The ancient Romans stole the cult statues of their enemies. The Nazis filled bonfires with “degenerate” paintings. And today, ISIS fighters are using bombs, bullets, and bulldozers to destroy ancient temples, churches, and holy sites. Why have so many conflicts deliberately targeted and destroyed works of art? In this interactive presentation, Thompson will discuss the goals of such destruction, including demoralizing civilian populations, communicating propaganda messages, and profiting from sales of confiscated art. She will explore how this destruction harms our knowledge of the past and erases the cultural identity of regions, such as Syria, where archeological sites serve as reminders of diversity and tolerance. Thompson’s talk will give an overview of the various legal and policing strategies currently in place to fight the looting crisis. She will also examine other less traditional, but perhaps more promising proposals, from marketing campaigns that attempt to persuade collectors not to buy looted objects, to computer scientists producing 3-D reconstructions of destroyed antiquities from crowd-sourced photographs, to the use of drones to monitor vulnerable archeological sites.