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Release: Oct. 10, 2002

Discussion Of Cultural Property Will Be At Museum Of Art Oct. 24

The University of Iowa Museum of Art and the UI College of Law Speakers Committee will present a panel discussion, “Approaches to Cultural Property: Insights from an Expert” featuring John Henry Merryman, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24 in the museum’s Lasansky Room.

Merryman, who is the Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Emeritus and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Art at Stanford University, will present his views on the ethical and legal issues surrounding the international cultural property rights of art. The discussion and reception following are free and open to the public.

Also participating in the discussion will be lawyers Serena Stier, a local author and consultant; Pamela White Trimpe, curator of collections for the UI Museum of Art; and Richard Koontz, coordinator for the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. Stier and Trimpe teach a course on art law and ethics offered through the UI School of Art and Art History and the UI College of Law.

Merryman received his doctorate from Notre Dame and additional law degrees from New York University. He has also received honorary degrees from universities in Aix-en-Provence, Trieste and Rome. He taught at Santa Clara University was on the faculty at Stanford University from 1953 until his retirement in 1986. He has also been a visiting professor at the NYU School of Law, a the Center of Economic Research in Athens and the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.

Merryman is author, co-author or editor of many publications on art law and ethics, including “Thinking about the Elgin marbles: Critical Essays on Cultural Property, Art and Law,” published in 2000, and “Law, Ethics, and the Visual Arts,” published in its third edition in 1998. A volume of essays on international law was issued in 1990 in honor of his 70th birthday.

The panel discussion received support from the Iowa City law firm of Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker and Gelman, L.L.P.

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