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CHAPS Alumn Jake Archer featured on news

FBI Art Crime Unit Uncovers Stolen Treasures

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Take a stroll down the hallways of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and you’ll find treasures dating back hundreds of years. What is good art? Why are some pieces more expensive than others?

Some would say the answer is in the eye of the beholder. A team of two agents at the Philadelphia FBI spend their days working to rescue pieces from thieves around the world.

“Every day we get to come in and we get to work these matters and try to get this stuff back for people to see,” FBI Special Agent Jake Archer told Eyewitness News.

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Archer is with the Art Crime Team in Philadelphia. He and partner special agent Donald Asper make it their business to find stolen treasures.

“It could be artwork it could be antique guns. It could be things that were used in the Revolutionary War,” Special Agent Donald Asper said.

Both special agents took Eyewitness News to an undisclosed cinder block building in the tri state area. Behind the door, they displayed a recently recovered collection.

“We don’t know what’s going to come in today, tomorrow, or next week,” Archer said.

We can’t even show you the paintings because of the current investigation, but can tell you six of these paintings were recently found in the Philadelphia area. The agents won’t even say how much they are worth, but we know they were stolen in 1988. The case is still active.

Both men cover the eastern half of Pennsylvania. The team’s reach is international, recovering millions of dollars of art over the years. They are one of just a few specialists in the entire FBI they work together with a 16 member national team based in Washington D.C. They work together with The Evidence Response Team (ERT) based in Philadelphia.

For more information on FBI Art Crime Team, visit

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Congratulations to Todd Caissie

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The program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies congratulates CHAPS student Todd Caissie on his forth-coming publication in a peer-reviewed book.

The book will contain a selection of papers that were presented during the three day conference, Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies, held in Winnipeg Canada in June 2015. This conference was the first event of its kind to examine internment experiences in Canada from a comparative perspective. The conference brought together scholars and researchers with individuals and families directly impacted by Canadian internment. 

The working title for the paper is The New Brunswick Internment Camp Museum: Preserving the History of Internment Camp B-70, and will be co-authored by the Director of the New Brunswick Internment Camp Museum. The paper will be included in the section on internment in museums and in the realm of public history. The book will be published by the University of Manitoba Press in 2017.

Conserving Cultural Landscapes Publication

Conserving Cultural Landscapes

Challenges and New Directions


Presenting Papers from Rutgers CHAPS 2012 International conference, Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of UNESCO's World Heritage Convention, Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions offers new approaches to both cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes in recognition of the need to guide future change, rather than simply protecting the fabric of the past.


Edited by Ken Taylor, Australian National University, Australia

Archer St. Clair Harvey, Rutgers University, USA

and Nora J. Mitchell, University of Vermont, USA


Available here, from Routledge Studies in Heritage

20% Discount Available - enter the code FLR40 at checkout


Announcement upcoming CHAPS conference

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Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century

Urbanization is the defining phenomenon of 21st century. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, an amount that is expected to rise to nearly 70 percent by 2050, with the highest percentage of growth occurring in Asia and Africa. Not only does this growth profoundly affect the physical environment, but it also reveals the rapidly shifting nature of urban populations. The density and diversity of urban encounters and interactions can generate incredible creativity as well as conflict. Within this multidimensional environment, urban heritage can be as dynamic as the city’s population.

This international conference, SHIFTING CITIES: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century, will look specifically at the phenomenon of shifting populations and its effect on urban heritage. Hosted by Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS), this conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to address the complex and interconnected challenges facing cities and their populations. The overarching goal is to identify new approaches towards working effectively with diverse and dynamic populations as part of current efforts to rethink the meaning and practice of heritage conservation within the “shifting cities” that define urbanism in the 21st century. 

More information about this event will appear on the conference webpage.

NEW CHAPS PROGRAM in Deparment of Art History

Ph.D. Concentration

in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies


This 12 credit concentration within the Department of Art History Ph.D. program provides participants with the opportunity to broaden and give depth to their art historical/archaeological areas of specialization through the exploration of cross-disciplinary and global approaches to the analysis of monuments, sites and works of art within the context of World Heritage.

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261