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.
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.
Fans of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center may be interested in this upcoming lecture, hosted by the Association for Asian Studies & the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology:
SAVE THE DATE for a FREE Public Lecture
Join Dr. Joyce White, Director of the Ban Chiang Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, for a presentation and discussion about current investigations of Southeast Asia’s rich archaeological heritage and threats to its preservation.
Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies
The upcoming event "Wampum in Museum Collections" with Dr. Margaret Bruchac, schedule for Thursday, February 13 at 12:30pm has been postponed due to threat of inclement weather. We will post a rescheduled time and date as soon as it becomes available. Please check back for details. Thank you!
In December, Center director Richard M. Leventhal joined James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Patty Gerstenblith, professor of Law at DePaul University and director of DePaul's Center for Art, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law, and Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute and professor at the University of Chicago for a discussion on "Looting the Past: The Battle for our Ancient Heritage".
The PennCHC is proud to introduce a number of new team members! Welcome to Consulting Scholars Joanne Baron and Ben Jeffs, work-study student Raymond McCormack, and volunteer intern Abby Placik. In addition, two of our former volunteers have joined the PennCHC as permanent staff! Congratulations to Jamie O'Connell and Deanna Bell!
Although the scale of looting in Afghanistan is unique, the plundering of war zones is not. From the wars in Iraq to the bitter civil war in Syria, down to the sacking of Rome by the Vandals, the looting of antiquities and valuables has gone hand-in-hand with warfare.