The three-year-old conflict in Syria has claimed nearly 200,000 lives and displaced millions. Human suffering has taken its rightful place at the forefront of the war’s concern, but the country’s history is dying a quiet death. In June, experts from the Penn Cultural Heritage Center brought a group of about 20 heritage activists from Syria to Turkey for a three-day training seminar focused on preserving Syrian cultural heritage.
A treasure trove of artwork by acclaimed cartoonist and children’s author William Steig has been donated to Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts, and forms the basis for its new exhibition, “As the Ink Flows: Works from the Pen of William Steig.”
Penn will open the Penn Wharton China Center in March of 2015, which will be a nucleus for researchers, students, and alumni who seek to study or conduct research in China. The Center will be located in the Central Business District of Beijing and expose ideas and innovations from researchers across Penn to an audience in China.