Antiquities Under Siege: Baghdad, Cairo, and Libya

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

The looting of the Baghdad Museum in the wake of the 2003 American invasion, the break-in at the Cairo Museum in January 2011, and the threats to Libya's fabled archaeological sites in the fall of 2011 offer three vignettes of cultural heritage in moments of peril. What lessons can we learn from what went wrong, and what went right, in each case?