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The Refugee Experience: South Sudan with Nyamal Tutdeal

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Group (Kress) Entrance

What is it like to leave the only place you’ve ever called home? Former refugee, turned human rights advocate Nyamal Biel Tutdeal will tell her story as a refugee, touch upon the current worldwide migration crisis, and highlight the importance of rallying as world citizens to understand the refugee experience. A reflective discussion will encourage teachers to think critically about the issues that refugees face upon arriving to their new home country.


Kids looking at objects

Technology and Paint: Color Creation Through Time

Tuesday, October 9th
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Group (Kress) Entrance

Why is color important to people? The technology of creating color has impacted and informed our culture for thousands of years. In this workshop we explore the evolution of different paint and dye making techniques from prehistoric peoples to the ancient Romans, some of which still manage to impress modern scientists today. By breaking down the basic components you need to create a workable paint, we will experiment with different kinds of materials found in the world around us. Can you make paint with grass or what’s leftover in your fridge? Our humanity compels us to try!


Global Guide Moumena

Teacher Talk: Middle East Galleries Tour with Global Guide

Tuesday, September 11th
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The Penn Museum’s new Global Guides Program offers gallery tours led by immigrants and refugees. In addition to sharing historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin.

At this event, teachers will tour the Middle East Galleries with Global Guide Moumena Saradar, a professional medical interpreter in Arabic, working for several interpreting agencies in Philadelphia. She is originally from Syria. Her travels to several countries in Asia and Africa and her experiences viewing popular Egyptian monuments motivated her to share her cultural understanding as a Global Guide at the Penn Museum.


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FULL: Learning with Loan Boxes: SOUTH ASIA

Monday, July 30 & Tuesday, July 31
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (both days)

The Penn Museum and the South Asia Center invite K-12 educators to join us for a two-day exploration of South Asian history and culture. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum anthropologist, Dr. Kathleen Morrison, about her research in India and work with other educators to develop engaging cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Participants will receive fourteen Act 48 Credits, free parking, free breakfast and lunch, and (upon completion of a lesson plan) a free Artifact Loan Box rental ($75 value!)


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Unpacking the Past – Middle East Program Preview

Wednesday, July 18
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

ALL middle school* teachers in Philadelphia public and Title I charter schools are invited to preview the new components of Unpacking the Past. Unpacking the Past is a free program that provides middle school classrooms studying ancient civilizations with an outreach lesson in your classroom, a field trip to the Penn Museum (busing included), on-going teacher professional development, and much more!

At this professional development, you will be among the first to preview the new Middle East Gallery workshop and tour that your students will experience on their FREE field trip to the Penn Museum next school year. You will also practice object-based teaching techniques in the galleries and learn from an expert in Middle Eastern history.

Participants will receive six Act 48 credits. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


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Teacher Talks: Decolonizing Museums

Wednesday, June 20 – 3:30pm - 5:00 pm

Many of the artifacts at the Penn Museum, like other museums in North America and around the world, were collected during times of overt colonialism. Museums today, including the Penn Museum, are grappling with the ways that they can acknowledge and disengage themselves from colonialist ideals. For our final Teacher Talk of the school year, please join us for a thoughtful discussion about the current movement to decolonize museums. Thomas Leischner will facilitate a discussion, partially based on his master’s thesis paper on the topic, wherein we will examine the roots of the decolonization movement and how it relates to our teaching both in the museum and in schools.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive refreshments and Act 48 Credits.


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Educators’ Open House: Middle East Galleries

Monday, May 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm (registration at 4:30pm)

Join the Penn Museum for an evening of discovery and inspiration in the brand new Middle East Galleries. See how this first phase of the Building Transformation Project will take you and your students on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities...cities not so different from our own.

Enjoy beer, wine and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres while you discover how these objects will lend themselves to your curriculum! Try out some of our newly developed activities inspired by this incredible collection of objects and chat with trained gallery guides who can answer your burning questions about the ancient Middle East.


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Archaeology in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30PM

Please join us as Mary Mills and Rebecca White from AECOM Cultural Resources to discuss ongoing excavations along I-95 here in Philadelphia. They will bring a sampling of the 1.5 million artifacts recovered to date. Ranging from Native American points to infant feeders and roach traps, the artifacts reveal new details about daily life and early industries along the Delaware River.

Having years of experience in museum education and public outreach, our speakers will share how educators can guide students in the use of material culture and primary documents to understand the past.


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Daily Life of Ancient Egyptians with Shelby Justl

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30PM

Travel back in time to 1500 BCE to see ancient Egypt beyond the pyramids and mummies with Egyptologist Shelby Justl. Explore ancient Egyptian settlements and daily life, including the glamorous palaces of Pharaohs, to huge private officials’ villas, to small workmen’s dwellings. Learn more about the ancient Egyptians’ childhood, family life, occupations, leisure activities, and even what the clothing they wore and the food that they ate. Get answers to all your burning questions about how ancient Egyptians handled challenges like illness, grief, theft, lazy co-workers, and bad bosses.


