COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Former FBI Senior Investigator Robert Wittman will serve as the final speaker in a Ursinus College Art and Art History Department lecture series on interdisciplinary careers in the creative arts, scheduled for next Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) at 5 p.m. in Pfahler Auditorium on the college’s Main Street campus. The event is free and open to the public.
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Wittman is the founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Art Crime Team. He joined the FBI as a special agent during 1988 and was assigned to its Philadelphia field division. He served as the FBI’s investigative expert because of his specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification.
During his 20-year FBI career, he recovered more than $225 million worth of stolen art and cultural property, resulting in several prosecutions and convictions. In 2005, he was instrumental in the creation of the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team. He was named its senior investigator and instructed team members on conducting cultural property investigations.
Wittman 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.”
Children attending the event should be limited to those age 10 and older.