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February 01, 2017

Statement from James Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, regarding the travel ban


Date: February 1, 2017                                                                    
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Statement from James Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, regarding the travel ban

Members of a project team working on the conservation and rehabilitation plan for the Kasbah of
Taourit in Morocco carrying out an architectural survey using a total station. Photo: Scott Warren, 2014

The recent executive order barring entry into the United States from citizens of seven nations is antithetical to the values of the Getty, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. 

Curiosity, diversity, and tolerance are the core values of the humanities, values that require the free movement of people and ideas. That’s why, for years, the Getty has supported scholars, scientists  and professionals from around the world—including from the targeted nations—in pursuing  research and study here with us. It’s also why we are proud to welcome people of all faiths, colors, ethnicities, and nationalities into the Getty community.

If it continues, the travel ban will extract a high human cost in lost freedoms, livelihoods, and careers, as well as a high social cost in lost innovation and discovery. It may have a profoundly adverse effect on important work the Getty is pursuing in the Middle East, even in the midst of turmoil there, to protect and preserve the world’s cultural heritage. It will have a corrosive effect on scholarly exchange with the United States and on the stature of American cultural and educational institutions.

 We believe that the order is ill-advised, unnecessary, and destructive. The Getty stands against it and adds its voice in favor of established American principles of freedom and engagement.
 
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