Culture at Risk: Yemen's Heritage Under Threat
Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
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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