Artefacts Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 10th November 2016, 8:30pm
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7.45 PM - Emergency Debate ("This house believes that art is inherently elitist) 8.30 PM - Main Debate "This House Would Repatriate Artefacts Obtained Under Colonial Rule" SPEAKERS Proposition: Ed Evans: 3rd Year Classicist at St John's College, and a member of the Union's Secretary's Committee. Wim Pijbes: The director of the Voorlinden Museum and former director of the Rijksmuseum, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Droog Design and a board member of the Rembrandt Society. Dr Zahi Hawass: A world-renowned archeologist, he is the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings. Opposition: Mia Smith: 4th Year Classicist at Oriel College, and former Librarian-Elect of the Union. Dr James Cuno: President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He works around the world to preserve and advance the understanding of the world’s cultural heritage. Dr Sabine Haag: General Director of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Ethnology and the Austrian Theatre Museum. She is also a long-time curator of the Chamber of Art and the Treasury. This event takes place in partnership with METKA. We are very grateful for their contribution to this debate.