Special Agent to Brief Students on the Craft of Catching Art Thieves

April 10, 2015

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Media contact: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (April 10, 2015) – Brent Easter, senior special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, will present his lecture “Catching Art Thieves and Dismantling Smuggling Networks” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Baylor Law School Room 127.

“Antiquities trafficking and smuggling is one of the biggest crimes in the world, just behind drugs and arms. It doesn’t have near the amount of law enforcement power to go against it,” said Nathan Elkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “There are only a few people in this country, such as Brent Easter, who actively combat it from a law enforcement angle.”

Before his career in Homeland Security Investigations, Easter was an archeology student at Boston University. He went on to pursue Homeland Security Investigations by first working on the border. He later moved into the intellectual properties division.

Easter will talk about some of his completed operations and cases and how he detects smuggling networks, sharing how he and his colleagues identify and return stolen art objects. Most ancient art on the art market has been looted or smuggled at some point, Elkins said.

“There’s a perception that it is white-collar crime that has no victims,” Elkins said. “Hopefully the event will be an eye-opener and will raise awareness.”

The lecture is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Baylor’s department of art, Baylor Law School and the University Lecture Committee.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Baylor Law School is Located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive in Waco.

For more information, contact Nathan_Elkins@baylor.edu

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference

Special Agent to Brief Students on the Craft of Catching Art Thieves

Follow us on Twitter: @BaylorUMedia

Media contact: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (April 10, 2015) – Brent Easter, senior special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, will present his lecture “Catching Art Thieves and Dismantling Smuggling Networks” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Baylor Law School Room 127.

“Antiquities trafficking and smuggling is one of the biggest crimes in the world, just behind drugs and arms. It doesn’t have near the amount of law enforcement power to go against it,” said Nathan Elkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “There are only a few people in this country, such as Brent Easter, who actively combat it from a law enforcement angle.”

Before his career in Homeland Security Investigations, Easter was an archeology student at Boston University. He went on to pursue Homeland Security Investigations by first working on the border. He later moved into the intellectual properties division.

Easter will talk about some of his completed operations and cases and how he detects smuggling networks, sharing how he and his colleagues identify and return stolen art objects. Most ancient art on the art market has been looted or smuggled at some point, Elkins said.

“There’s a perception that it is white-collar crime that has no victims,” Elkins said. “Hopefully the event will be an eye-opener and will raise awareness.”

The lecture is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Baylor’s department of art, Baylor Law School and the University Lecture Committee.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Baylor Law School is Located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive in Waco.

For more information, contact Nathan_Elkins@baylor.edu

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference

pecial Agent to Brief Students on the Craft of Catching Art Thieves

Follow us on Twitter: @BaylorUMedia

Media contact: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (April 10, 2015) – Brent Easter, senior special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, will present his lecture “Catching Art Thieves and Dismantling Smuggling Networks” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Baylor Law School Room 127.

“Antiquities trafficking and smuggling is one of the biggest crimes in the world, just behind drugs and arms. It doesn’t have near the amount of law enforcement power to go against it,” said Nathan Elkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “There are only a few people in this country, such as Brent Easter, who actively combat it from a law enforcement angle.”

Before his career in Homeland Security Investigations, Easter was an archeology student at Boston University. He went on to pursue Homeland Security Investigations by first working on the border. He later moved into the intellectual properties division.

Easter will talk about some of his completed operations and cases and how he detects smuggling networks, sharing how he and his colleagues identify and return stolen art objects. Most ancient art on the art market has been looted or smuggled at some point, Elkins said.

“There’s a perception that it is white-collar crime that has no victims,” Elkins said. “Hopefully the event will be an eye-opener and will raise awareness.”

The lecture is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Baylor’s department of art, Baylor Law School and the University Lecture Committee.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Baylor Law School is Located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive in Waco.

For more information, contact Nathan_Elkins@baylor.edu

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference

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