The Art & Art History Department welcomes Robert Wittman as the final speaker in a lecture series on Interdisciplinary Careers in the Creative Arts on Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. in Pfahler auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Wittman is the former Senior Investigator and Founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Art Crime Team. He joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1988 and was assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division. As a result of specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, he served as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field.
During his 20-year career with the FBI, he recovered more than $225 million worth of stolen art and cultural property resulting in the prosecution and conviction of numerous individuals. In 2005, he was instrumental in the creation of the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team. He was named as the ACT’s Senior Investigator and instructed the team members in how to conduct cultural property investigations. He has represented the United States around the world conducting investigations and instructing international police and museums in investigation, recovery and security techniques. His memoir, a New York Times best seller that he co-authored with John Shiffman, is titled Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.
For those interested in bringing children to this event, Wittman recommends that they be 10 and over.