2009 Conference and Annual Meeting



Culture and Conflict: The U.S. and the 1954 Hague Convention


22-23 October 2009 at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield


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.


REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED


DATE:

October 23, 2009 Conference (Fri) - 8:30am-5:00pm
October 22, 2009 Annual Membership Meetings (Thu) - 2:30pm-5:00pm


LOCATION:

National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
www.preservationnation.org


KEYNOTE:

Lynn Nicholas, author of "Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War"


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
  • Robert Edsel, author of "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" and of "Rescuing Da Vinci"
  • 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 Army Colonel (Ret.)
  • Thomas R. Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP and Assistant Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University, Museum Studies Program
  • Marc Masurovsky, Historian
  • W. Hays Parks, Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel, International Affairs, Office of General Counsel, 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

CLE CREDITS:


CLE Credits are now available for attendance at the conference. You will be eligible to receive 4.5 CLE credits and will register at the conference. The cost will depend on the state for which you wish to receive the credit. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Dabson at jdabson@wcl.american.edu or 202 274-4077.


REGISTRATION:

Pre-registration for this event is now closed.
 

FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:
 
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM       Coffee and Registration

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM       Welcome and Introduction

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
     Panel 1

Unfinished Business: Continuing Restitution of Art Works Looted During the Holocaust: Private Litigation, Public Responses

Moderator: Thomas Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP

Speakers:
Robert Edsel, author of "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" and of "Rescuing Da Vinci"
Marc Masurovsky, Historian
Monica Dugot, Senior Vice-President and International Director of Restitution, Christie’s, NY
Nancy Yeide, Head, Dept of Curatorial Records, National Gallery, DC

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM     Break

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM     Panel 2

The United States and the1954 Hague Convention, Part 1: Changes in the Military in Light of US Ratification: Training and Planning Initiatives

Moderator: Corine Wegener, President, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; Associate Curator, Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Major (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve

Speakers:
W. Hays Parks, Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel, International Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
Laurie Rush, Army Archaeologist, Ft Drum, NY; Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense Legacy In Theater Heritage Training Program
MAJ James Ahern, Force Development Plans Officer, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC
Karl von Habsburg, President, Association of the National Committees of the Blue Shield

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM       Lunch and Keynote Address
Lynn Nicholas - Biography
Author of "The Rape of Europa"
   
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM        Panel 3

The United States and the 1954 Hague Convention, Part 2: Future Perspectives

Moderator: Patty Gerstenblith, President, Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation; Distinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law

Speakers:
Ann Hitchcock, Senior Advisor for Scientific Collections and Environmental Safeguards, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Jane Gray Yagley, ESF #11 National NCH Coordinator, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Michael Peay, Assistant Legal Advisor for Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
Richard Jackson, Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters, U.S. Department of Defense, and Army Colonel (Ret.)

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm       Closing Reception



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