Past Event

Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones

February 16, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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James Cuno and discussants on "Protecting the Past for the Future"


James Cuno draws fire when arguing against the repatriation of some museum artifacts. This event examines his view that cultural property should be recognized as the legacy of humankind, and it engages the urgent and controversial debate around antiquities, museums, and repatriation in times of war and crisis.

James Cuno 
President, J. Paul Getty Trust

Vishakha Desai 
Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President, Columbia University; 
President Emerita, Asia Society 
Edward C. Luck 
Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and 
Director of the Specialization in International Conflict Resolution, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University 
Thomas G. Weiss 
Presidential Professor of Political Science; 
Director Emeritus, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Mariët Westermann
Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
David Freedberg
Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art; Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia University

This event is part of the Academy’s International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.
James Cuno's prepared remarks can be read here.

Photo: Great Mosque of Aleppo in 2013, after destruction of the minaret
By Gabriele Fangi, Wissam Wahbeh [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons