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The Story of James Henry Breasted and the Oriental Institute on NPR

The Oriental Institute’s “Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920” exhibit was featured on NPR’s Worldview on July 13. Jerome McDonald discussed the goals and contributions of the Oriental Institute’s founder James Henry Breasted with Orit Bashkin, Assistant professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Geoff Emberling, Research Associate and Chief Curator of the Oriental Institute.

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The exhibit documents Breasted’s groundbreaking work in Egypt and Mesopotamia in the aftermath of WWI and includes previously unpublished letters written by Breasted to his family and colleagues. It closes August 29.

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