Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, The Unlooting of Civilization's Treasures in Wartime Iraq
About this Seminar:
Destruction is easy. Recovery is hard. Destruction is big news. Recovery is the real news.
In April 02003 when Baghdad fell to US forces, the renowned Iraq Museum was looted of thousands of civilization's most ancient and unique treasures, and the international press reacted with outrage. Marine Colonel Bogdanos, who had advanced degrees in Classical Studies and Law, rushed to Baghdad with a team of special-forces volunteers to recover the lost artifacts. Two years later he could write in the American Journal of Archaeology, "Working closely with Iraqis and using a complex methodology that includes community outreach, international cooperation, raids, seizures, and amnesty, the task force and others around the world have recovered more than 5,000 of the missing antiquities." (That was out of some 15,000 items stolen. The total of recovered antiquities is now over 10,000, with more still turning up.)
Matthew Bogdanos is a homicide prosecutor with the district attorney's office in New York City and a middleweight boxer. He continues to serve in the US Marine Corps Reserve, where his nickname is "Pit Bull."
About the Series:
The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.
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