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Time Out Chicago Features “Pioneers to the Past” at Oriental Institute

photo_tTime Out Chicago‘s “Around Town” section recently profiled the new Oriental Institute exhibition “Pioneers to the Past.”  On view until August 29, 2010, the exhibition features a display of previously unpublished letters that University of Chicago archeologist Henry Breasted wrote to his family and benefactors during his two year journey to the Middle East following World War I.

Oriental Institute Director Gil Stein discusses the exhibit:

This exhibit gives us a fascinating glimpse of a pivotal moment in history – the birth of the modern Middle East as we know it today, and at the same time, the genesis of modern archaeological research in the cradle of civilization. It’s one of the best examples I know of the ways that scholarship and politics interconnect in important and unexpected ways.

To read the article in Time Out Chicago please click here and to learn more about the exhibition at the Oriental Institute please click here.

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