Experts assemble to forge a public response to the threat to heritage sites in Iraq and Syria

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The Department of State and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are co-sponsoring an experts’ symposium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 29 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. that will feature two panels reviewing international cooperation against the looting and trafficking of antiquities from the conflict in Iraq and Syria... 
 Opening speakers include Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas P. Campbell, and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, followed by two panels.

Speakers on the first panel on “Looting and Destruction of Iraqi and Syrian Cultural Heritage; What We Know, What Can Be Done” were:
  • Michael Danti, American Schools of Oriental Research [See below]
  • Andrew Keller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State [See below]
  • Robert Hartung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State [See below]
  • Lev Kubiak, Assistant Director, International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security
  • Richard W. Downing, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Mauro Miedico, Chief of Section, Terrorism Prevention Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Speakers on the second panel on “The Role of Private Institutions and Collectors in Fostering Best Practices and Public Education” were:
  • Jennifer Janisch, Investigative Producer, CBS News [See below]
  • Sharon Cott, Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director, American Numismatic Society [See below]
  • Markus Hilgert, Director, Pergamon Museum [See below]
  • Sandy Cobden, General Counsel, Christie’s Auction House
  • Wolfgang Weber, ‎Head of Global Regulatory Policy, eBay
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will speak at the conclusion of the event.
Morag Kersel assembled the Twitter traffic on the hashtag #HeritageInPeril as follows:
A Symposium on Conflict Antiquities: September 29 [2015] MET/State Department sponsoredby Morag M. Kersel
Needless to say there will  continue to be residual comment using that hashtag. Many thanks in particular to Andrew Reinhard and Christopher Jones who were present in the room and who live-tweeted the conference making it live for us who were not there especially after the video stream went dead in the second half of the program.

In the first panel:
The second panel was not visible remotely:
Other summaries:



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