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Media Contact:Michele Berger | | 215-898-6751October 15, 2015

Penn’s Hanson Works to Protect Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq

In places like Iraq and Syria, Penn Museum’s Katharyn Hanson teaches locals in the field emergency measures to safeguard culturally important artifacts and sites.

Katharyn Hanson stands on stage at the World Café Live in Philadelphia in front of a crowd of several dozen. Behind her flash images of antiquities and artifacts that make up much of the cultural legacy in places like Syria and Iraq. Sprinkled throughout are photos of explosions, dark gray plumes masking former heritage sites.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422April 17, 2015

Arab Spring’s Demands for Democratic Reforms Has Precedence, Penn Senior Finds

University of Pennsylvania undergraduate Anwar Akrouk's senior thesis argues that the Arab Spring’s demand for democratic reform mirrors nationalism’s rise following World War I and the Ottoman Empire’s fall.

By Julie McWilliams

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460August 21, 2014

Penn Sophomore Speaks at U.N. Human Rights Session in Geneva

In testimony before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Benjamin Fogel spoke out against the repression of political freedom, false imprisonment and the absence of an independent judiciary in Belarus. But Fogel isn’t a world leader or foreign-policy expert.

Syrian Conflict a Worry and a Puzzle to Many

August 30, 2013

Marwan Kraidy of the Annenberg School for Communication comments on how the conflict in Syria might cause confusion among news viewers and experts.

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Experts See Imminent Strike on Syria With Uncertain Results

August 28, 2013

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his thoughts on the U.S. responding to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Turkish Military Action Against Syria

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has both an on-campus ISDN line and an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability. 


Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu

Middle East Center Associate Director

University of Pennsylvania