The talents of a DePaul University professor have been discovered by the Obama administration. President Obama recently announced he would appoint DePaul University Professor, Patty Gerstenblith, to Chair the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.
Gerstenblith, a Distinguished Research Professor at the College of Law and Director for the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul’s College of Law, is one of many new appointees filling posts within the administration that have been vacant for months.
As Chairman of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Gerstenblith will advise the president on necessary actions to protect foreign cultural property from being illegally imported to the United States and sold to collectors. Members of the committee must decide which requests from foreign nations they will approve and review existing agreements with foreign nations. In general, the committee deals with cultural property including historical artifacts that would be sent to museums. In the past, the committee has approved the majority of requests for import controls on what it deems as “culturally significant” artifacts.
Gerstenblith is the founder and president of the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and is a sitting director at the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a nonprofit organization that focuses on protecting cultural artifacts during armed conflicts and wars.