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George Washington University Seminars on Museums and Antiquities

I noticed that there are some interesting seminars at George Washington University Seminars in their "Museums and Antiquities" series.

Coming up:
  • January 21, 2010. James Cuno: “Museums, Antiquities, and the Politics of Cultural Property"
  • February 18, 2010. Patty Gerstenblith: "Museums and the Market: Preserving the Past by Regulating the Market in Antiquities”
  • March 4, 2010. Malcolm Bell: "Archaeologists’ Views on Collecting Antiquities"

Bell and Gerstenblith were excluded from Cuno's edited volume Whose Culture? (see my comments). I reviewed Whose Culture? for the Journal of Art Crime.

For reviews of Cuno's Who Owns Antiquity?

Perhaps somebody attending the series could leave some comments.


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Pasamonte said…
Oh, that book! 12 misspent euros for me last month. Greetings from Madrid.
DR.KWAME OPOKU said…
Let us hope that James Cuno will finally take this opportunity to address some of the criticisms made of his views. The position he has taken of not responding to serious criticism but to continue repeating the same questionable views is a strange attitude which is at variance with all serious intellectual practices and definitely against the Western cultural tradition which many of us thought he was interested in defending.

Kwame Opoku.
Anonymous said…
Thursday Lecture in DC: There was talk about what James Cuno refers to as 'nationalism', there was a brief comment on dinosaurs, but no talk about the issues of concern. James Cuno surely learned how to talk smoothly to an audience.

Ironically, his dislike of what he labels 'retentious laws' is contradicting about displaying the so called Hamurabi code about the consequences of thievery, displayed in casts in many museums, east and west.

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