James Cuno '73 discusses ISIS and cultural destruction

by Adam Torgerson,

  • James Cuno '73

Cuno's free lecture, “ISIS and the Threat to Our Cultural Heritage,” takes place Nov. 5 in Rogers Music Center, 7:30 p.m.

Why does ISIS target historical sites in the Middle East? How can we respond? What's stopping us?

On Nov. 5 at Willamette University, J. Paul Getty Trust CEO James Cuno will discuss ISIS' campaign of cultural destruction. The free, public talk will address the threat to the world’s cultural heritage and the challenges ISIS poses to an international response.

“ISIS and the Threat to Our Cultural Heritage: What Can the World Do?” is part of a series of related university events: “Taking the Long View: Art and Cultural Heritage in an Age of Terror.” Learn more at willamette.edu/go/long-view.

A book signing will follow Cuno’s lecture, which will be in Rogers Music Center.

About James Cuno

Cuno is a Willamette University alumnus and trustee, graduating in 1973 with a bachelor’s in history. He went on to earn a master’s in art history from University of Oregon before earning master’s and doctorate degrees in fine arts from Harvard. He’s a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of “Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum.”

Upon his selection as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in 2011, The New York Times called Cuno “a highly respected figure in the museum world” for his long history of scholarship and leadership at Art Institute of Chicago, University of London, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, UCLA and Vassar College.