AC Executive Director Tess Davis Discusses How to Defend Sacred Objects and People of Faith from Cultural Racketeering in Panel Event
July 17, 2020
July 17, 2020
Why should the illicit trade in art and antiquities concern people of faith? How can we protect people of faith and all that they hold sacred from the effects of cultural racketeering?
The Antiquities Coalition weighed in on these questions on July 17, with AC Executive Director Tess Davis joining other experts concerned with religious and cultural heritage for a virtual dialogue, titled “Religious Cooperation and Cultural Heritage Sustainability.”
The event was co-organized by The Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Foreign Affairs Institute (FAINST) based in Athens, Greece as part of their discussion program, “Cultural Heritage in Crisis: A Conversation Series.”
“Framed within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation series brings together cultural heritage experts, policymakers, practitioners, and influencers, to share knowledge, experiences, and recommendations about sustainable cultural heritage practices at a moment of great risk and a time of renewed possibility,” the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy described on the program’s web page.
This particular panel, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou of the The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, also featured Mazen Karam, CEO of the Bethlehem Development Foundation, and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Key takeaways included: