Looting the Past: The Battle for Our Ancient Heritage
Sponsored by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in partnership with The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 5:30pm

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

History can be a casualty of war and instability—the looting of the Iraq Museum in 2003, the demolition of Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, and now the destruction of Syria’s ancient sites amidst the chaos. Thirty to forty percent of Aleppo’s ancient landmarks were damaged in one year alone. Although most countries recognize the importance of preserving the world's cultural heritage sites, especially standing monuments, the destruction, theft, and trading of portable antiquities remain controversial issues. Legal and ethical debates continue between museums, private collectors, dealers, source countries, archaeologists, and academics, and the looting shows no sign of abating. Join The Chicago Council, the Oriental Institute, and our panel of experts for a discussion on the fate of our ancient heritage. 

This is a public program.


James Cuno, President and CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust 

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, and Director, DePaul Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law 

Richard M. Leventhal, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center 

Moderated by Gil Stein, Director, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago 

For details and how to register, go here.


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