The next lecture, "Saving the Past: The Quest to Combat Cultural Racketeering," features a talk by Deborah Lehr, the founder and Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition. She leads a diverse team of experts in the fight against the looting and trafficking of cultural heritage by organized crime and terrorists. Their work focuses in the Middle East and Asia.
Culture has become a weapon of war and a fundraising tool for violent extremist organizations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Millions of archaeological, historic, and religious sites in the MENA region are under threat from organized plunder or destruction from armed conflict and violent extremist organizations. This lecture will discuss how the illicit trade in antiquities is funding terrorism in the Middle East and beyond and share what can be done to halt this dark trade.
The lecture will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM, at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
The Policy Studies Organization, in cooperation with the American Public University System, is proud to sponsor the ongoing Guest Lecture Series of the Philosophical Society of Washington. The Lectures, which are the centerpiece of all Philosophical Society of Washington meetings, are selected to appeal to those with a general interest in science and do not require a specialized knowledge of the subject. They always contain information that is current, explanations that are understandable and a few controversial issues to be challenged by a critical listener. The series is designed as much as possible to include a wide range of disciplines.
The meetings are held at the Cosmos Club, and are free and open to the public, with no reservations required. There is no formal dress code. Meetings are followed by lively conversation. And although all participants must exit the Cosmos Club at 10:30 p.m, conversations are continued at another designated location. For more information on the series and to watch video recordings of past sessions, please follow this link to the PSW website.