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CLEOPATRA AND YOU: MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU THINK?

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CLEOPATRA AND YOU: MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU THINK?

We’ve all seen the movies of Egyptian ancients and how they treated their women, and we all are thankful we live in an era that is kinder to us, right? Well, maybe not.  Is there something we can learn about those women of the past and their day to day lives that might help us as we look at where we are now in our culture and our struggles?  You might be surprised.

Professor Janet H. Johnson, professor of Egyptology in the Oriental Institute and department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago and Professor Cynthia Shawamreh, Senior Counsel for the City of Chicago’s Department of Law, Finance and Economic Development Division, will join us to discuss women in ancient Egypt and how their lives can inform our lives in the modern world.  Dr. Johnson’s interests include Egypt in the 1st Millennium B.C., and she has written about private property, marriage and inheritance, and gender and marriage in ancient Egypt.  Ms Shawamreh Ms. Shawamreh served as the co-chair of the Subcommittee on Hate Crime and Discrimination against Religious Institutions for the Illinois Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She also brings a rich personal history to the conversation from her experience as a Jew who is married to a Muslim.

It’s a different conversation, but one that just may enrich your understanding of women across the ages.

Join us as we discuss the social, economic, legal, and sexual status of women in ancient Egypt and how it fits with European and American women of today.

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