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Jessica A. Sebeok ’04, Assistant General Counsel, Yale University, gave a talk, “Current Legal Issues Affecting Museum Collections, including Repatriation and Provenance Disputes” on Saturday, May 1 to our YLS and Yale Philly alums and their guests over lunch at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Describing the various competing arguments for and against repatriation, including both law and ethical considerations, were highlighted. Attendees greatly enjoyed the discussion. (For those interested in checking out Yale’s perspective on the Machu Picchu matter, go to: http://opa.yale.edu/peru and those interested in reading Yale’s complaint in re Van Gogh’s The Night Café, go to: http://opa.yale.edu/media/pdf/vangogh-complaint-20090323.pdf ) After the talk, the group was given a tour of the museum’s items of jewelry from various continents, with fascinating symbolic roles, and constructed of feathers, bone, teeth, hair, beads, ivory, coral, brass, etc.

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