Penn Cultural Heritage Center

Penn Cultural Heritage Center Working hand­‐in-­hand with communities to protect the past and secure the future.
(1)

The Penn Cultural Heritage Center (Penn CHC) is a research, outreach, and educational center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Penn CHC develops long term and sustainable programs for the preservation and promotion of community-based Cultural Heritage by:

1. Studying the threats to Cultural Heritage from the looting and plundering of archaeological and historical sites, the i

llicit antiquities trade, and commercial development.

2. Promoting heritage policies that are concerned with: the ethics of studying the past; the rights and interests of indigenous peoples; the protection of heritage artifacts, monuments, and sites; the development of best practices for museums

3. Connecting Cultural Heritage and human rights by asking, “Is there a basic human right to have your Cultural Heritage protected?”

Founded in 2008 by Richard M. Leventhal, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center draws upon the expertise of the curators and researchers of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Museum. Since its inception, the Penn CHC has focused primarily on creating forums that bring together academics with non-academic stakeholders in cultural property policy programs. The Penn CHC contributes to current heritage debates by developing a two-pronged approach: combining intellectual research with an outreach agenda. This dual focus draws upon Penn’s longstanding tradition of applying expert knowledge to pressing contemporary problems. Noting that many of the basic questions surrounding cultural heritage have yet to receive proper theoretical attention, the Penn CHC aims to address such questions as what constitutes cultural heritage, cultural properties, communities, and sacred objects; why have cultural heritage and human rights become intertwined; what responsibilities do academics and museums have toward their indigenous, scholarly, and public constituencies; and what is the future of heritage policy and museums more broadly. The Penn CHC links these intellectual themes to an outreach program that intervenes directly in the stream of the antiquities trade, the development of museum best practices, the development of international heritage programs, and cooperative programs with governments and local communities throughout the world.

Please join us on Thursday, 11/2 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for a talk wit...
10/06/2023

Please join us on Thursday, 11/2 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for a talk with Cool Anthropology about bringing anthropology outside the ivory tower.

Register: https://www.penn.museum/calendar/171/cool-anthropology

The Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania
Center for Experimental Ethnography at UPENN

On November 1, please join PennCHC executive director Dr. Richard M. Leventhal and Maya activist Cristina Coc for their ...
10/03/2023

On November 1, please join PennCHC executive director Dr. Richard M. Leventhal and Maya activist Cristina Coc for their virtual lecture "Maya Land, Identity, and Human Rights." The pair will discuss how the Maya people of southern Belize are moving forward with the creation of a Maya Homeland and the development of community museums in the region.

Register here: https://www.penn.museum/calendar/43/archaeology-in-action

10/03/2023

Our colleagues at საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia are helping to preserve Georgian cultural heritage through documentation work.

Check out one of their recent projects, the short film "Wrestling," below to learn about a local sporting tradition from the village of Kekhvi.

10/03/2023

Thanks for following along as we dedicate weekly posts to celebrating the cultures and histories of Americans with ancestry from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain.

This week, we are spotlighting Penn Cultural Heritage Center’s work on the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project.

The national and local governments across Mexico and Central America have focused on large-scale archaeological and preservation work at important ancient Maya sites for tourist development, economic growth, and a heritage narrative about the great, past Maya culture. This focus overshadows and often denies the existence and preservation of historic and contemporary Maya heritage.

Since 2011, the PennCHC has been working hand-in-hand with the Community of Tihosuco, Ejido de Tihosuco, and the Museo de la Guerra de Castas in the Yucatan. The project focuses on the sites and landscape associated with the 19th-century Maya Social War, the abandonment of the entire region in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the area’s repopulation in the 1930s. The Maya Social War is considered one of the most successful indigenous rebellions of the colonial period—although some say the rebellion continues even today.

Our goal is to strengthen the ability of Maya communities to identify and preserve their historic heritage and use it to stimulate their local culture and economy in the present and for the future.

💡Learn more: https://bit.ly/3ryuLm4

📷 Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project

The PennCHC is looking forward to this upcoming talk with Penn-Mellon Just Futures Postdoctoral Fellow George Ygarza!Reg...
09/21/2023

The PennCHC is looking forward to this upcoming talk with Penn-Mellon Just Futures Postdoctoral Fellow George Ygarza!

