Monday, November 3, 2008

Former Director of the Iraq Museum to speak in Minnesota

Donny George Youkhanna, former director of the Iraq Museum, will deliver two public lectures next Wednesday, November 12th. AIA-MN members and friends are welcome to attend either or both of these free talks.

"Mesopotamia: The Beginning of Civilization" will focus on the archaeology and cultural history of Iraq. This lunchtime lecture at Hamline University begins at 11:30. Please visit the Hamline University website for more information.

Later in the evening, at the Weisman Art Museum at 6:00, Dr Youkhanna will provide the latest news about the Iraq Museum and the restitution of antiquities from other countries, along with information about the ongoing looting of Iraq’s archaeological sites in a lecture titled "Looting of the Iraq Museum: Loss of a Nation's Memory." The talk will be followed by a panel discussion on cultural property and armed conflict, featuring Dr. Youkhanna, Dr. Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul University Law School, and Cori Wegener, Associate Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.

The Weisman is not offering advance reservation tickets for the evening lecture, so please arrive early as seating is limited.

Dr Youkhanna's visit to Minnesota is co-sponsored by the Weisman Art Museum; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP; the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; and the Maya Society.

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