Speaker - Lawrence Coben

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Lawrence Coben is an archaeologist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, where he has received an M.A. and is completing a doctorate in Anthropology. He was most recently the director of Proyecto Inkallakta, a multidisciplinary project at the monumental Inka site of that name in Bolivia.

He has also conducted research and surveys in the Carabaya and Lake Titicaca regions of Peru. He co-edited Archaeology of Performance: Theater, Power and Community(2006), a seminal study of the nature and political implications of theatrical performance at public events in ancient societies. He is also the author of several papers and articles on the Inka, the use of space, the role of performance and spectacle in ancient societies, the use of digital reconstruction and virtual reality in archaeology and the role of local museums in archaeological study and preservation.

Mr. Coben serves as Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, which utilizes local sustainable economic development to preserve archaeological sites around the world. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America. Mr. Coben was co-chairman of the Lieberman for President 2004 National Energy Policy Committee, which devised a plan (the Declaration of Energy Independence) to reduce American dependence on politically unstable sources of energy, and is a member of the Cleantech for Obama Steering Committee and the Department of Homeland Security's Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force. He serves and has served on numerous for profit boards, including NRG Energy and SAESA (Chilean utility), as well as not for profit boards, such as Citizen Schools in New York. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the newly founded Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy at Yale University from 2006-2007 and as President of the Board of Directors of New York Stage and Film, a not for profit theater company from 1995-2003.

Mr. Coben received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a J.D from Harvard Law School.

1 Program

Who Protects Antiquity?

04.07.10 | 01:25:54 min | 1 comment