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Digital Media and the Challenge of Safeguarding Cultural Heritage: New Ways of Knowing About Our Past

June 9, 2016

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What are new technologies doing to inform us about the past? How are they applied? Which controversies arise? How do we make them accessible to the public? NYU Washington, DC  welcomed experts from both American and European corporations who are developing new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to track and protect cultural heritage. 

The program featured presentations from Dr. Niccolò Caderni, Andrés Serrano, Shayna Skolnik, and James Blake Wiener, followed by a conversation about the possibilities for the reconstruction, study, diffusion and appreciation of cultural heritage. 

Dr. Alexander Nagel, Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, moderated the discussion.

This symposium was organized by SPAIN arts & culture, the cultural program at the Embassy of Spain across the United States, and is part of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Protecting Our Heritage series.


Meet the Moderator

Alexander Nagel

Alexander Nagel currently serves as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Originally from Berlin, Germany, Nagel received an MA from Humboldt University Berlin in 2003, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2010. He is supporting the work of communities who preserve heritage sites and document the illicit trade in antiquities, and has lectured on the heritage preservation of Yemen, Greece, Iran and the Middle East worldwide.