Register to join in person or on Zoom: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3t9iGMgd0EcB10G

Please join us on Friday (9/22 @ 12PM) for a CLALSIS with Dr. George Ygarza as he presents, "Theorizing Peru Profundo: Postcolonial Geographies and Technologies of Order in the Peruvian Hinterland."

RSVP here to attend in person or on Zoom: https://clals.sas.upenn.edu/events/george-ygarza-penn-mellon-just-futures-postdoctoral-fellow-theorizing-peru-profundo

For centuries, the territory known as Peru has been defined by its position as a critical node of the global extractivist geography. The logics that enact these geographies tend to be obscured by national discourses of development. Contributing to the growing transdisciplinary, post-/de-/settler-colonial approaches to studying the Latin American condition, this presentation is based on a working paper that takes up a critical analysis of Peru’s historical hinterland in relation to the making of national and global geographies of extractivism. It appropriates and displaces the historical reading of the underdeveloped interior—Peru Profundo­—in order to pull out the colonial continuities in the contemporary nation-state. In particular, it examines the relocation of Andean communities as a technology of order that is conducted under the same logics of the reductions that were carried out during the vice regency of Peru.

09/21/2023

Satellite imagery can tell us a great deal about the condition of cultural heritage sites before and after natural disasters and conflict events.

These photos of the Tinmel Mosque in Morocco were taken before and after the 6.8 magnitude earthquake on September 8. The 12th-century mosque was a key piece of architectural heritage in the Tizi-n-Test region. This satellite imagery shows how the building’s exterior walls and interior were severely damaged and collapsed after the quake.

The Penn Cultural Heritage Center is pleased to collaborate with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) in confirming damage to cultural heritage sites around the world. We hope our analyses will help local communities affected by disasters recover and heal more quickly.

Learn more in our recent report: https://bit.ly/45XlOlI

Photos: © MAXAR, used with permission.

Have you registered yet? Our lecture and book signing with "Monumental Lies" author Robert Bevan is tomorrow! 📚 Join us ...
09/14/2023

Have you registered yet?

Our lecture and book signing with "Monumental Lies" author Robert Bevan is tomorrow! 📚 Join us to learn how monuments and architecture have been manipulated and weaponized in culture wars around the world.

Link to register: https://bitly.ws/UIbp

Dr. Joseph Aguilar, a PennCHC Ph.D. alumn, was featured in a recent New York Times article about the current Met exhibit...
08/28/2023

Dr. Joseph Aguilar, a PennCHC Ph.D. alumn, was featured in a recent New York Times article about the current Met exhibition "Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery." "Grounded in Clay" is the museum's first community-curated Native American exhibition, according to The NYT. Dr. Aguilar calls Pueblo pottery "the literal vessel by which our people sustain themselves physically, culturally and spiritually." Learn more about the importance of this pottery and the curation of the show at the link below.

In a sea change, artisans and leaders from Native communities were invited to be curators, offering a window onto the intangible and personal dimensions of Pueblo pottery.

08/25/2023

📚 BOOK SIGNING ALERT 📚

Meet Robert Bevan, author of Monumental Lies: Culture Wars and the Truth About the Past, on September 15.

This pay-what-you-wish lecture examines the weaponization and manipulation of the past in culture wars around the globe. A book signing by Robert Bevan will follow immediately after his lecture.

🎟️ Register today: https://bit.ly/3YL3DNe

This event is sponsored by the Pogo Foundation and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center Advisory Board.

Happening in one month! Register today: http://bitly.ws/RZsk
08/15/2023

Happening in one month! Register today: http://bitly.ws/RZsk

The PennCHC is excited to welcome Robert Bevan, author of "Monumental Lies: Culture Wars and the Truth about the Past," for a lecture at the Penn Museum on September 15.

Learn more and register for the event here: http://bitly.ws/PjTW

08/09/2023

Today is International Day of the World's Indigenous People, and we're highlighting the Tribes in the United States who are fighting for federal recognition.

Did you know that in 1958 and 1964, two laws terminated the existence of California's Indian Tribes? While many Tribes have regained their federal status, too many still have been unable to.

Through its Tribal Recognition Initiative, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center is collaborating with Tribes in California, like the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe, to help restore their federal recognition, preserve sacred lands, and revitalize their culture.

