Upcoming Lectures

February 1, 2017

A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael D. Danti

Archaeological Institute of America
Williamsburg, VA

Online Lectures

February 1, 2017

MEMS Colloquium Lecture: ISIS and Cultural Cleansing
Michael D. Danti

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Past Lectures

December 2, 2016

The Rehabilitation of Heritage in Syria and Iraq: Challenges, Current Activities, and Future Paths
Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage. International Conference for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas (Dec. 2–3, 2016)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

November 15, 2016

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
Archaeological Institute of America Lecture, St. Louis Society

St. Louis, MO

November 3, 2016

Investigating the Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Northern Iraq
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts

Columbia University. New York, NY

November 2, 2016

Investigating the Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Northern Iraq
Looting and Destruction: Protecting Cultural Heritage Through Technology. Art and Cultural Property Crime Symposium

NYU School of Professional Studies. New York, NY

October 31, 2016

Protecting the Past Conference Presentation
Allison Cuneo

Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq)

October 13, 2016

Looting and Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq
21st Meeting of the Network for Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes. European Union Genocide Network (Oct. 12–13, 2016)

The Hague, The Netherlands

September 20, 2016

A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
Archaeological Institute of America Lecture. Worcester Society

Assumption College. Worcester, MA

June 21, 2016

The Preservation of the Mediterranean Region’s Cultural Heritage and Its Challenges
5th Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy (Jun. 21–22, 2016)

Thessaloniki, Greece

June 4, 2016

Keynote address at UNESCO/German Federal Foreign Office Sponsored International Expert Meeting on Safeguarding Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Berlin, Germany

June 3–4, 2016

Participant in meetings at meetings organized as part of the UNESCO/German Federal Foreign Office Sponsored International Expert Meeting on Safeguarding Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Berlin, Germany

June 2, 2016

Cultural heritage research in zones of conflict as a means of enfranchisement and empowerment — A study of ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives and the use of crowdsourcing
The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study

American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Washington, DC

May 27, 2016

The Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Northern Iraq: An Overview. Expert Panel
Protecting Cultural Heritage — An Imperative for Humanity

Headquarters of the United Nations. New York, NY

May 21, 2016

Who Owns Cultural Heritage?: Stewardship in Times of Conflict
Who Owns Cultural Heritage?

Bern University. Bern, Switzerland

May 16, 2016

Cultural Heritage During Armed Conflict and Planning for the Future in Syria and Iraq: The ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives
American Institute for Conservation (AIC) & Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC) Joint Annual Meeting

Montreal, CA

April 28, 2016

The ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
The CIPA Workshop on Saving the Heritage of Syria: Best Techniques and Methods for Data Capture, Storage and Dissemination. 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, (Apr. 25–29)

Vienna, Austria

April 21, 2016

The Islamic State’s Erasure of Cultural Memory and the Manipulation of Cultural Identity in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

Colgate University. Hamilton, NY

April 18, 2016

Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

World Heritage Day — Protecting, Preserving, and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of the Near East to the Public
Hirshhorn Museum. The Smithsonian Institution. Washington, DC.

April 17, 2016

Remarks on ASOR CHI's Cultural Heritage Monitor
Bisher Alissa

The George Washington University. Elliott School of International Affairs. Washington, DC
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April 17, 2016

Cultural Heritage in Peril — An Update on What is Happening and What We Can Do
Michael Danti

Syrian and Iraqi Heritage in Peril — An Update and New Initiatives
The George Washington University. Elliott School of International Affairs. Washington, DC

April 14, 2016

Archaeology Under Threat and In Peril: An Update on ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Work in Syria and Iraq
Andrew G. Vaughn

Dean Rusk Lecture
Davidson College, Davidson, NC

April 12, 2016

Confronting the Cultural Heritage Crisis
Michael Danti

2016 Docent Memorial Lecture
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Hartford, CT

April 11, 2016

Iraqi Cultural Heritage and Identity: Combating Islamic State Cultural Cleansing
Michael Danti

University of New Hampshire. Durham, NH

April 4, 2016

Archaeology Under Threat and In Peril: An Update on ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Work in Syria and Iraq
Andrew G. Vaughn

Hillel Building, University of Arizona

April 3, 2016

Cultural Cleansing in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

The Forgotten Genocide: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Armenia, Bosnia, and Syria
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Skokie, IL

March 31, 2016

Protecting Endangered Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

Protecting Endangered Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq: The Role of International Organizations and Governments
2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. Washington, DC

March 16, 2016

Iconoclasm, Pillage, and Plunder: The Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

10th Annual Elizabeth Francis Jones Lecture in Classical Studies
Christopher Newport University. Newport News, VA

March 3, 2016

he ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiative: Understanding Cultural Property Crime in the Conflict Zone of Syria and Iraq
2016 MonTREP Antiquities Conference: Culture in the Crossfire

