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November 2017

A Lost Queen of the Sun? Tel Beth Shemesh, the Age of Amarna, and the Mysterious “Mistress of the Lions”

November 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street, Classroom 2
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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A talk by Zvi Lederman Director, Tel Beth Shemesh Expedition, Israel Historians have long puzzled over a mysterious female ruler in prebiblical Canaan known onlyfrom two clay letters from Telel-Amarna in Egypt—the capital of the heretical pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti. In this lecture, Dr. Zvi Lederman, director of the Tel Beth Shemesh expedition in Israel,will share newly discovered evidence that may reveal who this queen was and her possible connection tothe court ofAkhenaten and its embrace of a…

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No God but Spinoza’s: Spiritual and Philosophical Influences on Einstein’s Thought

November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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When asked for his philosophical outlook, Einstein always referred to Spinoza, the seventeenth-century Jewish iconoclast. Spinoza’s vision of reality and the kind of explanations it demanded resonated deeply with the twentieth century’s own scientific iconoclast, whose relativity theory helped topple classical physics along with our most fundamental intuitions about space and time. Spinoza died before physics really came into its own with the publication of Newton’s Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, so his influence on Einstein is all the more surprising.…

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$15 - $20

Anti-Semitism in Your Backyard

November 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Gratz College, 7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027 United States
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