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Rohrbach Library’s Voices & Choices Center Gallery celebrates the performance of Aida, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month with a 2-month long exhibit of Ancient Egyptian icons and reproductions primarily from the time of the New Kingdom. “The Gathering Place” is the name of the setting focusing on 18th Dynasty Egyptian women and featuring a panel of women musicians, decorated pillars, a kings list with timeline, and a room that has chairs imitating one belonging to 4th Dynasty (Old Kingdom) Queen Hetepheres who was the wife of Khufu, the king responsible for building the Great Pyramid. The New Kingdom period is described by Egyptologists Alison Roberts in her book, Hathor Rising, as a time when strong women were inextricably bound up with the Pharaoh’s rule and Stephen Quirke identifies it as an age marked by spectacular luxury in his Who Were the Pharaohs? The display is the collaborative work of Wallace Bonds, Juan Castro, Kate Clair, Dick Coco, Peggy Devlin, Bruce Gottschall, Jasperdean Kobes, Doris Leibensperger, Kevin McCloskey, Danielle Mousley, Miguel Nieves, David Rogers, Ashley Thurston, and Randy Washington.

The Voices & Choices Center provides a selected annotated list of resources available in the library to augment the current dance exhibit.

This exhibit supports the Kutztown University Performing Artists Series' Opera Verdi Europa presentation on Monday, February 7, 2005.