New Bill will Protect Ancient Sites in War Zones

Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University and Chair of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield, welcomes the new Cultural Property Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech. The bill calls for “the UK to ratify the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict, dealing in cultural property illegally exported from occupied territory to be made criminal offence, and property protected under the convention and its protocols to be identified by new Blue Shield”.

Diana Marsh Lecture- Follow Up

Today Diana Marsh visited us to talk about her observation and research of Smithsonian's 'Deep Time' exhibit. She explored the friction between research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century.

She also shared information about the efforts of the National Museum of Natural History to document their objects in 3D in order to make their collection accessible online. Watch the full video here

Culture Spotlight: The Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.

Watch here to learn more about the Lab in Paris where "tech and creative communities come together to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and culture."

Nicole Ivy Lecture- Follow Up

Nicole Ivy, from the American Alliance of Museums, joined us on December 3rd to speak about the ideas and issues surrounding the archival of recent protests and the images used by or created in response to their movements.

Using ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ as an example for her discussion, she talked about ‪#‎museumsrespondtoferguson‬ and the efforts of cultural institutions to provide a forum for groups as well as using their collections as a means of sparking discussion.

Aparna Tandon Lecture - Follow-up

On Tuesday, October 6th, Aparna Tandon gave a lecture about preserving Cultural Heritage and the efforts of ICCROM to educate locals on methods of preservation. Details about her efforts and mission can be found in the book, "Cultural Emergency in Conflict and Disaster" to which she contributed an introduction. Click here to access this publication.

PennCHC Post-Doctoral Fellow to Testify Before Congressional Hearing

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:00am, Dr. Katharyn Hanson, a PennCHC Post-Doctoral Fellow, will testify before the Congressional Hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on the destruction of archaeological sites and the impact on modern communities in Iraq. The hearing will be live-streamed at the link below, so please save the date!

Click here to watch the hearing live!

Dr. Margaret Bruchac speaking on Wampum at the Pre-Columbian Society - TOMORROW!

Can't wait for our next lecture? You don't have to!

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:30 pm, room 345
Margaret M. Bruchac, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania:
"Along the Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in North Eastern Museums"