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Art and Security Experts to Hold Forum at SMU on Oct. 1

‘Art & Power: War, Politics and the Destruction of Ancient Treasures’

October 1, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) — As atrocities are being perpetrated by ISIS militants on some of history’s most irreplaceable treasures and their guardians, a distinguished panel of art and international security experts will discuss “Art & Power: War, Politics and the Destruction of Ancient Treasures,” Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Jones Great Hall at Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

The forum, sponsored by SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, will be free and open to the public, but reservations are required by 5 p.m. Weds., Sept. 30, by emailing tower@smu.edu.

Featured speakers will be:

Anita DifanisAnita M. Difanis, director of government affairs for the Association of Art Museum Directors in New York City, who has combined a passion for politics with the joy of art since joining the AAMD in 1992. Before then, Difanis worked with the American Arts Alliance. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and Michigan State University.

Mark RoglanMark A. Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum and adjunct associate professor of art history at SMU, is an authority on Spanish art, art history and community art engagement. His leadership has resulted in an array of creative acquisitions, exhibitions and community outreach events at the Meadows, which features one of the finest repositories of Spanish art in the nation. In 2010, Roglán was knighted for his contributions to arts and culture by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Joshua RovnerJoshua Rovner, moderator of the forum, is John G. Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security and acting director of the Tower Center, a program within SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Rovner writes frequently on strategy, international security and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011), which won the International Studies Association Best Book Award for security studies, and the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award.

For more information about the Tower Center and its upcoming events, visit http://www.smu.edu/towercenter or call (214) 768-3954.

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