Khaznat al-Faroun at Petra, Jordan. Photo taken by Calvin College professor Bert DeVries

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Prince Conference Center
1800 East Beltline SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

1-800-PETRA05
(616) 526-7800

Experience Experience
Return to the PETRA homepage April 4, 2005 - August 15, 2005
Lost City of Stone

Plan Your Visit: Hear Petra

  For Educators

This special collection for educators offers lessons plans and activities for your classroom:

As an educational complement to Petra: Lost City of Stone, a roster of experts will introduce the greater Grand Rapids area to Petra and the Nabataeans — their history and culture and the archaeology that has brought both to light. At special classes, a noon lecture series, and an evening lecture series, archaeologists, historians — even the curator who spent nine years putting Petra: Lost City of Stone together — will discuss excavations of Nabataean sites; Petra's water systems, geology, preservation and national park; the historical context of Petra; Nabataean scrolls and pottery; and traditional Jordanian and Syrian costumes and customs.

Petra Grand Finale is August 13
Grand Prize Drawing: Trip for Two to Jordan!

Calvin College has offered a whirlwind of events - culinary and musical evenings, a family festival and even a ballet - to complement the Petra: Lost City of Stone... continue »


Past Events

Tuesday Evening Lecture Series

As an educational complement to Petra: Lost City of Stone, a roster of experts will introduce the greater Grand Rapids area to Petra and the Nabataeans - their history, their culture and the archaeology...continue »

April 19 to July 26 (from 7-8:30 pm)
Prince Conference Center Board Room
Free. Continuing education credit is available.

April 19 -"Petra's Great Temple" by Dr. Martha Sharp-Joukowsky, director of the Brown University Center for Old World Archaeology and Art

April 26 -"Rediscovering Petra, Lost City of the Nabataeans" by Dr. David Graf, professor of history at the University of Miami

May 3 -"Petra Exhibition in International Context" by Dr. Glenn Markoe, curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum

May 10 - "Nabataeans in the North" by Dr. Bert de Vries, professor of history and director of the archaeology minor at Calvin College

May 17 - "Cultural Treasures of Jordan: Traditional Expression" by Widad Kawar, world-renowned collector, exhibitor and writer from Amman, Jordan

May 31 - "Excavations at Little Petra" by Neal Bierling, teacher at Ada Christian School in Grand Rapids

June 7 - "Hydrology: Relationship to Preservation" by Douglas Comer, director of US/ICOMOS Council on Monuments in Baltimore

June 14 - "Petra and the time of the Crusades" by Dr. Bethany Walker, professor of history at Grand Valley State University

June 28 - "The Archaeology of Nabataean Women" by Bjorn Peter Anderson, archaeologist, art historian and doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan

July 26 - "Nabataean Pottery" by Dr. Khairyeh Amr, senior archaeologist of the Jordan National Museum Project in Amman, Jordan

 

Wednesday Noon Lecture Series

April 13 - "Churches and Scrolls of Petra" by Dr. Patricia Bikai, associate director of the American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan

"American Archaeological Work in Jordan" by Dr. Pierre Bikai, director of the American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan

April 20 - "The Great Temple of Petra: Twelve Years of Excavation" by Dr. Martha Sharp-Joukowsky, director of the Brown University Center for Old World Archaeology

April 27 - "Petra and the Nabataeans" by Dr. David Graf, professor of history at the University of Miami

May 4 - "Geological Petra" by Dr. Clarence Menninga, professor emeritus of geology/geography at Calvin College

May 11 - "Petra and Hollywood" by Dr. Bert de Vries, professor of history and director of the archaeology minor at Calvin College

May 18 - "Heritage and Culture: Bedouin Life" by Widad Kawar, world-renowned collector, exhibitor and writer from Amman, Jordan

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