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Program

Dates: 6-7 November

Venue: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada


6 November - Keynote Address

Welcoming Remarks:
- Clarence Epstein, Director, Special Projects and Cultural Affairs, Concordia University
- The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), Government of Canada
- Alan Shepard, President and Vice-Chancellor Concordia University

6:30 p.m. - Keynote address on issues surrounding looted art by Morley Safer, acclaimed correspondent for CBS News 60 Minutes.

His address will be followed by an interview with renowned former CBC investigative journalist Hana Gartner.


7 November - All-day Sessions

8 a.m. - Registration/Coffee/Light Breakfast

9 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks – Graham Carr, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University

9:05 a.m. - Welcome by Mario Silva, Chair, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

9:10 a.m. - Conference Introduction - Frank Chalk, Professor of History and Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), Concordia University

9:15-11:00 a.m. - Panel 1 - Function of the Theft/Motives of the Perpetrators

Chair: Gavin Taylor, Sr. Lecturer and Associate Chair, History Department, Concordia University      

  • Alan Corbiere (Former Director, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, Ontario)
  • Bob Melson (Professor Emeritus, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana)
  • Robert Jan van Pelt (Professor, University of Waterloo, Ontario)


11:00-11:15  a.m. - Coffee Break

11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Panel 2 - Impact on the Victims

Chair: Monica Patterson (Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV), Concordia University)

  • Sherry Farrell Racette (Timiskaming First Nations,  Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)
  • Mehmet Polatel (PhD candidate at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)              
  • Elazar Barkan (Professor, Columbia University, New York)


12:45-2:00 p.m. - Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00-3:30 p.m. - Panel 3 - The Future: Restitution and Reconciliation Today in the Wake of Plunder, Theft and Denial

Chair: Janet Brooke, Independent curator and museologist

  • Janis Monture (Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, Ontario)
  • Donna-Lee Frieze (Visiting Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne)
  • Marc Masurovsky (Director of the Provenance Research Training Program (PRTP), European Shoah Legacy Institute)


3:30-4:00 p.m. - Coffee Break

4:00-5:45 p.m. - Restitution Issues through the Lens

Introduction: Catherine MacKenzie (Professor, Art History, Concordia University, Montreal)

  • David D'Arcy (Critic and Journalist, New York City)
     

5:45-6:00 p.m. -  Conference Closing Remarks

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