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“All Things Considered,” National Public Radio

Refugee docents help bring a museum’s global collection to life

Ellen Owens, Julian Siggers, and Kevin Schott of the Museum were interviewed about the Global Guides program, which hires refugees and immigrants to work as docents. “We really wanted to have the narratives of lots of different people, to bring the authentic voices of people that live in other places into the galleries of the museum,” said Owens.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Return of the Rat: Chinese lunar new year honors the trickster

Haibin Wechsler of the Museum spoke about 2020 being the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac calendar. “A lot of famous writers are rats,” Wechsler said. “Shakespeare is a rat. Truman Capote is a rat. Charlotte Bronte is also a rat.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump’s threat to strike Iranian cultural sites puts him in league with ISIS, Taliban

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of Perry World House and Brian Daniels of the Penn Museum spoke about the administration’s threat to strike Iranian cultural sites. “Just the threat is quite amazing, coming from the president of the United States,” said Zeid.

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The New York Times

A threat to Iran’s rich cultural heritage

Brian Daniels and Richard Leventhal of the Museum were among the signers of a letter about the administration’s threats of retaliation against Iran by striking cultural sites. “If carried out, this threat would constitute a war crime under international instruments such as the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which the United States has joined,” they and others wrote.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

After ‘long-term extended loan,’ Penn Museum sends ancient Iraqi artifacts home

The Penn Museum is bringing 3 boxes of ancient artifacts to the Iraq embassy in Washington, D.C. to be returned to their country of origin. “All the tablets were shipped out to be studied because no one in Iraq at the time could read them,” said the Museum’s Brad Hafford.

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The New York Times

Penn Museum redesign aims beyond academics

Julian Siggers of the Penn Museum spoke about the galleries’ reopening. “The collection is too good for it not to be a public museum,” he said. “This is the first time when you will really be able to see how we’ve opened this museum up, deliberately targeting it for public engagement.”

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