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Dr. Kathleen Sheppard, associate professor of history and political science, will deliver the June lecture for the Chicago chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Her presentation is titled “The work I have so often dreamed of: The Career of Caroline Ransom Williams, 1898-1952.”
Caroline Ransom, in her time, was an influential figure in the history of Egyptian art and archaeology, but today she is not well-known. Some have argued that her work was not as important as many of her colleagues. However, in her time at institutions like the University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College and the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1898-1952, she established herself as a cornerstone of the discipline. Sheppard will discuss Ransom’s life and career in detail to demonstrate that Ransom’s foundational work — the work she so often dreamed of — built the discipline of Egyptology in the United States in its earliest days.
Please register online for this meeting.