2017-2018 Who Owns the Past Series

 The organizers describe the urgency of the topic this way: "While human lives are at risk every day, so too is the cultural heritage created by past cultures and societies, ones that are important not only for scholarly interest but also for the identity of present cultures.”  Some questions speakers will address over the year are Why do we—and should we—care about ancient monuments and culture when confronted with similarly urgent problems with what might be called "real-life" consequences? And if we decide that the past is worth preserving, who has the right and responsibility to take on these challenges, and how can such preservation be effectively accomplished?'"




September 26 7:00-8:30 p.m.

MUB Theater II

Who Owns Palmyra? 

Erin Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art Crime, John Jay College of Criminal Justice



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

5:30 p.m., MUB Theatre I

Satellite Monitoring of Archaeological Damage and Looting in the Syrian Civil War

Jesse Casana, Dartmouth College



Monday, November 20, 2017

7:00 p.m., MUB Theatre II

Disposable Landscapes, Disposable Heritage: Politics of the Ancient Past in the Anthropocene

Ömür Harmansah, UIC





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:00 p.m., MUB Theatre I

Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones: Protecting the Past for the Future

James Cuno, J. Paul Getty Trust 






Monday, March 26, 2018

7 p.m., MUB Theatre

Lost vs. Found: Loot in U.S. Museums

Zoe Kontes, Kenyon College


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

12:40-2 PM, MUB Theatre II

Panel: "Protecting the Past"

Susan Ackerman, Dartmouth

Laetitia La Follette, U-Mass Amherst

 The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1965 in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the series is to offer the University community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs.