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Repatriation Panel Examines History of Stolen Cultural Patrimony on 4 Continents

CHICAGO — As part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Inherit Chicago month of programs, four cultural allies will present a panel discussion on repatriation of human remains and cultural patrimony October 10th at the National Hellenic Museum from 6-8 pm with a pop-up exhibit opening at 5 pm.

Demands for repatriation of lost cultural patrimony and stolen human remains make weekly headlines around the world. Join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian and the National Hellenic Museum in deepening your understanding of the complexities of repatriation in this panel discussion. The discussion will be accompanied by a photographic pop-up exhibit showing how the demands for the return of lost cultural treasures can unite ethnicities and nationalities.

Included among the panelists is Jodi Simkin, Klahoose First Nation, Director of Cultural Affairs & Heritage for Klahoose First Nation. Located in central British Columbia, the Nation has undertaken the development of a systematic framework for the research, location, and repatriation of ancestral remains and related cultural patrimony. A lifelong advocate of social justice issues, Jodi is also the Vice-President of the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA), an appointed member of the BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee, and of the Association on American Indian Affairs Repatriation Working Group. Jodi is a past presenter for the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) and of the Learned Society. Additional expert panelists for the Repatriation of cultural Patrimony event include Dr. Katherine Kelaidis, Resident Scholar at the National Hellenic Museum and Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University; and Zeresenay Alemseged, paleoanthropologist and Donald N. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. Also speaking is Elinor Pearlstein who served as Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (1987-2017), following ten years at the Cleveland Museum of Art.   She currently works as an editor and independent scholar.

The Repatriation of Cultural Patrimony program is part of Inherit Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s month-long intercultural festival. Join us at 5 pm to view the popup exhibit and 6 pm for the panel discussion on Thursday, October 10th  at the National Hellenic Museum at 333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL, 60661. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased online at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18358.

For more information, call the Chicago Cultural Alliance: 312-846-6814.

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