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Lecture: Discussions about Verdi’s Aida

Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 07-Nov-2014

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

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Description:

This talk will introduce Verdi’s Aida in the historical and political context in which it was composed. The talk with discuss the concept of “oriental” music as it was understood in Europe during the nineteenth century and the way in which the opera is given a distinctive sound that was intended to be understood as “Egyptian.” The talk will also treat the controversy that has surrounded this opera in recent years concerning its status as a “political” work.

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About the speaker:

Kenneth DeLong was born in Nova Scotia and raised in India, where he received his initial training in music at a missionary boarding school.  His undergraduate work was completed at Acadia University, with concentrations in music and European history.  Following a year teaching music in Newfoundland, he attended the University of Manitoba, where he took his B.Mus. (Hons).  In 1969 he moved to California to attend Stanford University, where he completed a Ph.D. in musicology.  In 1974 he joined the Music Department of The University of Calgary and is currently a professor of music history.

Outside his university activities, Kenneth DeLong is the Calgary correspondent for Opera Canada, the classical music reviewer for The Calgary Herald, and for 25 years years taught a course called Opera, Anyone? for the Calgary School in conjunction with Calgary Opera.

His interest in opera is of long duration, beginning initially with his involvement in Gilbert and Sullivan productions in India, and continuing during his years as a university student in Winnipeg and California, where he participated in the preparation of productions of The Magic Flute, Dido and Aeneas, Rusalka, Hansel and Gretel, H.M.S. Pinafore, and La Bohéme. At the University of Calgary, he regularly teaches courses on the history of opera and on the Broadway musical.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

 

 
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Lecture: The End of the 19th Dynasty and the 20th Dynasty

Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 03-Oct-2014

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

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Description:

Continuing our series on an overview of Egyptian history, the Calgary SSEA is proud to present a talk on the end of the 19th Dynasty and the 20th Dynasty.  With the passing of Ramesses II, Egypt appears to experienced some turmoil. The royal succession was contested in the Theban area with Sety II in the North and Amenmesse in the South.  Exactly how this conflict played out is hotly debated in Egyptology.  What is clear is that the 19th Dynasty ended with a new Dynasty in control.  Far from being a stable era, the 20th Dynasty kings had to contend with a fluctuating Nile, economic pressures and the threat of the Sea Peoples and Libyans attempting to make their way into Egypt.

About the speaker:

Julius Szekrenyes is the Calgary Chapter’s SSEA president.  He has had a life-long interest in Ancient Egypt and has taught Ancient Egyptian history at U. of C. Continuing Education for 16 years.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

 

 
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Lecture: Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia and Beyond

Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 02-May-2014

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

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Description:

Egypt’s interests extended far beyond its borders, most famously with civilisations of the Mediterranean and Near East, and south to Nubia.  Its least appreciated connections are to the south-east through the Red Sea, to and past Punt and by Roman times reaching as far as the eastern coast of modern India.  This lecture will outline ancient Egypt’s interests and relations in this direction from the Old Kingdom through the Roman period.

About the speaker:

Jacke Phillips, an SSEA member since 1984, graduated in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Toronto.  She now is associated with the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and Cambridge University.  One of her main interests can best be described as ‘Egypt outside of Egypt,’ particularly with Nubia, Ethiopia and Greece.  She has worked and published extensively in all regions.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

 

 
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Lecture: Ramesses II and the 19th Dynasty

Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 04-Apr-2014sety1

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

 

Description:

The 19th Dynasty in ancient Egypt was a period of great strength.  During the foundation of this dynasty, Egypt would extend its influence to its greatest extent into the Levant.  With large reserves of wealth, large architectural projects would be constructed that come to rival the pyramids in their size and splendor.  Through this lecture, we will discuss the general political developments and take a close look at the artistic works that characterize the period.

About the speaker:

Julius Szekrenyes is the Calgary Chapter’s SSEA president.  He has had a life-long interest in Ancient Egypt and has taught Ancient Egyptian history at U. of C. Continuing Education for 15 years.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

 

 
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Lecture: Ancient Egyptian Religion – An Overview

Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 07-Mar-2014

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

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Description:

The worship of the gods and goddesses had an impact on the royal and private lives of those living in pharaonic Egypt.  Have you ever wished to know a little bit more about these religious aspects?

This lecture is intended for a general audience who want to know the functions of ancient Egyptian religion during the pharaonic period.  We will discuss how royal rule was intertwined with the concept of cosmic order (ma’at) and how this impacted daily ritual at temples.  Also, this lecture will consider the roles of the gods and goddesses of pharaonic Egypt and how these ‘spheres of influence’ are sometimes blurred in literature.  To gain a familiarity of the divine, attendees will be presented with the attributes and artistic forms of the most popular deities.  To conclude, there will also be an analysis of the creation myths of the Egyptians.

Through this lecture, audience members will gain a better understanding of how religion managed to permeate many aspects of pharaonic culture and provide a resource for further inquiry into topics of ancient Egypt.

About the speaker:

Nicholas Wernick is a Calgarian completing  his PhD in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.  The topic of his thesis is ancient Egyptian militarism in the Late Bronze Age and what the nature of ancient Egyptian imperialism in the Levant was like during the New Kingdom.  In addition to his PhD work, he has been published in academic journals and Ancient Egypt Magazine.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

 

 
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