Artists and Their Regions: Egypt 2020
January 3–13, 2020
Recommended summer reading and viewing list (updated 6/5/2019)
Toby Wilkinson. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. Random House, 2010.
- We will read much of this for HON 4315. A well-written introduction to the broad sweep of Egyptian history.
- Arts & humanities>Art History>Ancient Mediterranean>Ancient Egypt
- An unusual approach--presented as a traveler's guide set in the New Kingdom. Will not be assigned in the class, but an interesting read.
Egypt Information Meeting: Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. in L 212P (Martel Room)
Trip pricing (updated 4/6/2019)
The tour price for current UH undergraduates (as of Fall 2019) is $2,500. Priority will be given to students registered in Dr. Rainbow's Fall 2019 HON 4315. As space allows, friends and alumni can participate in the trip with a fee of $2,750. Scholarships are available for current UH students. Contact Keri Myrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) for scholarship information.
Tour prices include the following:
Above: At Medinet Habu in 2018.
How will I earn credit in HON 4315 (24003)? (updated 4/8/2019)
There are several components to the course:
- Completion of the January 2020 trip to Egypt. Students who do not participate in the class will complete a museum-based learning experience in Houston.
- Completion of assigned readings and some short reflection pieces during Fall 2019.
- Regular attendance of the Fall 2019 classroom portion of HON 4315 (24003). The class will meet on a reduced schedule, with some of the instructional time to be counted during the Egypt trip.
- "Adopt-a-Pharaoh": You will select one of the rulers of ancient Egypt (from a curated list) for special study. During the semester, you will present to the class, and then you may also be called on to offer insight on sites and objects while we are in Egypt. In 2018, one of the participants read her presentation on Djoser in front of Djoser's Step Pyramid--an experience that no PowerPoint presentation could possibly have made better!
- Semester Project: You will submit an intellectually rigorous creative response to your learning experience. In the past, these have taken the form of paintings, poetry, digital art, sculpture, creative non-fiction, fiction writing, and other forms. The course faculty will work with you to develop your project.
From the Fall 2019 Honors College course catalog:
During the semester, we will study the art, architecture, and literature of ancient Egypt, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and one of a handful of places where writing was independently invented. We will take a special interest in the way that the unique geography of the Nile River valley shaped the religion and history of Egypt, and in the enduring meaning of ancient history for 100 million Egyptians today. In January 2020, we will travel to Egypt to visit its many antiquities, from the pyramids of the Giza Plateau to the sprawling temples at Luxor, from the Egyptian Museum in the heart of Cairo to the technicolor tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We will spend time in Cairo, Luxor, and Alexandria. The exact itinerary of the trip is to be determined.
Instructor permission (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) is required to register for the course. UPDATE: the course is now open registration; no permission required. The classroom and travel experiences are meant to go together, and priority will be given to students who register for both. Special requirements of the course: trip fee (scholarships are available), passport (must be valid through July 2020), Egyptian entry visa fee ($25), some meals and entrance fees in Egypt, registration with UH Office of Learning Abroad, UH travel insurance.
Above: Visiting the Giza plateau in 2017.
Above: At the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in 2017.