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Stemming the Tide Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change - 05-06/

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. Break

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. Break

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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