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Cardozo's FAME Center, Art Law Society and Black Law Students Association will present a virtual panel: Benin Bronzes: Restitution and Reparation. The panelists will address the positions of Nigeria, US Museums, European Museums and US DNA Descendants regarding their respective interests in the Benin Bronzes.


  • David Rudenstine, Prof. Rudenstine is the Sheldon H. Solar Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of Cardozo Law School. He is also an author on the historical British Parliamentary reports justifying retention of the Elgin Marbles.


  • Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, J.D., M.A. Executive Director, Restitution Study Group. RSG advocates for the interest of the African-American descendants of slaves sold for the bronze “manillas” melted down to create the Benin Bronzes.
  • Moyosore Okediji, University of Texas, Professor Art History, African Art.
  • Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University, Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies, Director, Africa World Initiative and Program in African Studies African and African Diaspora.
  • Kevin Tervala, Baltimore Museum of Art, Associate Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Department Head, Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
  • William Pearlstein, lawyer in New York experienced in cultural heritage matters, will discuss some of the legal issues affecting the US Museums, Nigerians and US DNA Descendants.

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Benin Bronzes: Restitution and Reparation