Artful Conversation: 10 Jan 2018, 1pm

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art docent Rozanne Klinzing will be offering another informative and engaging presentation in the Egyptian Galleries of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Wed 1/10/18 from 1-2:30pm. Free tickets are available here:

The topic=  “Making Ancient Egypt Great!

Did Late Period pharaohs succeed, or were the Saïte kings part of the long decline in ancient Egyptian culture? You decide. Come to the Egyptian galleries for a close look at Mentu-em-hat and Anubis and other Late Period works.”

For more information about the relief of Mentu-em-hat in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, click the link below.;jsessionid=9659B69D088B2788086D271698536AA7?ctx=058ff1b8-88f0-4751-bf9c-6d51700c5f02&idx=0

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2018 News

Even though the holidays are upon us, it’s not too early to start thinking about 2018 classes. Check back for more announcements, updates, and events in the new year.

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Summer Youth Camps 2017

For six weeks this June and July, JCCC summer youth campers in grades 6-9 explored the worlds of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Harry Potter.  Latin and Greek for the Modern World introduced participants to the languages of Greek and Latin as well as cultural and historical information.

Adventures in Ancient Egypt covered ancient Egypt’s history, art, religion, funerary beliefs, and more. Students created papier-mâché shabtis and Egyptian restaurant menus.  

In Mummy Mystery, kids crafted papier-mâché canopic jars and tomb dioramas.


They also performed an apple mummification experiment: #1 control, #2 salt, #3 baking soda, #4 a combination of salt, baking soda, and washing soda (homemade natron).

Some students designed mummy movie posters, as well.

For the all-day Deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphs camp, students made family trees and travel posters in addition to studying the language of the ancient Egyptians.

Of Wands and Wizards camp explored the world of Harry Potter. Students made potions, designed and constructed spell books, sat with their houses, and made wands from pre-sculpted dowels, hot glue, and paint.

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Egyptian Room, Masonic Temple, Atchison, KS

On 29 April 2017, I along with an Egyptology group of current and former students traveled to Atchison, KS, at the invitation of the Active Lodge #158 AF & AM to tour their Egyptian Room. The lodge was built in 1915–predating the Tutmania of the early 1920s, but there is no information available about the architect, workmen, or design decisions. They believe the Egyptian motifs were included in honor of the Shriners who made large financial contributions to the lodge. The raised relief seems to be made of polychrome plaster.

Doorway in the shape of a pylon

Several Egyptian-style architectural motifs are present: the pylon-shaped doorway, cavetto cornice, torus molding, and winged sun disk. There are many hieroglyphs throughout the room, some of which form words but many others are unintelligible.

column capital of a human head wearing a nemes headdress and uraeus capped by a pylon

View of two sphinxes guarding a stained glass window of the Ten Commandments

Door to the Egyptian room with a winged sun disk and pyramid form

Figure on the left wearing the crown of Lower Egypt and the figure on the right wearing Amun’s feathered crown

Unintelligible hieroglyphs near a figure wearing perhaps a very stylized Atef crown


Lotus flower design

Mysterious “shawl” in the second row


Anubis figure

Stylized door knob


No idea what the pants-less figure is doing here…

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ARCE Conference, Kansas City, MO

From 21-23 April, hundreds of my colleagues from around the world converged on the Intercontinental on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO, for the American Research Center in Egypt’s annual conference. Without a doubt, Kansas City has never been visited by so many Egyptologists. Prior to the arrival of ARCE, I wrote an article for their e-newsletter describing sites of interest in the KC Metro area as well as highlighting my Egyptology courses at Johnson County Community College: Several of my students joined ARCE prior to the conference and joined me for three days of “Egyptological Boot Camp”– four salons rotating a new talk every half hour; two served as official ARCE volunteers– directing traffic and providing general assistance. Perhaps more grueling than the pace was the necessity of choosing only one of the four offerings for each time slot. Many of us highlighted printouts to use as road maps: ARCE_session_schedule_2017__Mar16.

Let’s get this conference started!

Friday morning started early with booksellers and conference registration.

Book stalls a-plenty!

Talks began at 8:30am and continued until the 10:30am coffee/tea break.

Coffee/tea break

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art docent and Egyptology student, Rozanne Klinzing, held “office hours” at ARCE’s information table.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art docent Rozanne Klinzing at the ARCE Info booth

Friday afternoon was capped off with the General Members’ Meeting followed by a reception at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I was thrilled that so many Egyptologists were introduced to the Egyptian collection I had been championing locally. Unfortunately, the Nelson-Atkins does not have a catalog of the Egyptian collection available in the gift shop; this is a project that would be of great interest to scholars.

Kirkwood Hall reception


Egyptologists mingling in the Egyptian Galleries

Saturday morning talks began at 8:30am and continued through 11 sessions.

Josef’s Wegner’s talk

Saturday night ended in a Members’ dinner during which the awards for best paper and best poster were awarded.

