Past Events

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February 20, 2015

Monuments and Memory

In the aftermath of mass violence, how are buildings and material culture belonging to victimized cultures abandoned, destroyed, disregarded, and repurposed by both perpetrator state and non-state actors? Can current academic discourse on the ethical issues concerning destroyed or appropriated material culture have an impact on public and international policy concerning restoration, restitution, and social justice? This conference will explore these general themes and include an in-depth and multi-layered consideration of the ruins of the medieval city of Ani in eastern Turkey.

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February 09, 2015

2015 Paul Mellon Lecture

Rome offers a wider spectrum of urban configurations than any other city, from the twisting arterial streets of the Campus Martius, through the straight streets of the Renaissance, to the spacious and well-watered splendor of such dynastic spaces as Piazza Farnese, Piazza Barberini, Fontana di Trevi, and Piazza Navona.

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October 30, 2014

The Maestranza: Yesterday and Today

Join us for a presentation on Fundidora Park, an industrial archaeology museum and public park in the heart of Monterrey, Mexico—one of nine recipients of a grant from American Express for sites on the 2014 World Monuments Watch.

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The very places that convey great achievements, the passage of time, and the stability of culture are frequently proving fragile against the backdrop of natural disaster, warfare, and civil and religious conflict.

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September 18, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesins

Join us for an engaging look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary twin masterpieces, Taliesin and Taliesin West, illustrated with photographs and stories that bring to life the complexity and excitement of preserving these unique historic sites. Taliesin (Welsh for “shining brow”), the architect’s lifelong home, lies in the lush hills of rural Spring Green, Wisconsin. .

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June 23, 2014

Travel & Mirage: The Lure of Place

Noted memoirist, essayist, and scholar André Aciman will use Rome and other destinations to explore how travel changes us, and how our perceptions of a place derive from our own unique experiences.

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June 09, 2014

Architecture & Memory

Following an introduction by WMF President Bonnie Burnham, WMF Chairman Emeritus John Julius Norwich and distinguished writer William Dalrymple will share their insights on how historic sites can reveal the memories of our ancestors and ourselves.

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April 10, 2014

La Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

Join us for a presentation by architect Paulina Villanueva as she reflects on the life and work of her father, renowned Venezuelan architect Carlos Raul Villanueva. Villanueva, one of the most influential Latin American architects of the twentieth century, played a major role in the modernization of many cities in Venezuela. .

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