LLI: International Art Treasures: Revered, Discarded, Looted, Returned

Recently, there has been a growing international enthusiasm for the repatriation of cultural objects to their “rightful origin.” However, much of the current clamor is rooted in [objects to their ‘rightful place of origin’] ethical and patriotic concerns that may not be held in their country of origin. This right-headed, “Western concern has often led to wrong-headed, misguided initiatives. The processes involved in a “return” being surprisingly complicated. The lecturer was involved in an agonizing 20-year effort to right such a cultural wrong through the return of a rare, stolen, 11th century Burmese Buddha image. A variety of other examples will be discussed.

Convener: Richard Cooler was a professor in the School of Art (1970-2002) and the founding Director of the Center for Burmese Studies (1986-2002).

Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Holmes Student Center, All sessions meet in HSC Illinois Room.
600 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

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Community Events

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Alumni, General Public






$85 for the entire Fall 2023 term

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