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Emily Teeter, manager of Special Exhibits at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, discusses the role Ancient Egyptian artifacts played in creating personal identities within society at the time. The lecture was given in conjunction with the museum's "Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization" exhibit, which featured artifacts from 4000 to 2600 B.C. Emily Teeter is also a research associate and curator at the Oriental Institute. She is the author of many scholarly and popular articles that have been published in journals worldwide, and has served as a consultant for the Seattle Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Teeter is widely traveled in the region, and has led tours to Egypt, Arabia, Turkey, Syria, and Tunisia.