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U of M’s Egyptian Institute Will Host Feb. 28 Lecture, “Coffin Recycling: Funerary Culture in a Time of Economic Crisis”

For release: February 18, 2014
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran,

CooneyThe Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt will co-host the 11th annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture Friday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Fountain View Room. Dr. Kathlyn "Kara" Cooney, associate professor of art and architecture at UCLA , will present an illustrated lecture at 7 p.m.

A 6:30 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. Both events are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

The lecture will present Cooney's research on the monetary motivations for tomb robbery and the recycling of burial goods in a time of political crisis during Egypt's 21st Dynasty (ca. 1075-945 BCE).

Cooney received her BA from the University of Texas and her PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Before her faculty appointment to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Cooney was a Kress Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Cooney has published on the scarabs and ostraca in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and numerous articles and books on the funerary art of ancient Egypt, with an emphasis on the economic impact of funerary goods.

She hosted six episodes of her own Discovery Channel documentary series, Out of Egypt, and has appeared as a frequent guest on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555 or visit

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