These events developed solely by SAFE and also in collaboration with other organizations and institutions are designed to reach members of the public and students alike. Through such programs, one learns about the historical importance of antiquities and the dangers facing them and how one’s concern can be turned into action.
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- A large portion of these presentations by journalists, lawyers, archeologists and museum professionals is devoted to questions and answers from the audience:
Following the 2009 SAFE Beacon Award Lecture & Reception in Philadelphia, Professor Lord Colin Renfrew gave a lecture in New York City on January 15, urging museums and individuals to contribute to putting an end to the illicit antiquities trade.
On April 18, 2009 the former Director of the Iraq Museum, Dr. Donny George, spoke to hundreds of students and faculty at the Bancroft School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Later that evening, Dr. George gave another lecture at the Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by a reception at the Worcester Art Museum.
SAFE's second book history symposium took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on April 6, 2008. The panel addressed the issue of book and manuscript ownership and consisted of experts in the field of law and book specialists.
A series of lectures designed to promote awareness of current issues in cultural resource preservation was presented in partnership with Bayside Historical Society as part of the Society's 2007 "Weekends in the Park" program. Lectures were given by archaeologists and members from the legal and law enforcement.
A discussion of the issue of preserving ancient sites and the antiquities they contain as discussed in the book The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities From Italy’s Tomb Raiders to the World’s Greatest Museums.
Peter Watson’s first US lecture on “The Medici Conspiracy” was part of SAFE 2006 Beacon Awards Benefit Gala where Mr. Watson was honored along with his co-author Cecilia Todeschini, Matthew Bogdanos and Roger Atwood.
In 2007, the College of Charleston and SAFE co-hosted an in-depth panel discussion with local specialists from the areas of Mesoamerican, North American, and Mediterranean archaeology and addressed how the black market trade of antiquities and illicit excavation tactics affect archaeological practices.
Matthew Bogdanos, 2005 SAFE Beacon Award Winner and author of Thieves of Baghdad, lectured and signed books at SAFE events from San Francisco to New York.
A panel of lawyers, scholars, librarians, and bookdealers addressed the issue of book thefts and other questions in this symposium scheduled to coincide with the 2005 Boston Antiquarian Book Fair.
Professor Elizabeth Simpson discussed the state of Iraqi archaeological sites and the trade in stolen antiquities at a lecture SAFE co-sponsored with the New York Council for the Humanities. The event took place at the Rye Free Reading Room on October 16, 2005 in Westchester, New York.
SAFE and Out Professionals presented Roger Atwood in conversation with Brendan Lemon in New York City on September 29, 2005, in New York City.
Held in Washington D.C. in April, 2005, the discussion featured a panel of experts in the cultural heritage field. The event was co-sponsored by The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP).
SAFE organized 2004 Beacon Award Winner Roger Atwood's first book signing and lecture for Stealing History in a New York City.
- Focusing on the acquisition, collection, study and display of antiquities in the presence of the objects themselves, SAFE Tours are interactive and provoke lively conversation and spirited discussions. Guided by journalists, archaeologists, museum specialists, art historians, SAFE Tours offer unique insider’s views of museum collections from different perspectives:
This tour discusses the history of the exploration (and exploitation) of Egypt and how the looting throughout the 18th and 19th centuries created a market for Egyptian antiquities.
Senta German's tours present the injury to archaeological and historical research caused by looting.
Roger Atwood's tour covers artifacts described in Stealing History including the Vicús treasures from northern Peru and the little known pieces from Batán Grande.
An advocate and activist for Afghan heritage preservation, Nadia Tarzi gives a unique and informative tour of this collection of newly rediscovered artifacts.
A very special tour with one of the leading figures in the international movement to prevent the looting of archaeological sites.
Dr. Oscar Muscarella guides us through the Ancient Near Eastern Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and discusses how the objects got there.
Anthropologist and NYU professor, Haidy Geismar, talks about Pacific artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum and discusses how the tribal art market impacts local cultures.
The tour gave an in-depth view of the Oriental Institute Museum's collection of ancient Iraqi artifacts, renowned for its scope and quality, and also the legal, ethical, and scholarly way in which it was assembled.
- To reach out to scholars, students and members of the public, SAFE participates in professional conferences, schools and seminars such as these:
Elizabeth Gilgan presented “Raising Public Awareness: Saving Antiquities for Everyone: A Case Study” at the international conference “Why Does the Past Matter?” in May, 2011
SAFE was an exhibitor at the "Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: From the Holocaust to the Haitian Earthquake" conference at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on March 31, 2011.
Visitors to the SAFE Booth at the 2009 AIA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia were once again treated to a full schedule of programs presented by our members and experts in the field.
SAFE reached out to new audiences at the 2008 34th annual Byzantine Studies Conference held at Rutgers University.
At its second appearance at the AIA Annual Meeting in Chicago SAFE once again used its booth to raise awareness, host events, and, of course, hand out hundreds of SAFE buttons.
SAFE presented its Say YES to Italy campaign at the Sacramento, California Italian Cultural Society's (ICS) annual Festa Italiana in August, 2005.
SAFE made its first conference debut at the 106th Archaeology Institute of America’s Annual meeting in Boston in January 2005 and presented the organization to enthusiastic crowds with an array of programs.
The following events serve the dual purpose of informing the public and raising funds for projects and are held throughout the year, in a variety of venues:
- Our popular parties help create a congenial SAFE community atmosphere. So join us and mingle with other like-minded people.