Public Lecture

Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture: Dr. Michael Danti

September 22, 2017
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present Dr. Michael Danti, the Academic Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives, for the first annual Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture. Dr. Danti's lecture is entitled "A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Iraq"

Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm

Segal Building
Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

The event is free, but seating is limited. To reserve your seat please RSVP: hscomm@sfu.ca.

Dr. Michael Danti is an archaeologist with over 25 years experience directing archaeological programs in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. He has authored numerous works on the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East as well as cultural heritage management and cultural property protection. He currently serves as Academic Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives (CHI) established through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State in 2014. Danti also directs the Rowanduz Archaeological Program (RAP) in Iraqi Kurdistan, which includes archaeological excavations, surveys, and preservation initiatives in the Zagros Mountains of northeastern Erbil Province. RAP’s primary objectives are to document and preserve cultural resources in this virtually unexplored region along the Iraq-Iran border. Danti was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2011 and serves as a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. (Bio courtesy of ASOR)

2017 marks the first installment of the Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture, an annual lecture devoted to contemporary issues in international relations organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies.

This memorial lecture was established to honour the memory of two long-time friends and supporters of Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University. Both Edward and Emily were committed to academic excellence and public service and this lecture will create a lasting legacy for the couple at SFU and support public discourse of the topics that animated their professional and intellectual lives.

Professor Emeritus Edward Mcwhinney, QC passed away in 2015 on his ninety-first birthday, following short illness. He was predeceased by his wife Emily McWhinney, who passed away in 2011.