The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation 8th Annual Conference

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. –9:00 a.m.        Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. –9:15 a.m.        Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.       Time to Reboot the Antiquities Dealing

Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Panel 1: Current Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict

Topic: Human rights and law of armed conflict; the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention; possibilities for USCBS as a consulting organization to the new coordinating committee for cultural heritage protection (this was set up through the Engel legislation). 

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Moderator: Elizabeth Varner,Staff Curator, U.S. Department of the Interior, Interior Museum Program; Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Board Member, Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Nancy C. Wilkie, President, US Committee of the Blue Shield

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Break

11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.   "All That Glitters Is Not Gold":Preserving Heritage Is Not Only about Saving a Work of Art

Topic: Discuss the history of museum collecting of antiquities, in particular the role of colonialism in the growth of encyclopedic collections. The talk will then address restitution justice, that is, what museums should do about objects that were acquired lawfully as part of colonialism, but not necessarily ethically.

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law, founding President of LCCHP

11:45 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.     Panel 2: Update on the most important current Indigenous peoples issues in Canada and the US

Topic: This session will review the latest developments in heritage issues affecting Indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Canada.  Panelists will begin with a discussion of the regulatory framework and policy implications of the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, including how structural regulatory challenges could lead to similar disputes in the future. They will then provide updates on the international repatriation of indigenous cultural material, including US legislative strategies to prevent theft and trafficking, and recent initiatives in Canada to repatriate tribal objects from domestic and foreign museums, which could serve as a model for future collaborative initiatives in the US and beyond.

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Co-Moderator: Stacey Jessiman, Lecturer at Stanford University, teaching "Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Protection, Practice, Repatriation"

Co-moderator: Marion Werkheiser,Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.       Lunch 

2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.       How Museums Can Help Change the Antiquities Market 

Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Panel 3: Virtual Multimodal Museum (ViMM)

Topic: Discuss Virtual Multimodal Museum (ViMM), a high-visibility and participative Coordination and Support Action (CSA), funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme (CULT-COOP-8-2016)

Marinos Ioannides, Ph.D., Cyprus Technical University and Project Manager, Initial Training Network - Digital Cultural Heritage

Moderator: Thomas R. Kline, Partner at Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC ; Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University Museum Studies Program; Interim President for the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Professor Roko Žarnić, University of Ljubljana and co-coordinator of ECTP Focus Area Cultural Heritage (FACH) 

4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Talk

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Closing Remarks:Cultural Protection as a Refugee’s Personal Journey

Tasoula Georgia Hadjitofi, cultural activist and entrepreneur

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Reception

Friday, March 10, 2017

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM     

Professional (Member): $150 SAVE $50! 

Professional (Non-Member*): $200 

Student (Member): $35 SAVE $30!

Georgetown Law Students: ($30)

Student (Non-member*): $65 

*Not a member? Join LCCHP and save on registration while helping us to preserve cultural heritage. Memberships are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

*Attendees seeking CLE credit can pay an additional $75.00 upon conference registration. 

CLE credit is available for the following states: NY, CA and PA. Depending on the state, attorneys from other MCLE states may self apply and report their CLE credit to their State Bar. The program is eligible for 2.5 General CLE credits (60 min states) and 3.0 General CLE credits (50 min states). This program is not currently eligible for CLE credit in Virginia.

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