You are invited to the Annual Meeting of the Bryn Mawr College Club of Chicago
Saturday, June 14th at 10:45a.m.
A light lunch will be provided at 12noon
The meeting will be at the home of Stephanie Hammer-Krabbe, 1720 S. Michigan Ave., #2808
Presentation at 11am by Katharyn (Katie) Hanson ’02
Stealing Culture: the Looting of Iraq’s Past
In April 2003, reports of the looted Iraq National Museum in Baghdad briefly focused international media attention on the plight of Iraq’s cultural heritage. The heft and destruction at the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad is only one part of a much larger threat to Iraq’s past. Since 2003, the ongoing massive looting of Iraq’s archaeological sites and destruction of historical monuments poses a continuing danger to the cultural heritage of Iraq. It is a region that has produced masterpieces of architecture and art over thousands of years. The loss of Iraq’s cultural heritage is a loss for all humanity. This talk will examine the questions: Why are archaeological sites and museums looted? Who profits from this plunder? Where have the looted artifacts from Iraq gone? What has been done in the past to stop looting? And what can we do in the future?
Katharyn Hanson is Co-Curator of the Oriental Institute Museum Special Exhibit Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past (April â€“ December 2008). She is also co-editor of the exhibit’s same named catalogue.
Katharyn is currently working on her doctorate in Mesopotamian Archeology at the University of Chicago.