The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures (formerly The Oriental Inst.)

April 2023:

In recent years, the Oriental Institute (OI) of the University of Chicago has worked to develop a more accurate way of reflecting the geographic focus of our work and collections. As a result of this process, we have changed our name to Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, West Asia & North Africa (ISAC). Although our name and logo have changed, our mission remains the same, and more vital than ever. Since our founding in 1919, we continue to strive to be one of the world’s leading research centers on the ancient cultures of West Asia and North Africa by combining innovations in theory and methodology with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship. To learn more about our name change, please visit