Best Paper

1. Heba Abdelsalam (Middle Tennessee State University): Implementing Public History Methods in Egyptology: Case Study at Mallawi Museum in Minya

2. Jen Thum (Brown University): Adventures in Living-Rock Stelae

3. Brendan Hainline (University of Chicago): Terminology of the Tomb in the Pyramid Texts as a Criterion for Dating

Best Poster

1. Christian Casey (Brown University): Digital Demotic: New Tools and Methods

Winning poster by Brown student Christian Casey

2. Laurel Hackley (Brown University): The Cowrie Shell as a Protective Eye

3. Martin Uildriks (Brown University): Breaking Down the Walls: Contextualizing the Cities Palette

Sunday had seven sessions, and the conference concluded with Dr. Pierre Tallet’s lecture on Khufu’s harbor, held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Pierre Tallet’s lecture

Next year in Tucson!

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Night at the Nelson 2017

JCCC Program 2017

Join JCCC Faculty and Staff for the 20th Annual JCCC Night at the Nelson on Friday, 7 April 2017. Presentations will be given at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30 pm; click on the link above for the schedule. I will be presenting on the Middle Kingdom stele of Seankhy and Ankefankhu at 7:30pm in the Egyptian Galleries. The event is free but a ticket can be obtained from me, a JCCC faculty/staff member, or a limited number are available at the museum.

Stele of Seanky and Ankefankhu, NAMA

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ARCE is coming to Kansas City

Townsend Mausoleum, Mt. Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO

The American Research Center in Egypt’s annual conference will be held in Kansas City from 21-23 April 2017.  Find out more about the influence of ancient Egypt in and around Kansas City here:

A conference abstract booklet can be downloaded here:


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Three Egyptology Lectures at the Nelson-Atkins in April 2017

Egyptian Galleries, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

It is an exciting time for Egyptology in Kansas City! Along with the American Research Center in Egypt’s annual convention being held at the Intercontinental on the Plaza from 21-23 April 2017 which will bring Egyptologists from around the world to Kansas City (, there will be three Egyptology presentations at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in April. Each lecture is free but may require a ticket for entry.

Lecture #1: JCCC’s Night at the Nelson, Friday 7 April 2017 from 6-8:30 pm (Free, tickets available from Stacy Davidson or another JCCC faculty member)

Presenter: Stacy Davidson (time slot= TBA)

Object: Stele of Seankhy and Ankefankhu

Stele of Seanky and Ankefankhu, NAMA

Lecture #2:  Rozanne Klinzing, Nelson-Atkins docent, will be presenting the Artful Conversation “Where is Ra-Wer’s Wife?” in the Egyptian Galleries at 1pm on Wed 12 April 2017.  (Free, tickets required)

Rozanne Klinzing, NAMA docent

Lecture #3: Dr. Pierre Tallet (Sorbonne) is giving a lecture on finding the world’s oldest papyri titled “The Port, the Papryus, and the Great Pyramid” on Sunday 23 April 2017.

2-3 p.m., Atkins Auditorium, tickets required (free)
If you’d like to read an article about Dr. Tallet and his discovery, click here:


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Spring 2017 CE Courses: Egyptomania and Latin and Greek for the Modern World

To access the online catalog for the following courses, click:

*Students who enroll in 3 or more CE classes in one transaction get a 15% discount!*

Egyptomania: Egypt’s Influence on the Arts 


Ancient Egypt’s influence on the visual arts, music, film, architecture, and the written word is vast; some call this excessive love of ancient Egypt “Egyptomania.” In this multimedia course, you will explore the legacy of ancient Egypt in the arts. This is a creative and interactive course in which students are encouraged to analyze and interpret works of visual art, musical themes, passages of literature/poetry, and film clips.

CRN Days Time Date Location
50196 001 M—— 07:00-08:59 PM 03/20/17-04/10/17 CC 124

Mt. Mora cemetery, St. Joseph, MO


Mt. Mora cemetery, St. Joseph, MO


Mt. Mora cemetery, St. Joseph, MO


Mt. Mora cemetery, St. Joseph, MO

Latin and Greek for the Modern World


Over 60% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin and Greek as well as 90% of scientific and technical terms. You will be introduced to the basics of the Latin and Greek languages (including how to read Greek script); epic poetry, history, mythology, and culture will also be explored. Learning both Latin and Greek concurrently hearkens back to a traditional model of classics education which stressed logic, critical thinking, and making connections across disciplines.

CRN Days Time Date Location
50197 001 –W—- 07:00-08:59 PM 03/22/17-05/10/17 CC 124

Odysseus slide

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Study the Ancient Near East in Kansas City


Mushushu, Ishtar Gate, Berlin

T-minus less than one month until Kansas City’s first ever Continuing Education class on the Ancient Near East debuts! We’ll cover the historical developments of many cultures that existed in present-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and the Levant from c. 3500-330 BCE as well as delve into topics such as writing, literature, religion/mythology, art, law codes, the influence of the Ancient Near East on popular culture, and the current peril of archaeological sites and museums in war zones.

Class meets for 8 weeks on Mondays from 7-9pm starting 26 Sept 2016.


lion detail, Processional Way, Berlin

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