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Art History and Art Law Experts to Discuss Repatriation of African Art on February 25

February 09, 2009 – 
The issue of repatriation of cultural artifacts that have been wrongfully removed from their country of origin is a thorny one that involves collectors, lawyers, curators, archeologists, and governments around the world. On Wednesday, February 25, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will host a panel discussion from 6 – 9 pm on the topic “The Repatriation of African Art: Art Scholars and Art Lawyers Discuss African Nations’ Fight to Retrieve Their Art Treasures.” Prominent art historians and attorneys whose focus is art law will explore the international regulatory context, ownership, and cultural identity. The panel discussion is sponsored by the Art Law Society, Office of Career Services, Association of Black Law Students, Asian Pacific-American Law Students Association, and International Law Society at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and by New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

What:  “The Repatriation of African Art: Art Scholars and Art Lawyers Discuss African Nations’ Fight to Retrieve Their Art Treasures” 
Who:  Kathleen Carignan, Esq., Director, Philadelphia Lawyers for the Arts
Linwood J. Oglesby, Executive Director, Newark Arts Council
Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University
Cynthia Jacob, Esq., New Jersey office of Fisher and Phillips, PC
Professor Richard M. Leventhal, University of Pennsylvania
Sharon M. Erwin, Esq., Law Offices of Sharon M. Erwin, LLC
When:  6 – 9 pm, Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Where:  Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark