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EIHS Symposium: Museum Stories: The Ethics of Collecting

Friday, September 14, 2018
12:00-2:00 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
What constitutes rightful ownership of cultural objects? The unprecedented looting of modern wars as well as various protest movements have spawned international regulations, declarations, and efforts that offer guidance in this regard. The extant framework, however, falls short of exhausting the ethical problems raised by artifacts, their histories, and their displays. For museum and university collections these questions have gained the greatest urgency. Our panel offers reflections on this vast terrain; three case studies will follow an opening contribution by one of the foremost experts on restitution, repatriation, and cultural heritage law.

Note: This event counts toward Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship (RCRS) training requirements for graduate students in History and possibly other disciplines.

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University
Raymond Silverman, Professor, History of Art, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
Terry G. Wilfong, Director / Curator of Graeco-Roman Egyptian Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
Yao-Fen You, Associate Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsDetroit Institute of Arts
Helmut Puff (chair), Elizabeth L. Eisenstein Collegiate Professor of History and Germanic Languages, University of Michigan

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

This event is part of the Friday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Africa, Classical Studies, History, Museum
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Department of History, Interdepartmental Program in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology

The Thursday Series is the core of the institute's scholarly program, hosting distinguished guests who examine methodological, analytical, and theoretical issues in the field of history. 

The Friday Series consists mostly of panel-style workshops highlighting U-M graduate students. On occasion, events may include lectures, seminars, or other programs presented by visiting scholars.

The insitute also hosts other historical programming, including lectures, film screenings, author appearances, and similar events aimed at a broader public audience.