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The Fight Against Cultural Racketeering: Exposing the Global Black Market in Looted Art and Antiquities

Cultural racketeering, or the organized, mass-scale looting and smuggling of art and archaeological artifacts, has exploded in recent years. Global criminal networks are taking advantage of political unrest in Egypt, Syria, and other countries in crisis to systematically rob priceless cultural heritage and, in many cases, the future economic sustainability of communities that depend on cultural tourism. More than $2 billion in antiquities have been looted from Egypt alone since 2011. Marion Werkheiser, attorney and founder of Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, and recipient of the 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award, will discuss the international legal frameworks that govern cultural heritage preservation, the dynamics of the underground trade in art and antiquities, and efforts underway to combat these coordinated attacks on our shared cultural heritage.

Thursday April 03, 2014 05:00 PM
Thursday April 03, 2014 06:00 PM
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN
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