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Panel Discussion - "Looting on Cyprus: A Precious Cultural Heritage in Peril" (January 18, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.)
2012-01-13 08:19:10

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Washington D.C. and the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute, in cooperation with the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), cordially invite you to a discussion panel on

"Looting on Cyprus: A Precious Cultural Heritage in Peril"

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm Venue: George Washington University, 1957 E St NW, Room B12, Washington D.C.

Cyprus, located at the crossroads of civilizations and having more than 10,000 years of recorded history, continues to face a serious crisis with the ongoing pillaging of its cultural heritage. Each period of the island’s rich historical and cultural mosaic has produced unique and invaluable artifacts, which are in need of protection from looting and illicit trafficking. The Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Cyprus, the renewal of which is being considered between 17-20 January 2012, provides a significant contribution towards this end. The discussion panel, with expert speakers, will focus on work with Cyprus’ cultural heritage, the current challenges that it is facing, and the efforts undertaken to combat the ongoing pillaging, in order to promote respect for the culture of this historical but troubled Mediterranean island.

Acceptance only at (202) 462-5772 or riri@cyprusembassy.net

Speakers:

-Dr. Maria Hadjicosti (Director of the Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus)

-Dr. Andrew McCarthy (Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute)-CAARI

-Ms Stella Ioannides (Attorney of the Republic, Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus)

-Superintendent Dr. Panayiotis Nicolaides (Head of Cultural Heritage Office, Cyprus Police)

-Moderator: Dr. Eric Cline (GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute)

Reception will follow

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