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Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization

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October 10, 2017

Contacts: Karen E. Kiorpes, Head, Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department,, (518) 437-3923; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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The University Libraries, in cooperation with the University at Albany College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), as well as the New York State Department of Education, will present a one day conference on "Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization." The conference will be held on October 27, 2017, 8:00 am–4:00 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. Students, faculty, and members of the cultural community in the Capital Region and beyond are welcome. The cost per attendee, which includes lunch, is $40. For more information and to register, please see:

This conference will bring together researchers in diverse areas of specialization whose commonality is the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, including irreplaceable artistic and historical collections, buildings and important local, national, and international sites. Speakers will promote awareness of the importance of cultural heritage, what is being done to protect it, how it can be done successfully, and where research data is needed.

"Fire and flood, acts of war, civil unrest, earthquakes, and terrorism test our ability to protect life and property" says Karen E. Kiorpes, Head of the Libraries’ Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department and organizer of the event. "The loss of historic sites, buildings, libraries, and museum collections means a loss of part of our collective cultural identity, undermining our understanding of who we are and where we come from."

Generous funding for this event is provided by a Conference Support Award from the University at Albany, discretionary funds from CEHC and the University Libraries, and the New York State Conservation/Preservation Grant program.

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