Lecture Videos

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The Harvard Semitic Museum offers a free annual lecture series open to the public. This series showcases new research presented by world-renowned scholars of the ancient world. Below you will find several of our most recent lectures, presented in full and unedited. Check out our calendar to find out about upcoming lectures.

Lecture Videos

"Anxieties about Race in Egyptology and Egyptomania" by Donald Reid- 04/06/17

"W. E. B. Du Bois, Education, and Archaeology in Egypt" by Vanessa Davies - 03/28/17

"Epic of Gilgamesh" by Andrew George - 09/28/16

"Mystery Cults and Plagues in Egypt" by Francesco Tiradritti - 04/19/16

"Destroying Images: Current Iconoclasm in Context" by James Simpson - 03/01/16

"Collectors and Dealers: The Trade of Egyptian Antiquities" by Kim Ryholt - 04/21/15

"Breaking Iconoclasm" (Standing Committee on Archaeology Special Roundtable) - 12/02/15

"David Gordon Lyon and the Harvard Semitic Museum" by Peter Der Manuelian, Joseph A. Greene, and Adam Aja - 12/04/14

"Wine in the Ancient Near East" by Andrew Koh and Joseph A. Greene - 10/23/14

"A Short History of the Ten Commandments" by Michael Coogan - 04/22/14

"The Discovery of Pharaoh Senebkay" by Josef Wegner - 03/31/14

"The Sun Temple of Nefertiti" by Jacquelyn Williamson - 02/04/14

"Joseph, Potiphar's Wife, and the Jewish Colony in Egypt" by Bernd U. Schipper - 12/03/13

Joseph Potiphar's Wife and the Jewish Colony in Egypt

Bernd U. Schipper presents a new take on the biblical story of Joseph. How do we explain the story’s positive image of Egypt, when the Bible usually portrays it as a place of slavery and suffering? This lecture offers a new interpretation of the popular text, with insights from papyri recovered from the site of the Jewish colony of Elephantine in southern Egypt.

"Egyptomania" by Bob Brier - 11/19/13

"Discovering Nefertiti's Artist" by Alain Zivie - 10/17/13