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Event: Culture at Risk – Yemen's Heritage Under Threat

Yemen cultural heritage

Culture at Risk: Yemen's Heritage Under Threat

Saturday, February 23, 2019

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C.

Metro: Smithsonian

Yemen’s millennia of rich cultural heritage is being threatened, damaged, or destroyed due to ongoing conflict in the region. Join us when an international roster of archaeologists, art historians, and specialists in heritage preservation explore the devastating effects of this violence in Yemen. Three panels of experts examine consequences for cultural heritage and collective memory, highlight the Yemeni response, and consider the international community’s responsibility in this crisis. Speakers include:

  • Daniel Varisco, University of Bonn and American Institute for Yemeni Studies

  • Stephennie Mulder, University of Texas

  • Mohanad Al-Sayani, General Organization of Antiquities and Museums, Yemen

  • Zaydoon Zaid, American Foundation for the Study of Man

  • Noha Sadek, former director, American Institute for Yemeni Studies

  • Krista Lewis, University of Arkansas

  • Will Raynolds, J. M. Kaplan Fund

  • Deborah Lehr, The Antiquities Coalition

  • Marwan Dammaj, Minister of Culture, Republic of Yemen

  • Wafa Bughaighis, Ambassador, Embassy of Libya, Washington, DC

  • Luigi Marini, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations

  • Gerald Feierstein, The Middle East Institute and former US Ambassador to Yemen

This program is presented by the Freer | Sackler with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the Antiquities Coalition. It celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

Free and open to the public.

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