Wars and Art: Antiquities and Local Cultural Artifacts Protection During Military Operations
Dr. Laurie W. Rush, US Dept of Defense
February 12, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History
Wars and Art are not compatible. When armies march, guns thunder, and bombs fall, cultural artifacts get in the way or can be held as hostages, resulting in their destruction. The situation is dire, but there is also hope. NATO allies and partner nations are finding common ground in identifying and protecting cultural treasures. +More Info
US and the Arab World: The Significance of a Broken Relationship
Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
February 26, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
Recent American involvement in the Arab world has been vexed, controversial and violent. It has led to both rampant anti-Arab sentiment and Islamophobia in the United States and to anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Yet an older cultural engagement between Americans and Arabs goes back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Professor Makdisi will cover the history and consequences of a changing American engagement with the Middle East. +More Info