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The Wall Street Journal

‘Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science’ review: More than meets the eye

A Penn Museum exhibition featuring scientific images of ancient artifacts was reviewed.

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Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn Museum appoints first diversity liaison in effort to strengthen community relations

The Penn Museum has appointed Muriel Patricia Clifford as the institution’s first diversity liaison. Clifford will lead community outreach strategies, serve on the Museum’s diversity committee, and develop public programming.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Museum has hired its first Black director, who pivoted from physics to antiquities

The Museum’s new director, Christopher Woods, was interviewed about his journey to Penn and how he plans to address challenges faced by the institution.

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Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn Museum names new director at 'pivotal moment' for the institution

Christopher Woods has been named director of the Penn Museum, effective April 1.

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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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