NYU will host Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, Armando Varricchio, Italy’s ambassador to the U.S., and others for “Protecting Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time,” an Oct. 26 symposium at its Washington, DC Academic Center.

“Protecting Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time” Features Florence Mayor Nardella & Others—Oct. 26
NYU will host Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, Armando Varricchio, Italy’s ambassador to the U.S., and others for “Protecting Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time,” an Oct. 26 symposium (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) at its Washington, DC Academic Center.

New York University will host Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, Armando Varricchio, Italy’s ambassador to the U.S., and others for “Protecting Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time,” an Oct. 26 symposium (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) at its Washington, DC Academic Center (Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St., NW).

The event, which will include sessions on “Conservation Challenges in Emergency Preparation,” “Methods of Documentation,” and “The Feasibility, Desirability, and Ethics of Reconstructing Destroyed Cultural Properties,” commemorates the anniversary of “L’Alluvione”—a flood that ravaged the city of Florence and damaged countless pieces of art of immeasurable value, some irreparably.

In addition, the symposium aims to call attention to a contemporary challenge to our cultural patrimony: intentional destruction of cultural property for ideological reasons and incidental damage to such works as a result of war and terrorism.

To do so, it brings together regional actors together with international experts and scholars from the fields of art, conservation and museums, international culture, law and law enforcement agencies and organizations who will discuss the challenges and solutions to protecting our cultural heritage.

Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 202.654.8300. Metro: McPherson Sq. (Blue, Orange, Silver)

The event is in partnership with Friends of Florence and the City of Florence.

The event may be viewed live via USTREAM.