenever possible I visit U.S. Egyptian exhibits and I collect digital and print resources about Egypt.

As a friendly Egypt interest group we need lots of input so that we can incorporate something rewarding for everybody. Let's begin our dialogue. We can learn more about Egypt and keep the magic of Margaret's and Rafael's class going.

One formality: Does anyone mind if I share your name, email address and/or contact information among us all? For this first round I will keep email addresses/contact information confidential.

I hope to see you Friday at the MOLLI Egypt class grand finale.

Donna

Anyone interested in participating in the Egypt study group can email Donna to share ideas or post a message to the group.

Lepsius: ruins of eastern Thebes, Karnak in the mid 19th century
Lepsius—"Monuments of Egypt and Ethiopia" ["Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien"] 1849-56 University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany