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Restitution and Collecting in the Time of ISIS

February 18, 2016 – On March 1, 2016 Cardozo School of Law, NYC, will host a conference on “Rethinking Antiquities: Collecting in the Age of ISIS”. Experts and award-winning journalist Judith H. Dobrozynski will discuss problems related to the Middle East conflicts and collect art. The event is sponsored by Cardozo Law FASHION, ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT (FAME) LAW CENTER and the Committee for Cultural Policy, Inc. and will take place on March 1, 2016 from 5 to 6:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Join Moderator Judith H. Dobrzynski and a panel of experts for a lively discussion of practical solutions, ethical priorities, and law enforcement after the massive destruction of monuments and sites in the Syria and Iraq conflicts. A must-attend event for museums...

Teaching history through games

February 18, 2016 – The Bodleian Libraries has recently acquired a major collection of board games and pastimes dating from 1800 to the year 2000 and is showcasing a selection of them in a new display exploring how games have been used to teach history. ‘Playing with History’ is currently on exhibition in the Weston Library and features 22 games that show how children in Victorian and Edwardian Britain learned about the world around them.   Arrang’d in bricks. The Kings & Queens of England with historical references. [British, maker unknown, c. 1840]. A wooden box with illustrated label on the sliding lid. The 36 blocks, numbered chronologically, represent British monarchs from William I to Queen Victoria. © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Nearly 1500 board games d...

Chinese yuan to become legal tender in Zimbabwe

by Annika Backe February 18, 2016 – For years, Zimbabwe is struggling with debts and runaway inflation. Six months ago, the central bank has phased out the Zimbabwean dollar after it had become virtually worthless due to a hyperinflation.   This 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note from 2008, released into circulation in January 2009, is just enough to buy a weekly pass for public transport. As a countermeasure, 12 zeros of the local currency were cut off with a scratch of a pen and bank accounts were converted into US dollar. Largely replaced by the US dollar and the South African rand, the local dollar has ceased to be used as currency in public transactions. Now China appears on the scene. The Asian great power intends to strengthen its presence on the African continent. China havin...

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