World Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk: Preservation Efforts in Iraq & Syria

Talks: World Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk: Preservation Efforts in Iraq & Syria

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bloomberg BNA, 1801 South Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202

Registration closes 24th September 2015

Organisers: The Washington DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA), DC/SLA International Relations Committee

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations.  Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”

Join us for this important program featuring distinguished Middle East experts from UNESCO and the Library of Congress.


Vulnerability of Libraries and Archives and Restoration of What’s Been Damaged
Michael Albin, Former Librarian at the Library of Congress

Legal & Organizational Contribution of UNESCO to the Preservation of Antiquities in Iraq & Syria
George Papagiannis, Head of UNESCO External Relations and Information Liaison Office in New York

Library of Congress Efforts to Preserve Library Collections in Iraq
Mary Jane Deeb, Chief, African & Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Refreshments and Networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Panel Discussion
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Q&A Session

*****Please register by September 24th on the webpage.*****

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Event website and registration here.