CMG - Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Rescue Initiative
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An opportunity to hear Corine Wegener, Director of the Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Rescue Initiative speak about their many projects

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:00 AM
Where: The Beverly Willis Library is on the 4th Floor of the National Building Museum.
401 F Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Shannon Mikush

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Corine Wegener is Director of the Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Rescue Initiative (SCRI.) She coordinates the Smithsonian’s outreach role in emergency response and recovery for cultural heritage threatened by natural disasters, human conflict, and other challenges. Her connection to the Smithsonian began with the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, where she served as international project coordinator for the preservation of more than 30,000 objects of Haitian heritage after the devastating 2010 earthquake. She began her current position at the Smithsonian in 2012. Recent response projects include assisting with recovery after the jihadist occupation of Northern Mali, protection of heritage sites in opposition controlled Northern Syria, and #Nimrud Rescue, a project with the U.S. Department of State and the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage to salvage and stabilize the archaeological site of Nimrud damaged by ISIS.  Wegener is also codirector of the Conflict Culture Research Network (CCRN), a collaboration of academic institutions exploring the root causes of destruction of heritage in conflict. 

 During her twenty-one year  U.S. Army career, she served on several military deployments, including Arts, Monuments and Archives officer for the 352d Civil Affairs Command in Baghdad, Iraq, 2003-2004. As the one of the unit’s few “Monuments Men,” Wegener served as military liaison to the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. Her duties included assisting staff at Iraq National Museum in the aftermath of the devastating looting and supervising the preservation and freezing of the water damaged collections known as the Iraqi Jewish Archive. 

In 2006, Wegener founded the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, part of an international organization dedicated to raising awareness of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict. Wegener lectures and writes about the importance of cultural property protection during armed conflict