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UNI to host speaker on ancient Palestinian queen

November 29, 2012

Barbara Cutter, interim director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7102,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a talk titled "Queen Salome: Jerusalem's Warrior Monarch of the First Century B.C.E.," at noon, Monday, Dec. 3, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, on the UNI campus.

Atkinson's presentation will focus on Queen Salome Alexandra, the ruler of ancient Palestine from 76 to 67 B.C.E. Queen Salome appointed the kingdom's high priest, led its men in battle, subjugated neighboring kings, and stopped the religious violence that plagued her society. Presiding over her country's greatest period of peace and prosperity, she shaped the Judaism of Jesus' day as well as today. The presentation will highlight this virtually unknown woman's life and times and her many unprecedented accomplishments.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, interim director of the UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

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