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Rome, Italy

Cultural Heritage Preservation

Global Temple Conference

Course Number: 
2005
Subject: 
Art History
Semester(s) Offered: 
Summer 2019
Credit Hours: 
4
Description: 

Globalism and the international expansion of heritage tourism coupled with 21st century challenges, such as sustainability, natural disasters, climate change, and war, have increased the need for forward thinking management and preservation strategies related to cultural heritage. Italy, where a significant proportion of the world’s art and cultural landscape lies, and with Rome as a hub for cultural heritage conservation practice, offers an ideal setting to explore these issues. This course will immerse students in a broad range of cultural heritage preservation issues, including the World Heritage Movement, ways to read the cultural landscape, preservation law, ethics and community partnerships, heritage preservation during war, digital technology, mapping and conservation, and management and leadership in the cultural heritage sector. Students will reflect on these topics against a background of visits to ancient Roman sites, international conservation and preservation centers, the historic center of Rome, a memorial site of conscience, and storage deposits of antiquities recovered by Italian art police squads. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge about a field that embraces our shared humanity for the purpose of improving a global society.