Italian Research and Practice in the Conservation, Protection, and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - at 7 pm

LocationEmbassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008)

Italian Research and Practice in the Conservation, Protection, and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, in collaboration with Italian Academy’s International Observatory for Cultural Heritage, Columbia University, present a conference with Camilla CavicchiFrancesca de Tomasi  and Barbara Faedda. This event is part of the Protecting our Heritage series.

In the Fall of 2016, the Italian Academy established the International Observatory for Cultural Heritage to focus on the conservation, protection, and preservation of cultural heritage and the contemporary destruction of art and architecture. Through both the Academy’s Fellowship Program - with its group of international scholars in residence - and a series of public initiatives the Academy’s Observatory intends to contribute significantly to the contemporary global discussion on the political uses and abuses of cultural heritage as well as the exchange, transport, and trafficking of objects.

Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “[e]veryone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Cultural heritage can be tangible, intangible, and natural; however—even in all of these subdivisions and categories—it’s always easy to identify and recognize a wide variety of the most intimate and profound human needs and expressions: traditions, symbols, customs, values, and memories.

The International Observatory for Cultural Heritage is designed to support and expand awareness of the multiplicity of cultural expressions, all of them crucial in the life of every human being, social group, and country. The Observatory aims to promote involvement and to support a broader concept of cultural heritage in the most democratic and pluralistic directions.


Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St, NW
Washington, DC 20008