Susan Libby Presents at Annual Meeting of Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage and Preservation

November 07, 2012

Professor of Art & Art History Susan Libby was recently asked by a lawyers' non-profit organization to present a conference paper on Rollins's decision to repatriate a statue found on Okinawa at the end of World War II.

The statue was donated to Rollins by an alumnus and installed in the newly built Warren Building in 1947. When a request for the statue's repatriation was made in 1993, the college initially declined. However, after the case received international attention, the request was revisited and the statue was returned in 1995. Libby and alumnus Cory Baden, '12, researched the history of these events as a Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship project, which culminated in an exhibition and panel discussion of this and other heritage issues at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in 2011.