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From: Katherine Pence, Chair, Department of History
The History Department invites you to two events next week:
MORTON GLOBUS LECTURE SERIES:
Christopher Mackay (University of Alberta): The Contingency of History: When is a Republic No Longer a “Republic”?
Tuesday, December 9, 12:30-2:00pm, NVC 14-285
Christopher Mackay is Professor of Classical Language and History at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has written numerous books on Ancient Rome, including, most recently, Breakdown of the Roman Republic: From Oligarchy to Empire. (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His lecture, open to the public, addresses questions related to the fall of the Roman Republic.
TEACH-IN PANEL DISCUSSION:
Looting the Past, Destroying the Future: Revolution, Terrorism, and Archeology in Egypt and Syria
Thursday, December 11, 12:30-2:00pm, NVC 8-210
Brown-bag panel discussion with Anna Boozer (Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College) and Erin Thompson (Assistant Professor of Art Crime, John Jay College of Criminal Justice), moderated by Mark Rice (Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College)
The history of the world is under attack in Egypt and Syria. Incredibly rich in the remains of our shared ancient past, the political instability in these countries has led to a huge rise in the looting of archeological sites over the last few years. The damage done by looters using everything from shovels to backhoes is incalculable, both to our knowledge of the past and to the tourist-based economies of the region. Moreover, recent revelations suggest that terrorist organizations such as ISIS are funding their activities through sales of looted antiquities. The crisis has led to political reaction in the U.S.: Egypt has requested a bilateral agreement with the U.S. to regulate imports of Egyptian antiquities and a bill is currently pending in the House to establish an antiquities czar and ban imports of antiquities from Syria. Will these measures work? Do we need to do more? What can we do? The panel will explain the situation in Syria and Egypt and end with discussion about possible ways to stop this crisis – come and bring your ideas about how to stop the looting!
Questions? Contact Prof. Anna Boozer at email@example.com or call the History Department at 646-312-4310