"Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archaeologists Think..."

Joslyn Art Museum - Abbott Lecture Hall

Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Omaha-Lincoln chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to announce a public lecture by Corine Wegener, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Corine Wegener's lecture, "Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archaeologists Think About Armed Conflict," is free and open to the public.

Corine Wegener is an Associate Curator in the department of Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In May 2003, Wegener deployed to Baghdad as an Army Reservist, where she assisted the Iraq National Museum to recover from the looting after the U.S. invasion. In 2006, Wegener founded the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, the U.S. branch of a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict. The Blue Shield is currently working on projects to preserve cultural property after the earthquake in Haiti. Wegener received her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and M.A.s in Political Science and Art History from the University of Kansas.

This event is co-sponsored by Creighton University College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Please contact AIA chapter president Dr. Erin Walcek Averett (erinaverett@creighton.edu) for more information.

Lecture Abstract:
This lecture is dedicated in memory of Dr. Donny George, former director of the Iraq National Museum, who was an inspiration for us all. In 2003, the archaeological community united in shared outrage over the tragic looting of the Iraq Museum. Later, damage and looting of archaeological sites also became apparent in Iraq, including preventable damage to sites at or near Coalition bases. With a renewed determination to prevent such damage in future conflicts, archaeologists began to think about how they could contribute to the preservation of collections and archaeological sites during armed conflict. Wegener will talk about her experiences working with archaeologists, both while in Iraq and later, developing cultural preservation training for the U.S. military and lobbying for U.S. ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

Contact Info

Erin Walcek Averett
(402) 280-2261

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