Brought to you by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield In coordination with Senator Bob Casey, Senator David Perdue, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward Royce, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel October 28, 2015 from Noon – 1:30 pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building The Islamic State, or ISIS, continues to wreak havoc throughout Iraq and Syria, laying a path of death and destruction in its efforts to create a homogeneous caliphate under its brutal rule. To finance this campaign of violence and bloodshed, ISIS is looting the region’s cultural antiquities and peddling them on the black market. Whatever ISIS terrorists can not remove, they destroy in an effort to wipe out any trace of culture that differs from their view, resulting in an irreversible loss of cultural heritage for current and future generations. ISIS has destroyed priceless artifacts in Mosul, bulldozed Mesopotamian ruins in the 3,000 year old city of Nimrud, and beheaded a renowned 83-year-old Syrian scholar. The ancient cities now facing destruction at the hands of ISIS are considered by many to be the birthplace of modern civilization. How can we ensure these treasures are not trafficked to finance terrorism? What does this cultural heritage represent to the region and the world? And how can the U.S. and other partners work to preserve it? Please join us for a special exhibition showcasing the sites and artifacts at risk of destruction in Iraq and Syria, followed by a panel discussion of pending legislation and other efforts to preserve cultural heritage in the face of ISIS. Featuring distinguished panelists: Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution Brian I. Daniels, Director of Research and Program, Penn Cultural H

2015 Death of History: Witnessing Heritage Destruction in Syria and Iraq

Technical Details

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Taken: October 28, 2015
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Exposure: 1/80 second
  • ISO: 320