The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Colonel Matthew Bogdanos presents "The Unlooting of Civilization’s Treasures in Wartime Iraq"

Mon Feb 24, 2014
SF Jazz Center
7:30 pm-9:00pm
Lectures, Arts, Education


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.”

Because the talk revolves around and discusses the specifics of what is still an on-going investigation, there will not be any recording of any kind--audio or visual, nor a live stream for members. Thank you for your understanding.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand

Advance Tickets Recommended - Tickets are $15

Long Now Members get complimentary tickets

There will be a reception on the mezzanine following the Seminar

Long Now Seminar Podcasts - please note this Seminar will not be recorded

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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  1. SF Jazz Center
    201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA