In mid May, the Royal Ontario Museum organized an event titled Lost in Translation? Gender and Sexuality across Time and Cultures. It took place in Toronto, Canada during Pride Month, a time in our city where we take a closer look at our society, celebrate our diversity, and bring marginalized groups to the forefront. The key event, of course, was to be the Pride parade, which took place on July 3. Hence, it was only appropriate that the museum decided to partake in this very important conversation
Just over two weeks ago, my friend, Carla, and I partook in a tour of the collection of the Coptic Museum associated with St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the northeastern part of Toronto. If you take Highway 404 north and take the Steele exit, then go east, you will quickly come across a massive building on the north side of the road, which is the newly built cathedral of the church. It is impressive and the building was aligned with the east-to-west axis, as if it was to be an ancient Egyptian temple. Nevertheless, the collection is housed in the older building of the church, which is located only a few blocks to the south.
This May I had the chance to attend Digital Humanities workshop held at the University of Guelph. A full week of seminars on various topics presented me with my first foray into the world of digital humanities. Out of the list of seminars on offer, I opted for Spatial Humanities: Exploring Opportunities in Humanities, which was to give me an introduction into mapping and the use of technology in creating interactive, rich, and informative maps.
On March 13, a new exhibit opened at the Cleveland Museum of Art to celebrate the centennial of the museum. With over 100 objects on loan from the British Museum as well as from its own collection, Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt takes a detailed look into the world of ancient Egyptian pharaohs.
It’s time to pack out my Jack’s Mannequin CDs and get the car ready for the road. To the tune of Howard Day’s Collide and in the company of two colleagues from my department, I am embarking on a 15 hour journey down to Atlanta, Georgia. We will be off to the annual conference of the American Research Center in Egypt, which is going to run for three days. Nevertheless, it is going to be an adventure.