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Museums of the Past into the Future: The Oriental Institute and the Kelsey Museum

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A conversation between:

Chris Woods, Director, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Terry G. Wilfong, Director, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, U-M


The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan share similar backgrounds and histories. Founded in the prosperity of the 1920s as part of the wider-ranging projects of visionary scholars, the two archaeological museums focus on an expansive program of investigation of the ancient history of the Mediterranean and Middle East. But these two museums have taken very different paths to the present and face different challenges for the future. The discussion will cover the history of these unique institutions as well as their present situations and future possibilities.

Co-sponsored by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Bicentennial


December 12
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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