The Italy-U.S. Memorandum of Understanding: Fifteen Years of Heritage Protection and Cultural Cooperation

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Organization: Embassy of Italy and U.S. Department of State 

Date: March 23, 2016 at 6.30 pm

Location: Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC

On January 19, 2016 the Governments of Italy and the United States extended for the third time the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restriction on Categories of Archaeological Material Representing the Pre-Classical, Classical and Imperial Roman Periods of Italy. Italian and U.S. officials, joined by private sector partners, will present this important tool which not only continues a legal means to fight art trafficking, but also offers a unique framework in which to strengthen cultural cooperation through several academic, scientific and educational initiatives.


Introductory Remarks by:

H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs


Raymond Villanueva, Deputy Assistant Director, International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security

Major Massimo Maresca, Carabinieri Command for the Safeguarding of Cultural Patrimony

Karol B. Wight, Ph.D., President and Executive Director,The Corning Museum of Glass

Alex W. Barker, Professor of Archaeology and Director of Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri

Ann Benbow, Executive Director, Archaeological Institute of America

Donatella Cavezzali, Director, School of the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism