Lawrence Rothfield on Antiquities Under Seige
Lawrence Rothfield, Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature and co-founder of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, delivers a lecture titled "Antiquities Under Siege: Baghdad, Cairo, and Libya," at the Center in Beijing on June 7, 2012. Rothfield uses three recent examples of looting at archaeological sites and museums to highlight the growing threat to cultural heritage as a world market for artifacts emerges. The event was sponsored by Alumni Education.
Rothfield has published extensively on the topics of looting and the market for illicit antiquities. His publications on these topics include an edited volume, Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War and his 2009 book, The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum.