With Professor of Egyptology Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the Earth
Presented by the Touhill and the Saint Louis Science Center
Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, to experience a time in ancient history when women ruled the world.
Often neglected in the history books, powerful women like Cleopatra and Neferusobek were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable—Cleopatra built alliances with warlords of the Roman Empire; Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King; and Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. Dr. Cooney will share illuminating insights on what we can learn from how these powerful women earned their places in history.
Dr. Cooney received her PhD in Egyptology, with a specialty in craft production, coffin studies, and economies of the ancient world, from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA, and she has also curated exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and produced a comparative archaeology Discovery Channel series, Out of Egypt, which is now available on Netflix and Amazon.
Her studies include years of experience as an archaeologist at various excavation sites in Egypt, in addition to voluminous research into coffin reusage research. Her funerary research primarily focuses on the 21st Dynasty, and how the socioeconomic and political turmoil in that period of history ultimately affected burial practices in ancient Egypt. Her book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, puts a spotlight on Egypt’s least well-known female king.