💡Learn more about the return of land to the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe: https://bit.ly/3Y6O9Tj

📷 The Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria celebrates receiving part of its original reservation land back. Left to right: Clyde Prout, III, Tribal Chairman; Fiona Armbruster, Tribal Secretary; Sue Ghilotti, donor; Pam Cubbler, Tribal Secretary; Travis Young, former Tribal Vice Chairman. Photo Credit: Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria

The PennCHC is excited to welcome Robert Bevan, author of "Monumental Lies: Culture Wars and the Truth about the Past," ...
08/07/2023

The PennCHC is excited to welcome Robert Bevan, author of "Monumental Lies: Culture Wars and the Truth about the Past," for a lecture at the Penn Museum on September 15.

Learn more and register for the event here: http://bitly.ws/PjTW

A recent report on damage to the Sudan National Museum in Khartoum, co-authored by the PennCHC with the Smithsonian Cult...
06/02/2023

A recent report on damage to the Sudan National Museum in Khartoum, co-authored by the PennCHC with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, Virginia Museum of Natural History's Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab, and University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management, was cited in this illuminating New York Times article by Abdi Latif Dahir. The PennCHC stands with the community working to protect Sudan's cultural heritage.

Dozens of Sudanese artists and curators have fled their studios and galleries in the capital, jeopardizing thousands of artworks and imperiling an art scene central to the 2019 revolution.

The PennCHC is pleased to join our colleagues at the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab Virginia Museum of Natural History...
05/22/2023

The PennCHC is pleased to join our colleagues at the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab Virginia Museum of Natural History, University of Maryland Department of Government & Politics, and Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative in supporting the important work to protect Sudanese heritage collections and cultural workers in Sudan.

See below for two new rapid reports on damage to the Sudan Natural History Museum and National Museum.

https://smithsonian.figshare.com/articles/online_resource/_strong_Cultural_Heritage_Rapid_Report_Damage_to_the_Sudan_Natural_History_Museum_17_May_2023_strong_/22932470

https://smithsonian.figshare.com/articles/online_resource/_strong_Cultural_Heritage_Monitoring_Lab_Rapid_Report_Damage_to_the_Sudan_National_Museum_18_May_2023_strong_/22963304

In this report the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML) with Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) confirmed damage to the Sudan National Museum in Khartoum. Among other collections, the museum maintains an extensive collection of Nubian artifacts and architectural elements. On 26 April 2...

Dr. Brian I. Daniels, director of research and programs at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, recently joined the საქართ...
05/19/2023

Dr. Brian I. Daniels, director of research and programs at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, recently joined the საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia and Artistic Freedom Initiative to discuss cultural preservation and collaboration between Georgia and the United States. Together with community organizations and heritage professionals, they identified key challenges facing the country and the field today. We look forward to future conversations about developing cooperation between the two countries.

Thank you to Blue Shield Georgia for hosting!

There is still time to register for Dr. Vasyl Rozhko’s talk this Thursday: shorturl.at/dCQS1.
04/18/2023

There is still time to register for Dr. Vasyl Rozhko’s talk this Thursday: shorturl.at/dCQS1.

On April 20, PennCHC will host a virtual lunchtime talk about the work of the Heritage Emergency Response Initiative (HERI) in Ukraine. Register to join: shorturl.at/dCQS1.

On April 20, PennCHC will host a virtual lunchtime talk about the work of the Heritage Emergency Response Initiative (HE...
04/08/2023

On April 20, PennCHC will host a virtual lunchtime talk about the work of the Heritage Emergency Response Initiative (HERI) in Ukraine. Register to join: shorturl.at/dCQS1.

10/10/2022

A discussion of Indigenous land rights focusing on history, ongoing negotiations, and the global significance of the Maya struggle.

10/03/2022

Attend the 2022 Gordon R. Willey lecture Rethinking Maya Heritage: Past and Present on Thursday, October 20. This event will be held in-person and on zoom.

The story of Maya culture as a once-great civilization that built towering pyramids in the jungles of Central America was developed and popularized by national governments, anthropologists, and archaeologists.

Previously unable to control the story of their own culture, Maya communities today are actively reframing their heritage and centering their most recent history—not the distant past—to regain power and self-determination.

Richard M. Leventhal, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the importance and role that the 19th century Caste War—one of the largest and most successful Indigenous rebellions—is playing in the Maya’s contested heritage.

10/20, 6:00pm to 7:15pm. Advance registration required to attend in-person or on zoom. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free parking at the 52 Oxford St garage.

Join us this Thursday at 12:30 PM ET for a conversation with cultural workers from Ukraine. Register online for the virt...
05/16/2022

Join us this Thursday at 12:30 PM ET for a conversation with cultural workers from Ukraine. Register online for the virtual event: https://bit.ly/39ok8t1.

