Campaign commemorates the looting of the Iraq Museum and sheds light on the vulnerability of our shared cultural heritage.

In April 2003, the Iraq Museum in Baghdad was systematically and tragically looted. More than 15,000 objects and writings at the National Museum of Iraq recording the first Mesopotamian civilizations that flourished more than 7,000 years went missing or were destroyed.

Even more devastating is the continued plunder of thousands of archaeological sites in Iraq, most of which have never been excavated. Many of us experienced shock and outrage when this catastrophe first became known.

For SAFE, that quiet rage soon turned to action, and planted the beginning of the organization, dedicated to raising public awareness about the vulnerability of our shared cultural heritage to the damaging effects of looting and the illicit antiquities trade.

In 2007, SAFE initiated the Global Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum with Dr. Donny George Youkhanna—the Museum’s former Director, who experienced those tragic events firsthand. We invited everyone to join together in remembrance, so that awareness of the global situation is not lost.

Organizations, listserves, bloggers and other individuals around the world helped spread the word. The first group to hold a vigil was the staff of the Iraq Museum. Though the Museum is not open to the public due to the difficult security conditions, staff members valiantly continue their work to preserve the remaining artifacts of the Museum’s vast collections. These photographs lent a poignant human face to the tragedy. By April 14th, more than twenty groups in England, Canada, Iraq, Lebanon, South Africa and China had shared their vigils with SAFE.

Individuals and organizations participated in the Vigil in various ways. Groups met at museums, art galleries, cafes, schools and other public spaces. Most groups showed our video of Dr. Youkhanna and lit candles. In London, a vigil featured musical performances, while school children wrote a poem after their vigil in Toronto. The ceremony at the Cultural Center of Bet-Nahrain in California, was aired on AssyriaSat to viewers in 40 countries. Archaeologists, professors, cultural property lawyers and authors took part and spoke to attendees about the tragedy of Iraq and the ongoing loss of cultural heritage around the world. Most of all, ordinary citizens showed their support for Iraq’s cultural heritage, our shared cultural heritage.

In 2008, SAFE organized the second Global Candlelight Vigil by SAFE. Registered with us were twenty-eight vigils held in six nations, drawing countless individuals with a wide variety of programs. In the United States, museums, universities, high schools, and religious and community centers from Massachusetts to Montana, South Carolina to Alaska, participated. Some screened films about the looting, or held lectures given by experts. Many had discussions, and lit candles in memory of the events of April 10-12, 2003.

In Chicago, Illinois, the vigil was held in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibit at the Oriental Institute about the looting, appropriately entitled Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past. In Seattle, Washington, museology graduate students used the opportunity to work on a project to track the flow of looted Iraqi antiquities on the global market. In Canada, both university and elementary school students took part in vigils. Vigils held in Europe, from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands to Sweden, ranged from informal discussions to museum seminars. In Baghdad, Iraq, in the Assyrian Hall of the Museum that is still not open to the public five years on, committed museum staff lit candles in remembrance.

To help vigil organizers, SAFE provided support in many ways. SAFE’s web site included an invitation video featuring former Iraq Museum director Dr. Donny George, to be used to invite guest to participate in a vigil. The web site also featured downloadable press releases, announcement flyers, and suggestions, as well as e-cards and videos appropriate for showing at the vigils. SAFE provided Vigil Toolkits, which included buttons, postcards, and explanatory brochures. Students at the W. D. Ford Career-Technical Center created graphics for use on T-shirts, postcards, mugs, tote bags, and more, to help spread the word even further. All proceeds support SAFE projects and programs such as lesson plans and a teacher’s manual for The World’s Ancient Cultures in Danger Map. For those who could not attend a vigil, SAFE’s web site provided a way to light a virtual candle and have one’s name added to a list of international supporters.

This campaign continued until 2011, when the SAFE Global Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum was renamed the Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage, in memory and honor of the former director of the Iraq Museum and his ardent support of the protection of the world’s shared cultural heritage. Dr. George, who helped initiate the Candlelight Vigil in with SAFE, passed away in March 2011.

In 2013, at the 10th anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum SAFE conducted a special campaign “10 YEARS AFTER” and again invited individuals and organizations around the world to participate.

