The Bean Market in Lake City, SC, Offers a Free Lecture and Book Signing by Egyptologist, Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney – Dec. 2, 2014

Join us at The Bean Market, located at 111 Henry Street, next to the Jones-Carter Gallery, in Lake City, SC, as the Community Museum Society offers a free lecture and book signing by Egyptologist, Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney – Dec. 2, 2014, at 7pm. Seating is limited, RSVP at 843/374-1500. Cooney, will present a lecture about her new book, “The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt” in a lecture titled “Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt”.

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When we think about powerful women in Egyptian history, Cleopatra is usually the first to come to mind, followed by Nefertiti, the famously beautiful queen; however, both rulers are surpassed in terms of power by Egypt’s longest reigning female pharoah, Hatshepsut, who most people forget entirely. Cooney’s lecture seeks to answer the questions: How did Hatshepsut negotiate her leadership role when there is almost no evidence of successful, long-term female leaders in the ancient world? How did she rule “behind the throne” before her accession? Why did she ascend the throne as a king? What was her relationship with Thutmose III, the man who she shared power with? How are we to find Hatshepsut’s power when it is cloaked, and was nearly erased by traditional patriarchal systems?

Kara Cooney, a professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA, is a leading figure in the field of Egyptology and has long been fascinated by Hatshepsut. Her immense knowledge of Egypt’s ancient history allows her to craft an illuminating biography of its least well-known female king. Her research is paired with compelling fictional vignettes—vivid imaginings of Hatshepsut’s daily life; her relationships with family and other high-born Egyptians; and the challenges she faced in leading an empire. The intervening millennia have eroded much of the physical evidence of Hatshepsut’s life and reign, but Cooney paints a compelling, intimate, and startlingly modern portrait of a very powerful woman. Her new book, “The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt” (Crown: October 14, 2014) is the definitive biography of the ephemeral and influential ruler whose reign was practically erased mere decades after her death.

Cooney’s book will be available for purchase at the event through Barnes and Noble Booksellers. A book signing will follow the lecture.

If you arrive in Lake City early, the exhibit, “Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos,” an exhibition of etchings, one of the most influential graphic series in the history of Western art, on view at the Jones-Carter Gallery will be open until 7pm.

For more information, please contact: Sherri Moore, Community Museum Society, Inc., 111 Henry Street, P.O. Box 943, Lake City, SC 29560; call 843/374-1500 or e-mail to (smoore@cmslc.org).

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