Past Event

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ISIS, War and the Threat to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

We have seen the disturbing and often horrific images emanating from the battle-torn regions of Iraq and Syria and heard the news of damage to monuments and archaeological sites and the looting of cultural objects in this ancient and archaeologically important region. But the news is rapidly changing and often conflicting, and the timing and substance of some of the stories appear to have been manipulated by ISIS. What is happening to the art and monuments of the region? What has been safe-guarded? What has been destroyed?  What is most at-risk, whether of destruction or looting? Where are the looted objects going? Are they coming into the United States?

Please join IFAR's specialists, several of whom have on-site experience and knowledge, for a fascinating and topical discussion of these and other issues.

Note: Q& A and Informal Reception Follow the Talks

Registration and Pre-Payment Required

Event Speaker(s)

Amr-Al-Azm, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Middle East History and Anthropology, Shawnee State University

Michael D. Danti, Ph.D.

Academic Director, American Schools of Oriental Rsearch Cultural Heritage Initiatives

Brenton M. Easter
Senior Special Agent, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (ICE)

Richard L. Zettler, Ph.D.
Assoc. Curator-in Charge, Near East Section, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania