Patty Gerstenblith— 2007 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award

Award Citation: 

The Archaeological Institute of America is proud to present the 2007 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award to Patty Gerstenblith. Professor Gerstenblith has a Ph.D in fine arts and anthropology from Harvard University and a law degree from Northwestern University. She teaches at De Paul University College of Law in Chicago, where her specialty is cultural property law. Patty Gerstenblith has become one of the leading voices in the world in cultural property law and the issues surrounding the safeguarding of archaeological sites, monuments, and antiquities, and curtailing looting and the illicit trade in undocumented antiquities. She is a former member of the federal Cultural Property Advisory Committee, co-chairs the American Bar Association’s International Cultural Property Committee, and is president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. Patty Gerstenblith has been a member of the AIA and active in its programs for years. She is a former AIA General Trustee and currently serves as chair of the Cultural Property Legislation and Policy Committee and as a member of the Professional Responsibilities and Governance Committees. But this is her “ordinary” service. What she has done—and still does—to deserve the Joukowsky Award is “extraordinary” service, mostly behind the scenes, where she serves as an unofficial advisor to the AIA President and the AIA Vice President for Professional Responsibilities, educating them and other members of the Institute on the most effective way to combat the dangers facing the archaeological record through looting, vandalism, and greed. Her wide knowledge and vast experience of the law and of archaeology, as well as her passion for and commitment to the important issues confronting the leaders of the AIA (past, present, and future) as stewards of the human past, have made her an invaluable partner in getting the word out where it matters. If the voice of the AIA is a force to be reckoned with—in Congress, in the courts, in the world of museums, and on the international stage—it is due in part to the efforts of Patty Gerstenblith. The AIA is fortunate to have her as a champion and is honored to bestow on her the Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award.

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