Keynote Lecture

Tuesday, April 3

Olin Sang, 101


Joseph in Egypt: Stories from the Bible to Thomas Mann

Guest Speaker: Prof. Jan Assmann (University of Konstanz)


Jan Assmann was Professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg from 1976 – 2003 and is now Honorary Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies at Constance, Germany. A specialist on ancient Egyptian religion, literature and history, he has also published books and articles in the area of cultural theory (“cultural memory”), history of religion (“monotheism and cosmotheism”), literary theory and historical anthropology. As a visiting professor, he has taught in Paris, Jerusalem, and at several universities in the US. He has received honorary degrees from Münster, Yale, and Jerusalem. Assmann is a member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Europea.

His books in English include Moses the Egyptian (Harvard, 1997), The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs (Harvard 2003), The Search for God in Ancient Egypt (Cornell 2002), Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt (Cornell 2006); Of God and Gods (Madison 2008); Religion and Cultural Memory (Stanford UP 2005); The Price of Monotheism (Stanford UP 2009); and Cultural Memory and Early Civilizations (Cambridge UP 2011)

Awards: Max-Planck-Forschungspreis 1996; Deutscher Historikerpreis 1998. Prix Psyché 2000; Alfried Krupp Forschungspreis für Geisteswissenschaften (2006); Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse (2006); Prix Européen de l’essay (2008); Thomas-Mann-Preis (2011).

The lecture will be followed by a short reception with light appetizers.