In Bearing Witness gallery

Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

March 17, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Brown University’s Choices Program, Penn’s Middle East Center, and South Asia Center, this workshop will introduce educators to the Choices Program's award-winning resources to teaching about contested international issues.

Participants will be immersed in two Choices units: The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy and Confronting Genocide: Never Again? as well as two Penn Museum exhibitions, Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, and Bearing Witness: 4 Days in West Kingston.

Workshop includes two curriculum units ($80 value), lunch, certificate of attendance, Six Act 48 credits, and all workshop materials.


Bearing Witness Exhibit

Representing Contemporary Cultures in Museums with Thomas Leischner

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:30 AM - 6:30PM

The Penn Museum is famous for our collection of ancient archaeological material, but we also have several exhibits focused on contemporary people. This evening, we will spend time in two galleries that address modern events - Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, and Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston. What did the curators want visitors to learn? How did they want us to feel about these contemporary people? How can we see their intentions in the design of the displays, text, and multimedia? How can we help our students make sense of these exhibits?


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Ancient Middle East: Using STEM to Analyze the Past

Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:30PM

Understand more about how archaeologists use scientific analysis to understand the people of ancient Mesopotamia. Begin with an activity to explore unfamiliar objects, then tour the Artifact Lab with conservator Tessa Alarcan Martin. Hear from Dr. Marie-Claude Boileau of the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials, in a talk about her scientific analysis of ancient Middle East ceramics. Then finish with a STEM-focused interactive workshop that examines Mesopotamian ceramic coffins. For more info, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This FREE opportunity features breakfast, parking, and Act 48 Credits for PA educators. Presented by the Penn Middle East Center and the Penn Museum.


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The Refugee Experience with Nyamal Biel Tutdeal

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:30 AM - 6:30PM

What is it like to leave the only place you’ve ever called home? Former refugee, turned human rights advocate Nyamal Biel Tutdeal will tell her story as a refugee, touch upon the current worldwide migration crisis, and highlight the importance of rallying as world citizens to understand the refugee experience. A reflective discussion will encourage teachers to think critically about the issues that refugees face upon arriving to their new home country.


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Teacher Talks: Unearthed in the Archives: Penn’s work at Maya Sites

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum.

Get an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of our vast archives with a focus on Penn’s excavations of Maya sites in Central America. Learn about the Maya culture and the people who study it.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits.


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Teacher Talks: Excavations at Abydos in Egypt with Paul Verhelst

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum.

Hear from an expert from the field excavations in Abydos, Egypt. See pictures, ask questions and learn about the discovery of a previously unknown ancient pharaoh and ceremonial boat structure.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits.


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Teacher Talks: Investigating the Origins of America’s First City with Meg Kassabaum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum.

The ancient city of Cahokia thrived from AD 1050 - 1300 and was home to over 20,000 people. We know these people built massive earthen mounds, however, the history of mound building begins nearly 5,000 years before the Cahokia mounds were constructed. In this workshop, we will examine the archaeological site of Cahokia and investigate the origins of America's first city.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits.


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Around the Globe in Your City: A World Heritage Teacher Workshop

Saturday, September 16 2017 8:45 AM — 12:00 PM

This interactive workshop will introduce educators to the Philadelphia World Heritage City Project, to the heritage education resources available at the Penn Museum and elsewhere right here in Philadelphia, and to the recent first international Philadelphia World Heritage Education trip. Participants will work in small groups to examine new global curricula across grade levels and disciplines, discover object-based learning techniques using Penn Museum galleries, and hear Philadelphia teachers discuss how they have implemented their visits to Indian and Nepalese World Heritage sites and cities into classroom action plans. Act 48 Professional Education credits are offered for this workshop.


Artifact from Syria Collection

Middle East: Crossroads of Culture

August 24, 2017, 8:30AM – 12:30PM

The Middle East Center and the Penn Museum invite you to join us for morning of learning on Thursday, August 24th. Participants will receive a tour of the new exhibit “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq” and a hands-on workshop that focuses on ancient Middle Eastern adornment. Before the tour, Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Associate Curator in the Near East Section, will speak about her experiences curating the exhibit.

The deadline for registration is August 10.


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Using Artifacts in Your Classroom

August 22, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a day of exploration of the Penn Museum's Artifact Loan Boxes. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum experts and preview examples of cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Participants will receive Act 48 Credits.


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A Loan Box for all Subjects: Using Artifacts in Your Classroom

August 9-10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Join us for a two day exploration of the Penn Museum’s Artifact Loan Boxes. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum archaeologists and conservators and develop engaging cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Breakfast and lunch are provided both days. Participants will receive Act 48 Credits and teaching resources.

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