The American Research Center in Eygpt

DEAN ALLEN FELLOWSHIP

The University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition is pleased to offer the Dean Allen Fellowship. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017, for work to be undertaken in 2017 or 2018.

 

The fellowship, of up to $5,000, is intended to support the participation of engineers and architects - and advanced students in related disciplines - in the field to ensure the safety of excavation or conservation teams.

 

The work can be conducted anywhere in what was formerly ancient Egypt and its interconnected world (modern Egypt, Sudan, etc.) and is not limited by temporal or cultural contexts. All periods and peoples substantially linked to ancient Egypt are eligible: pre-dynastic, pharaonic, Canaanite, Napatan, Ptolemaic, Roman, Coptic, etc., as long as the work is approved by the relevant governmental institutions.

 

Click here to find the application form. Applications should be submitted to UAEE@egypt.arizona.edu.

ARCE ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH MANAGER

Please join us in welcoming to ARCE Meg Martin. Meg onboarded in July as ARCE's Communications & Outreach Manager. She comes to ARCE from the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit that preserves battlefield land. There she worked on media relations, digital marketing and grassroots advocacy. Meg also planned events nationwide with 150-700 participants. Before moving to Washington, D.C., she worked on print production and marketing strategies in her native Tampa, Florida, and ran the social media channels for Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Meg studied journalism at Syracuse University, and looks forward to combining her media and marketing expertise with her passion for history and cultural heritage at ARCE.
 

FAREWELLS IN CAIRO

Dr. Gerry Scott and Kathleen Scott said their goodbyes to the Cairo staff on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Dr. Scott thanked the staff for their kindness and dedication during his time as Director. The Scotts will depart Egypt on June 19. Their tenure with ARCE began in September 2003 and will end on June 30.

Dr. Scott also formally thanked Jane Smythe for her service as ARCE's Assistant Director in Cairo. Ms. Smythe has worked for ARCE the past eight years and, in addition to her other duties, oversaw the Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant program. She will be leaving ARCE at the end of June but plans to remain in Cairo. 

ARCE ANNOUNCED NEW COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

Please join us in welcoming to ARCE Michelle McMahon. Michelle will begin this month as ARCE's Communications & Marketing Director.
 
Michelle has spent her entire career in mission-based nonprofit membership organizations. She  specializes in the leadership of digital teams and the management of online platforms, their e-commerce and marketing programs, and channel optimization to help the nonprofit meet its goals. 
 
For more than two decades, she worked in the revenue-generating operations of the Smithsonian Institution. In her last position there, she ran the day-to-day operations of the websites for Smithsonian magazine (smithsonian.com), the Smithsonian Catalogue (www.smithsonianstore.com) and Smithsonian Journeys, the Institution's membership travel program, where she was responsible for traffic, sales and engagement generated in the digital channels. 
 
Most recently, Michelle directed the digital program at the Civil War Trust where, over the course of two years, she oversaw the comprehensive redesign and relaunch of its website (www.civilwar.org), as well as the 20% increase in revenue generated through online channels.
 
Michelle possesses a great combination of communications and marketing experience to offer ARCE, as we build our web presence and digital channels to tell ARCE's story, build its audience base, grow membership, and increase enthusiasm for its mission. 

SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Egypt has undergone a great deal of instability, and since 2011 security has been particularly challenging. ARCE now has two representatives (Jane Smythe & Mary Sadek) working directly with the US Embassy as part of their Consular Warden system. Currently the advice is to stay away from crowded public areas and especially any protests. It is also advised to avoid police/army facilities as well as churches and mosques during events/prayer times. This is because of the recent targeting of these centers. All US citizens are requested to register online with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before arriving in Egypt at: https://step.state.gov/step/

ARCE ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIP MANAGER

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Rosenthal, who came on board May 22 as ARCE's new Development & Membership Manager. Jessica has over a decade of experience in both community and international nonprofits.  Her combination of results-oriented leadership, monitoring and evaluation expertise, and communication skills will be a great asset to ARCE's members, especially our Chapters.  She will be reporting to interim Development Director Jenny Archer.
 
Most recently, Jessica led a two-year project with 153 chapters of the American Red Cross and their volunteers which improved dramatically their community outreach and international service delivery.  She has her MA from Science Po in Paris and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her BA from the University of Victoria, Canada.  She has also been certified in project management, training of trainers, and USAID's Federal Rules & Regulations - Grants & Cooperative Agreements.  A citizen of the United States, Canada, and Ireland, Jessica is also fluent in French and Spanish.
 
In addition to welcoming Jessica, please join us in thanking Membership Coordinator Maribeth Kalflogou for her service to ARCE.  After training and helping Jessica, Maribeth will turn over to her Membership responsibilities upon departing June 30.  Please wish Maribeth all the best, as she and her husband relocate this summer from San Antonio, TX to St. Louis, MO.
 

