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Terrorists and Archeologists: How the Past Belongs to the Present | Erin Thompson | TEDxCUNY

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What is the relationship between art and terrorism? Why do organizations like ISIS target thousand-year-old cultural sites? Join Professor Thompson on a journey through heritage, history, and destruction. Erin Thompson is an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and is America’s only full-time professor of art crime. She studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. Currently, she is researching the ways in which terrorist groups sell and destroy antiquities. She has discussed art crime topics in The New York Times and on CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera America, and the Freakonomics podcast. Her book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors, will be published by Yale University Press in January 2016. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx