United Nations Association of Southern Arizona
Brown Bag Speakers Program
Ancient Mesopotamia and Modern Iraq
Challenges of Heritage Conservation and Postwar Reconstruction
Join us at 12 Noon, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Who: Suzanne Bott, PhD
When: 12 Noon, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Where: United Nations Association Center:
6242 E. Speedway in the Monterey Village Shopping Center (at the corner of Wilmot and Speedway).
The eyes of the world have been focused on Iraq's ancient heritage for hundreds of years, since the days of earliest archaeological explorations. Artifacts from the Cradle of Western Civilization found their way to the grand museums of the world, including the National Museum of Iraq, and people have been fascinated by evidence of ancient architecture, medicine, astronomy, agriculture and engineering. After the invasion by U.S. and Coalition Forces to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein, civilian experts in the field of reconstruction were brought to Iraq to assist in the stabilization and redevelopment of the country.
Suzanne Bott, PhD, will discuss her role as an advisor serving alongside the U.S. Marine Corps in Ramadi during the Anbar Awakening in western Iraq in 2007, and with the U.S. Army in Mosul from 2008-2010.
She will focus on U.S. programs to establish economic development, education, and governance, and will emphasize her work as a heritage conservation advisor through the U.S. State Department to UNESCO, the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, and heritage site managers in the region of Mosul, one of Iraq's most volatile and historically significant regions. That area includes the World Heritage Sites of Hatra, Ashur, Nineveh, and Nimrud, and numerous other sites such as the Tomb of the Prophets Nahum and Jonah, and the Mosul Cultural Museum.
Her presentation will include photographs of the sites, and her work alongside Iraqis and Coalition Forces. She will close with her current work at the University of Arizona to promote heritage conservation in Iraq.
Are you new to the Brown Bag Speaker Program? From September through May, we feature speakers on the third Tuesday of every month. Subjects vary upon a wide range of international topics.