CAORC ANNOUNCES NEW PRESERVATION PROGRAM/CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Council of Overseas American Research Centers (CAORC) is pleased to announce a new program: The Responsive Preservation Initiative for Cultural Heritage Resources - funded by the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
 
The program is designed to aid in the preservation of the cultural heritage resources in crisis in countries within American overseas research centers’ networks. Targeted preservation efforts include conservation interventions for architecture and artifacts, on-site salvage work, documentation campaigns, as well as key presentation and management strategies in select situational contexts.

NOTICE

ARCE’s United States headquarters is moving from San Antonio, TX to Alexandria, VA this spring.  Starting June 1, 2017, you will be able to reach us at the following address and phone number:
American Research Center in Egypt
909 North Washington Street, Suite 320
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-721-3479
In order to facilitate the move, ARCE’s membership computer system will be down from April 30-May 8, 2017 which will delay our processing of memberships and other contributions. If you need any assistance during this time, please contact us by telephone at 703-721-3479 or by email at development@arce.org.
We appreciate your understanding and patience during the move.

ARCE's 68th ANNUAL MEETING DRAWS MANY TO KANSAS CITY

ARCE’s 68th Annual Meeting in Kansas City April 21-23 was of a high standard that has become routine in recent years, with more than 330 attendees, 119 papers – three of which were delivered by guests from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities – and nine graduate student posters. ARCE Chapters were especially well represented at the meeting.

WILLIAM KELLY SIMPSON

The members of the American Research Center in Egypt are sad to mark the passing of leading American Egyptologist William Kelly Simpson. Professor of Egyptology at Yale University, curator of Egyptian art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and benefactor to ARCE, Professor Simpson's contributions to Egyptology were many and significant. The Marilyn M. and William Kelly Simpson Library in ARCE Cairo's headquarters, was named in recognition of his generosity to our organization. ARCE Director Gerry Scott, a student of Professor Simpson, noted "Kelly was one of the field's great all around Egyptologists who was knowledgeable in most areas of our field and led a life filled with academic accomplishment. His many students serve as a lasting legacy."

Obituary in New York Times >> 

ARCE ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS & FINANCE DIRECTOR

From Jane Zimmerman, Executive Director: I am pleased to announce that Karim Seikaly will be joining ARCE as its Business & Finance Director, effective April 3, 2017. He will be assuming the responsibilities of ARCE Chief Financial Officer Kathann El-Amin, who will be retiring effective April 30, after more than 10 years of outstanding and dedicated service to ARCE.  To read the full announcement >>

DISCOVERY IN HELIOPOLIS

ARCE would like to congratulate Drs. Aymen Ashmawy & Dietrich Raue on the magnificent find of an upper torso and head of what appears to be Psamtek I, a little known pharaoh from the 26th dynasty who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C., at the site of Heliopolis. In 2015 ARCE assisted this Egyptian-German project with an AEF Emergency Grant by funding a salvage season. More photos >>

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT VISA FEE CHANGES

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has announced new fees for tourist entry visas to Egypt. As of March 1, 2017 the fee has changed from $25 to $60. In addition, for ARCE Fellows and Expedition members staying longer than 30 days, residence visas will now cost EGP 600. 

Questions about residence visas for ARCE expeditions should be directed to Mary Sadek in ARCE's Cairo office; ARCE Fellows should contact Djodi Deutsch.

ARCE ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane B. Zimmerman as Executive Director, effective March 1, 2017. 

A LETTER TO THE ARCE MEMBERSHIP FROM GERRY SCOTT

Dear ARCE Members,

I have had the privilege of leading the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) as its Director since 2003, but have decided not to continue beyond the term of my current contract at the end of this coming August.

To read the entire letter >>

URGENT: HELP STOP THE ELIMINATION OF THE NEH AND NEA

The Arts and Humanities are a vital part of our cultural identity and enhance the quality of our lives. They connect us to the past, they speak to us in the present, and they are our legacy, our gift to the future. Investing in them is never a waste, and we strongly urge that both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities continue to receive federal funding.

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ARCE OPENS EXCITING NEW DOOR: GROWING OUR NATIONAL PRESENCE IN 2017

ARCE's Board of Governors has announced the U.S. office will move to the Washington, D.C area in 2017. Motivated by a desire to expand ARCE's leadership role in the American study of Egyptian culture and history, the new location and office space reflect ARCE's vision that engaging major philanthropy to support our mission is critical, even as we maintain and strengthen the partnership role to the US government within Egypt that Dr. Gerry Scott and our previous Directors established. Our mission has never been more important. 

More information >>

DYNAMIC 3D LASER SCAN FLY-THROUGH OF THE RED MONASTERY CHURCH

For well over a decade, ARCE has been documenting, conserving, and studying the late fifth-century Red Monastery church, near Sohag in Upper Egypt with funding from USAID. Laser scanning technology provides remarkable opportunities for the production of high-quality, three-dimensional records of monuments. Take a 3D fly-through of the Red Monastery Church >>

More info on the project >>

 

News

Celebrating the Move to Washington, DC

Jun 11, 2017

ARCE marked the move of its headquarters from San Antonio to Washington, DC on May 24 with a celebratory reception held at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, DC.

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