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Event Review: Culture, Nature and Diplomacy in the Mekong River Region

Cambodian dancers at the event. Photo by Stephen Bobb

By Julia M Brennan

It was a privilege to participate in Meridian International Centre’s Diplomacy Forum on the Countries of the Mekong.  Set in the gracious and historic Washington DC Meridian House compound, with over 187 guests, it included panel discussions, individual talks, Cambodian and Thai traditional dance and music performances, and a lovely lunch and reception.  The diversity of panels raised awareness on the importance of Mainland Southeast Asia and increased opportunities for collaboration among the diplomatic, government, business, policy, and cultural communities.

SPIE Conference on Optics for Arts, Architecture and Archaeology (O3A) VII

The large exhibition halls offered endless opportunities to learn about the latest innovations from leading suppliers. Image courtesy of SPIE.

By Roger Groves

SPIE Optics for Arts, Architecture and Archaeology (O3A) is a well-established conference series which was founded in Munich in 2001 by Prof. Renzo Salimbeni, CNR, Italy. It brings together the community of researchers in optical diagnostics for cultural heritage with conservators and art historians interested in scientific techniques and often acts as a first bridge for scientists to engage with the heritage community. This year’s conference was held in Munich from 24-26 June 2019.

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Book Review: Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation

Book cover. Courtesy of the Getty Conservation Institute

Review by Graham Voce

Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation (Readings in Conservation) 
Edited by Jeff Cody and Francesco Siravo
Getty Conservation Institute, USA, July 2019 (US) August 2019 (UK)
632 Pages / 114 colour & 60 black and white illustrations / Paperback
ISBN 978-1-60606-593-8

Fire Devastates Historic Japanese Castle

BBC image of Fire Consuming Japan's Historic Shuri Castle © BBC

500 year old Shuri Castle is a Unesco World Heritage site above the city of Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The castle is built from wood and was reconstructed after destruction in World War Two. It is not yet known what started the blaze but the wooden structures were recently lacquered and this may have had an effect. Strong winds hampered attempts to put out the fire, which burnt down all but seven of the key buildings of the castle.

For the full story see BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-50244169

31 Oct 2019

Caroline Keck's letters to the IIC: IIC's first newsletter, Caroline's twice-published book, and Sheldon's agile eyebrows

Sheldon and Caroline Keck in their studio. Photograph taken by Frank Rollins, Cooperstown, NY. Image courtesy of Albert Keck.

By Jean D. Portell

IIC's long association with American members Sheldon and Caroline Keck (whom I met in 1962) is revealed in Caroline's correspondence from March 1952 to July 2006, which is archived at IIC. Caroline was 99 when she died in 2007. Sheldon, who was 83 when he died in 1993, also corresponded directly with leaders of IIC; his letters are archived there too.

Supporting the next, more diverse conservation community: The Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

A group of participants trying their hand for the first time at inpainting, supervised by conservator Suzanne Morris. Photo by Ellen Pearlstein.

By Ellen Pearlstein and Bianca Martinez Garcia

The pilot program of The Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation, completing its third year in 2019, confirms that underrepresentation in conservation is the result of both a lack of familiarity with the field among many whose skills and interests could qualify them and the lengthy and expensive process of earning a place in graduate programs.

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