Let’s not forget. Light a candle with us here and join us on Facebook.

VIGILS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, WATCH THE VIDEOS

…SEE THE PHOTOS

At the fifth anniversary of the 2003 looting of the Iraq Museum, Stuart Draper created this video as a tribute to how the world remembered the tragic event.

PARTICIPANTS AROUND THE WORLD

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Australia

Date: April 10, 2011

Place: The home of Diana Youhanna

Program: Friends & relatives. All welcome!

Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center Vigil announcement in Chinese

Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center participated by spreading the word in China

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Toronto, Ontario

Date: April 12, 2008

Place: Anthropology Club of Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, Orillia, Ontario

Program: Candles, brief statement of students’ concern about worldwide theft of, and trade in, ancient arts and antiquities. PR to media to raise awareness.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Toronto, Ontario

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Forest Hill Public School, Toronto, Ontario

Program: Grade 5 and 6 students will light candles and discuss the ongoing cultural and ethical implications of looting and the descration of cultural property and antiquities.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007

Place: Onyx Studios, 405 West 5th Avenue (at Yukon), Vancouver British Columbia

Program: People will meet at the studio at 7pm, and we will watch Donny George Youkhanna’s video Invite and have a half hour introduction about the looting of the Baghdad Museum. We will then light candles and share a moment of silence. Snacks and open discussion about the repercussions of looting and how this impacts us culturally, socially and how we can garner further awareness to globally and locally protect our cultural heritage. Candles at this event will be donated by The Mystic Masala.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Toronto, Ontario

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007

Place: Forest Hill Public School, Toronto, Ontario — Grade Five

Program: After a short presentation by SAFE Member Leah Bevington on the tragedy of the Iraq Museum and how the looting of artifacts and the black market in illicit antiquities undermine the study of ancient civilizations, the class watched the Global Candlelight Vigil invitation video. Subsequent discussion focused on SAFE’s Ancient Cultures in Danger Map. The class pointed to the regions and cultures on the map that they were studying, described the civilizations that had lived there, and spoke about how the archaeological heritage of each of these areas was in danger.

The teacher led the class in a moment of silence, and asked them to think about what the loss of cultural heritage meant to them.

The vigil inspired this poem, written by the Grade Five gifted class at Forest Hill Public School:

Artifacts being stolen.
Antiquities, keys to knowledge.
Antiquities being stolen. Something that everybody can share, stolen.

Real links to the past.
Realize the awful things that looting causes.
Realize what was taken. Not money, but knowledge.

Together we can help stop looting.
These artifacts are important.
Taking beautiful antiquities for yourself. Learn to share it is a kindergarten rule.

If we support SAFE, we will help save the past.
If you loot, you rob the world.
It is dreadful, all our knowledge to the past, gone, smashed, stolen. Imagine.

Faith in SAFE will help the world.
Facts are being stolen from us.
Faith is needed, so is support. Knowledge is power.

Advise those who use the blackmarket.
Altruism will help.
At the museum in Iraq, knowledge was stolen. Not money, knowledge that was the key to the past.

Care about these artifacts.
Check to make sure none of your friends use the blackmarket.
Conduct those who are wrong, those who steal the knowledge to the past.

Take action against looting.
Tell those who use the blackmarket to stop.
Together we can stop looting. Support SAFE and we can do it.

Smashed artifacts don’t give knowledge.
Stolen antiquities help no one.
Students in our class think it is shocking the way looters take knowledge just for money. Support SAFE and help save ancient links to the past.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Toronto, Ontario

Date: April 11, 2007

Place: The Institute of Art and Cultural Heritage, 35 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario

Program: Guests will watch the Donny George Youkhanna’s video invitation, hear a few words from Bonnie Czegledi, light a candle and observe a moment of silence in remembrance.

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Iraq

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Iraq Museum, Baghdad, Iraq

Program: Lighting of candles


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Iraq

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Place: In front of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, Iraq

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Beirut, Lebanon

Date: April 12, 2007

Place: —

Program: —

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: The Great Tempel hall of the National Museum in Leiden, The Netherlands

Program: From 10-12 April, in the Great Tempel hall of the National Museum in Leiden, The Netherlands we will coninuously run a film from our newly developped educational program “The Middle East: war and cultural heritage” with a short explantory text to commemorate the sad aniversary of the looting of the Bagdad Museum.

