Past Events:


SHIFTING CITIES: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century, Nov 12-14, 2015

This international conference examined the phenomenon of shifting populations and their connections to urban heritage, bringing together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to address the complex and interconnected challenges facing cities and their populations. The overarching goal is to identify new approaches towards working effectively with diverse and dynamic populations as part of current efforts to rethink the meaning and practice of heritage conservation within the “shifting cities” that define urbanism in the 21st century.
By bringing together heritage practitioners with scholars and organizations engaged in what would not traditionally be considered “heritage” or “conservation” work (such as social services and public health), Shifting Cities was a critical step in pointing us forward to new directions and approaches. The conference included session panels and case studies that explore tangible ways in which practitioners and community organizations have been able to address the challenges of heritage conservation in the face of shifting populations. Two Roundtables, one focusing on the city of Camden, New Jersey and another focusing on armed conflict in the Middle East, brought together diverse sets of professionals to share experiences and expertise.
Keynote Speakers:
• Ishmael Beah, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier & Radiance of Tomorrow

• Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director, Sustainable Urbanism International GSAPP, Columbia University, New York, and Bangalore & UNESCO Chair Professor in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development


CULTURAL LANDSCAPES: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century, October 12-14, 2012

Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century brought together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to examine five core themes around the concept, implementation, and management of cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes. The conference curated an interdisciplinary forum for forward-looking approaches to 21st century challenges, with the objective of mapping strategies for a ten-year plan of action within these areas. The edited volume, Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions draws from this initiative. ‘Cultural Landscapes’ provided a unique opportunity in time and place for the United States to reaffirm its presence within the international arena of cultural heritage preservation.
Keynote Speakers:
• Mechtild RoĢˆssler, UNESCO World Heritage Center.
• Stephanie Toothman, National Park Service
• Gustavo Araoz, President, International Council on Monuments and Sites
• Christina Cameron, University of Montreal
• Kathryn Moore, Birmingham City University, School of Architecture

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