The Washington, DC discussion featured a panel of experts in the cultural heritage field.

SAFE’s first panel discussion was co-sponsored with LCCHP (The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation). Experts from journalism, archaeology, law and the museum professions spoke about looting and the illicit antiquities from each area of specialty to students and alumni of the College of William and Mary as well as members of the public. The event included an introduction from both SAFE and LCCHP and concluded with a reception.

Listen to the recordings from the evening:


Magnus Fiskesjö

Roger Atwood

Patty Gerstenblith

Ellen Hersher

Questions and answers

Members of the panel:

Roger Atwood Journalist and Author, Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World (Read excerpts here) He is a regular contributor to ARTnews and Archaeology magazines, and his articles on culture and politics have appeared in The New Republic, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He was a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation and a journalist for Reuters for fifteen years, reporting from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Maine.

Magnus Fiskesjö was director of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, one of Europe’s most famous museums with Asia collections, in 2000-2005. His recent co-authored book China Before China tells the story of how the museum was founded on the very beginning of Chinese archaeology, with collections partitioned between China and Sweden. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and is a member of the faculty of Cornell University.

Patty Gerstenblith has been Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law since 1984. She is Director of DePaul’s program in art and cultural heritage law and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Cultural Property Committee. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property from1995 to 2002 and as a public representative on the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2003. Her book, Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law , was published in 2004. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Fine Art and Anthropology. She served as a clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1983-84.

Lucille Roussin, SAFE advisor and member, will moderate. She is the founder and director of the Holocaust Restitution Claims Practicum at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she teaches a seminar, Remedies for Wartime Confiscation. She also teaches a course on “Art, the Law and Professional Ethics” at the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is an associate with the firm of McCallion & Associates and earned her law degree in 1996 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Belkin Scholar. She was Deputy Research Director of the Art and Cultural Property Team of the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets and was an associate in the Art and International Law Practice Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York City. In 2001, she negotiated the first restitution of a rare Jewish ritual object to a private family in the United States.

Ellen Herscher has served as the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Property Legislation and Policy of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) since 1997, and has held numerous other AIA offices on the national level and in the local Washington DC chapter. She is past editor of “The Antiquities Market” section of The Journal of Field Archaeology, and has published widely on the topic of preservation and protection of archaeological resources. She serves on the Editorial Board of Archaeology magazine.

She holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the Bronze Age of Cyprus, where she has worked as a field archaeologist for over 30 years. She has taught at Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, and held the position Director of International Programs at the American Association of Museums.


Wednesday April 13, 2005
The College of William and Mary’s Washington Office
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
6:30 – 8:30PM