Dr. Brian Daniels to Speak on "The Legal and Moral Dimensions of Cultural Heritage"


Brian Daniels will be delivering his public talk titled "The Legal and Moral Dimensions of Cultural Heritage" next Thursday, April 22nd at 5:00 pm in the Orgill Room. 

Dr. Daniels recently completed a joint Ph.D. degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the role of heritage preservation and cultural institutions in the development of public culture. His dissertation examines how the History collections at the Smithsonian Institution shaped public awareness of the past and national identity in the United States. Daniels also has an extended ethnographic commitment to western North America where he has worked with indigenous communities on issues surrounding heritage rights, repatriation, and recognition. He has recently worked with the State Department training customs officials in cultural property law, and served as a “heritage expert” for the U.S. Ambassador’s Speakers Series in southeastern Europe. Currently, he is the  Program Coordinator at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center and a Research Associate with the Smithsonian’s Institutional History Division while offering courses on cultural property law for Rutgers University Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS).