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“Stealing the Past? Collectors and Museums in the 21st Century” was presented at the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on University of Toledo’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.
The lecture was led by Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and curator in the American section at the Penn Museum.
Dr. Leventhal talked about the need to prevent the looting of global heritage resources and the acquisition policies of museums — two of the main focuses of his professional activities. Dr. Leventhal, who also focused on the preservation of cultural heritage and cultural sites, has worked with law enforcement agencies internationally to stop the illegal movement of antiquities.
He illustrated his talk with examples from his own work and several recent cases covered in the media. For more than 30 years, the archaeologist conducted field research in Central America and Mexico, and has written about the ancient Maya.
The event was sponsored by the Toledo Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, with financial support from the Kurt T. Luckner Lecture Fund and the University of Toledo Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
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