Yale faculty panel to explore ISIS and its destruction of cultural heritage

“Decapitating the Past: ISIS and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria” is the topic of a discussion among Yale faculty members taking place on Tuesday, March 31.

The panel discussion, sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC), will be held at 4:30 p.m. in
Rm. 217A of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. It is free and open to the public.

The panel and their topics are: Adel Allouoche, lecturer in history and religious studies, “Is ISIS an Anomaly?”; Karen Foster, lecturer in art of the ancient Near East and Aegean, “Antiquities and the Creation of Modern Iraq”; Eckart Frahm, professor of Assyriology, “ ‘And the Idols Are Broke in the Temple of Baal’: Assyrian Archaeological Sites Under ISIS”; Benjamin Foster, professor of Assyriology, “Dura Europos, Diversity, and Marketing the Past”; and Frank Griffel, professor of religious studies and international and area studies, and chair of the Council on Middle East Studies, “What Is New and What Is Old in ISIS’ Political and Religious Ideology?” Agnete Wisti Lassen, lecturer in NELC and the Kohut Post-Doctoral Associate at the Yale Babylonian Collection, will moderate the discussion.

Related story: ISIS’ destruction of cultural antiquities: Q&A with Eckart Frahm

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