New Frontiers in the Protection of Cultural Property

Keynote Panel

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

5:00 PM

Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum

Reception to follow.

Please join us for this public keynote as part of the Preservation of Art and Culture in Times of War Conference. The keynote will feature panelists Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and Derek Gilman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Visual Studies at Drexel University, and moderated by Dr. Richard Leventhal, Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Much has changed since the pioneering fight of the “monuments men” to preserve cultural property from the Nazi onslaught.  While the World War II campaign focused on discrete artifacts such as paintings or sculptures, recent preservation efforts have viewed entire sites as cultural property, whether for historical, religious or archaeological reasons. Subsequent legal conventions have given the effort to preserve cultural property new tools and new vigor. At the same time, attacks on cultural property—led by non-state actors and motivated by religious intolerance, national chauvinism or greed—have become fiercer, with some insurgent groups attempting to obliterate places of national importance in an effort to re-write cultural history. Taking into account the perspectives of art, archaeology, history, law and the military, how must preservation efforts change in response to armed conflict in the twenty-first century? A cocktail reception will follow the panel. This conference is presented by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Cultural Heritage Center.
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Co-sponsored with CERL, University of Pennsylvania Law School