The American Research Center in Eygpt

ARCE 2015 Annual Meeting

ARCE 2015 Annual Meeting

ARCE’s 66th Annual Meeting will take place in Houston, Texas, April 24-26, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hilton Downtown Hotel.

“Houston” was the first word spoken by Neil Armstrong when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Founded in 1836 by two brothers, Houston’s population has grown from 2,396 in 1850 to 2.2 million in 2013. To give a sense of its size, the metropolitan area is smaller than Massachusetts, but larger than New Jersey. Ninety-two countries have consular offices in Houston, perhaps attesting to why over 90 languages are spoken in the metropolitan area. Considered by many as the energy capital of the world, the city also has over 500 cultural, visual, and performing arts organizations and over 40 colleges and universities. Make your plans to attend the 2015 ARCE Annual Meeting and be sure to check out the diversity Houston has to offer. Consider adding extra days to explore Houston on your own -- the DoubleTree is offering the ARCE discounted room rate for the 3 days prior to and after the Annual Meeting subject to availability.


Affiliated Meetings and Conference Agenda Updated 4/2/2015

Speaker Schedule Updated 4/10/2015



ARCE is pleased to acknowledge ISD for their generous underwriting of the registration bags for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Be sure to stop by the exhibitor area and say thanks!


Registration material is mailed to ARCE members in early January 2015. Online registration is now closed. On-site registration will take place in Houston beginiing April 24th through the end on the conference.


On Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:30 p.m., a public lecture will be given by Kara Cooney (University of California, Los Angeles), Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo) and Josef Wegner (University of Pennsylania) at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


Best Student Paper Contest

The Chapter Council sponsors the annual Best Student Paper Contest, which is open to doctoral candidates who have completed a minimum of two full years of graduate study.  The 10 finalists chosen for this contest will be eligible to win one of three awards: $500 for 1st Place; $300 for 2nd Place; or $200 for 3rd Place. The winners will be announced at the Houston Museum of Natural Science reception on Saturday evening, April 25, in the IMAX Theater during the 6:30 welcome. Contest details >>

Note: The Chapter Council will underwrite the entire registration cost for each of the ten students whose papers are selected for inclusion in the Best Student Paper Contest.

Graduate Student Poster Session

Master’s level students are invited to submit abstracts to present their research in poster format for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Posters will be displayed throughout the day on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. ARCE is grateful to the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition for their generous underwriting support of this offering. Poster guidelines >>

Network. Learn. Mingle.

Student events flyer >> Note date change: Updated 2/11/2015

Update: Grad Student Pub Night: The Wine Cellar, 540 Texas Ave., Houston (located 5 blocks from the hotel), 9-11:30pm. The Wine Cellar will be offering happy hour prices for the night. All grad students are welcome. See the Student events flyer for more information.


The Houston Museum of Natural Science is generously underwriting a reception for Annual Meeting attendees on Saturday, April 25. This is a great opportunity to see the museum's new permanent Egyptian collection organized around the themes of writing, religion, natural resources, and mummification. In addition to free access to the exhibit, ARCE is pleased to annouce that the public premier of ARCE's new documentary for PBS will be held in the museum's IMAX theater, with two start times Saturday evening. A planetarium show about the skies of ancient Egypt will also be offered. All offerings are free to attendees. Event schedule >>


The chapter fundraiser, on April 25th, raises funds for the Chapters' Best Student Paper Contest awards. This year's program is titled "Egypt as it Was: A Photographic History". Fundraiser flyer >>


The DoubleTree Hilton Downtown Hotel rate for attendees is $159 for a single, double, triple, or quad room, plus taxes, per room, per night. Please note that DoubleTree by Hilton has other locations in Houston, so specify the downtown location when making your reservation and arranging your travel from the airport.

Online Reservations >>

Advance Hotel Information >>

Super Shuttle >>

Reservations can also be made by calling the Hilton toll-free reservation line at 800-HILTONS. Please identify yourself as participating in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt and/or use the group code: ARC to ensure the group rate. ARCE has a set number of rooms in the room block. Be sure to book early to secure the reduced rate. The hotel cut-off date is March 21, 2015.


To mark the opening of the new Egyptian hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2013, award-winning chef David Cordúa of Américas restaurant collaborated with culinary historian Merrianne Timko to create a dinner inspired by ancient Egypt.

On Sunday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m., the Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a themed, five-course dinner, "Ancient Egypt Culinary Experience - When Ancient Egypt Meets Modernist Cuisine," at Americas restaurant, 2040 W. Gray. Tickets are $92 each. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To reserve your seat, call the ARCE office at 210-821-7000.

Drawing on archaeological evidence such as the dishes excavated from Saqqara Tomb 3477, Chef Cordúa used his culinary magic to transform many ingredients and foods associated with ancient Egypt into contemporary dishes within the realm of modernist cuisine. Ingredients featured from the Egyptian pantry include tilapia, squab, eggs, honey, barley, lentils, yogurt, and figs.

An encore of this dinner is being held so you can enjoy this unique culinary experience in a five-course meal with commentary provided by Cordúa and Timko. Your ticket includes gratuities and two beverages. Additional beverages can be purchased from your server.

Merrianne Timko attended the American University in Cairo and received her M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. A former co-president of the Houston Society of Les Dames d'Escoffier, and member of ARCE in addition to numerous other culinary and archaeological organizations, Merrianne has lectured in conjunction with the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Cultural Feast dining program for over ten years. Her current culinary research focuses on 19th century orientalist cuisine, including its influence on French haute cuisine and in literature such as Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandrian Quartet.

David Cordúa is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara and the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. After working in top kitchens in the California Bay area, David returned to Texas in 2007 to collaborate with his father Chef MIchael Cordúa. The recipient of numerous culinary awards and accolades, David he also serves as the executive chef of development for Houston-based Cordúa Restaurants. His interest in ancient culinary traditions is complemented by his knowledge of contemporary techniques in the kitchen ranging from sous vide to liquid nitrogen.

Important Dates  
Abstract submission deadline
January 9, 2015
Notification of accepted/rejected abstracts
February 6, 2015
Presenters Register for Annual Meeting Deadline
February 20, 2015
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 21, 2015
Annual Meeting Pre-Registration deadline
April 10, 2015
Meeting Dates
April 24-26, 2015

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