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Date: Tuesday, April 10 2007

Place: Department of Ancient Studies, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch South Africa

Program: The Department of Ancient Studies took part in the worldwide Vigil on April 10, 2007. The lighting of a candle served as a symbol of hope and was a reminder to all of the importance of our global cultural heritage. In the photo Amy Daniels is lighting the candle wth Professors Cornelius and Cook looking on.

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden

Date: Tuesday, April 10 2008

Place: Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden

Program: at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg: A Seminar will be held with the title “Culture Politics and Globalization”. In connection with this seminar a light vigil in support of SAFE and in memory of the plundering of the Baghdad museum in 2003, will take place. The vigil is arranged by the International Womens League for Peace and Freedom, the Peace Coalition of Gothenburg and the Iraq Solidarity Association of Gothenburg.

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in London, England

Date: Thursday April 10, 2008

Place: London, England

Program: an informal opportunity for SAFE supporters in London to meet and discuss the state of cultural heritage.


ZIPANG Hormuzd Rassam Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum, held in London

Date: Friday, April 13 2007

Organizer: Enheduanna Society in collaboration with the Iraqi Association, the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, and the Camden Ceilidh Storytelling Club.

Program: On the fourth anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad sixty people gathered in London to celebrate the life and work of Mosul-born archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam. Among them were several of his relatives who live in the UK. More than 150 years ago Hormuzd Rassam discovered the palace of King Ashurbanipal in the ruins of the city of Nineveh. Many of the sculptures and nearly all the inscribed clay tablets in the palace library are now housed in the British Museum. The history of this discovery was outlined by Dr. Mariana Giovino, an Assyriologist, in a slide-illustrated lecture. She showed how cuneiform texts on clay tablets are transcribed and translated. Fran Hazelton, a modern day Mesopotamian storyteller, told one of the stories found written on clay tablets in Ashurbanipal’s library. Tara Jaff, a Kurdish musician, sang a Sumerian song of praise for the goddess Inana, harmonising with a chant sung by the audience.

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Date: June 1, 2011

Place: Oriental Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Program: Dr. Donny George Youkhanna: One Scholar’s Contribution to Mesopotamian Archaeology” A special lecture by McGuire Gibson in memory of Donny George Youkhanna Donny George Youkhanna was a colleague, friend, and inspiration to many of us. We hope you’ll join the Oriental Institute community as we honor Donny’s legacy on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011. 7 PM – Lecture in Breasted Hall 8 PM – Exhibit case dedication in the Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery; reception to follow. This event is open to the public.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Stony Brook, New York

Date: May 14, 2011

Place: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

Program: A memorial service to Donny George, former director general of the Iraq National Museum, 2008 SAFE Beacon Awards Winner and visiting professor at Stony Brook University. Join SAFE and other friends, colleagues and students to pay tribute to Dr. George, whose sudden passing in March 2011 is mourned by all those concerned about the preservation of cultural heritage. A reception will follow.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Washington, D.C

Date: May 11, 2011

Place: Embassy of the Republic of Iraq, Washington, D.C

Program: The Iraqi Embassy in Washington held a commemoration for the late Iraqi archaeologist Dr. Donny George, who passed away recently. Iraq’s Ambassador in Washington Samir al Sumaida’ie, gave a speech during the ceremony which was attended by a number of friendly intellectuals and family of the deceased, conveying condolences of the Government of Iraq to the family of the late , recalling his role and efforts in showing the bright image of Iraq’s history , noting that his departure is a real loss for historians and archaeologists in the world in general, and Iraq, in particular. Mr.Stephen Donny ,son of the departed, gave a speech at the ceremony drawing a picture for part of his time with his father derived from the civilization of Mesopotamia. The commemoration ended with a film on the career of the departed.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Date: April 27, 2011

