Iraq's Modern Heritage

Discussion Mon 6 Jun 2005 The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
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This program examines cultural genocide during the Iraq War where art, artifact, history, culture, architecture, and human rights have been violated or destroyed by elicit looting. What are the moral, ethical, and political questions about the spoils of war? These issues become more complicated with international trafficking of antiquities and cultural property. What constitutes private property, right of transfer, what is legal? If inventories are missing there is no way to track what is on the market and where it comes from. History becomes the polemic of the victor because people are not taught about the conquest, the facts of the culture, and the cultural genocide of the people who live in war zones.

Elizabeth A. Sackler
Zena Bahade
Nada Shabout