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.
Who We Are
Faculty and students, independent scholars, and concerned activists have all found an outlet for their ideas and projects at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.
The PennCHC projects create opportunities for international and national partnerships and intercultural dialogues.
The PennCHC’s educational and professional training programs help law enforcement agents, the legal community, and scholars learn about cultural heritage issues and heritage policies.
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!
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"
In an effort to help stem the loss of Syria’s significant cultural heritage, the PennCHC and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Syrian Interim Government’s Heritage Task Force, have come together to offer assistance for museum curators, heritage experts, and civilians working to protect cultural heritage inside Syria. A three-day training program, “Emergency Care for Syrian Museum Collections,” focusing on safeguarding high risk collections, was completed in late June; additional training programs are being planned, pending funding.
This spring, PennCHC undergraduate researcher Lise Puyo adapted one of her student papers---focusing on her examination of the fraught French logic underpinning the auctions of Hopi katsinam in Paris---into a very articulate and insightful column for Anthropology News. Click here to read the full article.
Since 2009, the Center has worked in tandem with Elizabeth S. Greene (Brock University) and Justin Leidwanger (Stanford University) to organize a series of workshops and conferences that address the protection and management of underwater cultural heritage in the Mediterranean. Now you can learn all about their work on our new project page! Click here to learn more!
Please note that the lecture originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, "Rethinking the Criminal Market in Transnationally Trafficked Archaeological Antiquities" with Jessica Dietzler has been cancelled.