Tomorrow's United States Committee of the Blue Shield meeting will feature the PennCHC's Brian Daniels moderating a pane...
03/23/2022

Tomorrow's United States Committee of the Blue Shield meeting will feature the PennCHC's Brian Daniels moderating a panel about Russia and heritage sites during military and intelligence operations in Ukraine and beyond.

To register, email [email protected].

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the United States Committee of the Blue Shield will be held Thursday and Friday of this week. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to [email protected].

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield Annual Meeting next week will feature Brian Daniels and Grace Golden of the Penn C...
03/17/2022

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield Annual Meeting next week will feature Brian Daniels and Grace Golden of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center! To register, email [email protected].

03/09/2022

The 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 28 February – 1 April 2022, will consider issues including the protection of human rights defenders, cultural rights freedom of religion or belief, the protection, and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, and the right to food ...

"Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, and the Law" with Special Agent Jake Archer and Assistant United States Attorney K....
02/24/2022

"Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, and the Law" with Special Agent Jake Archer and Assistant United States Attorney K. T. Newton is now available to watch online:
https://vimeo.com/680133578

During this virtual lecture sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center (PennCHC), Special Agent Jake Archer of the FBI Art Crime Team and Assistant U.S. Attorney…

Thanks to all who joined us for "Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, and the Law!" Read more about the event in the The ...
02/17/2022

Thanks to all who joined us for "Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, and the Law!" Read more about the event in the The Daily Pennsylvanian:

Guest speakers Special Agent Jake Archer of the FBI Art Crime Team and Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton will discuss recent issues surrounding art and antiquity fraud during the lecture on Feb. 17.

Apply now to gain experience in the museum field at a world-renowned academic institution. The Penn Cultural Heritage Ce...
01/05/2022

Apply now to gain experience in the museum field at a world-renowned academic institution. The Penn Cultural Heritage Center is now accepting internship applications through the Penn Museum.

The Penn Museum offers 150-300 hour, nine-week paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students from any college or university. Internships include two parts: a project-based placement in a museum department and the Museum Practice Program, which includes orientation, weekly lectures, collections tours, and a field trip to a local museum. The internship concludes with final presentations shared by the interns.

https://www.penn.museum/learn/penn-students/summer-internship-program

The Penn Museum offers paid and unpaid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university.

Join us this Thursday for a virtual Penn Museum lecture with Dr. Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul University! Dr. Gerstenbli...
11/29/2021

Join us this Thursday for a virtual Penn Museum lecture with Dr. Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul University! Dr. Gerstenblith will propose a paradigm for the restitution of cultural objects that fall outside of legal and ethical frameworks.

Thursday, Dec. 2, 12:30 PM ET
Register today: http://bit.ly/30ajLOv

November is  ! To celebrate, we are spotlighting past events with our Native collaborators. In 2013, the Penn Cultural H...
11/18/2021

November is ! To celebrate, we are spotlighting past events with our Native collaborators.

In 2013, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center hosted Suzann Shown Harjo and her lecture "Mascots, Tokens and Targets: Ending 'Native' Stereotypes and False Personalities in Sports."

Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) is a writer, curator, policy advocate and president of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization in Washington, DC—as well as an advisor for the Penn Museum's exhibition, Native American Voices: The People, Here and Now.

She has helped Native Peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land, and has developed key laws in five decades to promote and protect Native nations, sovereignty, children, arts, cultures, languages, and religious freedom. From 1992 until 2020, she led the campaign to end the name of the Washington football team.

As a follow-up to this lecture, you can read Suzan Shown Harjo's statement on the team's name change here: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/pijip/news/statement-of-suzan-shown-harjo-on-the-retirement-of-the-washington-football-teams-racist-name/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuZR2zyR6MU

Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) is a writer, curator, policy advocate and president of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights ...

