“Terrorists and Archeologists: How the Past Belongs to the Present,” TEDxCUNY, November 20, 2015.




CNN (Quest Means Business), discussing a theft from the Bode Museum, Berlin, March 27, 2017.


CNN (including Quest Means Business and Newsroom), discussing ISIS’ threat to ancient Palmyra, May 21, 2015, August 19, 2015, and September 1, 2015.

TV Channel One (Russia), Sunday Time to discuss looting of antiquities in Syria and Iraq, May 31, 2015.

Al Jazeera America, News to discuss the art theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, March 18, 2015.

CUNY TV, Criminal Justice Matters to discuss terrorism and the black market for antiquities, March 4, 2015.


“Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally” (with Beth Harris), Smarthistory.com, August 10, 2017.

“Euphronios, Sarpedon Krater” (with Steven Zucker), Smarthistory.com, July 13, 2017.

Public Radio International’s The Takeaway, discussing ISIS’ destruction of antiquities, October 17, 2014, and August 25, 2015.

KCRW’s Press Play to discuss ISIS’ looting of antiquities, June 3, 2015. 

Freakonomics podcast to discuss the economics of museum security, October 23, 2014. 

WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Ideas Matter, discussing ISIS’ destruction of antiquities, October 23, 2015.

WMRA to discuss the safeguarding of Syrian antiquities, March 14, 2017.

With Dr. Steven Zucker, discussing Euphronios' Sarpedon Krater for Smarthistory, July 13, 2017.

In addition to the above appearances, I have responded to requests for background information from ABC News, The Atlantic, National Geographic’s Explorer, 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, Newsweek, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, NPR’s Planet Money, Channel 4’s Dispatches, Art Newspaper, Village Voice, Chicago Sun-Times, El Periodico (Spain), Hyperallergic.com, Aeon Magazine, PBS’ NewsHour, and American Television News, and have been quoted in The Times of London, International Business Times, NPR.org, U.S. News and World Report, Foreign Policy, Southeast Asian Times, the American Schools of Oriental Research blog, Bloomberg News’ Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Elite Daily, Courthouse News, and Al Monitor.

Upcoming Appearances

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Past Appearances

“Clickbait: Thoughts on the Ethics of Digitizing Cultural Heritage,” Wellesley College, November 16, 2017.

“Who Owns Palmyra?” plenary address for 2017-18 Sidore Lecture Series, Center for the Humanities, University of New Hampshire, September 26, 2017.

“Global and Local Heritages,” keynote address for the UT Antiquities Action Annual Conference, April 8, 2017.

“Art Under Attack,” Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, March 30, 2017.

“The Future of the Past: Ethical Dilemmas in Digitizing Cultural Heritage,” Roger Mudd Center for Ethics at Washington and Lee University, March 3, 2017.

“Art Under Attack,” Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series, University of Texas at Austin, February 23, 2017.

“What No Owner Can Complain of Having Lost: Motivations for Collecting Looted Antiquities,” Seminar on Collecting and Display, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, February 6, 2017.

 “‘Appropriate Steps’: Permissibility of Delaying Repatriation to Countries in Crisis,” Global Mayors Conference (Comune di Firenze and NYU Florence), November 3, 2016.

“Persuading Collectors,” Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage, Summer School: Destruction and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage (via Skype), September 22, 2016.

“‘By Means of a Little Castration’: Manipulation of Ancient Art by Private Collectors,” McGill University, Montreal, October 9, 2016.

“Digital Colonialism?: Thoughts on the Ethics of Digital Recreations of Threatened Cultural Heritage Sites in the Middle East,” Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, November 7, 2016.

“Possession: Antiquities and the Art Market,” Royal Ontario Museum, October 16, 2016.

“‘By Means of a Little Castration’: Manipulation of Ancient Art by Private Collectors,” CUNY Graduate Center, Department of Classics, May 6, 2016.

“Motivations for the Private Collecting of Antiquities,” Columbia University, Department of Art and Archeology, April 19, 2016.

"The Fight for the Past," Georgetown University, Georgetown Institute for Global History Theory and Practice: Humanities in the World series, March 15, 2016.

“The Destruction of Humanity’s Shared Heritage,” Michigan State University, March 14, 2016.

“Art Under Attack,” The Coffee House Club, New York, February 10, 2016.

“The Destruction of Humanity’s Shared Heritage,” National Arts Club, New York, December 17, 2015.

“After the Destruction: Reacting to Losses of Cultural Heritage,” University of Toronto, Department of Art, and the Archaeological Institute of America (Toronto), October 1, 2015.

“Why Can’t We Be Friends? The Importance of Understanding Social Networks in Combatting Harmful Collecting Behaviors,” Archaeological Looting: Realities and Possibilities for New Policy Approaches, Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago, February 28, 2015. 

Organizer and panelist for “Looting the Past, Destroying the Future: Revolution, Terrorism, and Archeology in Egypt and Syria,” Baruch College, December 11, 2014. 

Panelist for “The Writing is on the Wall, But is it Protected?: Graffiti and Copyright,” Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School, October 30, 2014.

Organizer and moderator for “Book ‘Em: Insider Theft from Libraries and Archives,” May 7, 2014, a panel discussion at John Jay College in conjunction with the Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New York.