Place: Dept. of Historic Preservation-Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Program: This event brings together experts with firsthand experience in cultural heritage preservation measures to discuss the status of Iraq’s monuments, sites, and art, plans for the future protection of its rich cultural legacy, and how Iraq’s experience can inform the development of protection policies in Egypt and neighboring countries undergoing political change. The panel will be followed by a reception and tribute to Donny George Youkhanna. Guests are invited to contribute remarks, which will be printed, bound, and presented to Donny George Youkhanna’s family.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Eugene, Oregon USA

Date: April 15, 2011

Place: Archaeological Legacy Institute, Eugene, Oregon

Program: The Video News from TAC, April 2011 edition, includes a video tribute to Donny George. This features selected clips from his video interview done for The Archaeology Channel in May 2008. At that time, he was Keynote Speaker for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. These clips capture his reflections on the Iraq Museum and his archaeological career.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Northfield, Minnesota

Date: April 14, 2011

Place: Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Program: Illustrated Lecture by Nancy Wilkie


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: April 12, 2011

Place: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Program: “Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archaeologists Think About Armed Conflict” with Cori Wegener, hosted by University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Studies and the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies


 

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Stony Brook, New York

Date: April 8, 2011

Place: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

Program: Memorial service and Candlelight Vigil


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Culver City, California

Date: April 10, 2010

Place: West Los Angeles College Gallery, Culver City, California


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Portland, Oregon

Date: April 10, 2010

Place: Hoffman Hall, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Program: ROBBING THE HEART/ LOOTING THE IRAQ MUSEUM: Candlelight Ceremony. The Department of Conflict resolution and The Iraqi Society of Oregon cordially invite you to the event Conflict Resolution through History: The Plundering of the Iraqi National Museum and Its Rebuilding as an Exercise in Conflict Resolution A Final Project Presentation By Samir J. Hussain Alany Saturday, April 10th @ Hoffman Hall PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY 10:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. An all day event to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the looting of the Iraqi National Museum Event is free and open to the public Lunch will be provided by Alamir Lebanese Restaurant Coffee and refreshments courtesy of Starbucks PSU Event is Co-sponsored jointly by The American Institute of Archeology ASPSU Student Body And The Arab- Persian Student Group


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts

Date: April 14, 2009

Place: Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts

Program: This year the Mead Art Museum is co-sponsoring the event with the Iraqi Children’s Art exchange (http://www.iraqichildrensart.org). We will have an exhibition of artwork made by Iraqi children, a guided tour of the Mead Art Museum’s Antiquities gallery, and also a lighting of commemoration candles.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Ceres, California

Date: April 12, 2009

Place: Assyrian Cultural Center & AssyriaSat -USA (The Global Assyrian Television Network), Ceres, California

Program: A large number of Assyrians will gather at the Candle Light Vigil, including the Assyrian bishop of Baghdad. This event will be telecast live on AssyriaSat-USA Television Network which is seen all over the world, including Iraq.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in New York, New York

Date: April 11, 2009

Place: NYU Silver Center, New York, New York

Program: Lecture, open forum for discussion, and a moment of silence. Look for Cherkea, she’ll be wearing a SAFE T-shirt. If it rains, we will meet at NYU Silver Center graduate lounge, which is on the first floor of the Silver Center located at the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Eugene, Oregon

Date: April 11, 2009

Place: Archaeological Legacy Institute, Eugene, Oregon

Program: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of War (and Peace) Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m. Six years ago the Iraq National Museum and other archeological sites were looted following the US invasion of Iraq. In solidarity with the non-profit organization Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE), this program includes a vigil in remembrance of the Iraq National Museum and presentations on current archeological issues in Pakistan, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In partnership the Eugene-based Archaeological Legacy Institute.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota

Date: April 10, 2009

Place: Archaeological Institute of America, Minnesota Society, St. Paul, Minnesota

Program: Cori Wegener, of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, will speak at 6pm, with Candlelight Vigil to follow (outside if weather permits).


