Fw: [agade] NEWS: Appointment at Stony Brook
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Subject: [agade] NEWS: Appointment at Stony Brook
Stony Brook Hires Baghdad Museum Director
Donny George, who directed the National Museum in Baghdad and
became a vocal advocate for protecting Iraqi antiquities before
leaving his post recently and fleeing to Syria, has been hired as a
visiting professor at Stony Brook University on Long Island, the
university announced. Mr. George became the international face of
the plight of ancient artifacts in Iraq, many of which have been
stolen or destroyed since the war began in 2003, but left his job
in August after telling colleagues that he felt threatened.
Mr. George, a Christian, was a midlevel official in the Baath Party
under Saddam Hussein’s government and could have been the target of
a revenge campaign by conservative Shiites, American officials said
at the time. Beginning next semester, Mr. George will teach two
courses, “The Archaeology of Mesopotamia” and “The Cultural
Heritage of Iraq.” He will also conduct archaeological research.
His appointment was sponsored by Stony Brook and the Scholar Rescue
Fund, a program run by the Institute of International Education to
provide refuge to persecuted scholars.
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