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Laurel Zuckerman – Author & Blogger

Laurel Zuckerman


October 8
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CEST
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Café de la Mairie
51 rue de Bretagne
Paris, 75003 France
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The cover of Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie,by Laurel ZuckermanA Franco-American writer who grew up in Arizona, Laurel is the author of Sorbonne Confidential (Fayard 2007), and Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie (Fayard 2009) and the editor of Paris Writers News.

Laurel’s work currently focuses on the art world and the Holocaust. She explores how linked open data, natural language processing, network analysis and the digital tools and techniques of investigative data journalism can be used to identify patterns in false provenances in Nazi-looted art and duress sales. In 2016, after twelve years of research, she filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the restitution of Picasso’s The Actor.

Zuckerman previously worked in corporate IT projects as a superuser, project manager and solutions expert specializing in SAP supply chain systems. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.Scholarship includes:

A Computational Approach to Detecting Nazi-looted Art
Researching a Rigged Game: Open Source Data & the Trade of Cultural Objects, Sep 14-15, 2023

The Knowledge Graph Conference, Cornell Tech, May 8-12, 2023
The Error is the Message: Extracting Insights from Deceptive Data for Nazi looted art

Yale Law School, March 3, 2023
Panel: Modern Approaches to Restitution and Repatriation

Plunder, Restitution and the Challenge of False Provenances; April 8, 2022 Conference of the Association of Art History

Tracking Looted Art with Graphs: a Wikidata Case Study presented at Graphs and Networks in the Humanities 2022 Technologies, Models, Analyses, and Visualizations 6th International Conference, 3. – 4 Feb 2022

Linked Data and Holocaust Era Art Markets: Gaps and Dysfunctions in the Knowledge Supply Chain, Collect & Connect: Archives and Collections in a Digital Age, 2021

Laurel’s favorite literary hero is Moses Herzog, who writes letters he never sends, often to dead people. Instead of letters, she writes her blog. Topics include education, ecology, books, and mysteries of France, of which there are many. And Paris Writers News.



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