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska

Date: April 10, 2009

Place: Alaska Peace Center, Fairbanks, Alaska

Program: We will gather at 5.00pm in front of the Museum for a candlelight vigil. Posters about the Iraq cultural Heritage will be available for display as well as information about Alaska’s rich cultural Heritage. There will be small speech about the present situation and time for discussion


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Eugene, Oregon

Date: April 12, 2008

Place: Archaeological Legacy Institute, Eugene, Oregon

Program: Oral presentations, films and candlelight gathering.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: Dept. of Historic Preservation-Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Program: Welcome by Archer St. Clair Harvey and Tod Marder, Certificate Program in Historic Preservation, Department of Art History

. 7:15 pm “The U.S. invasion, “nation building” and the destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage” – Eric David, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Department of Political Science

. 7:30 pm Film: “Robbing the cradle of Civilization”

8:30 pm “Rutgers Classicist Documents, Lost Iraqi Museums: the Photos of Emeritus Professor Christoph Clairmont” – T. Corey Brennan, Department of Classics

. 8:45 pm “The Iraq Museum Today” – Migdalia Tollens, Department of Art History


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Northfield, Minnesota

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: Alaska Peace Center, Fairbanks, Alaska

Program: Poster presentation and discussion Candlelight Vigil


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Ceres, California

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: Assyrian Cultural Center of Bet-Nahrain, Ceres, California

Program: The Assyrian Cultural Center of Bet-Nahrain Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum, which runs concurrent with its annual telethon broadcast by KBSV-TV Channel 23 in Ceres, California and across North and South America, Europe and the Middle East via AssyriaSat satellite television, will consist of the lighting of candles, a moment of silence, and a Christian prayer in the Assyrian language and in English.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: Heritage Resources Program, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Program: The Heritage Resources Program’s Vigil Event will consist of introductory remarks, a viewing of “Thieves of Baghdad”, and a follow-up discussion geared toward generating awareness of the high costs of the illicit antiquities trade.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

Program: Please join us on the steps of the Lancaster Street entrance to the Worcester Art Museum to light a candle in our vigil. This vigil is part of our event with Dr. Donny George, please see the webpage for more information. Make a stance with us!


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Bozeman, Montana

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: AIA club of Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Program: We are a small student club here at MSU and are having a viewing of the film, The Giant Buddhas, and then afterwards having candles lit on the steps of Montana Hall. April 11 – film starts at 6 pm, and candlelight vigil to be held afterwards, at 7:30


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Program: As a prelude to the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s 26th annual Maya Weekend, which focuses on the preservation of ancient Maya sites, efforts to sustain modern Maya cultural traditions, and the need to conserve vanishing tropical forests and coastal environments, UPenn Museum will light candles and hold a brief remembrance ceremony for the Iraq Museum in Baghdad to mark the 5th anniversary of the events of April 10-12, 2003.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Charleston, South Carolina

Date: April 11, 2008

Place: Charleston, South Carolina


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Seattle, Washington

Date: April 11, 2008

Program: Students of the UW Museology Graduate Program will be invited to join the vigil in spirit throughout the day. Instructions on searching for stolen and looted artifacts on eBay will be emailed to the student listserv. Students will be encouraged to spend time throughout the day reporting illicit dealers to eBay staff.

Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio

Date: April 10-11, 2008

Place: Anthropos/Classics Club, Cincinnati University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Program: On April 10th, Drs. Alan Sullivan and Kenneth Tankersley will discuss damage to archaeological sites and its implication for the study of biological remains (45 minute lectures), followed by Q&A sessions. Also, anthropology sophomore Andras Nagy will discuss the Iraq Museum looting.

On April 11th, Dr. Elizabeth Riodren will discuss Troy and her experiences with its varied archaeological record as a classics undergrad. Andras Nagy will reprise his discussion about the Iraq Museum looting. “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization”, a Canadian documentary about the looting of Iraq, will also be screened.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Culver City, California

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: West Los Angeles College Gallery, Culver City, California

Program: Presentations by Dr. Alice Taylor, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, West Los Angeles College and Lucy Blake-Elahi, Artist and Art History Instructor, West Los Angeles College
 Participants will receive a button and a postcard commemorating this event and the thanks of the international arts community.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Bristol, Conneticut

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Saint Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, Conneticut

Program:8:00pm Lighting of the candles, introduction to event
8:10 pm Short prayer by St. Paul Chaplain, Father Jose Mercado
8:15pm Viewing of the film “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization: The Looting of Iraq’s Ancient Treasures” in the St. Paul Library


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Oriental Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Program: Join us for the opening of the special exhibit: Catastrophe! The Destruction and Looting of Iraq’s Past (April 10–Dec 31, 2008) on April 10, 2008 at the Oriental Institute.

