Sidore Lecture Series: Who Owns Palmyra?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Memorial Union Building - Theatre II
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 America’s only full-time professor of art crime, Professor Thompson studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. She has discussed art crime topics in, e.g., The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the Freakonomics podcast. Her book Possession (Yale, 2016) explores the history of the private collecting of Greek and Roman antiquities; NPR says that it “realigns our own sensibilities about art.” Currently, Professor Thompson is researching the ways in which terrorist groups both sell and destroy art to support their genocidal campaigns, as well as the legalities and ethics of digital reproductions of cultural heritage.


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