(1/13/12) CTI Unwraps Mysteries of Mummies

CHARLOTTE – Jan. 13, 2012 – Charlotte Teachers Institute will help unwrap the secrets and complexities of mummies in its “Exploding Canons: Mysteries of Mummies of the World” at Discovery Place from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. This installment of CTI’s “Exploding Canons” discussion series focuses on Discovery Place’s highly popular Mummies of the World exhibition, the largest collection of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled.

“Exploding Canons events offer new ways of looking at hot topics,” says CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan. “We hear from a wide array of local academic experts whose varying expertise and focus areas help us see the issues through multidisciplinary lenses.”

The latest event brings new perspectives to Discovery Place’s Mummies of the World exhibition with a panel discussion including faculty members from UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, the Charlotte Museum of History and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The evening starts with a 6 p.m. reception, and guests can explore the exhibition afterward until 10 p.m.

“Exploding Canons:  Mysteries of Mummies of the World” presentations and panelists include:

  • The Controversies of Studying Human Remains — Helen Cho, associate professor of anthropology at Davidson College
  • The Value of Archaeological Textiles in Mummification — Angelica Docog, executive director of the Charlotte Museum of History
  • Costume Research and Cultural Findings: A High School Performance of ‘Aida’ — Barbara Wesselman, apparel and costume design teacher at Northwest School of the Arts.
  • Mummies of London — Alan Rauch, professor of English at UNC Charlotte and editor of “Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, & Technology”

Douglas Coler, coordinator of in-house education for Discovery Place, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion.

Admission (including the exhibition visit) is free and open to the public, thanks to the event’s primary sponsor – the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Space is limited, so pre-registration at www.charlotteteachers.org by Jan. 22 is required. CMS teachers and administrators from all grade levels and subject areas are especially encouraged to attend, with CMS educators’ admission sponsored by the Arts & Science Council. Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte. Free parking is available for guests in the Discovery Place parking deck.

Mummies of the World is a major international touring exhibition including both naturally and intentionally preserved, human and animal mummies and related artifacts from cultures around the world, offering unprecedented insights into earlier civilizations.

“Exploding Canons: Mysteries of the Mummies of the World” is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, with support from Discovery Place, Arts & Science Council and Charlotte Museum of History. “Exploding Canons” events leverage the partnerships among CTI to offer educators and the public collaborative educational opportunities that highlight university and college faculty, explore diverse topics in an interdisciplinary manner, and encourage community conversation.


About Charlotte Teachers Institute

CTI is an educational partnership among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte and is affiliated with the Yale National Initiative for Strengthening Teaching in Public Schools. CTI cultivates content-knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration within and among Charlotte’s public school teachers, offering intensive, semester-long professional development seminars for teachers as well as a variety of community programs. CTI’s “Exploding Canons” events engage and educate CMS teachers and the community-at-large, as CTI and a variety of partnering organizations produce forums for college and university faculty and other educators to examine topics through multi-disciplinary lenses. CTI is made possible by generous support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Belk Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation, as well as its partnering institutions.


For more information, contact CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan, 704-687-2026, info@charlotteteachers.org