The public has an opportunity to consider some of the conference issues on April 4, Tuesday night, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, when the Penn Museum hosts a Keynote panel discussion, New Frontiers in the Protection of Cultural Property. Taking into account diverse perspectives of art, archaeology, history, law, and the military, the panel is challenged to consider, how must preservation efforts change in response to armed conflict in the twenty-first century?
Dr. Richard Leventhal, Director of the Penn Museum’s Penn Center for Cultural Heritage, moderates a wide-ranging discussion with panelists including: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law, University of California-Davis School of Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights; Derek Gillman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, and Former Executive Director and President, Barnes Foundation; Sir Richard Goldstone, former judge, Appellate Division, Supreme Court of South Africa; and Shamila Batohi, Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.
Following the discussion, guests are also invited to preview Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq. Created in conjunction with the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, this new Penn Museum exhibition sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake—the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people—and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Cultures in the Crossfire opens to the public Saturday April 8.
A cocktail reception follows the panel discussion. Admission: $20 (free for PennCard holders and college students with current full-time college ID). Pre-registration required. Details are available on the Penn Museum’s online calendar.