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Empress of the Nile: Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt

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ClassGraphic Join us as we learn about the courageous archeologist who helped save Egypt’s ancient temples from destruction. Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt has been described by some as a real-life Indiana Jones. Although her efforts were often overshadowed by the men she worked with, she was a driving force throughout her career in some of the significant events of the 20th century. We will discuss her many accomplishments including early excavations of archeological sites in Egypt, activities in World War II with the French resistance, and safeguarding The Louvre's art collection. We will learn about her most significant accomplishment in the 1960s when she gathered international cooperation and funding to save the Abu Simbel temples of Ramses II from permanent loss related to construction of the Aswan High Dam. Working with UNESCO, she was able to gain support from Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Charles de Gaulle in France, Jacqueline Kennedy in Washington, and archeologists and engineers from around the world. Our primary resource for this study group will be Lynne Olson's Empress of the Nile: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt’s Ancient Temples from Destruction (Random House, 2023).

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Judy Myers2.Pat Stankard 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/6/2023 - 12/6/2023 Weekly - Wed 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Pat Stankard  ; Judy Myers 
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