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Taking the Long View: Art and Cultural Heritage in an Age of Terror

Captain Deane Keller with Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera (Italian, painted ca. 1482), 1944/1945.

Lecture Series 2015

Taking the Long View: Art and Cultural Heritage in an Age of Terror

Beginning with the iconic cultural heritage dispute regarding the Elgin/Parthenon marbles, a world renowned set of architectural sculptures now split between the British Museum and the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, the speakers in this series will explore the legacy of conquest and colonization, while considering the urgent questions posed by the deliberate destruction of World Heritage sites and cultural objects by present-day iconoclasts and terrorists in the Middle East. The speakers will also consider various strategies for the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage, from the inspiring story of the Monuments Men, who assisted in the protection and restitution of cultural property in Europe during World War II, to the evolving global efforts of museums and international organizations such as UNESCO.

We invite you to explore, in this free lecture series, the complex aesthetic, ethical, historical, legal and political issues related to this important set of topics, part of a broader public dialogue about cultural identities and institutions, economics and politics, in an increasingly interconnected world.

Upcoming Lecture

Drawing the Parthenon Sculpture

Dr. Katherine A. Schwab, Fairfield University

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Recent Lecture

Marbles and Monuments in an Age of Terrorism

Prof. James A.R. Nafziger, College of Law, Willamette University and Prof. Robert K. Paterson, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

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ISIS and the Threat to Our Cultural Heritage: What Can the World Do?

Dr. James Cuno, ‘73, President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust

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The Present Acropolis: Classical Antiquity in Modern-Day Athens

Dr. Eleana Yalouri, Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens

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The Monumental Contexts of the Periclean Acropolis

Dr. Robin Rhodes, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, University of Notre Dame

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Recent Film

"The Rape of Europa"

The epic story of the theft, destruction and survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II.

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Recent Lecture

A History of the Parthenon Marbles: An Earth Science Perspective

Scott Pike, Associate Professor, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Willamette University

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Recent Film

Film: "The Rape of Europa"

The epic story of the theft, destruction and survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II.

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Recent Lecture

Robert Edsel

On Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in The Historic Elsinore Theatre, Willamette University brought to Salem Robert Edsel's stories of modern treasure hunters. 

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