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ART APPRECIATION, A Talk by Dr. Erik Nemeth

Date: June 18, 2012, 6:30pm (RSVP by June 10)

Dr. Erik Nemeth will discuss the emerging political economy of artworks in the 21st century. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please rsvp by June 10th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This lecture is hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

Art Appreciation

As an independent scholar in Santa Monica, California, Erik explores - Cultural Security - the interrelation of culture, identity, and perceptions of security. In publishing on the intersection of cultural property, diplomacy, and regional security, he examines the "alternative power" of artworks, historic structures, and monuments in foreign policy.

Following a decade in the software-development industry in the United States and the former East bloc, Erik pursued graduate studies in neuroscience. Dissertation research in retinal physiology led to studies in neuroaesthetics, which led to research on sharing of scholarship across disciplines. While serving as an analyst in Research Databases at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, Erik explored web-based methods for cross-disciplinary discovery of scholarly publications.

Erik has published in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Intelligence and National Security, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs and presents at conferences in art history, archaeology, information science, and criminology. He also teaches on Cultural Security and serves: on the editorial board of Journal of Art Crime, as a trustee of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), and as Adjunct Staff at RAND Corporation.

Erik holds a B.A. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Vision Science, both from the University of California at Berkeley. website: www.culturalsecurity.net