Lecture by Archaeologist and Social Media Activist, Dr. Monica Hanna

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30 - 8pm

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Dr. Monica Hanna

Dr. Monica Hanna

Dr. Monica Hanna, archaeologist and social media activist, will discuss the risks she takes to expose the looting problem in Egypt and how her efforts have led to the recovery of stolen objects in a lecture entitled, "Saving Ancient Egypt, One Tweet at a Time: How social media is saving one of the world’s oldest civilizations."  Dr. Hanna created and maintains Egypt’s Heritage Task Force, a social media outpost for reporting attacks on heritage sites and sharing information about this devastation with the world.  Her talk will precede the 2014 SAFE Beacon Award ceremony, where she will be recognized for her endeavors to save Egypt’s cultural artifacts and history.

SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage worldwide. The SAFE Beacon Award recognizes outstanding achievement in raising public awareness about our endangered cultural heritage and the devastating consequences of the illicit antiquities trade. Since 2004, awards have been presented to authors, professors, law enforcement professionals, and archaeologists.

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.