Thursday, October 3, 2013

Public Program in Chicago to discuss the Battle for our Ancient Heritage


The practice of keeping the looted treasures in museums should also be scrapped.
The heritage belongs to the people who created them and should be returned to the countries of origin. 

British Museum, return the two Sarasvati Statues stolen from Dhar, Bhojashala.
People are on eternal vigil, a lamp burn there as akhandadeepam awaiting the pratimaa of Devi Sarasvati.



"Looting the Past: The Battle for Our Ancient Heritage"

A public program from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in
partnership with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5.30 pm
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5.30 pm

At the Oriental Institute
University of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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


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
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