Friday, December 1, 2017

Forum on Looted Art, Archaeology and Restitution: the Napoleon & Al Mahdi Cases

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6pm,  in the Hearth Room (room 340), Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas (#27 on this map). Pay parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility (#71 on the map)

The entrance into Paris of the works destined for the Musée Napoléon, detail from a Sevres vase by Antoine Beranger, 1813.

Mausoleum caretaker prays at a damaged tomb in Timbuktu, Mali.
(AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File) https://    

Discussion led by Vanessa Rousseau, President, Archaeological Institute of America, MN Society and 
Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History, University of St. Thomas

The (new!) AIA members' forum is designed to give local society members and students the opportunity to participate in meaningful conversations about archaeological issues and give feedback to the national AIA. This inaugural event will compare two cases of legal restitution or reparation in the aftermath of looting and the destruction of cultural property: The return of objects confiscated by Napoleon, and the recent International Criminal Court conviction of Ahmad Al Mahdi for destruction of Muslim shrines in Timbuktu. Short preparatory readings are available here

This event is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas and the Archaeological Institute of America    

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