Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Thomas Murray, an Appreciation
CPO expresses thanks to Thomas Murray for his all too short service on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. President Obama appointed Mr. Murray to serve on CPAC in April 2013 to replace Bob Korver (who had resigned), but he was never allowed to serve a full term on his own. This is a shame. Mr. Murray, a past President of the Antique Tribal Arts Dealer Association, not only has real, tangible experience in the trade of ethnographic artifacts. In addition, he actually represented the interests of his trade constituents by asking some "hard questions" at CPAC hearings. In contrast, President Obama's replacement for Mr. Murray may have political connections (albeit not with the party in power), but it remains unclear how he can actually "represent" the interests of the trade in either archaeological or ethnological objects as contemplated by the Statue. See Senate Report 97-564 at 9. And, after all, "representing the interests" of designated stakeholders is a major reason why CPAC exists.