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Rediscovering the Cyrus Cylinder: The Making of a Cultural Icon with Timothy Potts

CPD Conversations in Public Diplomacy

October, 30, 2013; 12:00PM-1:30PMLocation: ASC 207 (Geoffrey Cowan Forum)Contact: cpdevent@usc.edu CPD's panel discussion will address the contemporary significance of the Cyrus Cylinder, the first declaration of human rights and its vital role in the Middle East and global relations discourse. 

The Cyrus Cylinder, a 2,500-year-old object discovered in ancient Babylon, is considered by many to be the first declaration of human rights. This unique artifact, part of the British Museum collection, continues to excite the imagination of different peoples from around the world.

Please join us for a fascinating panel discussion, featuring Dr. Timothy Potts and USC Professors Nicholas J. Cull and Jay Wang, on the enduring significance of the iconic object and the vital role of cultural institutions in facilitating global dialogue.

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been tracking media coverage of the Cyrus Cylinder tour, and will continue to do so for the tour’s duration from October 2 to December 2, 2013.



About Dr. Timothy Potts
Dr. Timothy Potts is the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. A native of Sydney, Australia, Potts earned a DPhil in Near Eastern art and archaeology from the University of Oxford. Before coming to Los Angeles, Potts was the Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas from 1998 to 2007 and the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England from 2007 to 2012.

Refreshments will be served. In order for us to get an accurate head-count for this event, you must register in advance to attend. To register, please click here