San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Event is FREE, registration required via SAFE's registration form
Home to some of the world's oldest civilizations, Egypt has had a profound influence on the cultures of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. For centuries, Egyptian archaeological sites have been looted - most recently to feed the black market trade of antiquities. Since the 2011 uprising, the situation has become increasingly acute.
In this talk, archaeologist Dr. Monica Hanna will discuss how she risks her own career and life to expose the problem. Using social media to their fullest potential, her efforts have led to the actual recovery of stolen objects. Dr. Hanna will share images and videos of looted objects and sites, and show us what is actually happening to Egypt's history today. She will explain how this is not a problem for Egypt or archaeologists alone, but a crisis that affects all of us. She will conclude with potential solutions and suggestions as to how ordinary citizens can help.
Dr. Hanna will be in New York to receive the 2014 Beacon Award from the nonprofit organization SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone, which recognizes outstanding achievement in raising public awareness about our endangered cultural heritage and the devastating consequences of the illicit antiquities trade. Since 2004, awards have been presented to authors, journalists, professors, law enforcement professionals, and archaeologists.