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The Future of the Past - From Amphipolis to Mosul: Interdisciplinary Conference on Cultural Heritage Issues
Friday, 10 April 2015
Penn Museum , University of Pennsylvania
Countries in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East have recently been affected by devastating wars, political turmoil, and economic hardship. In this conference, we address various issues of cultural heritage regarding the protection, preservation, and management of archaeological sites and cultural artifacts. More details at: http://futureofthepast.wix.com/culturalheritage
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Penn Museum, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Bryn Mawr College, Tyler School of Art Temple University


Urbanism and Ancient Maya Neighborhoods: Social and Spatial Organization
Monday, 30 March 2015
Scott Hutson, University of Kentucky
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania


Pilgrimage, Materiality, and Phenomenology: To Chaco Canyon and Beyond
Monday, 23 March 2015
Ruth van Dyke, Binghamton University
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania


A Difficult Time: Archaeology and Modernity
Monday, 23 February 2015
Alfredo González-Reubel, National Research Council of Spain
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania


The Magic of Craft: Workshops and the Materialization of Christianity in Late Antique Egypt
Monday, 13 October 2014
David Frankfurter, Boston University
Chemistry Building 231 South 34th St. B13, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Religious Studies Department, Classics Department, Ancient History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations


Why the Middle Ages Matter
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Van Pelt Library 6th Floor, University of Pennsylvania
The KISLAK Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts is delighted to host a panel and reception for the entire Penn Medieval/Renaissance Community. A roundtable discussion on ‘Why the Middle Ages Matter’ with Rebecca Winer (Villanova University), Matthew Boyd Goldie (Rider University), Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), John Haldon (Princeton University) and Will Noel (University of Pennsylvania)
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, KISLAK Center for Special Collections


HAIKU The Humanities and the Arts in the Integrated Knowledge University
Friday, 12 September 2014
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
What do the humanities and the arts have to offer contemporary efforts to integrate distinct bodies of knowledge within the research university? How will the humanities and the arts retain their specificity within this climate of integration and is it even important that they do so? What do creative practitioners have to offer the realm of research and teaching within the university? And how does the mandate for knowledge integration intersect with other key emphases within the contemporary university, such as the global and the digital? Please join us for two days of lively multi-disciplinary discussions and performances about the future of the humanities within the creative research university. This event is free and open to the public. http://www.haikuconference.com/
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund, School of Arts & Sciences, And Others


Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VIII: Landscapes of Value
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Cohen Hall Terrace Room, University of Pennsylvania
Modern concerns with the environment and the place humans occupy in the natural world have led to better understanding of the complex ways in which humans interact with and construct space. How do we map the landscape and give it meaning? What is the relationship between the world of mountains, rivers, plains and rocks, and the human presence in these landscapes? How we occupy or use the natural world around us is influenced by, and in turn shapes, epistemologies of time and every other aspect of culture. The landscape is an integral component in human perceptions of the differences between wild and civilized, and nomadic and agricultural, just as these in turn give shape to ideas of identity, belonging, foreignness and gender. Undoubtedly for the Greeks and Romans the landscape was the primary location for articulating the subtle and fluid relationship between the human and the divine. This conference is designed to investigate these questions in relation to the rich tradition of imbuing the landscape of the Greek and Roman worlds with meaning. From the location of Minoan peak sanctuaries to the significance attached to battlefields, to the elusive place of landscape in pastoral poetry, every aspect of ancient Mediterranean culture interacted in powerful and significant ways with the landscape.
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania


From Constantinople to Cappadocia
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Penn Museum , University of Pennsylvania
With the expansion of its current exhibition, Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug (in the Merle-Smith Galleries), the Penn Museum presents this afternoon program which focuses on two important areas of Byzantine cultural activity. Constantinople (now Istanbul) was the undisputed capital of Byzantine culture, well known for its resplendent, mosaic-filled churches. While the volcanic region of Cappadocia (in central Turkey) is less well-known, artists from Constantinople painted many of its well-preserved cave churches. This program examines the respective artistic contributions of both, with a keynote address delivered by Dr. Anthony Cutler, Professor of Art History, Penn State University—an expert on the history of Byzantine art. Sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies. Free admission. 1:00: Introduction Anthony Cutler (The Pennsylvania State University) 1:15: Keynote Address: "Those who Wait and Watch: Some Unidentified Figures at the Chora and their Curious Persistence in Byzantine Art" Anthony Cutler (The Pennsylvania State University) 2:15: "From Vaults of Heaven to Caves of God" Robert Ousterhout (Penn) 2:45: BREAK 3:00: "The Rock-Cut Church of Meryemana: An Illuminated Apocalypse?" Lynn Jones (Florida State University) 3:30: "Rock-Cut Façades in Byzantine Cappadocia" Gül Öztürk (Çankaya University, Ankara / Penn) 4:00: "Imagining the Byzantine Painter in Cappadocia" Tolga Uyar (Dumbarton Oaks) 4:30: "Imprinting Identity: Individualizing Churches Through Painted Inscriptions" Anna Sitz (Penn) Read more about Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug - http://www.penn.museum/press-releases/1056-ahmet-ertug-expanded-exhibition.html
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies