The Worst of Times: Protecting Heritage in Armed Conflicts and Natural Disasters
A reception will follow the lecture in the lobby gallery. Botanical Art in All its Wonder is on display in the gallery through May 24th.
Date & Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public and OEC auditorium is handicap accessible.
Cori Wegener, cultural heritage preservation officer, Office of the Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution
When manmade or natural disasters strike, governments, international organizations and nonprofits provide the victims with vital rescue and humanitarian relief services. But after the initial response, who arrives to help preserve the cultural heritage of that community? Which government, international and nonprofit organizations are responsible for heritage disaster planning, response, and recovery? How good are they at preventing looting and damage to our shared cultural heritage? Wegener will share insights from her experiences as an “Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer” in the U.S. military in Iraq, as head of the nonprofit U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, and in her new role coordinating the Smithsonian’s emergency response for heritage programs in the U.S. and around the world.