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WTTW presents two documentaries on the history of the Oriental Institute


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WTTW-TV, Channel 11, will present two documentaries this week on that explore the history and accomplishments of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, May 27, the station will present “Breaking Ground: The Story of the Oriental Institute,” with footage of artifacts in the collection, interviews with scholars and scenes from current projects in Egypt and Turkey. This one-hour documentary, produced by Emmy Award-winner Leonard Aronson, attempts to capture the spirit of patient, rigorous inquiry that distinguishes the Institute in the scholarly world. A repeat broadcast is currently scheduled for 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2004.

On Friday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m., the station will present a companion half-hour documentary, “Pioneer to the Past: The Life and Times of James Henry Breasted,” which will look at the accomplishments of the founder of the institute. A repeat broadcast is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2004.
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