Richard Leventhal on cultural heritage

With an impressive background that speaks for itself, Professor Richard Leventhal sat down with SAFE intern Cherkea Howery to discuss the goals of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Over a quaint lunch in the office of Professor Leventhal at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cherkea had the opportunity to chat with the charismatic giant in the field. A particularly passionate topic for the Professor concerned the role of museums and their future within the university. This issue has been raised frequently after the Brandeis University announced the closing of the Rose Art Museum. The topic is at the heart of discussing the value of University museums to create information and provide cutting-edge research to the general population. With a new book due to be published in a little over a year, this interview presents a bit of insight into Professor Leventhal’s self-proclaimed mission in fostering awareness about critical issues. As the PCHC gains momentum, we will see more outreach and education brought to a broad audience with active programs and lively discussions. SAFE would like to thank Professor Leventhal for offering his time and for organizing and leading this vital Center. (March 27, 2009)

Cherkea Howery

Richard Leventhal on cultural heritage

"In a rapidly changing global world, cultural heritage has become an important topic, playing an increasingly critical role in the identity politics of communities, the economic growth of world tourism, and the rules and regulations governing the international antiquities trade."

Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Curator, American Section at Penn Museum, and former Williams Director of Penn Museum, is founder and director of the new Penn Cultural Heritage Center.