Culture, Cuisine & Contagion: Ancient Egypt & Today

Event Location
The Health Museum

Join us for an evening to remember!  Dr. Sabrina Sholts, Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural Science, will join Distinguished Professor and Egyptologist, Dr. Salima Ikram in exploring food, culture and epidemics in ancient Egypt.  They will share the socio-cultural connections between health and disease and explore the research in genetics that has provided clues to the past. Considering this connection from a historical perspective can improve our understanding of the ecosystems within and around us that influence our health.  Discover more about the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health in both an ancient and modern world.

From 5:30pm - 6:15pm you will engage with curators, explore exhibits, and enjoy light bites and cocktails. The panel will begin promptly at 6:30pm, followed by an audience Q&A at 7:30pm.

Co-Sponsored by Archaeology Now
Generously underwritten by Family Tree DNA

Tickets available here.


Dr. Sabrina Sholts

Sabrina Sholts is a Curator of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. She is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Bio-Imaging Research Center, a World Economic Forum Young Scientist, and Lead Curator of the exhibition "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World". Her research uses museum collections of biological remains to study environmental factors of health in the past and present. She received her PhD in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara and was a postdoctoral researcher in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and in Biophysics and Biochemistry at Stockholm University.


Dr. Salima Ikram

Dr. Salima Ikram is Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, and has worked in Egypt since 1986. After double majoring in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (USA), she received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ikram has written several books (for adults and children) and articles, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians, and has made several appearances on TV.