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Stemming the Tide Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change - 05-06/03/2020, Washington (DC, USA)



Climate change has become one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their cultural heritage around the globe. Yet cultural heritage sites and collections can also serve as an invaluable source of resilience for communities to address climate change.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06/03/2020


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC, USA)



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Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s
National Collections Program for a series of presentations and
discussions that explore the intersection of cultural heritage and
climate change. This two-day conversation will examine the impact of
climate change on cultural heritage and communities worldwide, discuss
the responsibilities of stewards of cultural heritage in fostering
collaborative solutions, address urgent questions of equity and
inclusion, and identify strategies that leverage cultural heritage for
climate action.


8:30–9 a.m.
Registration check-in
McEvoy Auditorium, enter at 8th and G Streets NW


9–10 a.m.
Amber Kerr, Chief of Conservation, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Andrew Potts, Coordinator, Climate Change and Heritage Working Group, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Welcome and Opening Address

10–10:45 a.m.
Kenneth Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists
Opening Keynote

10:45–11:15 a.m.

11:15–11:45 a.m.
Ashley Robbins Wilson, The Graham Gund Architect, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Cultural Landscapes and Historic Urban Landscapes Presentation

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Isabel C. Rivera-Collazo, Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological, and Human Adaptations to Climate Change, University of California San Diego
Archeological Sites Presentation

12:15–12:45 p.m.
Carl Elefante, principal emeritus, Quinn Evans Architects
Built Heritage (Buildings and Structures) Presentation

12:45–2:15 p.m.
Lunch Break


2:15–2:45 p.m.
Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director, The Arctic Institute
Cultural Communities Presentation

2:45–3:15 p.m.
Janene Yazzi, Sustainable Development Program Coordinator, International Indian Treaty Council
Intangible Cultural Heritage Presentation

3:15–3:45 p.m.
Nicole Heller, Curator of Anthropocene Studies, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Museums and Collections Presentation

3:45–4 p.m.

4–4:45 p.m.
Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle
Closing Keynote

4:45–5 p.m.
Andrew Potts, coordinator, Climate Change and Heritage Working Group, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
Closing Remarks


10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Please attend your registered session, following the instructions emailed to you.

Intangible Cultural Heritage
Sarah Sutton, Principal, Sustainable Museums
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Avenue SW

Archaeological Sites
Erin Seekamp, Professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism management, North Carolina State University
National Museum of Asian Art
Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive

Built Heritage (Buildings and Structures)
Jean Carroon, Principal, Goody Clancy
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

Cultural Communities
Meredith Wiggins, Science and Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue SW

Cultural Landscapes and Historic Urban Landscapes
Jenny Newell, Manager of Climate Change Projects, Australian Museum
National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

Museums and Collections
Henry McGhie, Founder, Curating Tomorrow
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets NW


5:30 p.m.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Doors open at 5 p.m. for registered conference participants; general public admission begins at 5:15 p.m. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Julian Bickersteth, President of the International Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), moderates an engaging conversation with six specialists in the field of cultural heritage about global challenges relating to climate change and the increasing risks to heritage sites and collections.


  • Anthea Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History

  • Nora Lockshin, Senior Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution Archives

  • Julianne Polanco, State Historic Preservation Officer, California State Parks

  • Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ Climate Change and Heritage Working Group

  • Sarah Sutton, Principal, Sustainable Museums

  • Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle

This program is free and open to the public.


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