Monterey, CA

March 3, 2016

Documenting and Protecting Vulnerable Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

Data and Mapping of Cultural Heritage Sites for the Preservation of Antiquities
World-Wide Human Geography Data Working Group Webinar

February 12, 2016

The ISIS War on Culture: The Dual Exploitive Doctrine of Cultural Assets
Michael Danti

ISIS and the Cultural Heritage Crisis of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen
Princeton University. Princeton, NJ

January 13, 2016

Cultural Property Crimes in Syria and Iraq: Countering the Jihadi-Salafi Dual Exploitive Doctrine
Michael Danti

The Oriental Institute. The University of Chicago. Chicago, IL

January 8, 2016

The American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives in Its First Year
Michael Danti

Evidence and Emergency Responses to Cultural Heritage Destruction
Archaeological Institute of America 117th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA (Jan. 6–9, 2016)

December 11, 2015

The American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives
Michael Danti

Protecting our Shared Heritage in Syria — An International Summit to Promote Collaboration
The National Geographic Society. Washington, DC

December 2, 2015

Cultural Heritage During Armed Conflict: Intentional Destruction in Syria and Iraq and the International Response
LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

Presentation given for the Harvard Standing Committee on Archaeology’s roundtable discussion, Breaking Iconoclasm: Destroying and Rebuilding Past and Present Heritage
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

November 22, 2015

ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives
LeeAnn Barnes Gordon and Susan Penacho

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA

November 20, 2015

Satellite-Based Monitoring of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Situations
Scott Branting

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA

November 20, 2015

ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiative (CHI): Mapping and Monitoring Cultural Heritage
Scott Branting

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA

November 18, 2015

A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael Danti

Lecture and Panel Discussion
Center for Global Citizenship. Saint Louis University. St. Louis, MO

November 15, 2015

The ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives: The Use of Ground-based Observations to Monitor and Assess the Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael Danti

7th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend
La Sierra University. Riverside, CA (Nov. 14–15)

November 15, 2015

ARCHES, Satellite Imagery and the ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiative
Susan Penacho

La Sierra University Archaeology Discovery Weekend: Syria
La Sierra University, Riverside CA

November 12, 2015

Cultural Heritage and Terrorism
Michael Danti

Panel Discussion
Yale University. New Haven, CT

November 11, 2015

A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael Danti

2015 Arthur M. Berger Lecture
Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY

November 6, 2015

The Islamic State War on Culture in Syria and Iraq (Keynote Address)
Michael Danti

Art Law Day
New York University School of Professional Studies. New York, NY

October 17, 2015

Archaeology in Peril—A Summary of ASOR CHI’s Work
Andrew G. Vaughn

Exploring Our Past With Archaeology—International Archaeology Day Presentations
Bowers Museum, Santa, Ana, California

October 2, 2015

ASOR Cultural Initiatives—An Update on Year 1
Andrew G. Vaughn

Afternoon seminars / lectures
DACOR Bacon House Foundation, Washington, DC
Presentation to the members of the DACOR Bacon House Foundation. Members of the organization are active and retired U.S. foreign service officers.

September 29, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq: Recent Developments
Michael Danti

Conflict Antiquities: Forging a Public/Private Response to Save the Endangered Patrimony of Iraq and Syria. Panel I. The Looting and Destruction of Iraqi and Syrian Cultural Heritage: What We Know, What Can Be Done
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY

September 21, 2015

The Ancient City of Palmyra and the Destruction of Syria’s Cultural Heritage
Michael Danti

Department of Art and Art History. University of New Hampshire. Durham, NH

September 16, 2015

A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

Kershaw Lecture
Archaeological Institute of America. Western Pennsylvania Society. State College, PA

September 11, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq: Recent Developments
Michael Danti

Special Meeting
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Washington, DC

September 11, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq: Recent Developments
Michael Danti

All-Hands Meeting
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Washington, DC

September 10, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq: Recent Developments
Michael Danti

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anthropology Department. Raleigh, NC

September 9, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq: Recent Developments
Michael Danti

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Department of Classics. Raleigh, NC

August 11, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq: Recent Developments
Michael Danti

ISIS, War and the Threat to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria. International Art Foundation
IFAR Evening. New York, NY

July 31, 2015

ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative—Year One Summary Report
Andrew G. Vaughn

Syrian Cultural Heritage Initiatives, An International Symposium Sponsored by the Syrian Heritage Archive Project, Berlin
Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin, Germany

July 30, 2015

UNESCO Meeting on Looted Object Database and Built Heritage Inventory
Andrew G. Vaughn (panelist)

German Archaeological Institute
Berlin, Germany

July 2, 2015

Links Between Terrorism and Cultural Property Crime in the Conflict Zone of Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael Danti

Workshop for the United Nations Security Council [UNSCR] 1267 Monitoring Team and the Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team
UN Headquarters, New York, New York

June 5, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael Danti

Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art.
NYU School of Professional Studies, New York, New York.

