The Monuments Men: Free Film Screening, Hamilton Theater

Dir. George Clooney, 118 min

Screening for the Colgate and local communities as part of: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict

Day 1 of a three-day conference at Colgate University, October 18–20, 2017

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. It is loosely based on the non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

Conference Overview (full schedule)

The theft of cultural property, art, and antiquities from archaeological sites and public and private collections as a source of criminal and terrorist finance constitutes a tragic and prevalent trend. Cultural property crime increasingly provides a source of terrorist and belligerent finance with rapidly evolving actors, networks, and methods. This conference brings together leading authorities to address key questions. How have past conflicts shaped current response, law, and policy? Who are the key actors and why? What are the connections between cultural property crime, cultural cleansing, and genocide? How can we better combat this growing problem and protect cultural heritage?

This three-day conference is organized by Colgate University National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor, Michael Danti and Associate Professor Carolyn Guile. The conference program features diverse approaches to the issue — from diplomatic, policy, and legal perspectives to the scholarly research of art historians and archaeologists — as well as a range of regional and temporal contexts.


Michael Danti, Dept. of Classics,, 315.228.6041

Carolyn Guile, Dept. of Art and Art History,, 315.228.7907

Reserve your free ticket (first-come, first-serve)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Hamilton Movie Theater
7 Co Hwy 75, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA


Arts, Global and international, Academics, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences

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