Webcast HERE

Cultural Heritage: Conflict and Reconciliation

Friday, April 17

2:00-3:00 p.m. Leadership Panel
3:00–4:00 p.m. Discussion Panel

Meyer Auditorium
Freer Gallery of Art
Smithsonian Institution
Washington D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution and the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center will webcast live an afternoon event on the ways that cultural heritage is increasingly implicated in conflict and is also used to aid societal reconciliation and revitalization. This event will bring together academic, government, intergovernmental, civic and private sector leaders to discuss the global state-of-affairs for cultural heritage protection and promotion, and to consider forms of cooperation in research and professional practice around this increasingly important dimension of international affairs.

Leadership Panel, featuring:

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Mounir Bouchenaki, Director of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage

Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution

Emily Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Interviewed by David Rubenstein, Smithsonian Regent and University of Chicago Trustee and co-founder of the Carlyle Group

Discussion Panel, featuring:

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University

Bill Ivey, China Liaison for the American Folklore Society

Maria Kouroupas, Director of the Cultural Heritage Center, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State

Deborah Lehr, Chairman of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at the George Washington University and Senior Fellow of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago

Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute and Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Chicago

Interviewed by Rob Albro, Associate Research Professor in the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University