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Cradle of Civilization Expert to Deliver Two Lectures

Dr. Alexandra Kleinerman

Dr. Alexandra Kleinerman, an authority on the origins of writing and education in Sumeria, the cradle of civilization in the Middle East, will deliver two lectures at Keuka College in November.

Kleinerman will speak in Professor of History Sander Diamond’s core course that examines the history of the ancient world Monday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. in Hegeman 104.

Both are free and open to the public.

Kleinerman is a Rosen Post-Doctoral Scholar in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. A graduate of Cornell, she holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University and examined the origins of education and writing as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

“To have a scholar on our campus with such a commanding expertise is a unique opportunity, all the more so with our collective interest in education as well as with the Middle East once more so central to the flow of world events,” said Diamond. “She will not only explore the origins of education and the origins of writing, but also bring to class original examples of the clay tablets on which writing began.”