The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield present:

Culture and Conflict: A Conference on the U.S. and the 1954 Hague Convention

Oct 23 – “Culture and Conflict” Conference
(Fri) – 8:30am-5:00pm
Oct 22 – Membership Meetings & Reception (Thu) – 2:30pm-5:00pm

The day before the “Culture and Conflict” Conference, LCCHP & US Committee of the Blue Shield will both hold separate Membership Meetings on Oct 22nd, followed by a Joint Reception

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Board Room, 2nd floor
1785 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Student Member: $15
Student Non-member: $25
Professional Member: $35
Professional Non-member: $60

Register for the Oct 23 Conference, and/or Oct 22 Membership Mtgs

In March 2009, the United States ratified the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict raising serious questions about implementation and next steps for the U.S. military and for this country generally.The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield present a conference, “Culture and Conflict: The United States and the 1954 Hague Convention,” to consider the domestic and international ramifications of U.S. ratification.The conference will begin with an evaluation of the continuing efforts to restitute art works looted during the Holocaust and not recovered in the immediate aftermath of World War II, particularly in light of the June 2009 Prague conference on the status of restitution efforts throughout Europe and the United States. The program will then turn to what government organizations, particularly the U.S. military, are doing to ensure compliance with the Hague Convention and to avert or mitigate cultural damage in future conflicts. The final panel will discuss what more the U.S. must do to protect its own cultural heritage in event of conflict, the prospects for future ratification of the Hague Convention’s First and Second Protocols, and the role of the Hague Convention ratification within U.S. public and cultural diplomacy.Keynoters:

  • Lynn Nicholas, author of “Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War”
  • Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”

Conference Speakers:

  • MAJ James Ahern, Force Development Plans Officer, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC
  • Monica Dugot, Senior Vice-President and International Director of Restitution, Christie’s, New York
  • Patty Gerstenblith, President, Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and Distinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law
  • Ann Hitchcock, Senior Advisor for Scientific Collections & Environmental Safeguards, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Richard Jackson, Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters, U.S. Department of Defense, and Retired Army Colonel
  • Thomas R. Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP and Assistant Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University, Museum Studies Program
  • Marc Masurovsky, Historian
  • Hays Parks, Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel, International Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michael Peay, Assistant Legal Advisor for Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
  • Laurie Rush, Director, Legacy In Theater Heritage Training Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Army Archaeologist, Ft. Drum,  NY
  • Karl von Habsburg, President, Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, and Cultural Property Protection Officer, Austrian Army
  • Corine Wegener, President, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; Associate Curator, Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and MAJ (Ret.)  U.S. Army Reserves
  • Jane Gray Yagley, ESF #11 National NCH Coordinator, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Nancy Yeide, Head, Department of Curatorial Research, National Gallery

Register for the Oct 23 Conference, and/or Oct 22 Membership Mtgs

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