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National Geographic Live and the Toledo Museum of Art announce When Women Ruled the World event in Peristyle Theater


National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Toledo Museum of Art are proud to present When Women Ruled the World with Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 in the Peristyle Theater. The event is the second of the inaugural three-part speaker series that will take place throughout 2019.

In her presentation, Cooney explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence are undeniable.

Throughout history, powerful women have been called many things—witches, regents, and seductresses. But there was a time in the ancient world when at least one was called “King.” When Women Ruled the World will introduce you to some strong female leaders, whose power was compromised from the start.

Cleopatra used her sexuality—and her money—to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King. Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Cooney shares some illuminating answers.

Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. 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 Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney produced a comparative archaeology television series, titled Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is available online via Netflix and Amazon.

The National Geographic Live series appearance at the Toledo Museum of Art is sponsored locally in part by Taylor Cadillac and The Boeschenstein Family Foundation with additional support from community partners Metroparks Toledo and Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Ticket pricing for the series and individual events: 

  • Museum members (13+): $18 per event
  • Museum members (12 and younger): $5 per event
  • Nonmember adult: $25 per event
  • Nonmember senior (62+): $20 per talk
  • Nonmember student (13+ and college): $20 per talk
  • Nonmember military (with ID): $20 per talk
  • Nonmember child (12 and younger): $10 per talk

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