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Public Lecture Series with Susan Morrow, Jed Buchwald, and Diane Josefowicz

New Discoveries in Hieroglyphs: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts


The Explorers Club is proud to present an evening with three lecturers who will shed new light on the history of Egypt, challenging traditional assumptions about Ancient Egyptian literature, science, astronomy, and religion.

Award-winning author Susan Brind Morrow studied Classics, Arabic and Egyptology at Columbia University. Morrow was a fellow of the Crane-Rogers Foundation in Egypt and Sudan, and is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation.

She will talk about her radical new interpretation of the Egyptian Pyramid Texts as outlined in her recent book, The Dawning Moon of the Mind (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Brind Morrow writes that the ancient hieroglyphic Pyramid Texts at Saqqara—previously interpreted as primitive magic spells—were in fact a highly sophisticated system of astronomical reference that is of central importance to the history of science, literature, and religion.

Dr. Jed Z. Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at Caltech, was formerly the Director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT. A MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Buchwald is an expert on the history of the decipherment of hieroglyphs. He will discuss his recent research on the notebooks of Champollion.

Diane Greco Josefowicz holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Ph.D. in the history of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her award-winning fiction, essays and articles have appeared in national publications such as Conjunctions, Fence, and Poets & Writers.

Her presentation will include treatment of Coptic materials, a key element to Champollion's earliest probings into the Rosetta Stone inscription.

Buchwald and Josefowicz co-authored The Zodiac of Paris: How an Improbable Controversy Over an Ancient Egyptian Artifact Provoked a Modern Debate Between Religion and Science (Princeton University Press), which tells the story of the Dendera zodiac, an incredible archaeological discovery that was thrust into a central role in the fierce disputes over science and faith across Napoleonic and Restoration France.

Date: Monday, October 3rd

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 w/ a valid Student ID

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