The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative invites you to join us in celebrating the inaugural training event of the next generation of Monuments Men and Women who will help to save conflict-affected cultural heritage around the world.
A preeminent panel of military and museum experts will lead a program about the new Monuments Men and Women for the 21st Century Force that was inspired by the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives teams (aka “Monuments Men”) of WWII. You will see a trailer from the documentary, “Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art” and learn why the “Monuments Men” of WWII have a special place in the collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. You will also hear from some of the 21st-century Monuments Men and Women who have chosen to carry on this important legacy.
Speakers will include:
Dr. Richard Kurin, Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, Smithsonian Institution
Brigadier General Jeffrey C. Coggin, Commander, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)
Colonel Andrew Scott DeJesse, 38G Program Director, Strategic Initiatives Group, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)
Corine Wegener, Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
With a special presentation by Liza Kirwin, Interim Director, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
And a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Brian I. Daniels, Director of Research and Programs, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania Museum.