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This webinar features viewpoints on preventing and responding to natural and human-caused disasters across various cultural contexts.

 Export to Your Calendar 4/9/2020
When: Thursday, April 9, 2020
2:00pm - 3:15pm ET
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Contact: Casey Collier

Online registration is available until: 4/9/2020
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International Perspectives on Disaster Response

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Thursday, April 9, 2020
2pm - 3:15pm ET


This webinar features viewpoints on preventing and responding to natural and human-caused disasters across various cultural contexts.

Events in the Museu Nacional of Rio de Janeiro or at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have given rise to concerns on the necessity of international support and networks to prepare for and respond to such high proportion disasters. Building upon our conversation last July, this webinar will specifically focus on international case-studies to further share concepts and lessons learned in applying best practices to the subject. Join us to discover new methods, protocols, and resources available to arts organizations before, during, and in the aftermath of unforeseen situations.



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Lindsay Cook, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Vassar College

Lindsay Cook is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Vassar College, where she teaches medieval art and architecture of Europe and the Mediterranean. Her research focuses on Notre-Dame of Paris and the intersection of architectural and institutional history during the Middle Ages. Since the April 2019 fire that destroyed parts of the cathedral of Paris, she has become a vocal advocate for the careful conservation of the historic structure. In March 2020, Penn State University Press will publish Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History, her English translation of Dany Sandron and Andrew Tallon's recent book.




Alexander Kellner, Museu Nacional Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

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Freda Nkirote M'Mbogori, County Director, British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)

Dr. M’Mbogori is the Country Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) where she joined as the Assistant Director in 2015. Formerly, she was the Head of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museums of Kenya. She is an archaeologist with a PhD from University of Paris, France; a Master’s degree from University of Bergen, Norway; a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nairobi; a Post graduate diploma in museum studies and conservation, from University College London. She is currently the President of Pan-African Archaeological Association and Related studies (PAA). Dr. M’Mbogori is also an author who has published books with Cambridge and Oxford University Press, book chapters, and professional papers in peer reviewed journals.



Fernanda Pitta, Senior Curator at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Lecturer in the History of Art at the Escola da Cidade, in São Paulo; Moderator

Fernanda Pitta’s research interests focus primarily on 19th Century Brazilian art in a transnational context and Historiography of art. She also curates regularly modern and contemporary art and contributes to scholarly journals on Brazilian art and art historiography. Her latest curatorial project is We are many: experiments in collectivity, a survey of artistic practices related to the legacies of Joseph Beuys and Helio Oiticica. Pitta has a PhD in art history from the Universidade de São Paulo, with a dissertation titled "A Peaceful and Bucolic People: Customs and History in Almeida Júnior’s paintings," which is forthcoming as a book by Martins Fontes´ Press. In the Summer of 2017, she was a fellow at Clark Art Institute as part of the Summer Collaborative Working Group. Pitta was 2017-2018 International Awardee in the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, mentored by Dr. Anna Marley, American Art Curator at PAFA.




Corine Wegener, Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

Corine Wegener is Director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, an outreach program dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage in disasters in the U.S. and internationally. An art historian, she was formerly associate curator of American and European Decorative Arts at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. A retired U.S. Army Reserve Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer, Wegener continues to work with the military on training for protection of cultural property in armed conflict. She is founding past president and a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a member of ICOM’s Disaster Risk Management Committee, and a member of ICOM US.

The program is organized and presented by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation. The information presented here is subject to change without notice. The organizers assume no responsibility for any errors that may appear here, and in no event shall the organizers be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from use of this document or other program-related material. This document and parts thereof must not be reproduced or copied without the organizers providing written permission, and contents thereof must not be imparted to a third party nor be used for any unauthorized purpose.

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