Cultural Heritage

March 2012

Who owns the cultural treasures of the world? Should the British Museum return the Elgin marbles to Greece? Could the world have done more to intervene in the recent destruction of historical artifacts in the Middle East? This show will cover the legal, ethical, scholarly and cultural issues involved in the cultural heritage debate.

March 9, 2012

Should museums "own" antiquity?

James Cuno's view on cultural patrimony
To kick off our topic of cultural heritage, we present one viewpoint about the rightful ownership of cultural artifacts. James Cuno is the president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which administers the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, an encyclopedic museum with a multi-billion-dollar endowment.