11/17/2021
If you missed "საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia and Its Work with the Heritage Community" last week, you can n...
11/09/2021

If you missed "საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia and Its Work with the Heritage Community" last week, you can now watch the full program online! Manana Tevzadze discusses her work to strengthen the cultural heritage community and its efforts for the preservation of Georgian heritage sites and values.

https://vimeo.com/643954128

In this virtual lecture hosted by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Manana Tevzadze will discuss her work as Chair of the Georgian National Committee of the Blue…

November is  ! To celebrate, we are spotlighting past events with our Native collaborators. "Heritage, Rights, and Land ...
11/05/2021

November is ! To celebrate, we are spotlighting past events with our Native collaborators. "Heritage, Rights, and Land Reclamation for California Native American Tribes" celebrates the restitution of a portion of the original Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria by a private donor. Our presenters explore their aspirations and hopes for the future of the Tribe, and how their experience can be a model for other tribes seeking to reclaim their home places.

https://vimeo.com/540739765

Penn Cultural Heritage Center Lecture: https://www.penn.museum/sites/chc/ Regaining land ownership represents the work of decolonization in practice. This presentation…

Last chance to register for this free virtual lecture with Manana Tevzadze of საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia...
11/03/2021

Last chance to register for this free virtual lecture with Manana Tevzadze of საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia! Join us tomorrow for Blue Shield Georgia and Its Work with the Heritage Community to learn about preservation in the country of Georgia.

Register: bit.ly/3FL0bZf

There's still time to register for our virtual lecture with Manana Tevzadze of საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgi...
10/22/2021

There's still time to register for our virtual lecture with Manana Tevzadze of საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia! Learn about efforts to preserve and protect cultural heritage in the country of Georgia at this free Penn Museum lecture: bit.ly/3ja40x9

Thursday, Nov. 4, 12:30 PM ET

Our next free, virtual lecture features Manana Tevzadze, Chair of საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia! She will p...
10/18/2021

Our next free, virtual lecture features Manana Tevzadze, Chair of საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia! She will present the heritage community and civil society in the country of Georgia and briefly describe their challenges and experiences in the present and recent past. Learn about some of the initiatives of the Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield that aimed to strengthen the cultural heritage community and its efforts for the preservation of Georgian heritage sites and values.

Thursday, November 4, 12:30 PM ET
To register and for more information, visit: bit.ly/3ja40x9

"Al Mudhif- A Confluence" with Yaroub Al-Obaidi is now available to watch online! An outdoor art installation with an ac...
10/05/2021

"Al Mudhif- A Confluence" with Yaroub Al-Obaidi is now available to watch online! An outdoor art installation with an accompanying gallery exhibition at the Schuylkill Center, Al Mudhif – A Confluence explores notions of belonging and healing amidst the current moment of careful reconnection. Mudhifs date back more than 5,000 years to the Sumerian civilization of southern Mesopotamia. Used for town gatherings and ceremonies, they are one of the oldest known monumental building types designed with nature at their heart. Al Mudhif provides a welcoming space for intercultural encounters at the Schuylkill Center and offers a critical perspective on global migration of plants and people.

vimeo.com/620151734

In this virtual lecture hosted by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Yaroub Al-Obaidi will discuss his ongoing art installation, Al Mudhif – A Confluence,…

Address

3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA
19104

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(215) 746-4475

Website

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Penn Cultural Heritage Center posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Penn Cultural Heritage Center:

Share

Category

Nearby museums


Other Museums in Philadelphia

Show All

Comments

Penn Museum's Williams Director Chris Woods and Penn Cultural Heritage Center Director Richard Leventhal welcomed Lee Satterfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State.

Housed at the Penn Museum, PennCHC is a research hub that promotes community-based cultural heritage while studying threats related to historical site plundering, as well as the illicit antiquities trade. In August 2020, PennCHC partnered with the U.S. Department of State, connecting law enforcement officials to a community of experts in archaeology, anthropology, conservation, art history, and other fields. This collaboration solidified a long-term relationship between two organizations who routinely work together to protect cultural heritage amid political instability, armed conflict, or disasters.

As the first museum to establish the ethical protection of antiquities through the 1970 Pennsylvania Declaration, the Penn Museum continues to advance the preservation of cultural heritage for generations to come.

Learn more about the PennCHC: https://www.penn.museum/sites/chc/
How can the international community help protect cultural heritage in ?

Brian I. Daniels, Director of Research and Programs for Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the shares how:

1. Donors should pay attention to emerging local networks, which can support heritage professionals, integrate local volunteers, and act quickly as the frontlines shift and new needs arise.

2. Whether this war ends quickly or drags on into a stalemate, there will be a financial need for long-term assistance for Ukraine’s cultural institutions and the experts who sustain them.

3. Policymakers and cultural institutions supporting Ukrainian colleagues need to prepare now for a long-term conflict.

4. International law enforcement agencies, museums, and art market participants must increase their vigilance for looted cultural property coming from Ukraine and Ukraine’s citizens.

5. Policymakers and human rights advocates need to consider the steps required to protect the cultural workers safeguarding Ukraine’s heritage.

Read the full story via Just Security here: https://bit.ly/3veA6hG

Want to learn and do more? On May 19, Join Brian Daniels as he moderates a pay-what-you-wish virtual talk bringing together diverse cultural leaders based in Ukraine and the U.S. to discuss the cultural consequences of the Russian invasion.

May 19; 12:30 – 2:00 PM ET; pay what you wish
Register for "Ukraine & The Keepers of Cultural Memory" here: https://bit.ly/3xPFVE8
Outstanding report by Brian Daniels of five important lessons learned from conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now, Ukraine, that are instructive in the dynamic arena of cultural heritage in conflict.

Dr. Brian I. Daniels () is the director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center
at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He also advises the
Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and serves as vice president for cultural heritage of the Archaeological Institute of America, vice president of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, and the secretary of ICOM-Disaster Resilient Museums.
Meet one of the instructors for May's : Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Issues!

Richard M. Leventhal is a Professor in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, and Curator in the American Section of the Penn Museum.

He is also the former Director of the Penn Museum, President and CEO of the School of American Research in Santa Fe, Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA, and Director of the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies at SUNY-Albany.

He has done extensive archaeological field research in Belize, Mexico, and other parts of Central America for over thirty years, which has resulted in several monographs and books about the ancient Maya.

Dr. Leventhal lectures and writes extensively on the preservation of cultural properties and cultural sites, on the need to prevent the looting of global heritage resources, and on the acquisition policies of museums.

Register now for next month's Deep Dig: https://bit.ly/3x0Zwkr
📆 Four Thursdays, starting May 5
Yesterday, Penn Cultural Heritage Center joined our Council Conversation Club to discuss the complex debate of museums displaying contested artifacts from other countries, cultures, and groups.

Museums across the West have faced criticism for their display of artifacts taken from other countries during years of colonialism and exploitation. Join us and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center for Council Conversation Club on 4/18 to discuss this important topic. Register here: https://bit.ly/34QGcKM
In , museums strive to protect their heritage. NPR turned to Penn Cultural Heritage Center to discuss preserving national identities

Meet Penn Cultural Heritage Center directors Richard Leventhal, Ph.D., & Brian Daniels, Ph.D., in a class on war, human rights & community

Thursdays, starting May 5
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET
Register here: https://bit.ly/3x0Zwkr
“Museum curators and other professionals, they’re not first responders trying to save human lives, but they are the keepers of the cultural memory of the entire nation.” ––Brian Daniels, Director of Research and Programs at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center

During times of war, cultural heritage becomes under siege. As the situation unfolds in Ukraine, local volunteers, historians, and museum employees are going through great lengths to protect their artworks, artifacts, and monuments.

The Penn Museum's Cultural Heritage Center and curators offer perspectives on the importance of preserving their heritage that forms their national identities.

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/3NJhE8q
On NPR, Dr. Brian Daniels from Penn Cultural Heritage Center talks with Neda Ulaby about cultural heritage preservation in .

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/25/1083074854/ukraine-cultural-treasures-museums-curators
Thursday, November 4, at 12:30pm - Hosted by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center

Register here: https://bit.ly/3FL0bZf
The Penn Cultural Heritage Center is hosting a virtual talk with Manana Tevzadze, who will discuss her work as Chair of the Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield.

Sign up here: bit.ly/3FL0bZf

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, 12:30PM (ET)

საქართველოს ლურჯი ფარი Blue Shield Georgia
U.S. service members and Iraqi emigres shared traumatic stories of war during "Reconciliation — A Healing Encounter" at the The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia. The event was held on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 inside a traditional Iraqi guesthouse called a mudhif, part of an art installation at the center designed by Iraqi refugee, artist, and Penn Museum Global Guide Yaroub Al Obaidi.

Yaroub (pictured on the far right) joined the gathering inside the structure, made of thatched reeds, which was damaged but still standing after the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Join us on Sept. 23, 12:30–2 pm for a Penn Cultural Heritage Center lecture led by Yaroub to hear him speak about this powerful art installation.

Pay what you wish | Register here:
https://www.penn.museum/calendar/910/al-mudhif-a-confluence-with-yaroub-al-obaidi