Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage was a part of Hold that Thought's Beta Season in March 2012. As such, the format of these programs are a litle different. First, the format for these discussions are videos instead of podcasts. Second, the discussions were led by a moderator, Carol Epstein, who is listed below.


David Freidel, in What is Cultural Heritage? and Who Owns the Ancient Treasures of the World?
Freidel is professor Archaeology in the Anthropology Department at Washington University. Freidel studies the emergence and flourescence of government institutions among the lowland Maya of southeastern Mexico and Central America.



Michael Frachetti, in Valuing the Everyday Past and Who Owns the Ancient Treasures of the World?
Frachetti is associate professor of Anthropology at Washington University. His research focuses on the dynamic strategies of pastoral nomadic societies living in the steppe region, mountains and deserts of Central and Eastern Eurasia. Frachetti leads the Spatial Analysis, Interpretation and Exploration Laboratory (SAIE) at WUSTL which is devoted to understanding human societies through time and space.


Matthew Robb, in A Curator's Perspective and Who Owns the Ancient Treasures of the World?
Robb is senior curator at the Saint Louis Art Museum. His responsibilities include the arts Africa, Oceania and the Americas.



Kristina Van Dyke, in Technology and Art and Bringing Art to the World
Van Dyke is director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and will co-teach a course at WUSTL in the department of Art History & Archaeology in fall 2012. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has service as an adjunct lecturer in art history at Rice University in Houston. She was previously curator for Collections and Research at the Menil Collection.



Carol Epstein, in Preview: Cultural Heritage and Who Owns the Ancient Treasures of the World?
Epstein is an active Washington University alumna who has a Master of Liberal Arts from University College. The research she conducted for her master’s thesis led to Epstein co-curating a teaching gallery exhibit at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum featuring Native American art and iconography in January 2011.