The Looting of the Iraq Museum: An Evening with Dr. Donny George Youkhanna

Posted on February 23, 2010


If I were on the eastern seaboard, I would totally head to NYC for this event tomorrow.

On the evening of Wednesday, February 24, 2010, the former Director General of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad, Dr. Youkhanna, will give a lecture at the American Museum of Natural History on the current conditions of cultural property in Iraq, discussed on CPAL in past posts.  The AMNH website explains:

In this special presentation, Donny George Youkhanna will share his unique perspectives on the current archeological and museum conditions in Iraq. As Director General of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad, Dr. Youkhanna was instrumental in the recovery of thousands of Mesopotamian artworks and artifacts looted during the U.S. invasion in 2003. He was also the Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) and president of the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage. In 2006, he was forced to leave Iraq and is now a visiting professor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Pop on over to the AMNH website for more details.

Hat tip to SafeCorner.

** Here’s something that’s not quite cultural property law, but it’s worth reading if you are into this stuff: Cultural preservation work builds ties to war-torn countries, says expert. **