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Professor Kara Cooney To Shed Light on Ancient Egypt

DES MOINES, IowaNational Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and Des Moines Performing Arts are proud to announce “When Women Ruled the World” with Dr. Kara Cooney, a National Geographic author and professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA. Cooney will take the Civic Center stage on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Cooney’s engagement opens Des Moines Performing Arts’ 2019-2020 National Geographic Live Series. 

Tickets to “When Women Ruled the World” with Dr. Kara Cooney are available now and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at (515) 246-2300.

Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She has participated in digs with the Metropolitan Museum of New York at the Royal Pyramid complex of Senwosret III and the Theban Necropolis with Johns Hopkins University. She appeared as a lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen, and is a recurring team member of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth. Her book The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Ride to Power in Ancient Egypt was published in 2014, and she also wrote When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, which was published by National Geographic in 2018.

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