Lectures

2 June 2020
“Measuring Time: The Ancient Egyptian Invention of the Clock.” Warrenville Public Library.

1 June 2020
“Awakening the Dead for Love: A Magical Spell to Induce Sexual Lust from Ancient Egypt.” The Admiral.

21 May 2020
“Awakening the Dead for Love: A Magical Spell to Induce Sexual Lust from Ancient Egypt.” The Clare.

10 February 2020
“Mystery Cults in Ancient Egypt.” Deerfield Public Library.

17 January 2020
“The Future of the Ancient Middle East.” The Friday Club at the Casino Club.

7 October 2019
“Hieroglyphic Printing Fonts and the Oriental Institute.” Oriental Institute Volunteer Day.

7 Septebmer 2019
“Body Brokers in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Life and Afterlife of Tutu and Her Mummy.” Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.

7 August 2019
“Printing God’s Words with the Devil’s Infernal Machine: The Hieroglyphic Printing Font in the Oriental Institute.” The Admiral.

16 July 2019
“The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt: New Evidence for their Construction and Administration.” Glenside Public Library.

13 June 2019
“Egyptian Hieroglyphs from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century.” Oriental Institute Breasted Society.

10 June 2019
“Writing, Literature, and Literacy in Ancient Egypt.” Oriental Institute Docent Training.

15 May 2019
Conflicts, Conspiracies, and Scandals in Ancient Egypt 3: “Robbing a Pharaoh: Worker’s Strikes, Village Scandals, and Tomb Plundering in Ancient Egypt.” The Clare.

29 April 2019
Conflicts, Conspiracies, and Scandals in Ancient Egypt 2: “Murdering a Pharaoh: Harem Conspiracies, Black Magic, and the Death of Ramses III.” The Clare.

15 April 2019
Conflicts, Conspiracies, and Scandals in Ancient Egypt 1: “Founding the Empire: The Exodus of the Hyksos and the Egyptian New Kingdom.” The Clare.

7 April 2019
“The Book of the Dead: Un-reading the Ancient Egyptian Scrolls.” Barrington White House.

2 March 2019
“Rediscovering Ancient Egypt in the Renaissance at the Newberry Library,” Oriental Institute Young Professionals.

17 February 2019
“‘Eternity is Yours as Lifetime’: Ancient Egyptian Conceptions of the Afterlife.” J. Paul Getty Museum, Beyond Death: Visualizing the Afterlife in the Ancient and Early modern World Symposium.

27 January 2019
“Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt,” River Forest Public Library.

27 December 2018
“Medicine and Magic in Ancient Egypt,” Geneva Public Library.

18 November 2018
“Teaching and Learning Anthropology Online,” A Roundtable at the 117th  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California.

1 October 2018
“Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt.” The Clare.

18 September 2018
“The Earliest Illustrated Manuscripts in History: Reading and Writing the Ancient Egyptian Book.” Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Chapter.

12 July 2018
“The Earliest Illustrated Manuscripts in History: Reading and Writing the Ancient Egyptian Book.” Prairie Trails Public Library.

7 June 2018
“Exhibits, from the Inside Out: Managing Exhibition Metadata with EMu’s Exhibition Objects Module.” Axiell Midwest Roadshow 2018.

1 February 2018
“Becoming God in Ancient Egypt.” Gallery Talk, Oriental Institute.

15 January 2018
“The Book of the Dead at the Oriental Institute.” The Claire.

5 December 2017
“The Book of the Dead at the Oriental Institute.” The Admiral.

4 November 2017
“Reviving the Book of the Dead: New Insights into Ancient Egyptian Religious Literature.” ARCE Chicago Chapter.

16 October 2017
“Book of the Dead.” Docent Training, Oriental Institute Museum.

1 October 2017
“Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt.” Members’ Preview.

1 June 2017
“Egypt under the Ptolemies and Romans.” Gallery Talk, Oriental Institute.

1 May 2017
“The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt.” Benedictine University Art Gallery.

12 April 2017
“Managing ‘Big Data’ Projects in the Humanities.” Oriental Institute Careers Program.

29 January 2017
“Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt.” River Forest Public Library.

24 January 2017
“Building the Pyramids.” The Admiral, January 24.

22 January 2017
“The Ancient Egyptian Collection of the Oriental Institute Museum.” Glencoe Public Library.

17 January 2017
“Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt.” Bartlett Public Library.

8 January 2017
“A New Fragment of a Demotic Papyrus from the Fayum in the Oriental Institute Museum (Papyrus OIM E19446).” Annual Meeting of the Society of Classical Studies (Paper Accepted, Presentation Canceled due to weather impacted travel conditions).

29 November 2016
“Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths and Religious Philosophies.” The Claire.

19 November 2016
“The Pragmatics of Interment: How the Placement of Funerary Papyri Embodied the Divine in Roman Egypt.” Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Chicago.

4 November 2016
“A New Manuscript of the Book of Caves (BD 168) and a Memphite Hymn to Osiris.” 42nd Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities.

24 October 2016
“Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt.” Aurora Public Library.

13 October 2016
“Building the Pyramids.” Lake Bluff Public Library.

13 September 2016
“The Ancient Egyptian Collection of the Oriental Institute Museum.” Wilmette Public Library.

7 September 2016
“Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt.” Bensenville Community Public Library.

31 August 2016
“Search Our Collections: Using the Oriental Institute Collections Online.” Inquiry & Discovery: Teaching through Primary Sources and Archaeology.

