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Syrian archaeologist Salam Al Kuntar to discuss the destruction of heritage and its impact on cultural identity, February 16, 2016

Syrian archaeologist Salam Al Kuntar will give a lecture on the destruction of heritage and its impact on the cultural identity of Syrians and Iraqis. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 5:30pm, in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. It is free and open to the public.

Al Kuntar is currently a visiting scholar and research fellow at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of scholarly interest include human mobility, cultural boundaries, forced migration and cultural heritage. She co-directs the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project—which is run by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Al Kuntar is also a National Geographic emerging explorer involved in National Geographic's Saving the Past initiative. 

The lecture is part of ongoing efforts at Vassar to spur education around the worldwide refugee crisis. This event is sponsored by Office of the President and Refugee Solidarity (

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 5, 2016