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Manchester speakers explore Egypt, mind of Marx

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MARX:In the play, Karl Marx, portrayed by Bob Weick, responds to modern social and political themes in a deeply human drama.
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EGYPT:Manchester University students ride camels in the Egyptian desert.

By Anne Gregory

Manchester University offers two presentations the week of Sept. 8, one by an Egyptologist and professional guide in Egypt, and the other a performer and activist who will perform Marx in Soho, a play by Howard Zinn.

Both are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Mido Dido will offer images of temples, pyramids and tombs, and connect these sites and hieroglyphics to Egyptian and biblical religion.

“Pyramids, Nile Temples, and Tombs of Pharaohs” is at 3:30 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.

Dido led Manchester students and faculty in Egypt during January sessions, a time when many MU students study abroad.

“Our students have really appreciated his knowledge, demeanor, and care,” said Justin Lasser, associate professor of religious studies.

He said Dido will invite listeners to ponder the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, read the mystical hieroglyphics of the Nile Temples and enter the sealed tombs of the Pharaohs.

The program is made possible by the College of Education and Social Sciences and is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) series of presentations at Manchester.

Marx in Soho

There is a lot of buzz these days about who is a socialist or communist and what that means.

Manchester offers an hour and a half with Karl Marx – the German philosopher, economist, historian and socialist revolutionary who started it all in the 1800s.

“Marx in Soho” is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in Cordier Auditorium.

The VIA performance and post-performance conversation promise to prompt intense and enthusiastic discussion, from those who agree and disagree with his views.

In the play, Karl Marx, portrayed by Bob Weick, responds to modern social and political themes in a deeply human drama.

Here is what the Philadelphia Inquirer has to say about “Marx in Soho”: “Though Marx has been demonized by some as the father of communism, Robert Weick portrays him as a personable man devoted to his wife and family as he writes Das Kapital and struggles to make ends meet.”

The late historian, playwright and activist Zinn is best known for his book, “A People’s History of the United States.”

The performance is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Peace Studies Institute, with support from the Timothy Wayne Rieman and Gwen Radebach Rieman Fund.

Anne Gregory is the assistant director of media relations in the Office of Strategic Communications at Manchester University.