World-renowned archeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass joins SNC as Distinguished Scholar in Residence

We are honored to announce that Dr. Zahi Hawass has joined Sierra Nevada College’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences as the Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Over the next seven months the legendary Egyptologist will present a series of lectures discussing the monuments and antiquities of Egypt,
including the pyramids and the Sphinx, information about sites in Egypt, conservation and management of the Giza plateau, the excavation of the Golden Mummies, and much, much more. More than 600 people attended Dr. Hawass’ 2008 presentation here at the Siebens Binz Tahoe Forum.

About Dr. Hawass

World-renowned archeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass is the former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt and the director of ongoing excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and the Valley of the Kings. He received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Hawass is known both as a highly respected Egyptologist who has written numerous scholarly articles and books, and for his charisma and ability to reach out to the public, raising awareness of archaeology and the preservation of Egypt’s precious heritage.

Dr. Hawass has made a number of major discoveries over the course of his career, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. Dr. Hawass has discovered two previously unknown Old Kingdom pyramids, one near the Great Pyramid of Keeps at Giza, and one belonging to a queen of King Teti at Saqqara. Also at Saqqara, he has rediscovered the pyramid of the 6th Dynasty queen Khuit, along with another pyramid that he has determined belonged to a 5th Dynasty king.

As an archaeologist deeply concerned about the conservation and protection of Egypt’s monuments, Dr. Hawass has led major conservation projects for the Great Sphinx, along with the Serapeum and Step Pyramid at Saqqara. He has developed site management plans for a number of important historic areas, including the Unfinished Obelisk Quarry in Aswan and the temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Dendera. He has also initiated the construction of nineteen new museums throughout Egypt, including the Grand Egyptian Museum that will be built near the pyramids at Giza.

Dr. Hawass’s dynamic personality and his extensive and wide knowledge have sparked global interest in ancient Egypt. He has brought the world of the pharaohs into the homes and hearts of people all over the world through his numerous television appearances and books for all audiences. In 2006, Dr. Hawass received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for a special on ancient Egypt produced by KCBS in Los Angeles.

Dr. Hawass has also appeared in many documentaries for the BBC, Discovery Channel,
National Geographic, the History Channel, PBS, and The Learning Channel. He was chosen by the BBC for a profile representing Egypt in the New Millennium, and was featured by CNN in a short profile in 2008. National Geographic has produced a film on his life and work. Dr. Hawass is the spokesman for CNN on archaeological news in Egypt, and he has been featured on many TV shows in Europe and Japan. He has been profiled in print in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the London Times. In 2010, he appeared on a reality-based television show on The History Channel called Chasing Mummies.

Dr. Hawass has written many books about ancient Egypt for general audiences, including:
Silent Images: Women in Pharaonic Egypt; The Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt; Secrets from the Sand; Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs; Tutankhamen: The Treasures of the Tomb; Royal Tombs of Egypt: The Art of Thebes Revealed; The Great Book of Ancient Egypt: In the Realm of the Pharaohs; and Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders. His book about his great discovery at Bahariya Oasis, The Valley of the Golden Mummies, became a bestseller and has been published in five languages. He has also written several books for children. He writes regular columns for AI-Ahram Weekly and Harus (the in-flight magazine of Egypt Air), and has contributed articles to GEO, along with many other popular magazines.

Over the course of his long career, he has been presented with numerous awards and honors. In 1998, he received the First-Class Award in the Arts and Sciences from President Mubarak, along with the Pride of Egypt Award, by the members of foreign press in Egypt. In 2000, the Association of Egyptian American Studies named him Scholar of the Year, and was one of the 30 international personalities that received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, in recognition of his achievements in archaeology.

In July 2001, National Geographic selected Dr. Hawass as one of the Explorers In Residence and was presented with a Silver Medal and membership in the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. In November 2002, his name was inscribed in the famous CD of the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Mission. In February 2005, Dr. Hawass received an Honorary Doctorate by the American University in Cairo. In 2006, Time Magazine chose him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005. In 2007 was named Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters and in 2008 was awarded the rank of Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Also in 2008, el Dr. Hawass obtained the World Tourism Award from UNWTO and was appointed Goodwill Ambassador in Tokyo by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

In 2009, Dr. Hawass was decorated by the Spanish Ministry of Culture with the King Juan Carlos’s Medal of the Spanish Order of Arts and Culture.

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