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The “Calculated Frightfulness” of ISIS: Threats to Middle Eastern Cultural Heritage in Historical Perspective

October 13, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

Global Heritage at Risk
University of Michigan Museum Studies Program
Fall 2015 Lecture Series

Speaker: Geoffrey Emberling, Assistant Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by the U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Center for Middle East and North African Studies and Department of Near Eastern Studies

Terrorism. Looting. Financial crisis. Political factionalism. Unregulated development. Neglect.

The news is full of ongoing threats to heritage sites and museums around the globe. In this series, speakers representing diverse countries examine contemporary threats to museums, collections, and historic sites in the Middle East, Greece, India, and the United States. Series speakers will document the many factors fueling the ongoing loss of objects, monuments, and historical places and will explore why heritage destruction in distant regions should matter to those of us thousands of miles removed from the most horrific ongoing threats. We also focus closer to home to consider the challenges to heritage preservation in our own backyard.

But this is not solely an exercise in despair, as speakers also examine the ways that international organizations, national and local governments, NGOs, communities, and individuals are responding to the challenges facing countless museums and heritage sites. The results are new ways of defining the meaning and significance of heritage for local communities, new strategies for heritage documentation and care, and new opportunities for us all to become engaged in caring for our own and our world’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.

This event will be held in the U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium at 6:30 pm.


October 13, 2015
6:30 pm
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