February 25, 2006

Lecture at Simon Fraser university

Posted at 5:21 pm in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

Last week, Elena Korka (head of the department of Greek & Foreign Scientific Organisations, Institutions & International Issues at the Greek Ministry of Culture) gave a lecture on the Elgin Marbles at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

Vancouver Sun

Lecture at Simon Fraser University
Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, February 25, 2006

ELENA KORKA, the Athenian archeologist, lectured at Simon Fraser University’s Harbourside campus this week on The Reunification of The Parthenon Marbles — a World Cultural Issue.

Now in the British Museum, the sculptures were spirited from Greece 200 years ago by Britain’s Lord Elgin.

Korka’s lecture was sponsored by Greek consul George Aravositas and Metropolitan Fine Printers principal George Kallas. But the person Korka sought out was Alert Bay resident Andrea Sanborn.

That’s because the U’mista Cultural Centre executive director actually liberated an artifact from the British Museum’s collection. It was a Kwakwaka’wakw mask officials confiscated following a then-illegal 1921 potlatch.

Sanborn began campaigning in 1997, when she arrived at the London-based museum, opened an Adidas bag and said: “I’ve come for the mask.” Her opinion after conferring with Korka: “I think they will get their marbles.”

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