Museum Controversies: “Not everything was looted” | Newberry

Museum Controversies: “Not everything was looted”

Led by Dr. Caroline Malloy. Five sessions. 10 am - noon
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Saturdays, June 15 - July 20 (class will not meet on July 13)

10 am - noon

This seminar has been cancelled

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

As our 21st-century societies grapple with the legacies of 20th-century colonialism, museums must tackle the daunting task of identifying stolen objects while also devising solutions for their continued display. This seminar will examine a few of the most legendary museum controversies and review strategies for evaluating stolen objects in the 21st-century. In particular, we will address the debates for and against repatriation, consider new loan proposals, and discuss the hurdles of museum display in the modern world.

Five sessions. E – $220, L – $242

Caroline Malloy holds a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a freelance writer and scholar based in Chicago. She has taught at Villanova University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now travels the world as a resident historian with Viking Cruises.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read three articles of your choosing from reputable journalistic sources that address either the “Parthenon marbles controversy” or the French Restitution Report. The Art Newspaper has collected a range of discussion on the latter at while almost every major global publication has weighed in on the Parthenon Marbles debate.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.