5:30 PM: Members are welcome at a special reception with the faculty and curatorial staff of the exhibit in the Oriental Institute Research Archives.

6:30 PM: Public lecture: The Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage: The view from five years on presented by Professor McGuire Gibson. Breasted Hall

7:15 PM: Viewing of special exhibit: CATASTROPHE: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Heritage. Oriental Institute Museum, Holleb Special Exhibits Gallery

8 PM: Candlelight (flashlight) vigil organized in conjunction with by SAFE / Saving Antiquities for Everyone marking the 5th anniversary of the looting of the Baghdad Museum. Oriental Institute Museum galleries.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Program: We will show the film “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization” as well as images from Iraq provided by (Retired) Major Cori Wegener.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Northfield, Minnesota

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Program: Viewing of film, “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization: The Looting of Iraq’s Ancient Treasures,” followed by candlelight vigil.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Columbia, Missouri

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Museum of Art and Archaeology, Columbia, Missouri


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Program: 5:30 p.m.: Talk by Dr. Elizabeth Simpson “The Looting of Iraq” (45 mins. plus Q&A)

7:00 p.m.: Movie “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization: The Looting of Iraq’s Ancient Treasures,” (43 mins.) 

Following the movie: candlelight vigil


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Eugene, Oregon

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Brooks Museum

Program: Oral presentations, films and candlelight gathering.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Cortland, New York

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Brooks Museum, Cortland, New York

Program: Screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark – Iraq” (17 mins) and a clip of “No End in Sight” concerning the looting in Iraq (7 mins). Films to be followed by an informal discussion of the impact of looted antiquities on our cultural heritage.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museumin Ithaca, New York

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Program: At 4:30 brief introduction 4:35 showing of “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization” 5:30 Looting and the antiquities market in Latin America: John Henderson 5:55 lighting of candles on steps


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Northfield, Minnesota

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Program: Viewing of film, “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization: The Looting of Iraq’s Ancient Treasures,” followed by candlelight vigil.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts

Date: April 10, 2008

Place: Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts

Program: The candlelight vigil corresponds with the Mead Art Museum’s current temporary exhibit “The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today” Carol Solomon Kiefer, Curator.

From 6-6:45 we will be viewing the documentary “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization: The Looting Iraq’s Cultural Heritage” in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall.

From 7-7:30 There will be a gallery talk on the Mead Museum’s Assyrian wall-reliefs in the Mead’s Kunian Gallery.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date: April 9, 2008

Place: University of Pittsburgh, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Program: Informal presentations by archaeologists and museum professionals who work in Kazakhstan, China, and Peru. Discussion to follow.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in San Francisco, California

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007

Place: Asian Art Museum (sidewalk in front of steps to main Larkin St. entrance) 200 Larkin between McAllister & Fulton (Civic Center)

Program: People will stand on the sidewalk in front of the Asian Art Museum, holding candles. There will be a short “ceremony.” Afterward, people will go to the museum cafe, have tea and cake, and talk about the looting of Iraq museum and the protection that should be provided to heritage in time of war. Admission to the museum cafe is free.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Stony Brook, New York

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007

Place: The Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University Lecture Room 1.

Program: Professor Elizabeth Stone at the Department of Anthropology will open the event, followed by Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, former Director of the Iraq Museum, now a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University. He will lead the Candlelight Vigil and give a lecture about the Iraq Museum.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in New York, New York

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007 Rain date: Friday, April 13, 2007

Place: Garibaldi Plaza, Washington Square Park, New York, NY.

Program: We will gather, light a candle and observe a moment of silence in remembrance.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007

Place: In front of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1155 East 58th Street Chicago, Illinois

Program: Professor McGuire Gibson, who has done so much to educate the public on the looting of the museum and the ongoing illicit excavation of thousands of sites in Iraq, will speak.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: Thursday, April 12 2007

Place: in front of the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in North Haverhill, New Hampshire

Date: April 11-12, 2007

Place: Grafton County Attorney’s Office, Grafton County Courthouse, 3785 Dartmouth College Hwy., North Haverhill, New Hampshire.

Program: Video showing throughout the day.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Boston, Massachusetts

Date: April 11, 2007

Place: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in San Francisco, California

Date: Wednesday, April 11 2007

Place: Caffe Sapore, 790 Lombard Street (at Taylor Street), San Francisco, North Beach

Program: People will meet at Caffe Sapore, enjoy some snacks while watching the video invitation (with Donny George). We will light candles and observe a moment of silence. Talking about the looting of Iraq museum, people will learn about the problem of plunder at museums and archaeological sites and discuss the protection that could be provided to heritage in time of war.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in New York, New York

Date: Wednesday, April 11 2007

Place: Starbuck’s, 30 Rockefeller Center Concourse, New York, New York

Program: We will watch the Donny George Youkhanna’s video invitation, and observe a moment of silence in remembrance. Professor Samuel Paley will be available to answer questions.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Ithaca, New York

Date: Wednesday, April 11 2007

Place: 165 McGraw, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Program: Informal faculty panel discussion on the Baghdad museum, looting of archaeological sites in Iraq and elsewhere, and the antiquities trade; followed by lighting of candles outside in the Arts Quad.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Stony Brook, New York

Date: Wednesday, April 11 2007

Place: Smiley Art Building, State University of New York New Paltz, Room 118A

Program: Professor Jaimee Uhlenbrock will offer a PowerPoint presentation concerning her own expreineces with looting and site destruction at a site in Libya. We will then screen the film “The Giant Buddhas” which follows the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. We will follow the event with a minute of silence in memory of the looting of the Baghdad Museum.


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Eugene, Oregon

Date: Wednesday, April 11 2007

Place: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Program: Video showing, speakers, candlelight vigil.

Press coverage: “Artifacts lost in Iraq museum looting inspire global remembrance” in the Daily Emerald


Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum in Ceres, California

Date: Tuesday, April 10 2007

Place: Assyrian Cultural Center of Bet-Nahrain, 3119 South Central Ave, Ceres, California

Program: Video showing, candlelight vigil.


CultureGrrl announcement

Date: March 22, 2007


Remember Iraq’s Heritage: Our Heritage, The Archaeology Channel

I really think its great and me as a teenager would love to get involved. I’m already trying to get my school involved :)Aleks Arsovic, Burlington, ON
Stop cultural Genocide of Cradle of civilisation namely Assyria!!!

Viva the Resurrection of Assyria!Iltan Benyamin, Viernheim

Those who were responsible for the looting, destruction and further endangerment of this and other ancient archaeological or cultural sites must be encouraged to take responsibility and help fund and safeguard our shared tangible and intangible heritage!Uma Chandru, Bangalore, International Institute for Art, Culture and Democracy
Libraries and museums are the memory banks of our societies. Without them we lost our humanity.Anne Laws, Selby
I am an Assyrian, and most of the looted artifacts are Assyrian artifacts. I want them returned to Iraqi museums. They belong to Assyria; they belong to world’s civilization.Benjamin Daniali, Gilroy, CA, AssyriaTimes
In honor of Col. Matthew Bogdanos.Paula Martino, La Plata, MD, College of Southern Maryland
We can make a differenceChristine Murphy, Chicago, IL
For my young cousin who died during the Haiti earthquake on Januayy 12, 2010. RIP Jessica!Missy Onoh, Branson, MO, Hope for a Village
heavenly father, thank you for this day and all the things that you have done, forgive me of my sins and forgive those who have sinned against me. Lord I pray that you will heal my situation to your highest intention and Lord forgive those individuals that have hurt others. Forgive me of sinning against anyone and unawareful sins. I am lighting this candle for this situation until it is solved. Thank you Lord for your goodness, this little vigil and in jesus name, amenSamantha Taylor, Tallassee, AL