Protecting Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

Lecture Protecting Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

Tuesday 22 September
4:10 pm in Cohen Memorial Hall 203, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Dr. Brian Daniels of the University of Pennsylvania will deliver the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture. Destruction of the region’s famed archaeological sites, including Palmyra, has prompted an outpouring of international concern. With more than 250,000 dead and millions displaced, all aspects of daily life have been upended, according to Daniels, who co-directs the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project.

Exhibition: Syria Widowed: Remebering Palmyra

A reception in the Cohen Memorial Hall Atrium will follow around 5:40 pm, at which time “SYRIA WIDOWED: REMEMBERING PALMYRA” will open in the adjacent Rear Atrium. Organized by Professor Betsey Robinson and E.B. Armstrong, a junior in the College of Arts and Science, this exhibit juxtaposes photographs of Palmyra in 1995 with engraved prints of temples, tombs, and cityscapes from from L.-F. Cassas, “Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoenicie, de la Palaestine, et de la Basse Aegypte” I (1799).


Many of the featured monuments were destroyed in recent months by ISIL. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt programs in History of Art, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, and Classical Studies, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, the Divinity School, the Fine Arts Gallery, and It will remain up through December 10.

Details are available here.