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2020-2021 Lecture Series

Great Monuments

Monuments have been constructed throughout history—but why, how, and to what end? Join acclaimed Penn faculty and invited special guests as they examine the definition of a monument, what monuments of the past mean to the world today, whether they hold deeper or changed significance than when they were first created, if their purposes have shifted over time, and many more questions.

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2021-2022 Lecture Series

Great Revolutionaries

Throughout history, there have been outstanding leaders and change-makers that have guided societies through times of great difficulty and triumph. Explore the stories behind a diverse mix of revolutionaries who brought dramatic change to their societies from ancient times to today.

Powerful Women of Ur

In ancient Mesopotamia, women filled many roles that brought strength to their communities. Among these women were a few in the city of Ur, who held powerful positions as rulers and religious leaders. Watch as Penn Museum experts bring to light the stories of Queen Puabi and the Entu Priestesses.

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