11 August 2016
“Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths and Religious Philosophies.” The Admiral, Chicago.

8 November 2015
“Demotic and Hieratic Scholia in Funerary Papyri and their Implications for the Manufacturing Process.” 41st Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities.

15 September 2015
“An ‘Integrated’ Database: What, Why, and How.” Presentation for the University of Cincinnati Department of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, at the Oriental Institute.

4 June 2015
“The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.” Gallery Talk, Oriental Institute.

15 March 2015
“From Beginning to End: Funerary Text Creation in Greco-Roman Egypt.” 225th Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, New Orleans.

4–6 September 2014        “Papyrus Rylands Hieratic 6: A Copy of the First and Second Books of Breathing,” From Egypt to Manchester: Unravelling the John Rylands Papyrus Collection. Manchester (withdrawn due to family emergency).

4 April 2014
“The Book of the Dead in Demotic: Scribal Strategies for Textual Transmission,” 65th Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Portland.

4 January 2014
“Composing Demotic Funerary Texts: Textual Criticism, Orality, and Memory in the Demotic Funerary Papyri,” 145th American Philological Association Annual Meeting, American Society of Papyrologists panel on “Culture and Society in Graeco-Roman Egypt,” Chicago.

17 May 2013
“Migrating to the KE EMu Database Platform: Expectations and Results,” for the Kelsey Museum and University of Michigan, Chicago.

20 April 2013
“A Reception before Osiris: Illustrating Demotic Funerary Texts,” 64th Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Cincinnati.

17 November 2012
“Accessing the Ancient Near East,” Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Chicago.

10 November 2012
“The Organization of the Sacred Animal Cults for the Ibis and the Falcon in Ancient Egypt,” Birds in Ancient Egypt Symposium, the Oriental Institute, Chicago.

11 June 2012
“‘Monstrous Shapes of Every Species:’ The Iconography of the Egyptian Divine World,” Oriental Institute, Chicago.

17 April 2012
“Demotic Votive Texts from an Ibis Sanctuary,” 63rd Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Providence.

7 July 2011
“Roman Egypt,” Guest lecturer for Ancient Egyptian Language, Culture, and History, Oriental Institute/University of Chicago Graham School.

13 May 2011
“Ancient Egyptian Religious Literature,” Guest Lecturer for CLA 279-7: Cultural Crossroads in Antiquity.

1 April 2011
“Innovation and Tradition: The Placement of Funerary Papyri in Greco-Roman Egypt,” 62nd Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Chicago.

7 July 2010
“Roman Egypt,” Guest lecturer for Ancient Egyptian Language, Culture, and History, Oriental Institute/University of Chicago Graham School.

27 March 2010
“Preserving the Past, Preserving the Future: The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute,” Research Endowment Campaign Completion Event.

17 October 2009
“Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths,” Creation Myth Mini-Series, Oriental Institute.

14 October 2009
“The Ptolemaic Economy,” Guest Lecturer for Economies of the Ancient Mediterranean, Wheaton College.

8 July 2009
“A Feast of Knowledge: Libraries and Archives, Past and Present,” Breasted Society Event, Oriental Institute.

6 December 2008
“Repelling the Enemies of Osiris: The Use of Magical Bricks in Ancient Egypt,” ARCE Chicago Chapter.

29 August 2008
“Oriental Institute Demotic Ostraca Online (O.I.D.O.O.),” Xth International Congress of Demotic Studies, Leuven, Belgium.

27 May 2008
“Did the Book of the Dead Die? The Funerary Literature of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt,” PORTUS: Liverpool Research Classics Seminars, University of Liverpool, UK.

5 January 2008
“Religious Significance of the Formulaic Demotic Funerary Texts from Roman Egypt,” 139th American Philological Association Annual Meeting, American Society of Papyrologists panel on “Culture and Society in Graeco-Roman Egypt,” Chicago, IL.

30 July 2007
“Demotic Formulaic Funerary Texts from Roman Period Egypt in the Louvre,” XXVth International Conference of Papyrologists, Ann Arbor, MI.

9 September 2006
“King Tut: His Discovery, His Era, His Treasures,” Adler Planetarium, Chicago.

28 August 2006
“The Mysteries of King Tut,” Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook.

5 August 2006
“King Tut: His Discovery, His Era, His Treasures,” Adler Planetarium, Chicago.0

29 July 2006
“King Tut: His Discovery, His Era, His Treasures,” Adler Planetarium, Chicago.

2 April 2005
“Statements of Identification and the m of Predication,” 56th Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Annual Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Examples of Lectures

Demotic Magical Papyrus

Robert K. Ritner, Steve Townshend, and I recorded a podcast for the OI about our recent work on a Demotic … More

The Earliest Illustrated Manuscripts in History

“The grand illuminations of Medieval manuscripts, while certainly worthy of the attention they have garnered, were long preceded by the illustrated manuscripts from ancient Egypt, developed at the beginning of the second millennium BC — the earliest texts in human history to be accompanied by images related directly to their content.”

Exhibits, from the Inside Out

Exhibits, from the Inside Out: Managing Exhibition Materials with EMu’s Exhibition Objects Module Axiell Roadshow 2018 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis … More

Revival Architecture and its Ancient Derivations

Visit Egyptian Revival buildings and monuments in the midst of this famous Chicago cemetery.

Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Across the ancient Mediterranean world, Egypt was renown for its magical and medical lore. Scholars traveled from afar to visit … More