Upcoming Appearances

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September 12, 2019, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York), in conversation with Mary Lane, the author of Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich. RSVP here.

September 18-19, 2019, “Return to the Scene of the Crime: Legal, Political, and Ethical Analysis of Determinations of Safe Return,” Conference: Heritage and the Ethics of War, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, Heritage in War Project (Cambridge University).


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

"What Color is Guantánamo?" TEDxColumbiaUniversity, April 22, 2018.


Comedy Central (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper), discussing artwork made by Guantánamo detainees, January 18, 2018.


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.

I have additionally appeared on PBS NewsHour, Fox News, CBS Sunday Morning, Al Jazeera, NY1, HuffPo, and other programs.


Smarthistory.com, discussing “Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally” and “Euphronios, Sarpedon Krater” (2017).

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

I have been interviewed on public radio about the ethics of digital preservation of antiquities (All Things Considered), art from Guantánamo (All Things ConsideredPRI's The World, CBC Radio's As It Happens, the BBC World Service's World Update and BBC Radio 4's The Art of Now), and the destruction of antiquities by ISIS (WNYC's The Takeaway in 2014 and 2015; KCRW’s Press Play; and WAMC's Ideas Matter).

Other Past Appearances

"Art, Activism, and Guantánamo," University of Pennsylvania Law School, February 26, 2019.

“Excess and Disguise: Meaning under Censorship,” Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut (Workshop: Excess between Materiality and Irrepresentability), April 11-12, 2019.

"The Digital is Not Neutral: Thoughts on the Digitization of Threatened Cultural Heritage," Tufts University, December 5, 2018.

"'APPROVED BY US FORCES': Showing and Hiding Art from Guantánamo," Columbia University Committee on Global Thought, October 25, 2018.

"'The Sea, the Sea!': Art, Activism, and Guantánamo," UC Irvine, November 5, 2018.

“Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo,” Department of the History of Art and Undergraduate Prison Project, Yale University, April 28, 2018.

“Ode to the Sea: The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open,” Edmund S. Rumowicz Annual Lecture in Literature and the Sea, University of Rhode Island, April 26, 2018.

“Exhibiting Art from Guantánamo Bay,” School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, April 23, 2018.

“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.

“‘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.

“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,” National Arts Club, New York, December 17, 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. 

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.