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Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology and the Department of History to host 14th Annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, in cooperation with the Department of History of the University of Memphis, will host the 14th annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, in the University Center, Fountain View Suite (room 350).

Dr. Peter J. Brand, Professor of History at the University of Memphis, will present at 7 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture, at 6:15 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG2/Lot 3), located at 505 Zach Curlin street adjacent to the University Center, or the Innovation Drive Garage (PG1/Lot 40), located next to the Fogelman Executive Center.

Dr. Brand will present a richly illustrated lecture demonstrating the use of digital imaging, 3D modeling, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), and other emerging technologies to record ancient inscriptions and reliefs on the 134 giant columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall in the temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, in Luxor, Egypt.

Brand received his B.A. in History at the University of Texas at Arlington (1990), his M.A. in History at the University of Memphis (1992), and his Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Toronto (1998). He studied and worked with Dr. Murnane as a graduate student in Memphis and Toronto. Dr. Brand became director of the Karnak great Hypostyle Hall Project at the University of Memphis after Dr. Murnane’s untimely death in 2000. In 2019, Dr. Brand published a volume of translations, commentary, and photography of the wall inscriptions inside the Hypostyle Hall, co-authored with Dr. Murnane (posthumous) and University of Memphis doctoral candidate in History, Erika Feleg.

For more information, email Dr. Joshua Roberson at or call the IEAA at 901.678.2649.

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