The UGA College of Environment and Design will host a lecture by Morag Kersel Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Jackson Street Building. Open free to the public, the lecture is sponsored by the college and the Archaeological Institute of America.
A 2000 graduate of the Master of Historic Preservation program at the environment and design college, Kersel is an associate professor of anthropology and director of the museum studies minor program at DePaul University.
In her lecture, “Who Owns the Past? Competing Claims for Antiquities from the Holy Land,” Kersel will discuss how more than 15 years of research have provided insights on why there is demand for material from the Holy Land and what motivates collectors, both individual and institutional. This interdisciplinary investigation examines the relationship between the demand for Holy Land artifacts and the competing claims to owning the past.