June 1, 2015

Scene Setter: Looting, Trafficking, Profiteering; Irreversible Destruction of Cultural Heritage Assets in Iraq and Syria by Islamic Extremists and Others
Michael Danti

Despoiled and Destroyed: Ancient Civilizations of Iraq and Syria: U.S. DOS-UNESCO Stakeholders Roundtable.
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.

May 22, 2015

Update and Summary of ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative
Andrew G. Vaughn

Getty Conservation Institute Council Annual Meeting.
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

May 22, 2015

ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative The Protection of Syrian and Iraqi Cultural Heritage
Scott Branting (invited lecturer)

Public seminar organized by the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, United States of America Embassy in Ankara, and the American Research Institute in Turkey at Ankara.
Ankara, Turkey

May 22, 2015

The ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiative: Cultural Property Crime in the Conflict Zone of Syria and Iraq
Michael Danti

Getty Conservation Institute Council Annual Meeting.
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

May 14, 2015

Experts Panel: Regional Instability and Antiquities Theft
Michael Danti (panelist)

Cultural Property under Threat: The Cultural, Economic, and Security Impact of Antiquities Theft in the Middle East
Cairo, Egypt.

May 13, 2015

Experts Panel: What Role Can and Should the International Community Play?
Michael Danti (panelist)

Cultural Property under Threat: The Cultural, Economic, and Security Impact of Antiquities Theft in the Middle East
Cairo, Egypt

May 5, 2015

The ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative and its use of Arches
Scott Branting (Invited speaker)

Arches 3.0 Press Launch Event - Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund
New York, New York, USA

April 27, 2015

The Islamic State and the Middle East: The Abuse of History and Religion
Susan Penacho (panelist)

Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland Canada.

April 18, 2015

Militant Jihadi Salafism and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq
Allison E. Cuneo

The Arab Uprisings, 2010-2015
Boston Consortium for Arab Regional Studies, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 10, 2015

The Current State of Heritage in Iraq – Back from the Brink, or Over the Edge?
Allison E. Cuneo

The Future of the Past: From Amphipolis to Mosul, New Approaches to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Eastern Mediterranean.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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March 23, 2015

A Bibliography that Matters
Kurt Prescott

A podcast on the ASOR blog
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March 21, 2015

A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq.” Charles Lecture. Saving Endangered Cultural Heritage for Our Common Future. UBC Archaeology Day.

University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada

March 16, 2015

Conservation and Heritage Preservation of the Syrian Heritage Initiative
LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

A podcast on the ASOR blog
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March 12, 2015

Arches and the ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative
Scott Branting (Keynote Speaker)

International Expert Meeting on Cultural Heritage Disaster Risk Management within the framework of the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
Tokyo, Japan

March 11, 2015

The Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq
Michael Danti

Columbia University Seminar on the Ancient Near East
New York, New York

March 9, 2015

Heritage Mapping and Data Integration
Scott Branting

A podcast on the ASOR blog
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March 2, 2015

Cultural Heritage Monitoring and the Syrian Heritage Initiative
Michael Danti

A podcast on the ASOR blog
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February 23, 2015

Syrian Heritage Initiative a Natural Fit for ASOR
Susan Ackerman

A podcast on the ASOR blog
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February 16, 2015

The ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative
Scott Branting (Invited participant)

UNESCO Meeting on Improving Inventories of Built, Moveable and Intangible Syrian Cultural Heritage
Beirut, Lebanon

February 16, 2015

Presentation by ASOR and ARCHES Programme
Scott Branting

Meeting on Improving Inventories of Built, Movable and Intangible Cultural Heritage
Beirut, Lebanon

January 9, 2015

Geospatial Technology Assisting with the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Syria American Institute of Archaeology
Scott Branting, Jesse Casana, Susan Penacho, Anthony Lauricella, and Mitra Panahipour

Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

November 23, 2014

Looting by the Islamic State and Other Groups in Areas of Conflict (Keynote Address)
Michael Danti

Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium
ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
San Diego, California
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November 23, 2014

The Importance of the Syrian Heritage Initiative
Abdalrazzaq Moaz

Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium
ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
San Diego, California

November 23, 2014

A View From the Ground: Cultural Heritage Communications and Weekly Reports
Michael Danti

Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium
ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
San Diego, California

November 23, 2014

A View From Above: Satellite Remote Sensing
Jesse Casana

Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium
ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
San Diego, California

November 23, 2014

A View From Above: Mapping and Geospatial Integration
Scott Branting

Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium
ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
San Diego, California

November 23, 2014

A View Forward: Preservation and Risk Management
LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium
ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
San Diego, California

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