TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 14, 2010)—Towson University will host a lecture and book signing by Robert K. Wittman, recently retired special agent of the FBI and author of “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.”
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall.
With specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, Wittman served as the FBI's top expert in the field. During his 20-year career, he recovered more than $225 million in stolen art and cultural property, resulting in the prosecution and conviction of countless criminals.
In 2005, Wittman helped create and was named senior investigator of the FBI's Art Crime Team. Since its inception, the unit has recovered more than 850 items of cultural property, including an original copy of the Bill of Rights.
Called the “most famous art detective in the world” by the London Times, Wittman has crossed the globe conducting investigations and instructing international police and museums in investigation, recovery and security techniques. His new book is his first reveal into the dark world of art thieves, scammers and black market traders.
Wittman was born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised in Baltimore, Md., where his parents owned an antiques store. He graduated from TU in 1980 with a degree in Political Science before joining the Philadelphia Field Division of the FBI in 1988.
The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education, and the College of Liberal Arts. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-704-2787.