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ARCE-NC presents free lectures open to the public on a monthly basis to promote a better understanding of Egyptian art, culture and religion both historic and contemporary in association with the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley Campus.

We receive almost no outside funding and rely upon donations as our primary source of revenue. Lectures include such expenses as speakers honoraria and transportation fees and occasionally audio-visual equipment rental fees as well. Attendees are requested to make a donation at the door to help defray these costs. If you would like to make a donation to support our work, please use our DONATE! page to donate via PayPal (either use your PayPal account or any credit card) or send a check in any amount made out to "ARCE/NC" to


        The Treasurer ARCE/NC
1901 Chelsea Way

        Redwood City, CA 94061

American Research Center In Egypt Northern California Inc

Upcoming Lectures & Events

The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Department of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley Lecture Series

All lectures are on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in 20 Barrows Hall, U.C. Berkeley Campus except where noted.

CARTOUCHE The Chapter  Newsletter

Download a copy of the current issue in PDF format HERE

Parking is available in U.C. lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends for a fee. Ticket dispensing machines accept either $5 bills or $1.00 bills. Parking is available in Parking Structure B on Bancroft between Hearst Gym and Kroeber Hall and just across the street from the University Art Museum. Parking is also available under the shops on Bancroft opposite Barrows Hall. There is a parking structure under the Student Union further west on Bancroft. A map of the campus is available online at
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2017 Lecture Series



April  30, 2017 3 PM

Room 20 Barrows Hall

Dr. Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol, U.K.

The Mysteries of Nefertiti

Nefertiti remains one of the most iconic figures of ancient Egypt, but ideas about her origins, career and fate have varied greatly over the decades.

Dr, Dodson will review what we really know about her, including some of the very latest discoveries and his own views on the possible location of her tomb.


May 14, 2017 3 PM

Room 20 Barrows Hall

Dr. Dr. Laurel Bestock, Brown University

Violence and Power in Ancient Egyptian Imagery & Ideology

Local Ancient Egypt Related Exhibits and Lectures not sponsored by ARCE-NC:

Save Nubia Project


Monday, May 1, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT


John & Jean Knox Center, Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA 94806


Plan to attend our next educational seminar, Southern Origin: 2017 Field Research and the Foundations of Ancient Kush. This seminar will highlight the indigenous cultures in northeast Africa and the importance of the Nile Valley artifacts that are in jeopardy of being flooded by the series of dam projects in Sudan, and thus should be considered World Heritage Sites under threat. Our SNP Director, Prof. Manu Ampim will present on the team's recent 2017 field research.

Save Nubia Project



To register follow the URL below:

Ancient Art Council

Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco 

The Ancient Art Council is dedicated to supporting Ancient Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

For all those who share an interest in ancient art and the preservation and promotion of antiquities and culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, the Ancient Art Council offers lectures by noted archaeologists, curators, and historians; exclusive tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions; travel to other museums and ancient sites; receptions and opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts of ancient art. You will find information and lecture information at the link below:

Expanding Views of Africa

The galleries of African Art is the vision of curator Barbara Thompson. It is a walk back in time with powerful contemporary visions of Africa giving way to art from the past ending in the Egyptian room at the end of the exhibit. It places Egypt squarely as an African influence, unlike many exhibits where Egypt is treated in a Mediterranean context. Computer touch screens and smart-phone links allow the viewer to get expanded views of the displays.

Cantor Arts Center

328 Lomita Drive

Stanford University Campus

Museum Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM, open until 8 PM on Thursdays

Contact Al Berens by email at for further information on ARCE/NC events or by mail at 1901 Chelsea Way, Redwood City, CA 94061.

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Redwood City, CA 94061

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