Monday, August 26, 2013

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on a motion for a summary judgement in Rubin vs. Iran

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on a motion for a summary judgement in Rubin vs. Iran

Chicago Museums Seek Summary Judgment in Rubin v. Iran
The Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute filed a motion for summary judgment last week seeking to end a case that has pitted victims of a terrorist attack against two Illinois museums and Iran. The Chicago-based institutions argue that the plaintiffs' wish to take museum "property that Iran neither owns nor has ever claimed." And regarding Persian artifacts owned by Iran but on loan to the museums, the museums say that the plaintiffs cannot take title to these objects in order to satisfy a court judgment. American lawyers representing Iran filed their own motion in agreement [Read the rest]

Monday, August 19, 2013

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute grant to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

In March, 2013, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute awarded a grant of $30,000 to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago to support summer work on the Project by six students, both from Chicago and from other universities.


Since late May these students have been working with Roshan support:  
  • Christina Chandler (undergraduate, Classics, University of Colorado)
  • Erin Daly (graduate student, Classics and Art History, Notre Dame)
  • Katherine Livingstone (undergraduate, Art History, University of Minnesota)
  • Tytus Mikołajczak (graduate student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Chicago)
  • Emily Wilson (PhD Candidate, Classics, Chicago)
  • Seunghee Yie (PhD candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

By supporting these student workers, Roshan is not only helping make available the daunting volume and variety of information that the Persepolis Fortification Archive offers, but also helping to prepare a new generation of scholars who can use the information with a full appreciation of its context and connections.