There are many challenges involved with protecting cultural heritage sites, but adding events such as war, reconciliation, fluctuating security situations, and social changes requires special attention, which is the case in Iraq. Since 2003, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has worked with Iraqi antiquities authorities on a wide range of preservation projects throughout the country. Embassy personnel recognized the need to not only support tangible preservation projects, but more importantly, to provide state-of-the-art training opportunities to help shape a new and upcoming class of cultural heritage specialists. The embassy has provided the means in which cultural heritage specialists from across Iraq are able to engage in long term preservation projects that will ultimately benefit an international audience.
Diane Siebrandt will share her experiences as the U.S. State Department’s cultural heritage liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Siebrandt has been on the ground since 2006, building partnerships between Iraqi and American civilians, academics, military personnel, and government officials that will help ensure the preservation of some of Iraq’s most significant archaeological sites, including Babylon. You will also learn how Iraq’s ancient wonders are being prepared for tourism.
$8 for Museum members/ $10 for non-members
It would be a good idea to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee your spot. You can purchase your tickets here: http://www.dmns.org/learn/adults/after-hours/babylon-and-beyond-preserving-iraqi-cultural-heritage/
This is a presentation given by Diane Siebrandt, in person. It is NOT an IMAX movie.
Please be in the Imax Lobby by 6:30pm, so you have time to check in and get your ticket, and so we can go in to find seats together. The entrance to the Imax Theater is on the east side of the building (facing Colorado Blvd.)