Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cultural Security News (Feb. 19 - Feb. 25)

The Power of the Book
Violence lit off by the burning of the Koran in Afghanistan coincided with another incidence of the symbolic significance of books that represent cultural heritage. The Vatican requested to inspect a reportedly 1500-year-old Bible that was seized from smugglers by Turkish authorities in the Mediterranean. In returns, sunken treasure is being repatriated from Florida, USA to Spain, and in reconstruction, the Iraq town of Madain seeks to recover a tourist industry after suspicions of being a biological weapons site under Saddam Hussein and serving as an Al-Qaeda stronghold. In museum administration, Timothy Potts, the incoming Director of the Getty Museum, reportedly seemed unclear on the institution's acquisition policy, while in an interview, Dan Monroe, the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, indicated a changing role from acquisitions to access.
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