Penn Museum Outreach
11:00 AM /CH
Tunisia: Crossroads of Culture by: Habiba (Barbara Siegel) – Tunisia has a richly mixed cultural heritage that includes Phoenician, Berber, Roman, Early Christian, Jewish and Islamic elements. Today it is a modern and moderate Islamic state. Tunisia’s island of Djerba has the worlds oldest continuous Jewish communities. Women’s suffrage came immediately after independence and education is a high priority for both girls and boys. At the same time, Tunisians also have a high regard for their traditions and complex history. This wonderful tour and slide show about Tunisia will end with a demonstration of Tunisian music and dance from the island of Djerba.
11:00 AM /CH
Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict by: Shelby Justl –
There are growing international concerns about the threats modern society poses to Egyptian cultural heritage. Current archaeological digs lie next to modern villages with residents walking through them and wildly spread rumors of treasure leading to illegal digging and black-market artifact sales. This workshop explores the effects of modern people on Penn’s archaeological site in Abydos. You will engage in a broader discussion of cultural heritage preservation through examination of political events such as Arab Spring, which affected Egyptian museums and archaeological sites. In the end, debate important questions such as, “Should objects remain in their country of origin in times of conflict?,” “Do you think statues, jewelry, and mummies should be transported to museums worldwide to reach a broader audience or should they remain in Egypt as their cultural property?”
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