National Hellenic Museum Hosts a Panel Discussion on Looting and the Destruction of Shared Heritage

An important conversation about protecting shared cultural heritage and antiquities.


While recent destruction of antiquities by ISIS has caused a global outcry, the world’s cultural heritage has long been under attack. Consistent looting and illegal trade of antiquities have caused irreparable damage, while providing significant revenue for the funding of terrorism. A panel of heritage protection experts will discuss the causes and consequences of iconoclasm and archaeological looting, and consider what can be done to address these problems.

This event will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Moderator: Fiona Rose-Greenland, Research Fellow with the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, is moderator of the event.

Panel speakers are:

                  Matthew Bogdanos, Marine Reserves colonel, New York Homicide prosecutor and classics scholar who became known as the “Raider of the Lost Art” for leading the search for antiquities stolen from Iraq’s National Museum in 2003

                  Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University law professor and director of the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage

                  Lawrence Rothfield, University of Chicago professor and lead investigator for “The Past for Sale” research project at the University of Chicago

 This lecture is one of a series of events in support of The Greeks exhibition at The Field Museum. It provides a timely reminder that recent looting and illegal trade of antiquities is destroying our shared heritage, causing irreparable damage and producing significant revenue for terrorists.

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Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the sleek 40,000-square-foot National Hellenic Museum at 333. S. Halsted St. is both contemporary and timeless, connecting all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history, culture, art and the Greek American experience. The National Hellenic Museum, previously known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, has been fulfilling this mission since 1983.

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