Who Owns Antiquity?
Hobby Lobby recently paid a $3 million fee for illegally buying smuggled ancient Iraqi artifacts.
This hour: What is the relationship between collecting antiquities and the looting of them in countries that are experiencing violent conflicts and societal breakdown? Do Western museums and collections have a role to play in saving at-risk antiquities?
And then: A look at two projects at Yale documenting information about cultural heritage sites in Syria -- what does it mean to be a steward of knowledge about a place that may no longer exist?
- Leila Amineddoleh - An art and cultural heritage attorney; professor of art and cultural heritage law at Fordham University; professor of art crime law at NYU
- Lisa Brody - Associate curator of ancient art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and curator of its Dura Europos exhibit
- Amr Al-Azm - Associate professor of Middle East history at Shawnee State University; former director of Scientific and Conservation Laboratories at the Department of Antiquities and Museums in Syria
- Stefan Simon - Director of the Global Cultural Heritage Initiative at Yale; inaugural director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale
Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.