NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Today’s Monuments Men and Women: The role of the military in cultural heritage protection,” a presentation by Major (Retired) Corine Wegener, an art historian who served as Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer in Iraq. Free and open to the public, this program will take place in Mack Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.
The “Monuments Men and Women” of World War II provided us with a roadmap for cultural heritage protection in war, later codified in the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict. Despite efforts to improve training and security, loss of cultural property during armed conflicts has increased in recent years, in part due to intentional targeting by armed non-state actors. Wegener will describe the work of the WWII Monuments Men and Women and the role the modern military plays in cultural heritage protection.
Wegener served as a U.S. Army Civil Affairs Officer, with her last assignment as an Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer in Iraq. She is an art historian and worked as a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for 13 years. In 2012, Wegener became director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, an outreach program to train and support cultural heritage professionals, first responders, and the military working in heritage disaster risk management and response. Wegener has a BGS in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha and MA degrees in Political Science and Art History from the University of Kansas.
Vermont’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center features permanent exhibitions and changing exhibitions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. during the academic year. For more information about the programs or exhibit, please call 802-485-2183 or visit http://academics.norwich.edu/museum.
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