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Karen E. Huggard and Dr. James Janowski


wollen by days of pounding rain, the normally America, including scholars, politicians, and UNESCO peaceful Arno River roared through Florence on officials, as well as computer specialists and entrepreneurs November 4, 1966, severely compromising and working in “virtual heritage.” The groups’ central charge indeed destroying thousands of priceless artworks and was to think about the prospects for reconstructing, millions of valuable artifacts. To commemorate the 50th whether physically or digitally or someplace in-between, anniversary of this cultural heritage disaster, New York damaged and destroyed heritage. University, Friends of Florence, the city of H-SC professor of philosophy Dr. Florence, and other Italian cultural and James Janowski was invited to address governmental organizations sponsored the “feasibility, desirability, and ethics” “Protecting Cultural Heritage in an of reconstruction. Janowski—whose Uncertain Time,” in Washington D.C. recent research has taken him to Canada, The October Symposium highlighted Germany, Brazil, and Bhutan—is a latter-day and ongoing tragedy—the recognized as an expert on the foundational material cultural cleansing now being questions that arise with the conservation perpetrated by ISIS in Syria and Iraq—by and restoration of cultural heritage. In Dr. James Janowski bringing together a distinguished group of “Destroyed Icons: Is Reconstruction international experts and cultural heritage authorities for Rightful?” Janowski focused on the nature of heritage a spirited, thought-provoking exchange. Preceded by a objects, both pre-destruction and post-reconstruction, and formal dinner at the Italian Embassy, the gathering drew gave a “cautious, in-principle endorsement” of resuscitating participants from Europe, the Middle East, and North desecrated icons. Janowski said of the Symposium: “It 16

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Record of Hampden-Sydney, Winter, 2017  

Record of Hampden-Sydney, Winter, 2017