Archive for August, 2014

Ancient Egypt’s Gods, Tombs, and Temples

Ancient Egypt’s Gods, Tombs, and Temples

The Field Work of the American Research Center in Egypt, 2011-2014

By Dr Andrew Bednarski, ARCE Egyptologist, Luxor              


Luxor (ancient Thebes) is a portal to a great archaeological heritage. It is where the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) undertook an ambitious program of work between 2011 and 2014, as will be described by Dr Andrew Bednarksi. At a time when the Egyptian economy was ailing, ARCE employed about 100 local people, trained local inspectors, and radically improved several tourist sites.   


The tomb of Djehuty.  The tomb of the royal steward who served two great Pharaohs had been accessible for the past 100 years but the interior was in a sorry state and excavation was incomplete. Hieroglyphs, coffins and mummies were discovered as ARCE prepared the site for public access.


The Roman Temple of Isis. Local villagers had recently used the temple at Deir el Shelwit as a place to hang laundry. Long neglected, and still only partially understood, the temple’s interior, replete with lavishly painted scenes of gods and kings, has now been brought to light.


The Temple of Mut.  Closed to the public for nearly a generation, this important center within the Karnak Temple complex now has been opened, thanks to ARCE’s efforts.


The Sheikh Abd el Qurna cemetery.  The ruling elite used this ancient cemetery for thousands of years. ARCE mapped it, recorded nearby demolished hamlets, cleared debris and added visitor paths.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

at 7:30 pm                                                  


Room 296                                      

Smith Memorial Student Union                                              

Portland State University


Free admission; Open to the public.

Park Free in PSU parking structures

after 7:00 pm  


Dr. Andrew Bednarski has field-directed ARCE’s excavations in and around Luxor for the last three years. He earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology at Cambridge University, has excavated extensively, and has published broadly on ancient Egyptian civilization. His personal interest is the history of Egyptology, a subject he addresses in his most recent book, The Lost Manuscript of Frédéric Cailliaud, which ARCE published through the American University in Cairo Press.


ARCE is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, fosters broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthens American-Egyptian cultural ties.   ARCE-OR – P.O. Box 15192 – Portland, OR 97214


Lecture sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt in cooperation with the Middle East Studies Center of Portland State University.                                                                                                                        

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Funds for international internship and study abroad

2015 Spring Gilman Scholarship Application Cycle Now Open!!
Author: PSU Education Abroad
Posted: August 14, 2014

Planning on studying abroad or doing an international internship this coming winter and/or spring 2015? If you are an Undergraduate student and qualify for the Pell Grant, you also can apply for a Gilman Scholarship.

The Gilman Scholarship is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Awards range from $3,000 – $8,000.

The application is now open; the deadline to apply is Oct. 7. Learn more at:…

PSU Education Abroad is hosting Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions in East Hall 236 on the following days:

8/29: 2 – 3 PM

9/4: 10 – 11 AM

9/10: 1 – 2 PM

9/16: 4 – 5 PM

9/25: 11 – 12 PM

9/29: 3 – 4 PM

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Americorps Position – for students and recent grads

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International Leadership Association – Paid Internships

Paid internships with the ILA are available throughout the year to graduate students, recent graduates, and undergraduates who have successfully completed at least one year of school. While internships begin and end on a rolling basis, a 4-month commitment of 16-30 hours a week of work (in the ILA office) is required; longer commitments are preferred.

While we are open to other internships, we are currently looking for a Research Intern to:

  1. Conduct online research for a variety of projects, including: market research and analysis, the Leadership Education Program Directory, compiling resources about leadership and the ILA’s Leadership Legacy Honorees, and lead generation.
  2. Support the ILA’s LinkedIn presence by approving postings, recruiting new members, and producing reports.
  3. Work on other projects as assigned.

Our Top 10 Candidate Requirements

  1. College student with a focus on leadership, marketing, communications, business, or a related field
  2. Strong work ethic, high bar for work quality, and commitment to results
  3. Detail oriented with ability to consider the big-picture
  4. Excellent communication skills in person, by phone, or over email
  5. Experience using Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word for research and reports 
  6. Outstanding Internet research skills and social media savvy, particularly using LinkedIn
  7. Positive attitude, high energy, initiative, and the ability to prioritize
  8. Global mindset, intercultural competency, and an interest in current events
  9. Commitment to ILA’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals
  10. Interest in learning the inner workings of a growing non-profit, knowledge of academic/practitioner associations, and the field of leadership is a plus

To Apply: Please email the following to ILA Director Ms. Shelly Wilsey at

Cover Letter including: a) why you want to intern at the ILA; b) your relevant skills and experiences; c) your internship learning goals; d) your preferred schedule, and e) anything else that sets you apart.

Resume including contact details, educational focus, work experience, and extracurricular activities.

Two reference letters – One from a professor and one from a past employer, professor, or a character reference. Both letters should describe your qualifications, character, and commitment to excellence.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – application period open!

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds: 


Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION (NSF 14-590)


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