Sunday, March 22, 2009

2009 Candlelight Vigil and Lecture

Friday April 10, 2009
6:00 pm
John B. Davis Lecture Hall
Macalester College
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April 10-12, 2009 marks the sixth anniversary of the tragic ransacking of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. From April 10-12, 2003, countless invaluable works of art and artifacts were systematically stolen from the Museum and many remain missing today. Recently, the Iraq Museum reopened seven of its galleries. While this has been seen by some as a success story, serious concerns remain about the security of the objects and the destruction of archaeological sites in Iraq and all over the world continues. So it is on April 10-12 that we will come together as a worldwide community to acknowledge our stewardship and responsibility in protecting those artifacts and sites that are part of our global cultural heritage.

Cori Wegener, President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, will provide a slide presentation about her experiences working with the staff at the Iraq National Museum in 2003-2004 and provide an update on the current situation. We will then light candles as part of the Global Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum, co-sponsored by Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE).
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On April 10- 12, 2007, SAFE organized its first global candlelight vigil to commemorate the tragic events of April 2003 and help raise awareness of the need for action to protect the cultural heritage. Individuals, schools, universities, museums, and groups around the world
participated. In April 2008 the vigil became an annual event.

For more information please visit SAFE's website at http://savingantiquities.org/candlelightvigils.php.

Also, be sure to light a virtual candle and add your name to the list of supporters here http://savingantiquities.org/virtualcandle.php.

Please help AIA-MN and SAFE spread the news about this important event by sharing these links and posting flyers (email Vanessa Rousseau or Kate Larson).

We have not forgotten. Light a candle with us.

1 comment:

Luke Wilcox said...

It's sad that the cultural destruction caused by the 2003 U.S. invasion is not covered by American media. I'll be out of town Friday but will light a virtual candle. Thanks.