The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Seating in the Auditorium is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fee: $10
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Seated Statue of Hatshepsut
 
Almost no evidence for successful, long-term female leaders exists from the ancient world—in the Mediterranean, Near East, Africa, Central Asia, or East Asia. Only the female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to assume formal power for any considerable length of time, and even she had to share power with a male ruler. Given this social reality, how did she negotiate her leadership role? Egyptologist Kara Cooney sifts through the ample evidence for Hatshepsut's reign in an attempt to find the woman behind the statues, monuments, stelae, and obelisks.

About Kara Cooney
Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is an Egyptologist and a professor of Egyptian art and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. Specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University. In 2005, she was co-curator of the exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaoh at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney produced and hosted a comparative archaeology television series with her husband, Neil Crawford, entitled Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel. She recently released her first book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, which draws from her research of Egypt's ancient history and years spent as an archaeologist excavating at numerous sites in Egypt.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.