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The Fight Against Cultural Terrorism: Disrupting the Trade in Blood Antiquities
Thursday November 19, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
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Disrupting the Trade in Blood Antiquities

EmpowerU has teamed up with the Cincinnati Museum Center to bring a crucial session 

Islamic State's calculated use of cultural destruction as a tool of terror---punctuated by the brutal murder of archaeologist Khaled al-Assad for his refusal to lead ISIS to hidden Palmyra antiquities-- has SHOCKED the world
Even more antiquities from the Middle East are finding their way to American Buyers, who unwittingly become complicit in funding terrorism and the destruction of heritage sites throughout the region. 
International Cultural Heritage lawyer Marion F. Werkheiser will discuss the exponential growth of cultural racketeering and offer solutions that would protect priceless cultural heritage for future generations 
This session will teach you the following things: 
The dynamics of the international trade in antiquities, the international legal regimes that protect cultural property and the role that Americans can play in disrupting Islamic State's ability to profit from looted antiquities. 
Marion Forsyth Wekheiser is an award-winning lawyer, nonprofit executive, and preservation advocate with a distinctive ability to converse diverse stakeholders to work together to solve tough problems and to scale solutions. 
In addition to her role as managing member of Cultural Heritage Partners, Marion is a founding partner of Heritas Group, a firm of big idea strategists for government, business and social change institutions. 
A leader in cultural heritage law, Marion co-founded in 2004 the Lawyer's Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and served as its inaugural vice-president. 
Marion earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is license to practice in California, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University where she was a Wells Scholar and earned her B.A. degree in political science and classical civilization with an emphasis in art and archaeology.  
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