Working hand-in-hand with communities to protect the past and secure the future
By positioning communities in a leading role, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center reframes the preservation of cultural heritage within a context of social, political, and economic development. We demonstrate and disseminate our strategy through field projects, research, engagement in public policy, and public programs that emphasize the centrality of community priorities for successful outcomes.
Founded in 2008, and directed by Richard M. Leventhal, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center draws upon the expertise of scholars and the research collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Its present organization involves the collaboration of researchers across the University of Pennsylvania and beyond whose research intersects with contemporary heritage issues. Since CHC’s inception, it has focused primarily on creating forums that bring together academics with non-academic stakeholders in cultural property policy programs.
Penn Cultural Heritage Center Advisory Board
- Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10, Chair
Consulting Scholar, Penn Cultural Heritage Center; Adjunct Professor, American University in Rome
Julia A. Brinjac, C08, G11
Deputy Policy Director, Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities
Douglas T. Dietrich, WG00
CEO, Minerals Technologies Inc.
Gretchen R. Hall, Ph.D., CGS97
Retired Chemist, ExxonMobil
Volunteer (since 2000), Penn Museum Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory
Paul Rissman, Ph.D., C78, GR85
Former Executive Vice President, AllianceBernstein
Edward J. Solomon, W76
Founder, Proactive Distribution, Inc.
Matthew J. Storm, C94, WG00
Founding Partner & Chief Operating Officer, CV Advisors, LLC
Jill Weber, Ph.D., GR06
Near Eastern Archaeologist