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Professor Gerstenblith featured in Chicago Tribune

Professor Patty Gerstenblith was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune for writing a commentary piece on the closing of Spertus Museum's exhibit, "Imaginary Coordinates."

To read the article, click here.


Professor Gerstenblith featured on NPR

Congratulations to Professor Patty Gerstenblith. Patty was interviewed on an NPR (national) story that just aired about artifacts taken from the site of Macchu Picchu in Peru and that are being held by Yale.

Posted April 18, 2008


Congratulations to Professor Gerstenblith

Professor Patty Gerstenblith was recently quoted in Christian Science Monitor. On April 8, she spoke at Georgetown Law Center, and on April 9 she spoke at a press briefing at the National Press Club (in DC) on the release of a book, "Antiquities under Siege" published in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

She was interviewed on Worldview with Jerome McDonald for a program that aired April 10, the anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. On Saturday, April 12 Patty spoke at a conference at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

In addition, Patty also briefed the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in preparation for hearings this week on the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

Congratulations Professor Gerstenblith!

Posted April 16, 2008


Looting the Cradle of Civilization: The Loss of History in Iraq

The looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad stunned the world in 2003. Much less well known is the ongoing looting of archaeological sites throughout Iraq, which poses an even greater threat to the history of the land that gave the world its earliest writing system, the first cities, and the concept of the rule of law. Mesopotamia-today's Iraq-is quite literally the cradle of civilization, making the disappearance of its cultural patrimony a loss for all humanity.

This symposium offers the unparalleled opportunity to examine the archaeological tragedy taking place in Iraq with scholars and experts who have experienced the situation at first hand. Hear the latest information on the looting of the Iraq Museum, including what has been lost and what has been recovered. See how illicit digging takes place at sites throughout Iraq and the ways looted artifacts move from Iraq to art markets around the world. Discover how scholars are attempting to work with the military and the Iraqi government to protect Iraq's threatened archaeological sites. Learn about the laws safeguarding cultural property during wartime and the challenges these laws are facing in Iraq.

Offered in conjunction with the special Oriental Institute exhibit, Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past, this symposium also includes a viewing of the exhibit and the world-renowned collection of ancient art and artifacts on display in the Oriental Institute Museum's Mesopotamian Gallery.

Saturday, April 12, 2008. 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
$65 OI members/$75 non-members.
Pre-registration required.
Call 773-702-9507.

Symposium speakers include:
Donny George, former director of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad
Patty Gerstenblith, Professor, College of Law, DePaul University, Chicago, and Director of DePaul's Program on Cultural Heritage Law
McGuire Gibson, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology, University of Chicago
Abdulamir Hamdani, Director of Antiquities in Nasiriya Province in southern Iraq
John Russell, Professor of Art at Massachusetts College and former Deputy Advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Culture and the Coalition Provisional Authority
Elizabeth Stone, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology at SUNY Stonybrook University, New York.


Protecting the Past: The Fate of Cultural Property in Times of Armed Conflict

WHEN:
April 24, 2008
1:30pm - 4:30pm Program
4:30pm - 5:30pm Reception

WHERE:
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Executive Conference Room, 2nd floor
1785 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20052

COST:
There isn't a cost to attend this event, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited. To register, click here.

PROGRAM:

Panel I - Looking Back: Lessons Learned from Past Conflicts
Individual presentations, followed by questions.

PANELISTS:

  • Lynn H. Nicholas, Independent researcher of Nazi era social and cultural policy and author of "Rape of Europa," will discuss Nazi and World War II art looting, wartime preservation measures and post-War restitution.
  • Robert M. Edsel, Author of the non-fiction book, "Rescuing Da Vinci," co-producer of the documentary film, "The Rape of Europa," and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, will discuss the role of the WWII Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives troops in protecting, preserving and restituting looted art.
  • AndrĂ¡s J. Riedlmayer, Harvard University, will discuss the destruction of cultural property during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
  • Hays Parks, U.S. Department of Defense, will discuss the history of and U.S. position toward the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
  • Thomas R. Kline - Panel Chair, Attorney, Andrews & Kurth and Assistant Professorial Lecturer, GWU, Museum Studies Program.

Panel II - Looking Forward: Applying the Lessons Learned
Round table discussion, followed by questions to members of both panels.

PANELISTS:

  • Corine Wegener, President, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; Associate Curator, Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft, and Sculpture at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Major (retired) in the U.S. Army Reserve, will discuss looting and destruction of cultural property at the Iraq National Museum and recovery efforts and also the role of the Blue Shield in protecting cultural property in future conflicts.
  • John Russell, Professor, Massachusetts College of Art, and former Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Coalition Provisional Authority, will discuss damage done to cultural heritage during the Iraq War and efforts toward cooperation between the U.S. military and cultural heritage professionals of different nationalities.
  • Richard Jackson, Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters and Army Colonel (Ret.), will discuss current attitudes of the U.S. military toward the Hague Convention and obligations to preserve cultural heritage during armed conflict.
  • Patty Gerstenblith - Panel Chair, Professor, DePaul College of Law, and President, Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.
Center for Art, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law