The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Debate: Cultural Heritage, Museum Ethics and the Law

From H-Museum:

CULTURAL HERITAGE, MUSEUM ETHICS AND THE LAW : Philadelphia Reflects the Global Debate
Thursday December 13, 2007, 9:00 am

Program presented by the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in collaboration withthe Penn Cultural Heritage Center and Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Cultural heritage law is a legal specialty growing at an explosive rate, with unique ethical issues. Find out why and how it relates to Philadelphia's debate over its cultural treasures.

9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., lunch included

The program:

* reviews the international and national legal framework of cultural heritage law;

* explores conflicting views of the policies that shape preservation of the past;

* highlights current controversies in cultural heritage law; and

* analyzes the legal and ethical issues for professionals practicing in the field.

Over lunch, faculty and participants will consider how the international debate over cultural heritage is reflected in Philadelphia's efforts to preserve its City treasures.

Distinguished presenters include:

Patty Gerstenblith, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Director of DePaul's program in art and cultural heritage law, Co-Chair of the ABA's International Cultural Property Committee and author of Cultural Heritage, Art and the Law;

Richard Leventhal, Ph.D, internationally recognized scholar in Mesoamerican studies, faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, curator at the Museum and responsible for the Museum's recently launched Center for Cultural Heritage;

Ildiko P. DeAngelis, Director of the graduate program in Museum Studies at George Washington University, and former assistant general counsel at the Smithsonian Institute.

Course Planner, Sharon M. Erwin, Esquire

Interactive format, 3 substantive credits and 1 ethics credit for attorneys.
Enrollment is open to both attorneys and arts and culture professionals.
Registration fee: $189.00 for attorneys; $125 for arts and culture professionals and interested others.
Register by telephone, (215)545-3385.

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